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 […]

Where There’s Inflammation…

Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, respiratory diseases and cancer. Research continues to suggest that where there’s inflammation, oral bacteria may also be found – even in seemingly strange places such as knees and other joints. Two more conditions now join the list: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction. […]

A Second Glance & Some News Is a Lot Less Interesting

Consider this recent story from io9: It’s true: The idea that a tooth dropped in soda will dissolve overnight is an urban legend. But does this mean that soda doesn’t damage your teeth? Nope. Evidence consistently shows that soft drinks erode enamel and contribute to caries (cavities; tooth decay). And in a similar fashion, even […]

Healthy Hearts Don’t Need “Preventive” Aspirin, & Other News of Note

Healthy People Don’t Need Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease (HuffPo) Healthy people shouldn’t be taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, researchers say in a new report that casts doubt on recommendations from U.S. health officials. * * * [Dr. Kausik] Ray and his colleagues took a fresh look at nine previous trials of aspirin use […]

What Dentists Really Think of Halloween, & Other News of Note

Dentists Don’t Really Despise Halloween (USA Today) You might think dentists would have strong feelings about Halloween. However, most don’t jump out of their skins over it. “We just want kids to be kids, and part of a kid’s life is treats,” says Rhea Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dentists agree […]

The Uniqueness of Cells Lining Your Mouth & Other News of Note

“Open Wide” for New Stem Cell Potential (ScienceDaily) While highly potent embryonic stem cells are often the subject of ethical and safety controversy, adult-derived stem cells have other problems. As we age, our stem cells are less pliant and less able to transform into the stem cells that science needs to find breakthrough treatments for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Electrifying Implants?

Last week, we published a post on why dental implants aren’t such a great idea. One reason: implantation triggers an autoimmune response. One common symptom of this response is inflammation. The day after our post ran, word came out of research on a way to limit post-implant inflammation: sending a jolt of electricity through the […]