The Correlation Between Obesity and Periodontal Disease

Several studies have shown that there is a correlation between obesity and periodontitis. New research has been looking at what the two have in common - inflammation. What is Obesity? Obesity is often misunderstood. Obese and overweight is when the body has abnormal or excess fat accumulation that can affect one's health. By the calculation of BMI (Body Mass Index), one...

Study Concludes Poor Oral Health Increases the Risk of Liver Cancer

Patients have probably heard stories about the way poor oral health can lead to a variety of medical conditions, some of them serious. However, some patients may have doubts about the seriousness of the oral-systemic link. In June of this year, the Mayo Clinic put many people's doubts to rest when it published "Oral Health:  A Window to Your Overall Health." This analysis concluded...

Research Compares Flossing Techniques for Patients with Type I Gingival Embrasures

The Journal of Dental Hygiene recently published a study titled "Efficacy, Safety and Patient Preference of Knotted Floss Technique in Type I Gingival Embrasures" in their February edition. The research examined the knotted floss technique compared to conventional floss technique in patients with type I gingival embrasures. About Gingival Embrasures A gingival embrasure is a medical term used to describe patients with an open...

The Great Recession and Demand for Oral Health Care

The economic troubles during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 have had a statistical impact on both dentistry and orthodontics in several different ways. The Effect of the Great Recession on the Demand for General Oral Health Care and Orthodontic Care, an article researched and written by Albert H. Guay, DMD, and Andrew Blatz, MS., is a study of how professional...

More Evidence Points to Colon Cancer and Lung Cancer Links to Periodontitis

Evidence from a recent study demonstrated a potential link between periodontitis and cancer. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which published the research, is a peer-reviewed medical journal that shares the latest information about cancer research and medical treatment. Cancer Rates in America Cancer is very prevalent in America and is widely considered one of the main causes of death and illness. According...

Periodontal Inflammation Linked to Vision Loss

Researchers recently presented a poster titled, "Investigating the Enigmatic Link Between Periodontal Inflammation and Retinal Degeneration," at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. The results of the study revealed how chronic periodontitis could lead to macular degeneration or irreversible vision loss in elderly patients. The American Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization with over 3,000 members...

New Research Shows the Majority of Antibiotics Prescribed by Dentists Are Unnecessary

Antibiotic resistance is a hot topic, and for a good reason. The World Health Organization (WHO) sees antibiotic resistance as a huge threat to public health. As antibiotics are used, bacteria changes to resist the antibiotics. The bacteria becomes harder to get rid of, and the antibiotics become less effective. This is a global, timeless phenomenon. Anytime and any way...

Systemic Review Looks at How Boric Acid Can Help Periodontal Therapy

Boric acid is a popular remedy for a variety of health concerns. The International Journal of Dental Hygiene recently published a systemic review titled "Boric acid as an adjunct to periodontal therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis" that analyzed its efficacy on patients who suffer from periodontal issues. More Information About Boric Acid Boric acid, also known as hydrogen borate, is a white...

Can Type 2 Diabetes and Hyperglycemia Affect A Patient’s Dental Implants?

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the disease is so prevalent among adults and young children, scientists in the dental community are very focused on understanding how the disease may impact a patient's oral health or the effectiveness of treatment plans. Recently, a team of researchers located in Germany conducted...

Decreasing Pain and Infection of Third Molar Removal: 3 Irrigants Compared

Many of us remember what it was like to get our third molars extracted. Was it a simple extraction or surgical extraction? Had they erupted fully, or impacted causing havoc and pushing against other teeth, threatening thousands of dollars in orthodontic care? Did you receive sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia and then recorded by your mother on her phone while...

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