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Tobacco Smoke Makes Oral Bacteria More Resilient

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The mouth is home to more than 700 different bacteria species. Tobacco smoke, though, promotes the colonization and fortification of harmful species like Porphyromonas gingivalis. The immune system, then, has a much harder time fighting them off as biofilms begin to develop.

“Once a pathogen establishes itself within a biofilm, it can be difficult to eradicate as biofilms provide a physical barrier against the host immune response,” said David A. Scott, PhD, a researcher at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

The chemicals in tobacco smoke stress the oral environment and alter the expression of multiple genes and proteins in the bacteria there, promoting colonization and…

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Tobacco Smoke Makes Oral Bacteria More Resilient


Diabetes Patients Have Higher Odds of Dental Loss

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People with diabetes are 1.46 times more likely to lose their teeth than healthy patients.   Diabetes patients are also more likely to lose their teeth earlier in life than people without diabetes of the same age. Furthermore, diabetics suffer more severely and more frequently from periodontal disease and dental caries, which probably increases…

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Gum diseases could open the body to a swarm of infections

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Dental care has been disconnected from general health care for many years now, but the more you start to think about it, the stranger it seems. After all, you don’t really separate any other branch of medicine so… why teeth? It all started in the 19th century, following conflicts between surgeons and dentists in England. The conflict was carried on in the United States, after medicine became linked to employer insurance and Medicare. The fissure between medicine and dentistry widened, until it was…

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Gum diseases could open the body to a swarm of infections


Cancer Patients Require Managed Oral Healthcare

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Approximately every 3 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with cancer. Oral complications resulting from anticancer therapies like chemotherapy and radiation can significantly affect morbidity, the patients’ tolerance, and their overall quality of life. Is your office prepared to handle the unique oral care needs of these patients?

In 1989, The National Institutes of Health had a Consensus Development Conference entitled “The Oral Complications of Cancer Therapies: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention.” The number one recommendation of the conference was…
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Cancer Patients Require Managed Oral Healthcare


The skinny on sparkling water: Does it erode teeth?

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Sparkling waters, popularly received as a healthy alternative beverage, have their advantages. But many people do not know certain types can cause dental erosion.

We know that certain foods and beverages are harmful to our bodies and our mouths. Sugary drinks have been linked to tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, depression and more; even diet drinks have been shown to have harmful effects. This article will review the shocking truth about another popular, seemingly harmless beverage, sparkling water.

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The skinny on sparkling water: Does it erode teeth?


Researchers Link Gum Disease To Cognitive Decline In Alzheimer’s: Can Oral Health Impact The Brain?

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Brushing your teeth may impact more than just your oral and heart health; it may have an influence over your brain and cognitive function, according to a new study. Research out of King’s College London and the University of Southampton has found that gum disease may be associated with faster cognitive decline among people with early Alzheimer’s disease. This isn’t the first time researchers have found a potential connection between poor oral health and chronic disorders, including Alzheimer’s, but it brings up a frequently revisited question: Can oral hygiene truly have an impact on the brain and cognitive function?

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Great Britain Imposes Sugar Levy on Soft-Drink Companies

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Great Britain will impose a levy on soft-drink producers and importers based on the amount of sugar they use in their products beginning in 2018, according to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The government expects to raise £520 each year, which will be used to fund school athletics.

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American Dental Association – others “concerned” about tobacco products

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The ADA and 35 other health organizations have asked the Food and Drug Administration to be more diligent about requiring tobacco companies to obtain approval before introducing new tobacco products to market.

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Your mouth is the doorway to your body

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“The mouth is the doorway to the body, rather than a separate organ, and is the access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream via the gums.”

“It’s important to note that oral health isn’t just about teeth,” said professor Iain Chapple.

Patients with chronic kidney disease and periodontitis have a higher mortality rate than patients with chronic kidney disease alone. Researchers note that these findings add to the growing evidence for poor oral health’s associations with other chronic diseases.

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COPD and bleeding gums

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Investigators looking at  the possible relationship between gum bleeding and respiratory health found there is a consistent but unexplained link. – See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/can-copd-make-gums-bleed-#sthash.JY72bqdj.dpuf…

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