Yogurt Can Benefit Your Smile

by Jason 5/14/2012 9:39 AM

Ever since you were little, you were told to brush and floss your teeth in order to keep a healthy, beautiful smile, but you were likely never told to eat yogurt every day. Research is showing that those who eat yogurt daily are less likely to suffer from gum disease and tooth loss.... 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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