Recently, a story was featured on the Bloomberg news site regarding a possible link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study conducted by British researchers, Porphyromonas gingivalis (a bacteria commonly associated with periodontal disease) was found in four of 10 brain tissue samples from Alzheimer’s patients. In comparison, no signs of the bacteria were found in 10 tissue samples from people of similar age who haven’t shown signs of dementia.
Xerostomia or dry mouth as it's commonly known is more than just feeling thirsty. You get it when your mouth makes very little Saliva -- or even none at all. What little saliva you have might be thick and stringy. Saliva helps you taste food and drinks and it helps you digest your food. It flushes food particles away from your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.
It has been observed that a third of bruxism patients also suffer from sleep disorders like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, etc. Bruxism may be the effect or the cause of many types of sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and daytime lethargy.
According the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a government research center, a quick blood test may one day be able to predict oral cancer up to ten years in advance. In a large study, patients with oral cancer, specifically cancer near the tonsils, were found to be much more likely to have a certain antibody to the virus known as HPV, than their cancer-free counterparts.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a great habit. Your life takes you lots of places, and your toothbrush goes along with you. You have probably brushed your teeth in hotels while traveling, at friends' houses while visiting, in the woods while camping and in your kitchen while your bathroom was being remodeled. What's the strangest place you've taken your toothbrush and toothpaste?
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Each year, approximately 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by some type of chronic sleep disorder. Some of these progress to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which may cause lack of restful sleep among many other health problems. Snoring is one of the most easily identified symptoms, and as it worsens it can lead to full airway blockage while you sleep, which can severely disrupt your sleep patterns.
One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, conducted a study and found that 99.7 percent of those polled believed a smile is an important social asset.
The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel. Remember, kids are not born with a fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown.
There are numerous whitening systems available today, both in-office and take-home. An excellent in-office option is eZlase 940 laser whitening. Ideal for oral surgery and treating pain, laser whitening works quickly and efficiently. The laser is used in conjunction with Biolase LaserWhite whitening gel, which when activated, provides a bright, healthy new smile in only 20 minutes. Tooth discoloration is a common problem stemming from many different factors such as food, drinks, smoking and aging, but thanks to laser whitening, it doesn’t have to be a permanent problem.
It seems that every year there are more Halloween festivities than the last: school parties, trunk-or-treat events at churches, work gatherings, boo at the zoo, parades and, of course, actual trick-or-treating. Kids—and grown ups, if we're honest—end up with calendars jammed with fun and pillowcases full of treats.