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.
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.
Although a bright, healthy smile can be maintained by regularly brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist, many choose to brighten their smiles even further with teeth whitening. From Zoom! teeth whitening to other systems such as BriteSmile, GLO and Opalescence, whitening has become increasingly popular.
A current health craze is gaining momentum as research begins to back it up. Acid levels, measured in pH, or potential for hydrogen, can be measured easily and inexpensively, and these levels can be affected drastically by the foods and beverages we consume. Several best-selling books tout the miracles that can occur when the proper pH is achieved. As a result, countless people are testing the pH of their saliva—and even their urine—to learn more about their health. In a recent post right on this blog, we mentioned the issue of pH as an indicator for oral health.
Recently, a study at Brown University demonstrated that bacteria linked to periodontal disease may play a role in triggering pancreatic cancer.
Remember that ad campaign from the early 1990's? Milk, it does the body good. Well, according to research, that's still true. Specifically, it seems that milk does the mouth good.
We are constantly hearing of new ways that oral health contributes to overall health and wellness. In a recent article published online by the European Journal of Oral Sciences, scientists confirmed this connection, this time citing a correlation between teeth and memory.
Dentistry has embraced the digital camera for its ease of use, compact size, minimal maintenance and clear, easily stored images. About the size of an ink pen, digital cameras specifically designed for use in dentistry—often called intra-oral cameras—capture detailed photos of teeth and gums. A hygienist, dentist or assistant may have taken pictures of your mouth during your last checkup.
Bisphenol A, a controversial chemical compound, has a new reason for criticism. Added to plastics to keep them from becoming brittle, BPA can be found in everyday items like baby bottles, water bottles, CDs, soda cans and register receipts. Because of BPA's hormone-like properties and links to infertility, behavioral issues, memory loss and thyroid problems, it has been banned in many countries, making its continued use quite a hot topic.
Cow's milk is well-known for calcium and vitamin D, nutrients proven to strengthen teeth and bones. Well, move over boring milk! America's favorite pizza topping is taking its turn in the limelight. Published in a recent issue of General Dentistry, a new study found that consuming cheese may help protect teeth against cavities by improving the pH level in the mouth.