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High Fiber Diet Good For Gums

Eating high fiber fruits has been linked to a reduced risk for gum disease. Researchers in a long-running Veterans Affairs dental study followed healthy male military vets and found that older men who ate more high fiber fruits were less likely to have gum disease. According to the study each serving of high fiber fruit… Read More »

Spinbrush Popular But Watch for Breakage

The Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, a battery operated electric toothbrush, has been on the market for many years and is popular with kids and adults. Kids like it because it comes in lots of colors and styles from superhero to princess and it makes brushing fun. Adults like anything that can help them get their… Read More »

Disrupted Sleep Hurts Your Brain

Sleep disruptions hurt your brain and I don’t mean just waking up with a headache! I hear stories about disrupted sleep every day from my Asheville, NC area patients. Now research appears to link disrupted sleep with an increased risk for memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease. Study author Dr. Yo-El Ju states “Disrupted sleep appears… Read More »

Need Sleep – There’s An App For That

It seems like there is a smartphone app for almost anything. Need directions, use the GPS app. Want to discover the night sky, there’s an app that will tell you the names of the stars directly above you. Want to sleep better – why not try an app for that as well? Actually there are… Read More »

Does Smoking Cause Dental Problems?

Smokers not only have more dental problems than non-smokers but a new survey shows they also go to the dentist less often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveyed 16,000 adults and it should be an eye-opener for patients who smoke. More than one-third of the smokers reported having three or more dental… Read More »

Avoid Metal Mouth With Six Month Smiles

Years ago teenagers were the ones who wore braces and they all had a mouth full of silver metal. Today the age for wearing braces and how you look during treatment has changed dramatically. We are seeing more and more adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Some are parents that have witnessed the transformation in their own… Read More »

Is There a Link Between Sleep Problems and Cancer?

Are sleep problems be linked to prostate cancer risk? A study done in Iceland showed that men with the most trouble sleeping were twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as those without any sleep disruptions. The study participants primarily experienced severe insomnia. Other research has also linked sleep disruption and cancer. A previous study… Read More »

Dental Dangers of Energy Drinks

For some people energy drinks are a quick pick-me-up, for some they may cause health problems, and for everyone they are a danger to dental enamel. Lots of us are using them. Red Bull alone sold over $2 billion worth of those little blue and silver cans in 2010. Why do energy drinks cause dental… Read More »

Facts on Plaque

So, what the heck is dental plaque? Well, here are the facts on plaque and how it affects your oral health. Plaque is a biofilm which means it is a colorless, sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If you have ever felt like you were wearing sweaters on your teeth then you… Read More »

Tooth Loss Still Fairly Common

Surprisingly, even among people with good dental health, tooth loss happens.Almost 3/4 of adults over age 35 have lost at least one tooth. By the age of 74 about 25% of us have lost ALL of their teeth.  Reasons for the loss vary – tooth decay, accidents, gum disease, excessive wear (bruxism or tooth grinding), … Read More »