Chronic Inflammation — Could It Be Coming From Your Mouth?

By Joy Driscoll It is known that oral health is connected to our body’s systemic immunity and total body wellness. Oral health has an influence on diseases such as heart disease which affects the cardiovascular system. Current research has also linked chronic oral inflammation to cancers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis and many other diseases. In fact 80 percent of systemic disease is first manifested in the mouth. Periodontal Disease The number one oral health infection and silent disease that causes chronic inflammation in the body is periodontal disease. Gingivitis (gum disease/infection) is inflammation of the gums, Periodontitis is when the...

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Have You Seen the New Recommendations by the Government on the “F” Word?

By Joy Driscoll, RDH, BS  If you have been following the “F” word in dentistry (FLOSSING!), you are probably aware that when the federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. In a letter to the Associated Press, the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required. Whaaat? Let’s talk about how this happened as daily flossing has been a firm recommendation by the federal government since 1979. Here it is: the alleged benefits of flossing had never been properly studied, meaning the studies were not...

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