Posts Tagged ‘anaerobic bacteria’

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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Research Finds Ban on Soda Could Have Negative Effects

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

971009_65283515We all know that soda causes an abundance of health issues like heart disease, bad breath, cavities and a raised risk of cancer, but many Americans continue to consume these beverages on a regular basis. When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces at New York City restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters and other establishments, he quickly made headlines. The ban, which was originally set to go in effect in March 2013, was shut down by New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling one day prior to its implementation. Research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that limiting the intake of sugary beverages may have unintended consequences.

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Conducted at the University of California, San Diego, a research team found that people who were offered both a large sized beverage and two smaller beverages in a bundle were more likely to choose the bundles. These results show that a ban on large beverages would likely not decrease the amount of soda bought in stores and restaurants.

Participants of the study had several different menu choices, including an unregulated menu with a 16, 24 and 32-ounce soda, and then the bundle menu presented a 16-ounce, two 12, and two 16-ounce sodas. The no bundle menu presented only a 16-ounce soda. It was found that people bought significantly more ounces of soda from the bundle menu than the unregulated menu.

If businesses are able to sell large amounts of sugary beverages in smaller containers, it’s likely that consumers will continue to purchase the big sizes. However, since participants were aware that they were taking part in the study, some researchers believe the results could be skewed.

“Most people getting ready to buy soda will go for the regular size,” David Just, a professor of behavioral economics at Cornell University, told the Los Angeles Times. Just further explained that other individuals are “going to display what we call reactance – a rebelliousness, a determination to circumvent this policy, an attitude of ‘I’ll show them.’ And the people selling the soda are all too willing to comply.”

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Don’t Let Gum Disease Take Away Your Pearly Whites

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

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Did you know that keeping your gums healthy is one of the best ways to fight the look of aging? Gum disease affects nearly 50 percent of Americans, which also increases the risk of suffering from heart problems. Gum health is sometimes overlooked when it comes to the overall condition of the mouth – many people focus on the teeth – but flossing and using appropriate products can keep your gums long-lasting and beautiful.

Recently, the New York Daily News released somewhat terrifying photos of beautiful celebrities without their signature pearly whites! Stars like Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie were photoshopped without their A-list rows of ivories. Just imagine how you may look without those stunning teeth of yours! Without proper care of your oral health, tooth decay and removal of some teeth is possible. But we’re here to help with a few ways you can make sure you don’t look like any of these toothless beauties.

“The theory is if you have a certain amount of inflammation, something is going to break down somewhere [whether it's your heart, your gums or something else],” David Cochran, former president of the American Academy of Periodontology and a professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio told Eating Well.

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