Biofilm Build-up: Are You Disturbing?

What do a stagnant pond, Clearly Ambiguous/Flickr a grimy shower krossbow/flickr and your teeth ozma/flickr all have in common? They are all places where biofilm thrives. Gross, we know. But strictly speaking, that “fuzz” you sometimes feel on your teeth is a biofilm. Dentists used to call it “plaque,” thinking it was a single substance …

The Best Dentistry Is the Least Dentistry

While a good number of people dread dental work, most of us tend to think of it as no big deal – not when compared to non-dental surgical procedures. A lot of this is probably due to the fact that despite the increasing amount or research confirming the link between oral and systemic health, we …

Quick Links: Stress Effects, Incense & Cancer, Cavity Detection, How Words Wound, & Global Benefits of Going Local

Chronic Stress Alters Our Genetic Immune Response (Science Daily) In a very promising preliminary study, Miller and colleagues found that the pattern of gene expression differed between caregivers of family members with cancer relative to a matched group of individuals who did not have this type of life stress…. Gregory Miller, Ph.D., corresponding author, explains…that, …

Boosting Performance through Proper Jaw Alignment

greggoconnell/flickr From the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville): There’s a new performance-enhancer coming to professional and amateur locker rooms. It’s not a pill, won’t fit in a syringe and can’t be blended into a shake or smoothie. Plus, it’s legal. It might sound ridiculous that a mouthguard could make a significant difference in performance, but the makers …

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 …

Candy Is Dandy…for Preventing Cavities?

First, there were the lollipops. Then there were the mints. Now come the gummy bears: dreyboblue/Flickr ScienceDaily — The tooth-protecting sugar substitute xylitol has been incorporated into gummy bears to produce a sweet snack that may prevent dental problems. Giving children four of the xylitol bears three times a day during school hours results in …

How Much Dentistry Is Too Much?

Not long after posting our recent item on the use of lasers in treating TMD, we ran across info on another application of lasers in dentistry: A new technology that spots tooth decay almost as soon as it’s begun promises to reduce the need for drilling and filling. Drilling is one of the top dental …