Guest Post: A Mouth Full of Bacteria, a Tablespoon of Oil

By P. Vernon Erwin, DDSThe Holistic Dentist Did you know that there are more bacteria in your body than human cells? Yes, really. Microbes outnumber them, 10 to 1. That’s not a bad thing. For not all “bugs” are bad (despite what you see and hear in some ads). Some are essential to human health, …

How Smoking Primes the Mouth for Disease, & Other News of Note

In the Mouth, Smoking Zaps Healthy Bacteria, Welcomes Pathogens (MedicalXpress) Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic, diverse ecosystem — and is much more susceptible to invasion …

Reducing Mercury Exposure When Eating Fish, & Other News of Note

Coffee, Tea Reduce Mercury Exposure When Eating Fish (Montreal Gazette) Forget sake – a groundbreaking new study from the Université de Montréal shows that sushi-lovers should be eating their raw fish with coffee or tea to reduce their exposure to mercury. The study, published last week in the journal Environmental Research, also shows that boiling …

Another Perio/Systemic Health Link, & Other News of Note

Periodontal Disease May Aggravate Respiratory Disease (Dr. Bicuspid) The list of systemic conditions influenced by periodontal disease appears to be growing longer every day. Now a new study has found an association between respiratory disease and periodontal disease (Journal of Periodontology, August 2011, Vol. 82:8, pp. 1155-1160). Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and the exacerbation …

What to Do for Receding Gums

Receding gums are a real problem for many – and not just for aesthetic reasons. The hard enamel covering the visible part of your teeth doesn’t extend to the roots. Those are covered by a much softer, permeable material called cementum – softer even than dentin, the delicate tissue that the enamel protects. As the …

Perio Health – Fertility Link, & Other News of Note

“Floss for Fertility,” Women Advised (BBC) Women who want the best chance of having a baby should make sure they floss their teeth regularly, say doctors. Poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity – delaying conception by about two months. Experts at a fertility meeting in Sweden heard how women with gum …

Stat!: Brush & Floss as I Say, Not as I Do?

Percent of Americans who would be “most disturbed” if their romantic partner went without deodorant for a week: 24 Percent who would be “most disturbed” if they went without brushing or flossing for a week: 59 Percent of Americans who would grade their own dental hygiene at grade C or lower: 58 Percent of Americans …

How Oral Bacteria Get to the Rest of the Body, & Other News of Note

Mouth as the Gateway to Your Body (MedicalXpress) After cleaning your mouth, plaque begins forming before your brush even hits the cup. A key to plaque formation, said Yiping W. Han, a professor of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University is one of the most abundant and persistent bacterium that inhabits the mouth, Fusobacterium nucleatum. …

Multitasking’s Effect on Brain Health, & Other News of Note

All Those Tweets, Apps, Updates May Drain Brain (SF Chronicle) Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities. But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and video links to …

Tamiflu Effectiveness Overstated, & Other News of Note

Tamiflu Effectiveness Overstated (CBC News) A University of British Columbia professor who specializes in researching publicly approved medicines is casting doubt on the effectiveness of the anti-pandemic drug Tamiflu. Dr. Barbara Mintzes says she’s looked at the manufacturer’s own clinical research and found that Tamiflu’s beneficial effects have been significantly overstated by the manufacturer Roche. …