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Gum disease tied to worsening rheumatoid arthritis
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Recent laboratory findings from Australia have shown a strong correlation between gum disease and worsening signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, one of the lead investigators reported May 25. During his presentation at the annual European Congress of Rheumatology, Mark Bartold, Ph.D., who is a periodontist and the director of the Colgate Dental Research Centre at the University of Adelaide (South Australia), discussed his group's recently published study of laboratory mice with preexisting periodontitis and worsening RA. "Emerging evidence now suggests a strong relationship between the extent and severity of periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis," Bartold said in an interview. More

EULAR: Gums provide clues to RA severity
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The condition of a patient's mouth could be linked to the severity of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers from The Netherlands suggested at the European League Against Rheumatism meeting. In reviewing records of 95 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Elisabeth Brouwer, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University Medical Center in Groningen, reported that 18 percent of the patients had severe periodontal disease and 32 percent had moderate periodontal disease. "In a normal adult population, about 10 to 15 percent of people have moderate or severe periodontal disease," Brouwer told MedPage Today at her poster presentation. "We think that the increased inflammatory process that is occurring in the mouths of patients with rheumatoid arthritis may be playing a role in their disease." More

Study: Strawberry extracts may prevent inflammation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Compounds found in strawberries may decrease levels of inflammatory markers and reduce the risk of a range of conditions, including metabolic syndrome, suggests a new study. According to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition, obese volunteers who drank a strawberry-based beverage and ate a meal with a high carbohydrate content and a moderate fat content had lower levels of inflammatory markers than volunteers who consumed a placebo beverage. "These changes have been observed against a background of increased plasma concentration of anthocyanins derived from strawberry," wrote researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of California-Davis. More

7 ways to turn your dental office into a hot marketing machine
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Dental marketing is more than just a geo-targeted, search engine optimized dental website and an effective email newsletter marketing plan. It also involves branding and an effective dental office display, which should begin before patients step inside your waiting room. Great dental office signage offers you the ability to speak to those potential patients when your practice is closed. The Wealthy Dentist went on a search for a dental practice that exemplifies great dental office display — one that effectively markets new patients on its own. More

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Brushing teeth does a body good
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Few people realize how closely oral health is linked to cardiac health, says Dr. Michael Froeschl, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. "Oral health is critically important in patients who are at risk of developing infections of the heart and heart valves," Froeschl says. "This is particularly true for patients who have had a valve replacement with either biologic material or a mechanical valve." This is why dental assessments are required before heart-valve surgery and why "patients are encouraged to practice very conscientious oral hygiene and make regular dentists' visits as the most important thing they can do to decrease the risk of infection of their new valve," Froeschl says. More

Do you really need to floss your teeth?
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Does anyone really enjoy flossing? There are few people who even floss their teeth on a regular basis, but there are a few reasons you should floss every day and not just once in a while. First, let's look at some reasons why some people don't floss at all. More

Atlanta dentist: Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke signs can be found in mouth
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The old adage says the eyes are the windows to the soul, but Atlanta dentist Dr. Peter V. Vanstrom said at an Atlanta public health seminar recently that gums and teeth can say a mouthful by predicting serious health problems. "In many cases it is a dentist who is the first to identify early warning signs of serious health issues due to what they find during routine exams," says Vanstrom, who is conducting a monthly series of health care seminars. He says that dentists not only can identify serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke, but can help prevent them as well. "Predicators of serious medical conditions range from red, bleeding and swollen gums to tooth erosion and bad breath," Vanstrom says. More

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Are my wisdom teeth impacted?
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Wisdom teeth cannot function properly if their alignment is off. When the wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may be either positioned horizontally, or angled inward or outward. In such a scenario, the misaligned wisdom teeth are expected to affect the adjacent teeth as well. When the wisdom teeth only partially are erupting, there remains an opening that can lead to the onset of a bacterial infection and undesirable symptoms. Some of these symptoms include jaw stiffness, general illness, pain and swelling. Besides, partially erupting wisdom teeth are more prone to gum disease and tooth decay. This is because their cleaning becomes difficult as they are positioned awkwardly and are at a hard-to-reach location. More

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