Oral health tips for diabetics

29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Approximately 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year—and 8.1 million people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it. In Type I diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, a hormone that carries sugar from your blood to the cells that need it …

E-Cigs Kills Mouth Cells

Ask a lot of smokers and they will you that e-cigs are next best thing to sliced bread. They tend to think there are not any bad effects from e-cigs. Yet did you know that e-cigs can kill a large amount of cells in your mouth? Dr. Mahmoud Rouabhia and his team at Université Laval’s Faculty of Dental Medicine came …

Gum disease genes identified by researchers

Researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified 41 master regulator genes that may cause gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. The study was the first of its kind to employ genome-wide reverse engineering to identify the gene pathways that contribute to periodontitis. Findings of the study were published recently in …

Link Between Breast Cancer and Gum Disease

A study out of the UK has some concerning information for older women. Women are both postmenopausal and have periodontal disease, otherwise known was gum disease, have a much higher chance of developing breast cancer. The  study showed that a woman with gum disease is 14% more likely to get a positive diagnosis for breast cancer. The study was published …

Pancreatic Cancer linked to Oral Health

In 2014 it was suggested that there was an estimate of over 46,000 Americans were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in addition nearly 40,000 there was no symptoms in the beginning. This is along with there are no beginning symptoms and no routine screening test for this type of cancer. However there may be a way that a person’s oral health …

Why is flossing important

You wouldn’t wash only one side of a dirty dish, and then put it back in the cupboard to use again tomorrow, would you? When you brush your teeth, you’re only washing half of the surfaces of your teeth, front and back. You’re neglecting the two sides your toothbrush doesn’t touch. This leaves the sides of your teeth and the …

Modifiable Risk Factors Of Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease and the susceptibility to have this disease are different from person to person. This includes different risk factors and the host’s response if has the disease. Analysis of the 2009–2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows that 47% of U.S. adults age 30 and older had periodontitis, including 8.7% with mild disease, 30% with moderate periodontitis, …

Sleeping issues? Could be the size of your tongue and tonsils.

Dentists may not be able to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea (a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep due to blocked upper airways) right off, but a new study out of University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, dentists can now spot possible signs and send them to a sleep medicine specialist. This puts dentists on the …

What is Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dentists work together with sleep physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient. Treated conditions include snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dentist, screen patients with questionnaires and physical examination — …

Study Links Soda to Erosive Tooth Wear in Teens

Research released in early 2016  from The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that sugary drinks are associated with erosive tooth wear among teenagers in Mexico, where sugary beverages are a dietary staple. “The oral health of children is always top of mind, and we’ve seen recently that sugar is a leading problem when it comes to their overall health …