Domestic Violence and Oral Health

With the story of Ray Rice all over the national news, domestic violence is being discussed in almost every circle. In case you missed it, Ray Rice, a young running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was released from the team and suspended from the NFL indefinitely earlier this week after a video was released of him violently punching his wife … Read More

Dental Divide Widens as Tooth Loss Declines

After tracking the trends of tooth loss over the last hundred years, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have concluded that the number of people experiencing edentulism will decrease 30% by the year 2050. The researchers looked at population trends in U.S adults aged 15 and up over several different time frames, using the information to … Read More

Oral Cancer Strikes Again

On the heels of the loss of one of baseball’s all-time greats, Tony Gwynn, yet another baseball legend has been brought down by the sport’s dirtiest little secret. According to a recent Dr.Bicuspid article, Curt Schilling, former Boston Red Sox pitcher, has announced that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, blaming his 30 year addiction to chewing tobacco. … Read More

Risk of Oral Cancer May be Tied to Diet

Do you remember the Mediterranean diet? It became a diet fad in the 1990’s and pops up every now and again as a heart healthy alternative to the traditional American selection of foods. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. Butter is replaced with healthy fats, like olive oil, … Read More

Questions for Your New Dentist

Did you know that nearly 50% of Americans don’t visit the dentist regularly? That’s a staggering statistic considering the slew of serious health conditions that have been linked to periodontal disease. Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications and dementia have all been connected to the often preventable oral disease, making it extremely important to take care of your … Read More

Overcome Your Dental Phobia

If you experience anxiety about visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans avoid the increasingly important bi-annual appointment for a myriad of reasons. People have cited such reasons as anxiety from the sounds of dental equipment, pain associated with procedures, fear of needles, fear of the dentist himself and criticism for not coming more often, fear of a … Read More

Study Finds That Dental Treatments Save Money Over Time

Periodontitis has been linked to several more serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and complications in pregnancy, and now researchers have used that connection to show that treatment for periodontal disease can actually reduce health care costs. According to a recent Dental Tribune article, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania were able to determine that individuals who were … Read More

Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Did you know that over 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year? In five short years, nearly half of them will lose their battle against the fatal disease. The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high, and it’s not because there isn’t an effective treatment. Cancers of the head and neck are routinely … Read More

New Technology Improves Treatment of Pulpitis

Pulpitis is a dental condition which occurs when the pulp, the innermost part of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood supply, becomes inflamed. The most common cause for pulpitis is tooth decay, and because nearly 50% of the world’s population has some form of decay, it is considered a global oral health issue. When the condition is caught … Read More

New Chew to Benefit Oral Health

Move over toothpaste, there’s (potentially)  a new oral health product being added to drug store shelves worldwide. As scientists gain further information on the role of pH in our mouths, product developers are taking advantage.  According to a recent story, researchers at Stony Brook University school of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics have developed a chocolate-flavored soft chew that … Read More