The Relationship Between Gum Health & Systemic Health

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN A research team at a prestigious university hospital was conducting an experiment: how does a bullfrog react to a handclap? They set the frog on a table and clapped their hands. The frog jumped. Then they severed the frog’s right front leg. Again, the handclap; again, the frog jumped. …

Ditch the Cigs, Save Your Gums and Teeth

Smoking is like white sugar: it does no good and an awful lot of bad to your body, including your gums and teeth. In fact, estimates say that more than half the cases of periodontal disease can be attributed to smoking.   dolescum/Flickr Smokers are four times more likely to develop advanced gum disease than …

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 …

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). …