Ingenious Little Bugs

Spit. It even sounds gross. And that’s kind of the point. According to word historians, it’s “of imitative origin.” It sounds like what it means. Even the more polite “saliva” may come from a root word meaning “dirty.” But saliva is also kind of amazing stuff.     And in more important ways than that. …

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. …

Dental Health Affects How Kids Do in School

As this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month draws to a close (incidentally, February is also National Pet Dental Month; we leave you to draw your own conclusions), here are a few facts from a study on the relationship of oral health, school attendance and performance recently published in the American Journal of Public Health: …

Stat!: Oral Health in the Golden State

Among all US states, DC and American territories, California ranks squarely in the middle when it comes to getting professional dental care. Percent of adult Californians who visited a dentist or dental clinic in the past year: 67.7 Rank among all US states and territories: 31 Percent who have had their teeth cleaned in the …

The Oral-Systemic Health Link & Other News of Note

Your Mouth Can Tell a Lot about Your Health (SFGate) Troubled teeth and gums aren’t always just a dental problem. Sometimes they indicate deeper issues, and dentists are increasingly picking up the clues…More… Influenza Vaccines: Poor Evidence for Effectiveness in Elderly (PhysOrg) Evidence for the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines in the over 65s …

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. …

A Few Tips for Helping Your Kids Have Good Dental Health

The state of children’s teeth is, to put it mildly, not so good. According to data recently distributed by the American Dental Hygientists’ Association (ADHA), 41% of children under 11 years old have primary tooth decay, and from there, the rate of caries (cavities) only increases. Amongst older teens, 68% have at least one decayed …

Are You Using the Right Tools to Clean Your Teeth?

When you clean house, do you use a broom to clean everything? Of course not. It can’t do a thorough job. It misses too much, is too big for some tasks and useless on carpets, draperies and upholstery. So you use multiple tools—broom, rag, vacuum, mop—to get the job done. Likewise, you need multiple tools …

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 …