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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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