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 […]

Antibiotics & the Dairy Biz, & Other News of Note

FDA & Dairy Industry Spar over Testing of Milk (NY Times) Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the […]

Potential Link Between Gum Disease & Preterm Birth

Earlier this year, we pointed you towards a study of a potential link between oral bacteria and stillbirth, where gingival bleeding (bleeding gums) introduced pathogenic microbes through blood circulation and ultimately to the fetus, via the placenta. New research published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests a similar link between periodontal disease and preterm birth, […]

Mercury Fillings…or Else

Following up on last week’s alert from Charlie Brown on the Pennsylvania Dental Society’s approval of denying routine dental care to disabled children whose parents don’t consent to their kids getting mercury fillings… This, of course, isn’t the only appearance of such “mercury or else” attitudes. For instance, while pregnant women without insurance in Oklahoma […]

Help Your Kids Have Healthy Teeth & Gums

ronmarshall074/Flickr   February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which means that dentists, public health folks and others will be talking a little more than usual about teaching kids good oral hygiene habits and stressing the need for more intervention. After all, caries (cavities) are on the rise, particularly interproximal ones – those that develop […]

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk & Other News of Note

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk (WebMD) “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. But our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” says study head Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. […]

The Dental Power of Aloe and Other News of Note

Teeth and Gums Also Benefit from the Healing Power of Aloe Vera (Medical News Today) The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. Legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe vera to […]

Gum Disease Ups Stroke Risk in Men, and Other News of Note

History of Periodontitis Linked to Cerebrovascular Disease in Men (Medical News Today) The potential role of periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, in the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic stroke, has received growing attention during the last decade. A new study is the first prospective cohort study to use clinical measures of periodontitis […]

Tooth Damage from OJ, Motor Function Loss from Lack of Social Interaction and Other News of Note

OJ Worse for Teeth than Whitening, Researchers Say (PhysOrg) Eastman Institute’s YanFang Ren, DDS, PhD, and his team determined that the effects of 6 percent hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products, are insignificant compared to acidic fruit juices. Orange juice markedly decreased hardness and increased roughness of tooth enamel. Unlike […]

More Tarnish on “Silver” Fillings

Think small. One microgram. That’s one millionth of a gram. One millionth the weight of a single paper clip. Now think even smaller: just one tenth of that single microgram. One tenth of one millionth of a gram. This is the amount of methylmercury per kilogram of your body weight that the EPA says is […]