Osteoporosis, a medical condition that affects millions of middle-aged and older people, causes bones to become weak and brittle. Having this disease means that a minor fall—or even mild stress like coughing—can lead to broken bones and troubling complications. In the United States alone, around 17-20 million people (mostly post-menopausal women) are taking medications to…

fluoride

If I had a dollar for every not-so-pleasant discussion I’ve had over fluoride with various dentists over the years, well I’d be a lot better off than I am now. It’s not that I find talking about fluoride unpleasant, despite the fact that there isn’t much good I can say about the stuff, it’s more…

Which supplements should people take to help promote good health, and at what doses? Vitamins? Minerals? Herbs? Nutraceuticals? Perhaps the best answer is before experimenting with exotic dietary supplement ingredients, it first makes sense to start out with the three dietary supplements that everyone should be taking. This includes a multivitamin, vitamin D and omega-…

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Americans have failed to meet the RDA for several key nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and zinc.1 Other research on both athletes and sedentary individuals indicated that their food intake was RDA-deficient in more than one-third of the seven minerals analyzed.2 In addition, research done by the USDA has shown…

As people wrestle with chronic sinus infections this winter, an underlying tooth infection may be to blame, according to endodontist Michael J. Lewis, DMD. “In short, sometimes the roots of one’s teeth become infected and that infection can spread to a space located behind one’s cheek bones,” said Lewis, a specialist member of the American Association…

Just like your body depends on certain nutrients to stay in good shape, the health of your teeth and gums are affected by what you eat. Certain foods can help increase the risk of tooth decay and promote plaque buildup, while other foods play a significant role in preventing tooth and gum disease, including bone…

If you have just lost one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants as a solution. Gaps in teeth can affect your bite, lead to the movement of adjoining teeth, and even cause pain and discomfort so many patients opt for implant surgery for a lasting solution to their problem. Sometimes, insufficient bone…

My father was just diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux), which was first noticed by his dentist. Can you tell me more about this condition and why it would affect his teeth? It’s actually not surprising that your father’s dentist was the first to discover signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Though it is a digestive…

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