Poor Oral Health Can Mean Worse Systemic Health, New Study Reminds
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by Lisa
1M ago
In case you needed a reminder of just how important your teeth and gums are to your overall health, check out a study that just dropped in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). Its authors set out to explore the link between gum disease and overall mortality via people’s self-reports on their oral health. They used two big sets of data for this – one from the Women’s Health Study and one from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). In the Women’s Health Study, women who said they had gum disease in 2006 were more likely to report having worsening dental heal ..read more
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A Look Back at…How Dental Floss Might Not Be for Everyone
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by Pride Dental
2M ago
Originally posted September 22, 2022 Allergic to Dental Floss: Bad Joke or Real Deal? “I’m allergic to dental floss,” sounds like a joke or maybe a weak excuse to your hygienist about why you haven’t followed their home care advice. But some people actually may be, according to a recent paper in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The paper presents four cases of periodontal (gum disease) patients who had not experienced any improvement despite extensive treatment. When tissue samples were analyzed, researchers found a wealth of plasma cells, which are often seen in allergic reacti ..read more
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Can CBD Help Relieve Tooth Pain? Yes, Suggests New Study
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by Pride Dental
5M ago
  A few years back, we took a brief look at some of the early research on how CBD and other cannabinoids could help control harmful bacteria in the mouth. Since then, more studies have been published that support this possibility. One of these compared cannabinoid-infused rinses to chlorhexidine, a powerful antimicrobial rinse that’s often used to treat gum disease. Plaque samples were taken from 72 adults with varying degrees of this infection. Those samples were then exposed to several different mouthwashes: a popular alcohol-based mouthwash with essential oils; a popular alcohol-free f ..read more
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Probiotics for a Healthier Mouth
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by Pride Dental
6M ago
  When we first wrote about probiotics and oral health, products like probiotic toothpastes and rinses were only just starting to appear. Now, a simple Google search will bring up loads of options, as well as oral supplements to help good bacteria thrive in the mouth, keeping harmful bacteria in check. By the next time we blogged about probiotics, prebiotics had become a thing, too – substances that set the stage for helpful bacteria to work their magic in helping us stay healthy and resilient. Now, here we are more than five years later, and there’s a good deal more evidence supporting a ..read more
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Oral/Systemic Links: Obesity, Gum Disease, & Oral Cancer
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by Pride Dental
10M ago
  When you think about the consequences of obesity, you might think about things like diabetes, heart disease, and joint pain. You probably don’t think about oral health problems. A couple of recent studies may have you thinking a little differently. We’ve actually known for some time now that obesity and gum disease are linked. Some studies have shown that overweight and obese people have double the incidence of periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease in which tissue damage occurs. The relationship was most recently confirmed by a 2022 systematic review. This study also found tha ..read more
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A Concerning Potential Side Effect of Erythritol Emerges
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by Lisa
1y 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
1y 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
2y 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
2y 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?
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by Pride Dental
2y 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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