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After Telling Miley What’s What, Cher Backs it up with History of Good Oral Health

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

1370587_31342387Even Cher was ragging on Miley Cyrus’ bad breath following the former Disney star’s infamous performance at the MTV VMAs.

Cleaning up that white-coated tongue would not have redeemed Cyrus’ booty-shaking and blurred thighs, but perhaps it would’ve helped.

In an interview with USA Today to promote her new album, Cher spoke her mind.

“I’m not old-fashioned. She could have come out naked, and if she’d just rocked house, I would have said, ‘You go, girl.’ It just wasn’t done well. She can’t dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn’t great, one cheek was hanging out. And, chick, don’t stick out your tongue if it’s coated.”

Cher is no stranger to scandalous outfits: in fact, some may argue she helped pioneer them. That only made her remarks even more poignant.

The all-star diva has had her fair share of dental work in the past, too. At age 30, she went to the dentist for a routine teeth cleaning, and noticed some teeth shifting. Later she underwent procedures to correct her smile. And now look at her! She has a great teeth and in the 50 years she’s been at it, not one picture quite as smelly as Miley’s has surfaced.

She knows a thing or two about oral health. Through hundreds of interviews and performances, Cher kept it fresh.

So how did she manage?

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Link Shown Between Oral Bacteria and Joint Infection

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

STKT-PER-286Doctors and scientists have long been concerned about a link between oral bacteria and joint health. In 2012, researchers studied a small group of participants who suffered from periodontal disease and joint disease, some of whom had joint replacements. Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine questioned the DNA of bacteria from the lubricant fluid in hip and knee joints, which is called synovial fluid. Then, the dental plaque of the patients with periodontal disease was also examined.

Case Western study
In the study “Identification of Oral Bacterial DNA in Synovial Fluid of Patients with Arthritis with Native and Failed Prosthetic Joints,” researchers examined 36 participants, five of whom had a direct link between the DNA of his or her dental plaque and the bacteria in the joints. Eleven of the participants had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 25 were diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) during the time of the study. Of these participants, eight with OA and one with RA had failed prosthetics. Bacterial DNA was detected in five patients with failed prosthetic or native joints, and two of those individuals were identified to have gum disease and identical bacterial clones between the joint and mouth. This study showed a possible link between gum disease and failed joints; however, the findings were not substantial enough to make definitive claims.

The dental plaque that was tracked during the study is the cause of inflammation in the mouth, which, once in the bloodstream, can cause kidney and heart disease, cancer or even premature births or fetal deaths.

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Don’t Get Stressed Out, Your Oral Hygiene will Thank You

Friday, September 13th, 2013

iStock_000008179465MediumOral hygiene is important, but experts say you shouldn’t stress about it! Going to the dentist can cause anxiety and stress for many people, but it’s still incredibly important to get a cleaning twice a year. At the same rate, research has shown the correlation between oral hygiene and good heart health. So whether you’re stressing out at the office, or get anxious just thinking about going to the dentist, take a deep breath and realize it could be affecting both the wellbeing of your mouth and your entire body.

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No one likes going to the doctor or dentist, but you’ll probably feel much better after you leave. Most people have negative thoughts toward the industry; however, technological advancements are making the experience much more enjoyable. From personal televisions at every chair to procedures that cause less pain, cavity treatments aren’t a big, bad scary thing anymore. However, preventing them can ease even more anxiety.

By regularly going to the dentist, you can decrease your chances of needing cavity treatments altogether because the hygienist will scrape away built up plaque and tartar that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, these trips can keep your heart in better condition.

“The relationship between oral health and systemic health is becoming a growing concern of the general public,” Dentist Jack Elder said. “But dentistry can make a major contribution if the right dentist is chosen.”

Research has found gum disease to show the biggest link to heart disease compared with other oral health ailments. Otherwise called periodontal disease, inflammation of the gums is caused by the overall unhealthiness of the mouth. It all depends on what you eat, your daily oral hygiene routine and the regularity that you visit the dentist.

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Starting the Conversation Regarding Pregnancy and Oral Health Care

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

914398_40100404The importance of one’s oral health is gaining attention from the media after recent studies noted more evidence that Alzheimer’s disease and poor oral hygiene are linked. Led by the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry, the study found bacteria in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients that could have stemmed from the same bacteria that cause bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. But the association between oral health and overall wellbeing doesn’t end there. According to the August 2013 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, proper care of the teeth and gums is pertinent for pregnant women. The Committee Opinion piece published in the journal urges gynecologists to discuss oral health with patients for the health of themselves and their babies.

Between 2007 and 2009, 56 percent of women did not seek oral health checkups during pregnancy, and cost could play a role. Access to proper dental care procedures and treatments may have prevented some from visiting the dentist during this important time in their lives. Although there is no solid evidence that associates proper oral care with pregnancy issues, concerns still arise based on the potential of transmission of bacteria from mother to infants. A 1996 study found an association between periodontal disease and pre-term birth; however, large trials have not proved this conclusion.

It’s also likely that pregnancy can cause oral health issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay, due to an increased inflammatory response, greater consumption of acidic and sugary food and drink, and the teeth’s exposure to gastric acid from morning sickness. Pregnancy gingivitis, benign oral gingival lesions, tooth erosion, tooth mobility, dental caries and periodontitis are all common conditions in pregnant women.

According to the authors, “for many women, obstetrician-gynecologists are the most frequently accessed health care professional, which creates a unique opportunity to educate women throughout their lifespan, including during pregnancy, about the importance of dental care and good oral hygiene.”

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Periodontal Disease may Influence Respiratory Health

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

262068_7849Your entire body works on its own to maintain function and a healthy system, so it should come as no surprise that what goes on in your mouth will have a lasting effect on the rest of the body. For example, did you know that periodontal disease can lead to respiratory problems? According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers found a strong link between the two, which could possibly be a result of the increased amount of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.

Researchers studied a pool of 14,000 patients from the Third National Health and Nutrition Survey, all of whom were at least 20 years old and still had at least six natural teeth. Each person was examined for their lung, dental and periodontal health, and they were questioned regarding their respiratory health. When comparing data, the researchers found a direct link between people who had poor oral health as well as lowered respiratory health. An individual with poor oral health was characterized as someone who had bleeding gums, gingival recession and periodontal attachment level. Appropriate adjustments were made based on age, income, race and frequency of dental visits.

“It’s possible that people with periodontal disease and chronic lung disease might find their lung disease perhaps worse than if they did not have periodontal disease,” study author Frank Scannapieco, an associate professor of oral biology at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, said. “It could be that bacteria in the mouth somehow travel into the lower airway and contribute to the inflammatory process that is involved into the progression of chronic lung disease. It’s also possible that inflammatory mediators in the saliva may somehow play a role in the process.”

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