Study Links Breast Cancer and Gum Disease

A recent study, published in the Journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, has discovered that women who suffer from gum disease are up to three times more likely to develop breast cancer. According to an article from the Oral Health Foundation, more than 200 women participated in the study, which allowed researchers to examine the theory that breast cancer … Read More

Tooth Decay and the Role of Genetics

Have you ever heard that you got your “bad teeth” from your mom/dad/aunt/great-great-great grandfather/etc? According to a recent Medical News Today article, the oral bacteria found in your mouth when you are very young is in fact influenced by your genetic background. But a recent study has found that as we age, the heritable factor wanes and non-heritable influences, like … Read More

New Study Links Gum Disease with Alzheimer’s

According to a recent article from the Huffington Post, chronic gum inflammation, or periodontitis, has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The condition, which happens to be the leading cause of tooth loss, has also been linked with increases in markers of inflammation throughout the body. Chronic periodontitis is also thought to contribute … Read More

The Link Between Gum Disease and Stoke Risk

According to an article from Health.com, adults diagnosed with gum disease could be twice as likely to suffer a stroke than those with healthy gums. While the study isn’t the first to connect brain attacks with gum disease, it further explains the link by demonstration a “dose-response” relationship. “The higher the level of gum disease, the worse the risk,” said … Read More

Study Confirms Link Between Marijuana and Gum Disease

According to a recent WebMD news article, individuals who smoke marijuana regularly may be setting themselves up for gum disease. “It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal [gum] disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis [pot] users may also be at risk,” said Jaffer Shariff, a postdoctoral resident in periodontology … Read More

New Study on the Treatment of Gum Disease in Diabetic Patients

There is a well documented relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, and while it isn’t fully understood, it is known that gum disease is very difficult to treat in patients with Type 2 diabetes. For patients without diabetes, periodontal disease is often treated with just a few visits to the dentist. But for those with the disease, the condition can … Read More

Risk Factors for Tooth Loss

Losing your teeth does not necessarily have to be in your future, according to a recent WebMD news article. The Journal of Periodontology listed nine risk factors that can have a significant impact on whether you keep your natural teeth later in life, including: Being older than 35 Being male Not receiving professional dental care Not practicing regular dental hygiene, … Read More

Gum Disease and Postmenopausal Women

***UPDATED: February 26, 2017*** In addition to helping women with menopause-related issues, like hot flashes, bone density and sexual satisfaction, scientists have found that estrogen therapy, that is used to treat osteoporosis, can lead to healthier teeth and gums. According to a recent article from Science Daily, as estrogen levels fall during menopause, women tend to become more susceptible to … Read More

Dentist Visit Should Be Part of Prenatal Care

Most women recognize that they should be receiving prenatal care from their doctor when they learn they are pregnant.  But not everyone realizes they should be visiting their dentist as well to ensure there are no problems once a woman learns she is pregnant.  Infection, especially infections in the mouth, can have negative effects on our body as well as … Read More

Can Pregnant Women Treat Gum Disease?

According to the article “Gum Disease Treatment Safe for Pregnant Women” found on WFAA.com, a new study reveals an unborn baby’s health will not be affected by the treatment of gum disease.  This is great news for pregnant women since it’s been long recognized that hormonal changes in pregnant women make them more susceptible to inflammation of the gums and bacterial infections … Read More