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 …

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 …

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs, & Other News of Note

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs (Dental Tribune) Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections can be …

The Ever-Growing List of Why Tongue-Piercings Aren’t So Cool

Tongue piercings may look cool, but they can really hurt your teeth and gums. To date, the main problems reported have been infection, gum damage, tooth breakage and orthodontic issues. Now we can add one more to the list: a greater potential for dental and other disease. According to a study recently published in the …

How Fish Oils Fight Inflammation & Other News of Note

Why Fish Oils Work Swimmingly Against Inflammation and Diabetes (ScienceDaily) Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the molecular mechanism that makes omega-3 fatty acids so effective in reducing chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. The discovery could lead to development of a simple dietary remedy for many of the …

Just Brushing Your Teeth Isn’t Enough

It’s a common refrain: brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day. But did you know that you can brush regularly yet still be at risk of cavities and gum disease? Consider a study recently published in the Swedish Dental Journal. The study examined 500 randomly selected adolescents from Västra Götaland (Fyrbodal …

Adults’ Smoking Rots Kids’ Gums, Too

Last month, we told you about a study linking childhood caries (cavities) to exposure to secondhand smoke. Now a new study to be published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology shows that it may not be just the health of kids’ teeth that’s at risk but that of their gums, as well. Similar to the …