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.
We often remind parents that water is the best beverage for their already sweet kids. Soft drinks, sports drinks, punches, fruit drinks and the like are marketed at kids at every turn, but all that artificially-colored sugar water is known to affect their health and behavior and contribute to obesity. And, of course, dentists and parents alike are concerned about cavities.
From game-based exercise programs to simple actions on your TV and home computer, touchless video game technology has moved from all play and no work, to all work, all play, and everything in between. And soon, you may be able to see it in action at your dentist's office.
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?
This guy may still have you beat.
It's right around the corner. Candy season.
Displays of Halloween candy show up as soon as the back-to-school signs are taken down, and it seems that candy holidays run back to back until Valentine's Day or Easter. Is it possible that there are more months of the year in candy season than not? With all of the occasions for temptation, it's a good idea to look for creative ways to skip the candy when you can—especially since pumpkin-shaped Peeps and Reese's have been out since Labor Day!
Roald Dahl's fantastical Willy Wonka, made famous by Gene Wilder in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, created outlandish, amazing confections. His incredible inventions included edible wallpaper, a three-course-meal contained in a chewing gum, a soda for weightlessness and, of course, the Everlasting Gobstopper. What the fictional Candyman was missing however, may just make its way into real life.
Halloween is a fun time of year. What's not to love about meeting the neighbors, going to a party or two and indulging in a few treats? Possibly the best part is checking out the creative costumes!
Of course, there's a common theme in our list. Take a look at our favorite homemade Halloween costume pins on Pinterest, and see if you can find it.
It used to be that having wisdom teeth removed was a rite of passage. High schoolers and young adults once dreaded the inevitable day that their third molars would be taken out. Depending on your age, you may remember the awful exaggerations about lengthy recoveries, swollen cheeks and liquid diets that circulated around the lunch table when another peer joined the ranks.
These days, however, many dentists take a more conservative approach, applying the live-and-let-live philosophy to the usually benign presence of molars 1, 16, 17 and 32.
Other than the occasional dandelion leaf in an exotic salad, weeds don't usually make it onto the modern American menu. And why should they, when we have plenty of variety at the grocery store? We have drawn a clear line between fruits and vegetables and, well, all that other stuff.
Research published in the journal PLOS may just have people reconsidering "all that other stuff" after all. Recently, scientists examined ancient dental plaque found in bodies buried in Sudan. Using a sophisticated method of chemical analysis, they looked at the dental calculus to learn more about the way people lived over a span of several thousand years. What they found was surprising.
Pinterest users can't get enough of the beautiful photos and seemingly great ideas found on the website to improve their homes, health and lives. We know a person doesn't have to be a professional baker to teach someone to make a scrumptious cake, but can self-proclaimed health enthusiasts offer sound dental and medical advice? In this feature, we look at ideas from the blogosphere made famous on Pinterest and give you our take.
We often remind our readers that oral health is tied to overall health. Often, key nutrients that reduce risks for heart disease, cancers and diabetes are found to benefit oral health as well. Remember our post on Brussels sprouts? Well, here's another reason to eat them.