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.

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.

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.

Holistic dentistry studies the connections between the mouth and the rest of the body. In past articles, we’ve explored how gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease. This mouth-body connection is just one of many examples that show how each piece of the human body is connected to the next. Below are two new studies that indicate another connection, one that may surprise most readers.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), men and women who suffer with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease (gum disease). For medical professionals, the new link is just another piece of evidence illustrating the complex and interconnected nature of the human body. But for adults who suffer with type I or II diabetes, the research is a clear warning to stay vigilant in the fight against oral infection and tooth decay.

A healthy pH level is one of the most important factors behind a healthy smile, yet few patients understand how to improve the alkalinity of their mouth. Put simply, alkalinity describes the ability of water to neutralize acidic substances. Acids in the oral cavity are what causes tooth enamel to wear away, eventually leading to…

According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 8% of Americans suffer with bruxism. Better known as teeth grinding, this condition can be problematic for those afflicted, as well as anyone who sleeps in close proximity. In the past, the downside of bruxism was thought to be limited to damage inflicted within the oral cavity. For…

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