Putting the Gum Disease-Cancer Link into Perspective

If you smoke, you’re pretty much guaranteed gum disease. And, of course, your risk of a whole host of chronic, systemic illnesses soars. But just because you’re a nonsmoker, your gums don’t necessarily get a free pass. Despite smoking rates dropping for decades now, periodontal disease remains a problem for as much as 75% of […]

Is Coffee Really That Bad for Your Teeth?

The coffee that’s supposed to be so horrible for your teeth and gums? It may not be quite that horrible at all. Oh, sure, it can stain the heck out of ’em. And if you like to drink it loaded with sugar, milk, flavored syrup, whipped cream and all that, your teeth will be the […]

Homeopathics & Gum Disease

If you’re having a problem with gum disease – and nearly all adults are – the first thing to do is to NOT do nothing. Periodontal problems don’t get better on their own. They get worse. Doing nothing puts you at risk of tooth loss and may contribute to any number of other inflammatory conditions, […]

More Ways to Wreck Your Gums & Lose Your Teeth

If you want to wreck your gums and lose your teeth, smoking is a darn good way to do it. How strong is the association between tobacco use and gum disease? Although most studies report smoking to increase the risk of periodontal disease in the order of two- to six-fold, a study carried out in […]

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Last week, the Journal of Dental Research published a study that questions the conventional wisdom of twice yearly dental visits. Professional reaction was no surprise: Still, you might wonder: Are semi-annual exams and cleanings, as one headline put it, “really necessary”? Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for more than 50 years without supporting evidence, the […]

Biosis #40: Weston Price, Healing the Terrain & More!

    The May 2013 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online & includes… JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: What Technology Can’t Replace When we are truly communicating, we use all of our senses – and our instinct. For all the progress made with artificial intelligence and virtual reality, technology cannot replace this. When a […]

The “Politics” of Periodontitis

The political blog Daily Kos is the last place you’d expect to find a post on treatment for periodontal disease, but there it was, its utter unlikelihood luring us in. A few years ago I was diagnosed with an advanced case of gum disease. I was showing pocket depths of 9s and 10s. Many of […]

Obesity: A Risk Factor for Gum Disease or Not?

No sooner had we started to write about this – when an email alert popped up with news of this – Is it any wonder why people think health news can sometimes be crazy-making? Over the past few years, research – such as this and this – has repeatedly suggested a link between obesity and […]

One Way Bacteria Make Themselves at Home in Your Mouth

As said, oral microbes are ingenious little bugs. And the more research that’s done, the more clever they seem! To wit, A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease – Porphyromonas gingivalis – manipulates the body’s immune system to disable normal processes that […]