Posts Tagged ‘ oral health ’

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One Vitamin You Might Not Realize Your Teeth & Gums Need

As a healthy mouth depends on a healthy body – and vice versa – everything you do to keep your body healthy, strong, and resilient also supports your oral health. There really is no separating the two. Even so, there are some nutrients that have come to be strongly associated with oral health. Think vitamin […]

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Tea Can Mean a Healthier Mouth (but Beware the Extra Fluoride)

Just about a thousand years ago, tea drinking started to become a thing in Japan – thanks to a Buddhist priest named Eisai and a book he wrote called Kissa Yōjōki (喫茶養生記), or Drinking Tea for Health. It’s good for the heart, he said. It’s good for energizing body and mind. Drinking tea before meditation, […]

Puffy, Bleeding Gums Mean Gum Disease – and a Greater Risk of Some Cancers, Research Suggests

Think about what you can do to lower your risk of developing cancer. Things like healthy eating, exercise, and limiting exposure to EMFs and environmental toxins probably come to mind. And those are all helpful, to be sure. But many folks don’t realize that maintaining good oral health is a part of that, too – […]

How Vaping Can Destroy Your Mouth

Vaping might look cool to some. More than a few people might say that it’s a healthier option than smoking tobacco. But the mouth tells a different story. And the oral effects of vaping can happen fast – in as little as 24 hours, according to one recent study of 123 healthy adults. Some were […]

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. […]