Dentists May See First Signs of Acid Reflux

by Jason 6/4/2012 10:21 AM

Everyone knows that painful burning sensation radiating from inside the chest–heartburn. Persistent symptoms, more than twice weekly, may be a sign of Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, or GERD. However, not everyone with GERD suffers from heartburn. In fact, you may have GERD and not even know it.

Commonly called acid reflux, the condition is caused when the esophageal sphincter, which separates the stomach from the esophagus, allows acid to seep out of the stomach. Many times this acid causes heartburn, but not always. In the absence of heartburn symptoms, sometimes the first indication that an individual suffers from GERD is the erosion of the hard enamel surface covering the back teeth or molars.... more...

Fighting Germs with Your Toothbrush

by Jason 5/29/2012 9:26 AM

We have been told time and time again that washing our hands is the key to keeping germs at bay, but did you know it is important to keep your mouth clean too?

Most people catch a cold or the flu when they put their bacteria-covered hands in their mouths. Your mouth is a warm, dark, moist space, making it a breeding ground for bacteria that could end up in your bloodstream and weaken your immune system.

Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and use mouthwash. Also be aware that toothbrushes hold germs and infections, so make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months or anytime you have been sick. ... more...

Healthy Teeth - Healthy Body

by Jason 5/21/2012 9:31 AM

Taking care of your teeth may not only brighten your smile, it may prevent disease. The belief that oral care can have an effect on the health of the body as a whole has been strengthened by recently published findings.

We have been told for years by our dentists that bacteria live in our mouths and help break down our food as we eat. What many do not know is that some bacteria can be harmful to the human body if introduced into the circulatory system. Bleeding and infected gums become an easy way for bacteria to enter directly into the bloodstream and reach every part of the body. According to Nabil Bissada, a professor of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, 50 percent of the bacteria in the body are found in the mouth.... more...

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