A Concerning Potential Side Effect of Erythritol Emerges
Pride Dental » Oral Health
by Lisa
3d ago
  We’ve blogged before about erythritol, a sugar alcohol that’s become increasingly popular and, like xylitol, may offer some protection against tooth decay and gum disease by controlling harmful bacteria. Because it’s a zero-calorie sweetener that doesn’t seem to affect blood glucose levels, it’s become especially popular in both food and drink for those who want or need to watch their sugar intake. The side effects you usually hear about are the ones that apply to other sugar alcohols: If you eat too much, your gut may complain – a lot. But recently, other potential side effects have em ..read more
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The Pride Dental Blog’s Year in Review, 2022 Edition
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by Pride Dental
3M ago
    It’s hard to believe, but next year will mark our blog’s 10th anniversary – a blog that began as another way to help our patients take charge of their mouth/body health, as well as teach others about holistic and biological dentistry. Teaching, after all, is central to a biological practice like ours, where we emphasize prevention first – no teeth are better than the ones you were born with – and truly informed consent when treatment is needed. That means understanding not just what the procedure is and how it works, but why it’s needed, its risks and benefits, as well as altern ..read more
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Now Isn’t the Time to Skip Your Regular Dental Visits
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by Pride Dental
11M ago
Although there has yet to be a single documented case of a patient getting COVID from visiting the dentist, some people remain hesitant about keeping up with their regular dental visits, especially as the news remains filled with stories of surging cases. Truth be told, your dentist or hygienist is apt to be more exposed to dental aerosols than you are – and thus more apt to become infected. Yet research done in Italy during their terrible initial surge found that even dental workers faced a near-zero risk of exposure when standard safety procedures are followed, such as those we implemented b ..read more
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Could COVID Really Make Your Teeth Fall Out?
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by Pride Dental
11M ago
While most people who become infected with the novel coronavirus will recover, researchers have found that some – anywhere from 10 to 33%, depending on the study – will experience long-term symptoms. And according to a recent article in the New York Times, there are some patients who have reported a rather startling post-COVID symptom to fellow members of an online support group: losing teeth. One woman described noticing a tooth wiggling after she popped a mint, only to have the tooth fall out the next day. Another said she lost a tooth while eating ice cream. Others report having sensitive g ..read more
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Should You Be Chewing Sugarless Gum?
Pride Dental » Oral Health
by Pride Dental
11M ago
A question posed by a recent headline in Evidence-Based Dentistry seems to beg only one answer: “Well, duh!” If you’re going to chew gum at all, of course sugarless is the way to go. Sugars make the mouth more acidic as harmful bacteria feed on the sweet stuff. But does sugarless necessarily prevent decay? For the current study, researchers analyzed data from 38 previous studies on the impact of sugar-free gum on all aspects of oral health. All together, they showed that there was significantly less decay when sugarless gum was used. The effect was even greater in studies that looked only at ..read more
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Oral Pathogens May Fuel Oral Cancer, New Study Says
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by Pride Dental
11M ago
Oral cancer screening is a crucial part of your oral exam. After all, when caught early, it’s readily treatable, with a 5-year survival rate of 84%. But less than a third of oral cancers are diagnosed at this stage. This is why the overall survival rate is much lower: just 57% – worse than for many more familiar types of cancer. By far, the most common form of oral cancer is oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), accounting for 90% of all cases. If the cancer is on the tongue or floor of the mouth, the 5-year survival rate is 75% or better. But if it spreads to the lymph nodes, the survival rate ..read more
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A Common Chemical May Raise Risk of Decay, Says New Study
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by Pride Dental
11M ago
When it comes to tooth decay, poor nutrition and hygiene typically get most of the blame. But there are other risk factors, too, such as chronic dry mouth, bruxing (habitual grinding) – and, according to new research in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, possibly a common chemical: perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA). PFDA is one of a number of synthetic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS for short, which are used widely in manufacturing. These chemicals hang around a long time, in both our environment and in the human body – and have been found to have some alarming ..read more
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What Nail Biting Can Do to Your Teeth & Gums
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by Pride Dental
11M ago
If you’re a nail-biter, you probably don’t think of something like this happening: Can’t see what that tiny arrow is pointing to? Here’s what doctors removed from the patient’s gums: While the procedure was a success and there were no ill effects afterwards, cases like this one offer a good reminder that parafunctional habits like nail biting can actually damage your teeth and gums. “Parafunctional” refers to the habit of using the mouth, tongue, or jaw in ways you don’t normally use them. Other common parafunctional habits include teeth grinding (bruxing), tongue biting, lip chewing, and th ..read more
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More on the Oral Health/Lung Health Connection 
Pride Dental » Oral Health
by Pride Dental
11M ago
Just as your mouth and gut are connected – the health of one depending on the other – so, too, your mouth and lungs. As one recent review put it, the mouth and lungs  are part of a continuum. This continuity is reflected in their microbiomes. Emerging evidence suggests that dysbiosis of the oral cavity is at the very least associated with and may impact the progression of several lung pathologies. That is, an overload of harmful bacteria in the mouth may contribute to lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, COPD, and pneumonia by being inhaled. One study cited in the review, for instan ..read more
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Vitamin D vs. Chronic Inflammation
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by Pride Dental
11M ago
A paper just published in the journal Nutrients suggests that vitamin D may be a good option for reducing risk of COVID-19. Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Of course, it’s ability to reduce inflammation is also what makes it so useful in wardi ..read more
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