Mouth Sores May Indicate Difficult-To-Diagnose Condition

In an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer (2/7), Dr. Eric T. Stoopler, an associate professor of oral medicine, discusses a patient who suffered from treatment-resistant mouth sores and skin lesions and “died of respiratory failure about a year after he first noticed the mouth sores.” Before his death, “immunological blood →

Excessive Home Tooth Whitening Can Cause Permanent Damage

The Vancouver (CAN) Sun (1/7, Ellis) reports that “the craze for whiter teeth is leading some people to overuse home bleaching kits and cause permanent tooth damage, says a University of British Columbia dentistry professor.” Adriana Manso, a clinical assistant professor in the faculty of dentistry, says that, under supervision, →

Facts You Should Know About Tooth Whitening

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most →

Studies Do Not Show Causal Relationship Between Tooth Loss, Poor Cardiovascular Health; More Research Needed

In a report of The American Dental Association (10/21/15) … ” although some news stories claim “to demonstrate an association between periodontal disease and one or more forms of cardiovascular disease,” both “periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are complex conditions that share common risk factors.” The article reports that while →

Dental Care for People Over the Age of 50

For people over the age of 50, it is “essential to overall well-being and a healthy future” to take care of their teeth and eyes, adding that failure to do so “can lead to progressive and painful health problems, or even blindness.” American Dental Association Consumer Advisor spokesperson Dr. Sally →

E-Cigarettes Hinder Smoking Cessation

As use of electronic cigarettes continues to climb, especially among youth and young adults, researchers at Wake Forest (N.C.) School of Medicine sought to determine whether there was a relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation in a sample of college student smokers. They published their findings in the August →

Infographic Shows More People Own Mobile Phones Than Toothbrushes!

In a release carried by Globe Newswire (8/4), the American College of Prosthodontists states that prosthodontists are dismayed with the Twitter infographic that shows “people own more mobile devices (4.8 billion) than toothbrushes (4.2 billion),” saying it is “the wake-up call for Americans to start prioritizing their oral health in →

Dehydration Can Lead to Bad Breath

It’s summertime, and the heat is on. For many, staying properly hydrated is especially challenging, more importantly if the main source of hydration are sodas, energy drinks, and other sweetened beverages, which don’t allow as much hydration as many are led to believe. It’s just true that “good ol’ water” →

Patients With Dry Mouth Should Stimulate Saliva Flow

Fox News (5/17) reported that “apart from being annoying, dry mouth can cause bad breath, and, in some extreme cases, tooth decay,” though there are “various steps” patients can take in order to avoid it. One dentist says that patients should consider the medications they are taking, which may dry →

Study Highlights Need To Rinse, Replace Toothbrush

Women’s Health (5/5) reports that a study from researchers at the University of Manchester found that “the average toothbrush can contain 10 million or more bacteria,” including E.coli and Staph. The article reports that the study illuminates the importance of properly rinsing and storing one’s toothbrush, as well as replacing →