Posts Tagged ‘ oral health ’

Does the Kind of Toothbrush You Use Matter?

When it comes to oral health, brushing and flossing (or otherwise cleaning between your teeth and at the gum line) are a must. Sometimes, though, it can be easy for a lot of us to rush or even neglect. It’s a tendency that can start young, as a recent study reminds, listing some of the […]

Why Cleaning Between Your Teeth Matters So Much – & the Best Way to Do It

You’ve been told time and again: Make sure you floss your teeth. Maybe you’ve felt a little guilt when a hygienist or dentist has asked if you floss, and you could only respond with a mumbled “no” or “once in a while.” But we don’t ask to embarrass or shame you. It’s just that cleaning […]

Is There a Role for CBD in Your Oral Health? Early Research Says Maybe So

Cannabis – the family of plants that includes marijuana – has been used medicinally for thousands of years, yet only recently have we seen surging interest in how it may support healing. It’s a trend that got a big boost from the 2018 Farm Bill, which created a legal distinction between marijuana and hemp. This […]

Want a Healthy Smile? Think Probiotic

Korean researchers recently found that people who eat less yogurt are more likely to suffer from periodontitis. But why should yogurt protective against this severe form of gum disease? Contrary to what some expected, it’s not because of its calcium content. As we’ve discussed before, periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by harmful […]

New Fruit Juice Guidelines for Kids May Still Mean Too Much Sugar

Sure, fruit juice is delicious. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s concentrated sugar – and we humans are hardwired to crave that flavor, especially in childhood. As parents, it’s our responsibility to limit the sugar and ingrain healthy eating habits. That includes limiting juice consumption. According to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, […]

Implants, One Option to Replace that Missing Tooth

If you’ve had a tooth extraction, you may be faced with the decision of how to replace that tooth for optimal esthetics and function. Depending on your particular circumstance, you may have some options for that. Increasingly, patients are choosing an implant to fill that gap. Traditionally the only material choice for implants was titanium. […]

Taking Issue with Fluoride

In 1945 when Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city to implement community water fluoridation, the Precautionary Principle didn’t exist. When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.  Sure, you might have heard your […]

Psyching Yourself Out of a Healthy Mouth?

If the state of your mouth is getting you down, you’re not alone. According to a recent Children’s Dental Health Project survey, more than 40% of people “believe they have little or no control over whether they get a cavity.” If you fall into that 40%, this post is for you. For while habits certainly […]

Feed Your Gums: The Role of Vitamins D3 & K2 in Periodontal Health

Good hygiene is only a part of preventing – or reversing – gum disease. While hygiene helps keep periopathogens under control, nutrition helps restore the tissues that they wreck. On the one hand, it’s about limiting foods that feed the harmful bacteria in your mouth – sugar, of course, but also refined grain products (think […]