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Ask Dr. Oz: Oral systemic connection, importance of flossing correctly
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A dentist in the audience at "The Dr. Oz Show" asks Dr. Mehmet Oz what the best thing is that she can tell her patients in terms of an oral systemic connection. Oz answers that there is indeed a very close association between oral disease and heart disease. Studies have found a direct link between heart disease and the bacteria that cause gum disease. We are constantly fighting a war inside our mouths with bacteria, and our immune system responds as if it's being traumatized, often forming clots accordingly. Gum disease like gingivitis can become very serious as a result. Oz further explains the importance of flossing, and learning the art of brushing teeth correctly. More

Identification of unrecognized diabetes and pre-diabetes in a dental setting
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Many diabetic patients remain undiagnosed, and oral findings may offer an unrealized opportunity for the identification of affected individuals unaware of their condition. There were 601 individuals recruited who presented for care at a dental clinic, were under 40 years old if non-Hispanic white and under 30 years old if Hispanic or non-white, and never had been told they have pre-diabetes or diabetes. Those with at least one self-reported diabetes risk factor received a periodontal examination and a point-of-care hemoglobin A1c test. A fasting plasma glucose test was used as the study outcome, signifying potential diabetes or pre-diabetes. Performance characteristics of simple models of dysglycemia identification were evaluated and optimal cutoffs identified. More

Green tea may prevent gum disease
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What's the secret to a great smile? Beautiful teeth and gums — and a cup of green tea? A study conducted in Japan found that the more green tea people drink, the healthier their gums are, decreasing their risk of periodontal disease and reducing the effects of receding and bleeding gums. Gum disease is caused by an inflammatory response to bacteria in the mouth. According to the research, just one cup of green tea a day can help reduce risk of gum disease. The health power of green tea is attributed to the antioxidant properties of flavonoid phytochemicals called "catechins." Antioxidants contained in the tea help to fight the inflammation caused by periodontal disease. More

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Bad gums linked to erectile dysfunction
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Bad breath and bleeding gums are not sexy. But periodontitis, an inflammation or infection of the gums, may hamper your sex life in another way: It may be a cause of erectile dysfunction, a new study suggests. The results showed that periodontitis impaired erectile function in rats. The findings agree with a previous study that showed periodontitis is more common in men with erectile dysfunction than men without erectile dysfunction. Dentists and physicians should be made aware of the connection, said the researchers from Luzhou Medical College in China. "Identifying and treating periodontitis in the patient presenting with or without [erectile dysfunction] may improve the patient's sexual health," the researchers wrote. However, others say the link is a bit of a stretch. More
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Weight loss surgery may cut inflammation, disease risk
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The health benefits of gastric bypass surgery may go beyond helping people lose weight, new research suggests. The new study included 15 people who had gastric bypass surgery. Six months after surgery, the participants showed a decrease in proteins that cause inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and an increase in proteins that reduce such inflammation. The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. "We're amassing evidence that weight loss is a very important part of changing the way the body's systems work in people with high-risk diseases like diabetes and heart disease," chief investigator Gary D. Miller, an associate professor at Wake Forest University, said in a university news release. More

Don't let a dental emergency ruin your vacation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
You spend a lot of time planning your vacation. But if you're like most people, you don't plan for dental emergencies. However, a toothache — or worse — could really put a damper on your trip. Here's how to prepare for a dental emergency, including what to do if you can't find immediate care. More

Deal profile: AstraZeneca sells dental unit for $1.8 billion
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AstraZeneca agreed to sell its dental implants and medical devices unit, Astra Tech, to U.S.-based Dentsply International for $1.8 billion. Astra Tech, based in Sweden, was put up for sale late last year by the U.K.-based drugmaker and received a series of bids from private-equity firms and medical companies. Dentsply, one of the world's largest makers of the implants and other dental appliances, said Astra Tech will lift its revenue by some 25 percent and be immediately accretive to earnings, while making it the world's third-largest dental implant business. More

Dentist gives reasons for deep cleaning
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So you've been told you have gum disease, but what is it and what do you do about it? Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bones that surround the teeth causing the gums and bones to shrink away from the teeth. The bacteria will cause the bone around the teeth to degenerate, sort of like termites eating away at the bone under the gums. As a result teeth will loosen and possibly fall out. While 80 percent of the population over 50 years old has some degree of gum disease, most people are not even aware that they have it. In the early stages it is painless and goes unnoticed. For this reason it is called the "silent disease." What most people don't know is that gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, low birth weight and pre-term babies. More

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Iceman had bad teeth
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Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,300-year-old mummy found in the Italian Alps 20 years ago, suffered from cavities, worn teeth and periodontal diseases. Presented at the 7th World Congress on Mummy Studies in San Diego, the research dismisses the assumption that dental pathologies did not afflict the Tyrolean Iceman. "In the past 20 years, the mummy has been examined thoroughly both anthropologically and medically. However, oral pathologies were not found," said Roger Seiler, of the Center for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Using the latest CT scan technologies, Seiler and colleagues Albert Zink, at the EURAC Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Paul Gostner and Eduard Egarter-Vigl, at Bolzano hospital, analyzed the mummy's facial bones, discovering several dental problems. More

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