neuralgia

What do you do when you’re suffering from a toothache? For most people, the first and most logical step is to call your dentist. After all, tooth pain is usually caused by a dental problem—such as tooth decay, a cracked tooth, an infection in the tooth or gums, an impacted wisdom tooth or a failing…

Meditation and Mental Health

Meditation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. And there’s a growing body of research to support that. In a review published in March…

tooth decay

Can you name the most common disease in the world today? It isn’t cancer, heart disease or influenza. Throughout every continent, across every demographic and age bracket, the most prevalent disease is tooth decay. While it’s not generally life-threatening, tooth decay can lead to lost time on the job or at school, impose a financial…

holistic dentistry

By definition, a holistic dentist is concerned with a person’s complete (“whole”) health rather than strictly focusing on teeth. Every modern dentist should offer a “holistic” approach to patient care—especially given all we know today about the connection between oral health and overall health. The issue with “holistic” dentistry is that the term has taken…

gum disease

What’s the connection between your oral health and general health? Can you name the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? It’s not decay, accidents or teeth grinding. Instead, the culprit is periodontal (gum) disease—a “silent” malady that affects around one in two adults, yet often isn’t recognized until it has progressed to a…

sinusitis and tooth infection

Dear Doctor, I get sinus infections every year. My doctor suggested I see an endodontist. How could seeing a dental specialist help with my problem? I am glad to hear that your doctor recommended seeing an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating infections inside the teeth. All too often, a possible…

alcohol and mouth bacteria

Changes in oral microbes may lead to gum disease, heart problems, and cancer, study says. Drinking alcohol can throw off the balance of good and bacteria in the mouth and raise your risk for a variety of diseases, according to new research. In a study published April 23, 2018, in the journal Microbiome, scientists at NYU School of…

chewing gum and oral health

Remember when you accidentally swallowed your gum in elementary school and your friends convinced you that it’d be in there for seven years? If you’ve seen the headlines about the new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, you probably read about his daily gum habit-about 35 pieces of cinnamon-flavored Orbit gum, chewed and swallowed, all before…

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