Contemporary Dentistry

Gum Disease

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 [...]

Strengthening the Link between Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer

We know that gum disease isn’t just a disease of the mouth. Instead, it’s a chronic infection that can lead to health effects throughout the body. One of the most feared of these connections is with cancer, especially pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The survival rate of pancreatic [...]