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...

Periodontal Bacteria May Increase Failure Rate of Joint Replacement Surgery

by Jason 5/9/2012 9:46 AM

For baby boomers and even younger adults, joint replacement surgery has become a common and widely performed surgical procedure. According to The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), more than one million joint replacement surgeries are performed every year. Surprisingly, revision procedures represent seven percent of that total. These are instances where the surgery had to be repeated. Infections are contributing to joint surgery failures and new data are subsequently attributing this re-occurrence rate to the systemic spread of periodontal bacteria throughout the bloodstream. Therefore, a trip to the dentist is deemed a wise addition to one’s joint replacement pre-surgical checklist. ... more...

Challenges Remain in the Fight to Improve Americans' Oral Health

by Jason 5/7/2012 9:23 AM

In 2000, a historic report from the U.S. Surgeon General titled Oral Health in America described the poor oral health of our nation as a "silent epidemic." Twelve years later, progress is being made, but the prevalence of oral diseases nationwide remains. As countless numbers of Americans continue to suffer in silence from avoidable and treatable oral diseases, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is struggling with the challenge of how to improve oral health and oral healthcare in the nation.... more...

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