Tooth Loss Found to be Linked to Brain Shrinkage: Study Reveals

A study conducted by a team of researchers in Japan has found a potential connection between gum disease, tooth loss and brain shrinkage in the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays a crucial role in memory and has been associated with Alzheimer's disease. Led by Dr. Satoshi Yamaguchi, PhD, from Tohoku University in Sendai, the study focused on late middle-aged and older... read more »

What You and Your Patients Need To Know About Gum Disease and Brain Health

June is celebrated as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. To mark this auspicious occasion, dental hygienist-turned-educator Jo-Anne Jones reveals how both dental disease and inflammation can actually contribute to brain disease and neuroinflammation and what patients can do to lower their risk of incurring these serious issues. Research has shown that gum health and brain health are closely linked to... read more »

Interproximal Cleaning Aids Improve Periodontal Parameters in Patients of Severe Periodontitis

Interproximal cleaning aids improve periodontal parameters in patients of severe periodontitis in the short term according to a new study published in the journal of periodontology. The purpose of this 6-week, single-blinded, randomized clinical trial was to determine whether the use of an interproximal brush, with or without a tracking device, is more effective than an oral irrigator in improving... read more »

Flossing Is Crucial to Good Oral Health

If you aren't already brushing your teeth (and tongue) for at least two minutes twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste, gargling with mouthwash, replacing your toothbrush every four months, and visiting your dentist twice a year, you are shortchanging your oral health. But that's not all. No oral care routine is complete if it doesn’t include flossing, or cleaning between... read more »

Having Diabetes and Toothlessness Together Worsen Cognitive Decline

Having both diabetes and tooth loss contributes to the worsening of cognitive function and quicker cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new study published in a special issue of the Journal of Dental Research focused on aging and oral health. “Our findings underscore the importance of dental care and diabetes management for older adults in reducing the devastating personal and societal... read more »

Antigingivitis Toothpaste Along With Oral Health Advice Through Intraoral Images Improves Gingival Health

Does a complex intervention of oral hygiene advice (OHA) delivered with intra-oral scanner images, antigingivitis toothpaste and motivational reminders, improve oral health more than a standard of care control arm of fluoride toothpaste, with OHA without scanner images? Adult participants with pre-existing gingivitis were randomized to intervention or control. Following enrollment, baseline and each subsequent visit (V) (3-weeks, V2; 3-months,... read more »

Oral Health Pandemic: Why It’s Vital to Protect Against Oral Diseases

A recently published report outlining the oral health crisis happening worldwide has been published by the The World Health Organization (WHO). Just last November 2022, the Global Oral Health Status Report published determined that there are 3.5 billion people affected by one or more oral diseases. Not only that, but over 1 billion new cases of oral disease have been... read more »

New Evidence Posits Potential Link Between Brain Function and Oral Health

DALLAS, US: According to a new study funded by the American Heart Association, there is an increased potential for incurring cerebrovascular disease by having a genetic predisposition for poor oral health. Researchers used the presence of white matter hyperintensities, (accumulated damage to the white matter in the brain), as evidence of cerebrovascular disease. Documented through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the... read more »

Periodontitis Linked to Increased Risk of AF in Japanese Study

Researchers have newly discovered a correlation between periodontitis and fibrosis scarring to an appendage of the heart’s left atrium that can lead to atrial fibrillation (AF). This was found to be the case in a sample of 76 patients who have cardiac disease. Periodontitis, an advanced type of gum disease, can often cause various dental issues, including bad breath, bleeding... read more »