Contemporary Dentistry

Gum Disease

More Evidence Linking Gum Disease and Dementia

For years, we have seen the signs linking gum disease with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. In 2018, the strongest link yet was established when researchers showed explicitly that compounds released by oral bacteria could actually damage brain tissue, making a direct link between gum disease and dementia. Now a [...]

How an Unhealthy Mouth Can Lead to Weight Gain

You might blame your weight gain on what you’re putting in your mouth, but the truth might be that it’s your mouth that’s the problem. It’s an illustration of the complex, reciprocal relationship between oral health and your overall health. From encouraging unhealthy behaviors to directly triggering weight gain, an unhealthy mouth can contribute [...]

Take Gum Disease Seriously

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US. What most people don’t understand is that tooth loss is only partly caused by bacteria infecting the gums. Another part of it is the body’s immune response to bacterial infection. The body’s response to gum disease only makes evolutionary sense [...]

Popcorn Stuck in Teeth Blamed for Firefighter’s Near-Fatal Heart Infection

A British firefighter thought the biggest danger he faced was a burning building, but it turns out it was popcorn. At least, that’s what he’s blaming for his recent brush with death from a potentially fatal heart infection.  It is a reminder to take oral infections seriously and see a dentist if [...]

The Complexity of the Oral Microbiome

Many of our patients are concerned about the impact of their actions on the local ecosystem, and that’s good. But there’s an even more local ecosystem you should be concerned about: the oral microbiome, which is a complex mini ecosystem, with a number of specifically defined niches inhabited by hundreds, even thousands [...]