Last week, we explored how smoking cigarettes has recently been shown to alter the oral microbiome and increase the risk of developing tooth decay. This week, a new study has been published suggesting an even more fatal link between oral bacteria and health. According to a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, changes in mouth bacteria have been linked to the development of pancreatic cancer.

Nearly a half million Americans die of a smoking-related illness each year. Since the mid 1900s, an overwhelming body of research has demonstrated how smoking causes devastating harm to the mouth, lungs, heart, and other vital organ systems. Few habits are known to cause more harm to the body, yet an estimated 16 million Americans…

There is a well-documented link between smiling, happiness, and overall quality of life. In one study, researchers found that healthy adults who reported high levels of life satisfaction also happened to be smiling in high school yearbook photos. Other studies show similar correlations between gum health, happiness, and life satisfaction. Read more to learn simple ways to improve health, strengthen teeth, and build happiness!

In the wake of a new study, health professionals warn women who are pregnant to be aware of the risks of sleep apnea. This condition, which robs women of energy, oxygen, and quality rest, may have a profoundly negative impact on unborn children. Dental technologies like the DNA® Appliance may help by realigning the oral tissues, which may significantly reduce the intensity and incidence of sleep apnea over time.

Cavities are a serious problem among Americans, particularly those 55 years and wiser. Statistics estimate that about 9 in 10 adults ages 20-64 have at least 1 cavity (i). This sobering statistic seems to be fueled by poor dietary choices, with the typical Western diet high in added sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The good news: Better food choices may reverse this trend, leading to stronger and healthier teeth. Specifically, a new study indicates that probiotics may help to prevent cavities. Probiotics are most commonly found in yogurt, kefir, kimchee, kombucha, and also in specially formulated probiotic supplements.

Can gum disease cause arthritis? Physicians have been interested in the possible connection between gum disease and arthritis since as early as 1980. In one of the newest studies on periodontitis and swollen joints, physicians studied over 6,100 men between 1987 and 1998 to assess the prevalence of each condition. One shocking discovery: Of the men studied, those with severe gum disease were twice as likely to suffer with sever symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Learn more about the extreme health hazards of amalgam in this article. If you or a loved one has dental amalgam from previous dental procedures, take a moment to learn about safe mercury filling removal in Miami.

Exposure to amalgam toxicity is a serious health issue. Take a moment to learn more about dental amalgam, toxicity, and removal/replacement options. Then, contact Assure A Smile to learn more about safe amalgam removal in Miami.

Difficult things are often the most rewarding. And when it comes to oral health, this concept is particularly true. Flossing is one of the most difficult habits to adopt—most children and adults recoil at the idea of having their teeth flossed during a dental cleaning, much less every night. Yet flossing is one of the most important oral hygiene habits to develop.

This Valentine’s Day, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) encourages men and women of all ages to love the gums you’re with. This health initiative spreads awareness for the holistic connection between the mouth and body—emphasizing the ways gum disease may significantly increase your risk of developing other serious illnesses. Visit this article to learn more about the AAP, gum disease, and ways to prevent serious illness.

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