The Ever-Growing List of Why Tongue-Piercings Aren’t So Cool

Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011

Tongue piercings may look cool, but they can really hurt your teeth and gums. To date, the main problems reported have been infection, gum damage, tooth breakage and orthodontic issues. Now we can add one more to the list: a greater potential for dental and other disease. According to a study recently published in the […]

How Fish Oils Fight Inflammation & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, September 17th, 2010

Why Fish Oils Work Swimmingly Against Inflammation and Diabetes (ScienceDaily) Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the molecular mechanism that makes omega-3 fatty acids so effective in reducing chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. The discovery could lead to development of a simple dietary remedy for many of the […]

Just Brushing Your Teeth Isn’t Enough

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2010

It’s a common refrain: brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day. But did you know that you can brush regularly yet still be at risk of cavities and gum disease? Consider a study recently published in the Swedish Dental Journal. The study examined 500 randomly selected adolescents from Västra Götaland (Fyrbodal […]

Adults’ Smoking Rots Kids’ Gums, Too

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010

Last month, we told you about a study linking childhood caries (cavities) to exposure to secondhand smoke. Now a new study to be published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology shows that it may not be just the health of kids’ teeth that’s at risk but that of their gums, as well. Similar to the […]

The Relationship Between Gum Health & Systemic Health

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN A research team at a prestigious university hospital was conducting an experiment: how does a bullfrog react to a handclap? They set the frog on a table and clapped their hands. The frog jumped. Then they severed the frog’s right front leg. Again, the handclap; again, the frog jumped. […]

Ditch the Cigs, Save Your Gums and Teeth

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2009

Smoking is like white sugar: it does no good and an awful lot of bad to your body, including your gums and teeth. In fact, estimates say that more than half the cases of periodontal disease can be attributed to smoking.   dolescum/Flickr Smokers are four times more likely to develop advanced gum disease than […]

Stress and Your Smile

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2009

We don’t usually run media releases, but a recent one from the American Academy of Periodontology – a professional organization for dentists who specialize in treating the gums – struck us as both particularly timely and useful: Reducing stress can positively affect your oral health, and potentially your bottom line. CHICAGO — Faced with plummeting […]

The Economy and Your Teeth

Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2008

Via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: New research has found that when the economy is bad and you’re unemployed, you take it in the teeth, putting dental care at the bottom of your to-do list (even if you have dental insurance!). And that can drag down the rest of your body (not to mention your love life). […]

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