Marijuana Use May Lead to Gum Disease

Long-term marijuana use may lead to gum disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Marijuana (cannabis) is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as many as 22.2 million people used cannabis in the previous month. Marijuana use is common among teenagers. NIDA reports that nearly 20% of 12th graders are currently using marijuana. Short [...]

New Study Further Confirms How Diabetes Leads to Gum Disease

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found that the oral microbiome affected by diabetes causes a shift in the likelihood of disease. The microbiome is the microorganisms that coexist with our own cells. We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive. Microbiome protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins." Hence, when microbiome is affected by diseases such as diabetes, it has been hypothesized that we are more [...]

Oral Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer Disease

The sixth leading cause of death in the US is Alzheimer Disease (AD) and it is more prevalent as people age. According to an article published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology one of the causes of AD may be traceable to oral infection. AD is characterized by inflammation of the brain. This article reported on 200 studies examining the link between infections in the mouth and inflammation of the brain. These studies point to “germs” in the mouth as [...]

2019-07-30T02:36:48+00:00January 22nd, 2018|General Dentistry, Periodontal|

When your breath is cutting into your social life

Many patients inquire about their foul breath affecting all aspects of their lives: work environment, social interactions, and feeling good about oneself. What is the bad breath coming from and how do you fix it? A few of the factors that affect your breath are the diet you maintain (the food you ingest), the condition of your teeth (if cavities are present or not), as well as the bacteria in your mouth. A variety of foods can cause different [...]