What Your Mouth Has to Say About Your Health

by Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN I graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1965, having been taught according to the dominant mode of industrial, corporate dentistry. Since disease was viewed as just an abnormality in an otherwise functioning machine, dentists were trained to be glorified mouth mechanics. Tooth carpenters. Oral plumbers. …

Stress and Your Smile

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 …

Possible Mouthwash/Oral Cancer Link, Autism Reporting, and Other News of Note

New Australian Study Links Alcohol Containing Mouthwashes and Oral Cancer (Flap’s Dentistry Blog) A new study appearing in the December edition of the Journal of the Australian Dental Association finds “sufficient evidence” that “alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer.”   California’s Autism Increase Not Due to Better Counting (ScienceDaily) …

The Economy and Your Teeth

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). …

Quick Links: Memory, Sleep, Vitamin D, Women’s Oral Health Needs & More on the Dental/Systemic Health Link

World-First Trial Proves Exercise Helps Memory (PhysOrg) WACHA director Professor Leon Flicker said people over the age of 50 could pro-actively prevent memory deterioration by joining in simple and easy exercises each day. “What our trial tells us is that older people who take up some form of aerobic exercise for as little as 20 …

To Bleach His Own: Retail Tooth Whitening

You’re going to the mall. You need some new shoes, say, or a gift for a friend’s birthday, or maybe…get some cosmetic dentistry done?   Strolling through the Riverchase Galleria you may be tempted by a  number of impulse purchases. Here’s one right here; a cosmetic teeth whitening kiosk to brighten your smile in just …

Quick Links: Gum Disease & Diabetes, Fluoride Risks, Weight & Place, Flossing Findings & Feeding Your Brain

Researchers Report Periodontal Disease Independently Predicts New Onset Diabetes (Medical News Today) Periodontal disease may be an independent predictor of incident Type 2 diabetes, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. While diabetes has long been believed to be a risk factor for periodontal infections, this is the …