More Ways to Wreck Your Gums & Lose Your Teeth

If you want to wreck your gums and lose your teeth, smoking is a darn good way to do it. How strong is the association between tobacco use and gum disease? Although most studies report smoking to increase the risk of periodontal disease in the order of two- to six-fold, a study carried out in …

Post-Menopause Risk of Tooth Loss, & Other News of Note

Tooth Loss Risk Quantified in Post-Menopausal Women (Medical News Today) New research forecasts that over one in four post-menopausal women are likely to suffer from tooth loss over a five year period. A study of over 1,000 post-menopausal women indicates that around one in four are likely to suffer tooth loss over a five year …

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism, & Other News of Note

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism (ScienceNews) Power-talkers with cell phones glued to their ears may be getting more than conversation. A 50-minute call boosts activity in brain regions near the ear where a phone is located, a brain-scanning study published February 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. “This is the …

It’s Easy to Ignore the Damage You Can’t See

According to the CDC’s most recent data, almost half of all adult Americans have at least one chronic disease, and 70% of deaths are due to chronic disease – mostly heart disease, cancer and stroke. There are a couple major contributors to such illness: environmental factors, over which we have little individual control (e.g., air, …

Want to Keep All Your Teeth? Make Sure You Get Enough Calcium

There are a couple ways the calcium message has been pushed by the dairy industry and makers of products with added calcium. There’s the “you need calcium for healthy teeth and bones” message that’s mainly targeted to kids and parents, and there’s the “you don’t want osteoporosis, so get more calcium” message that’s targeted to …

$350,000 for No Toothpaste?!

rjg329/Flickr   Talk about frivolous lawsuits! Rights Juris reports: Jerry Flanory, 58, of Flint, Michigan filed a lawsuit against prison officials a few years ago. It was dismissed as “frivolous.” The Federal Appeals Court has reinstated his lawsuit against the officials at Newberry prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jerry Flanory contends that not being allowed …

Teeth & Your Memory

Ever have a senior moment? Then you might be missing some teeth, too. Researchers at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) link tooth loss and periodontal disease to cognitive decline in one of the largest and longest prospective studies on the topic to date, released in this month’s issue of the …