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Periodontal Disease and Preemies

Pregnant women who have gum disease (periodontal disease) are more likely to deliver their babies prematurely than women with healthy gums. New research has shown that expectant mothers with gum disease who used mouthwash throughout their pregnancies were less likely to have a preemie. The study was funded by Procter and Gamble and involved an… Read More »

Sleep Essential for Weight Management

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that sleep deprived people eat more but don’t burn off the extra calories. Several recent studies have looked the relationship between sleep length or quality and weight gain. They have all showed similar results — poor or inadequate sleep leads to overeating, craving carbohydrates… Read More »

Tooth Grinding and Headaches

Do you find yourself clenching your jaw? Do you experience frequent headaches or jaw pain? You could be grinding your teeth. Most people who grind their teeth do so during sleep and may not even realize they are doing it until a bed partner comments on the noise or a visit to the dentist shows… Read More »

Is It More Serious Than Snoring?

Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea are common but most people suffering from these diseases have not been diagnosed. There are no blood tests or x-rays that can diagnose a sleep disorder. New studies are proving that anyone, including children, can have sleep apnea. So how do you know if you have sleep apnea?… Read More »

Self Help for TMJ Pain

The initials TMJ stand for temporomandibular joint which is your jaw joint. This small portion of the human anatomy is the most complex joint in the human body and has the ability to cause a lot of misery if it is damaged or inflamed. Jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, neck pain, ear discomfort, even dizziness… Read More »

The Facts on Plaque

Today we are having a lesson about plaque — no, not the kind you hang on the wall. This is the kind that forms on your teeth and can cause big problems if it is not removed. Dental plaque is a biofilm that is formed on your teeth by the bacteria that live in your… Read More »

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Blood Vessel Changes

New research reported in the journal Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association shows that obstructive sleep apnea may cause changes in blood vessel function that reduces the blood supply to the heart. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs when the soft tissues of the oral cavity relax during sleep, blocking the… Read More »

Menopause and Tooth Loss

Researchers believe that almost 30% of post-menopausal women will suffer from tooth loss and that the risk increases to nearly 90% if other risk factors are present. The study looked at  1021 women over a five year period and found that 293 of them suffered from tooth loss during the study period. It is speculated… Read More »

Sleep Apnea – Getting the Correct Diagnosis

Obstructive sleep apnea is becoming more and more common but most people suffering from the disease have not been diagnosed. While many people with the condition are older and overweight, anyone, including children, can have sleep apnea. So how do you know? Many people discover they have a problem because their bed partner complains about… Read More »

Gum Disease Linked to Women’s Fertility

Thinking about starting a family? Along with a visit to your physician you should also schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure your gums are healthy. A study from Australia has linked difficulty conceiving to active gum disease. The study discovered that it took women with periodontal disease longer to get pregnant than… Read More »