Category Archives: Oral Health

Which is Worse for Teeth? Soda or Meth?

A recent case study published in the journal General Dentistry answers the question whether drinking soda or using meth is worse for your teeth. Since we’ve all heard of “meth mouth” you would think the answer would be obvious. The astounding answer in this case – drinking large amounts of diet soda is just as… Read More »

Healthy Gums Lead to Lower Medical Costs – Part 2

In a previous post on March 5, 2013 I had talked about a study funded by United Concordia insurance and completed at the University of Pennsylvania which showed dramatically lower medical costs for patients who had treated their gum disease. The initial release of data from this study focused on heart disease and diabetes patients.… Read More »

Sticky Easter Basket Makeover

How about some suggestions for an Easter Basket Makeover that keep the fun going but avoid some of the sugar overload. I know, the sticky, gooey seasonal treats are hard to pass up but all that sticky sugar is really bad for your teeth and leads to tooth decay. Instead of a basket full of gooey treats,… Read More »

Signs of an Abscessed Tooth

What are the signs of an abscessed tooth? An abscessed tooth is a serious infection that shouldn’t be ignored. It is an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. Most of the time an abscess is caused by severe tooth decay. Some infections can also be the result… Read More »

Modern Diet Bad in Many Ways

We keep learning more about how the modern diet we eat today is not particularly healthy. Weight gain, increased cases of heart disease and diabetes are all linked to a poor diet. Now, a study of the evolution of our teeth over the past 7,500 years has shown that our modern diet is also bad… Read More »

Don’t Skip Dental Visits for any Reason

There are lots of reasons people skip dental visits, I’ve listed some below. A top reason is dental anxiety or dental phobia. Dental anxiety is incredibly common but most people who experience fear of the dentist are embarrassed to admit it. Really, it is nothing to be ashamed of – like I said lot’s of people have… Read More »

Sailors, Scurvy and Smiles

Remember scurvy? Of course you don’t, you’ve only read about the problems that this vitamin C deficiency used to cause. Sailors lived on dried grains and meats and didn’t have access to the vitamin C in fresh vegetables so they ended up with spongy gums and tooth loss. Actually the effect of vitamin deficiency on… Read More »

Time to Change Your Toothbrush

Is it time to change your toothbrush? Probably – most of us don’t change our toothbrush often enough. No, I’m not talking about the type of brush you use, just how new it is. A study in Germany showed that the majority of people change their toothbrush every six months. Research has already told us… Read More »

Can Mother Nature Help Fix Sensitive Teeth?

Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks affect a lot of people. If the sensitive tooth advertisements on TV are any indication, the number is increasing! Researchers have reported in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials a novel advance toward dealing with sensitive teeth using ideas from Mother Nature.… Read More »

Type 2 Diabetes and Gum Disease

Type 2 diabetes and gum disease are intimately connected. Now, more scientific evidence linking type 2 diabetes with a greater risk of gum disease has been published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. This is one of the largest investigations of the link between the two  using data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study(an… Read More »