31Aug, 2016

Heart disease risk higher with latent tooth infection

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If you missed your last dental checkup, a new study might encourage you to book that appointment right away; researchers have identified a higher risk of heart disease for individuals who have hidden tooth infections. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, responsible for around 610,000 deaths every year. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common form of heart disease, caused by a buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart. Common risk factors for heart disease […]
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23Aug, 2016

Colorectal tumors exacerbated by mouth microbes

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Mouth microbes called fusobacteria may use the bloodstream to reach and worsen colorectal tumors through a special sugar-binding protein, study finds. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. While the death rate from colorectal cancer has decreased in both males and females – due to colorectal polyps being found by screening and removed before they can develop into cancer – not enough people are getting screened for colorectal […]
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9Aug, 2016

New link between periodontal and cerebrovascular diseases

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A new study has revealed a relationship between chronic periodontitis and lacunar infarct, two common diseases in the elderly. Chronic periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums, whereas lacunar infarct is a type of cerebral small vessel disease that can lead to a stroke. Additional research is needed to understand this link. It is hypothesized that periodontitis leads to systemic inflammation and, as a result, the health of the blood vessels could be affected. On the other hand, chronic periodontitis and lacunar infarct may share common vascular risk factors […]
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5Aug, 2016

Is the Associated Press right? Response to the AP regarding the benefits of flossing

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The Associated Press released a report saying that flossing had no proven benefits—but dental professionals believe that isn’t the case. The Associated Press (AP) came out with a report earlier this week stating there are no proven benefits to flossing. Working in dentistry, we know how important cleaning in interproximally is, not only for oral health but for overall health. The AP stated the evidence for the benefits of flossing is weak, very unreliable, of very low quality and has a potential for bias. The AP also stated all the […]
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