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New Research Links Periodontal Disease to Breast Cancer

In Dental Care on February 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM

As gum disease and oral systemic dentistry research continues, it seems we are learning more everyday about how gum disease and tooth loss can negatively impact not only our oral health and appearance, but our overall physical health as well. Recent news out of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden highlighted some seriously alarming links between gum disease and breast cancer.

The study, conducted on over three thousand patients, showed that out of the 41 people who developed breast cancer, those who had gum disease and tooth loss were 11 times more likely to develop cancer. We can now add breast cancer to the already widely accepted connections between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and low birth weight or even risk of fetal death.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study on the association between periodontitis and breast cancer,” Birgitta Söder, DrMedSc, PhD, Lic Odont Sc, RDH, a professor emeritus at Karolinska Institute, told (Erin Archer, R.N. contributing writer, November 18, 2010)

That is alarming, especially when we consider how preventable gum disease can be. Moms and soon to be expectant Moms need to pay attention, the old-wives tale of gain a child lose a tooth need not apply. We now know better. Did you know that estimates that over half the teens in America have some form of gum disease?

Sure there are always environmental and genetic factors in play, but in order for most of us to develop gum disease wouldn’t we need to be ignoring our teeth?

Is it possible to develop gum disease even if you brush twice daily, and floss on the regular?

What are some early signs of gum disease?

All good questions for us to ask next time we pay our dentist a visit, but we need to remember to do so. Most likely your dentist already tries to inform you of these important health concerns, whether through a monthly email newsletter or a chairside conversation. Sometimes we just need to pay better attention, and consider time with our dentist an invaluable opportunity to learn how taking better care of our teeth and gums, can significantly improve our health and wellness.  

Ask your dentist for more information on gum disease and oral systemic dentistry, and be sure to share the information you receive with friends and family.

Do Tongue Cleaners Work?

In Dental Care on December 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

YES – unless bad breath, oral bacteria, and leftover food gunk are things you want to take with you as you start your day…or before you go to bed. Some people use their toothbrush for the job, but for better removal of the oral bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease; scrape that tongue!

We won’t get into any specific brand or style of tongue squeegee, just choose one you think will do the job. And if you have any questions, just ask.

Oral bacteria have been linked to many other general health problems such as:

Plaque (the kind in your blood vessels) & Heart Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Premature birth or low birth weight

Watch this 3min YouTube video, “Healthy Mouth, Healthy You“… can you believe there are more bacteria in your mouth right now than there are people in the world!?!

What many people first deemed a gimmick is actually a useful and inexpensive oral health care tool to add to your arsenal. The cavity creeps are unrelenting, they don’t take time off for Holidays!

Does Your Family Physician Talk To Your Dentist?

In Dental Care on October 26, 2010 at 4:00 AM

We’ve been waiting for this for some time. In order for physicians to best serve our communities, it is important for all of our medical professionals to have a complete blueprint of our individual health – past, present, and future. Welcome to Health Care 2.0!

A group of healthcare professionals from across the U.S. has formed the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), which aims to bring together medical professionals from all fields[1].

In order to do this we need communicate, participate, and share our health care information amongst all parties responsible for it – you and your doctors, dentists, caregivers, specialists…etc.

Research arms us with the information necessary to retain our overall health, and technology allows us to communicate with each other and share that info. This further enables us to develop the tools and tests necessary to advance our understanding of the mouth-health to overall health (and vice versa) connection.

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Please visit these links from to learn more about the mouth/body connection:

Tooth loss = higher heart disease risk?

Healthy mouth for a healthy heart

Cardio issues are changing dentistry, expert says

Gum disease an indicator of cardiovascular disease risk

Inflammation links periodontal and systemic diseases

Research links diabetes and oral inflammatory diseases

Regular teeth brushing linked to healthier hearts

Oral bacteria linked to hypertension risk

Study finds new link between perio disease and Alzheimer’s