Fight Gum Disease
13 Oct 2017

Double Dipping is Gross — And Can Be Bad For Your Overall Health

We’ve all been there before. You’re in the midst of a fun party — the music sounds great, the conversation is flowing, and you’re having a fantastic time. Then, out of the corner, you see it. Wait, did Paul just double dip in the salsa?

Once your mild disgust passes, you continue on with the party — carefully avoiding the bowls Paul eats out of. But did you know that double dipping could actually have a profound effect on the rest of your body? You read right: double dipping can be bad for your overall health.

According to a recent study, scientists found that a cracker, once bitten, contains 1,000 more bacteria than a fresh one. The scientists used the bitten cracker and dipped them in chunky salsa, chocolate dip and cheese dip. The salsa contained an astonishing 5,000 bacteria per teaspoon, while the chocolate and cheese dips had about 750-1,000 bacteria per teaspoon. Now, imagine 5,000 bacteria  for every person and cracker double dipped in the community bowls. Yuck!

Oral microbiome can include viruses that make people sick, like colds, flus, mumps, rabies and herpes. It also makes the spread of Candida (yeast infections) of the mouth more possible.

Did you know that gum disease itself is contagious, too? Sharing saliva with someone that has gingivitis or periodontitis through kissing, sharing cups and silverware and — yes — double dipping increases your risk for contracting the disease. You can even share the disease with your kids.

But gum disease is super common, right? What’s the big deal? The big deal is that gum disease has been linked to serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and more. More scientific research is needed to determine if there is a cause-and-effect relationship between the systemic diseases and gum disease inflammation. It is clear by any measure, however, that gum disease isn’t helping the situation in (with?) any of these systemic conditions. There is a relationship between the gum disease and these diseases, even if it’s limited to the fact that people who have gum disease might have an unhealthy lifestyle that contributes to these conditions.

Now that you know double dipping can be bad for your overall health, you can alter your eating habits in shared food environments, or even call your friends out on their own rude dipping methods to prevent more exposure to gum disease.

The good news is even if you do have gum disease — from double dipping or otherwise — you have options to treat and reverse it. The LANAP protocol is a less-invasive laser-based treatment option FDA cleared to regenerate new bone, new ligament and new cementum – replacing the oral tissues lost to advanced gum disease. LANAP patients report less pain and discomfort post surgery, with less recession of the gums. Visit LANAP.com to learn more about LANAP treatment as an option to remedy your gum disease.

03 Jul 2017

The Foods That are Good and Bad for Your Teeth at Your Holiday Barbecue

With summer in full swing, barbecue season is upon us. While there are many reasons to watch what you eat at the barbecue (hello, heartburn), it’s also important to take your teeth and gums into consideration, especially if you know you already have gingivitis or a more severe form of gum disease. Below are a handful of foods that will either help or hinder your oral health. Be aware and happy eating!

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16 Jun 2017

Men’s Overall Health: The Best Gift Dad Can Get for Father’s Day

Don’t forget: Father’s Day is this Sunday! Have you already gotten your gift, or are you one of us who’s scrambling to think of a last minute present for dad? Whether or not you have that perfect jacket or set of golf clubs picked out, there’s something else you can do to show dad you care: ensure he’s taking care of his dental health. With June also being Men’s Health Month, now is the perfect time to get dad (grandpa, brother, etc.) thinking about men’s overall health.

As men age, monitoring their health becomes even more important. With illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia looming, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Did we mention erectile dysfunction? Yeah, there’s some scary ones to watch out for.

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18 Apr 2017

Gum Disease No Big Deal? These Connections to Other Serious Illnesses May Change Your Mind

Gum disease is a condition that as many as 85% of American adults suffer with, signifying an undeniable epidemic of the disease. And yet, many peoples’ reaction to learning they have gum disease is underwhelming.

What most don’t realize is the connection between gum disease and countless other serious conditions. Learning about the links between gum disease and these other “scarier” diseases, as well as the overall importance of oral health, is key to ensuring people change their lifestyle habits to improve their gums and general health.

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20 Mar 2017

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning—And Don’t Forget Your Teeth!

Spring is just around the corner, and with it, spring cleaning. From decluttering a countertop to taking a hard look at organization, it’s time to celebrate the end of winter.

However, another important cleaning this spring is also likely due: your dental hygiene appointment. And it’s a crucial one not to miss, especially if you want to prevent gum disease.

You have probably heard all your life that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months. You have heard it because it’s true. Getting the tartar and plaque buildup removed from your teeth is essential to your oral health. Failure to take care of your hygiene appointment can lead to more serious conditions with your gums, conditions that can affect your overall health.

Before you scoff at the notion, consider this: Nearly half of the adults over age 30 in the U.S. have gum disease (47%) according to the CDC. Not only that, but gum disease also affects over 70% of adults over the age of 65.

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14 Mar 2017
The Flossing Debate and Why There Shouldn't Be One

The Flossing Debate and Why There Shouldn’t Be One

The debate about the merits of flossing all started last August with The New York Times. The prestigious paper ran a story that implied that it might not be necessary to floss to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss. The dental community responded with a unified and resounding, “Yes, it is.”

The NY Times article referred to the latest dietary guidelines published by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that excluded flossing in their recommendations. The Associated Press reported that the government agency dropped flossing because officials had never researched whether flossing truly helped in upholding dental health.

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24 Feb 2017

How are Hearth Health Month, Black History Month and Gum Disease Awareness Month All Related?

February is an important month for your gums. Why? February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, Heart Health Month, Black History Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month. And guess what? They’re all related to your gums.

This February is the fifth anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month. Started by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD), the mission was to raise awareness about the disease that affects 85% of U.S. adults.

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14 Feb 2017

Gum Disease: The Silent Killer You Might Already Have

Tens of millions of Americans have it. Odds are you do, too. We’re talking about Gum Disease and we want to educate people on the serious and widespread nature of this condition in honor of the 5th Anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month.

Gum disease is more common than most people know. It outnumbers the cases of cancer, heart disease and even arthritis.  However, the clear majority of people are neither aware of its prevalence nor the consequences it can have on your overall health if left untreated.

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06 Jan 2017
Why Dreams About Teeth are Tied to Healthy Self-Image

Why Dreams About Teeth are Tied to Healthy Self-Image

Picture it: You’re standing at the head of your 7th grade glass, about to give a presentation on the history of the Supreme Court. You panic, because you feel unprepared. Didn’t you graduate middle school years ago? Just then, your teeth begin falling out onto the floor.

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