Periodontal Bacteria May Delay Conception In Women, Study Suggests.

Another reason to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Periodontal bacteria, (those that cause gum disease) have been shown to have a negative impact on conception. Depending on the type of bacteria, these bacteria have been shown to delay conception by as much as 3 or 4 times longer. The bacteria implicated are Porphyromonas gingivalis and porphyromonas gingivalis.

The Daily Mail (6/13) reports that a new study has found women with Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium associated with periodontal diseases, “take three times longer to get pregnant,” and those with P. gingivalis and signs of periodontitis “take four times longer.”

        In a release on EurekAlert (6/11), periodontist and researcher Dr. Susanna Paju, of the University of Helsinki, said, “Our study does not answer the question on possible reasons for infertility but it shows that periodontal bacteria may have a systemic effect even in lower amounts, and even before clear clinical signs of gum disease can be seen.” Dr. Paju added, “More studies are needed to explain the mechanisms behind this association.” also provides information on gum disease.



Young Adults Encouraged To Schedule Their Own Medical, Dental Appointments.

Here’s a new twist. Have young adults be responsible and schedule their own dental and medical appointments.

The New York Times (6/7, Tugend, Subscription Publication) shares tips to help teenagers and young adults develop the skills needed in adulthood, which includes scheduling their own dentist and physician appointments.


SELF Magazine Shares ADA’s Teething Tips.

Children with teething issues can be a challenge. This can lead to trouble sleeping, irritability, and loss of appetite. To help baby, do the following; rub gum with a clean finger, cool spoon, moist gauze pad, or a clean teething ring.

SELF Magazine (6/7, Lanquist) states that “dealing with a teething baby can be a serious challenge,” noting some symptoms of teething include trouble sleeping, irritability, and loss of appetite, according to the American Dental Association. To help ease teething pain, the article states that caregivers can “rub a teething baby’s gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad, according to the ADA,” or offer the baby “a clean teething ring to chew on.” provides additional information for patients on teething.


FDA: “Braces Have Evolved Over The Years.”

Braces have changed and evolved over the years. Since we have been involved with orthodontics and continue to study the latest techniques, feel free to ask us at the Smile Center how best to correct your condition.

In an article on its website, the US Food and Drug Administration (6/8) states that “braces have evolved over the years,” noting that “new alternatives in both look and materials are available.” The FDA states that it reviews “these devices for safety and effectiveness,” and, as appropriate, grants “marketing authorization for the devices before they can be sold.” The article includes answers provided by FDA dental professionals to some of the most common questions about braces, such as why people may need braces, the types available, and whether certain foods should be avoided with them. offers additional information for patients on braces.


AAP: Children Under The Age Of One Should Not Have Fruit Juice.

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend no fruit juice for children under one year. Also for children from age 1-18 years, limit fruit juice.

The ADA News (5/30, Manchir) reports the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement that recommends no fruit juice for children under age one, citing its relationship with dental decay and other health-related concerns. “We know that excessive fruit juice can lead to excessive weight gain and tooth decay,” said co-author of the statement Steven A. Abrams, MD, in a news release. The AAP also recommends children age 1-18 only have limited amounts of juice. Dr. Valerie Peckosh, a pediatric dentist in Iowa and a member of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, applauded the policy statement, calling it a “strong message that fruit juice is not a necessary or even a desirable part of a healthy diet for young children.” Dr. Peckosh said, “Dentists may want to familiarize themselves with the new statement so they can counsel families on the appropriate use of fruit juices.”

        Dentists can refer patients to, ADA’s consumer website, for up-to-date and evidenced-based information about nutrition.

GQ: Brushing, Flossing Essential For Oral Health.

The American Dental Association (ADA), has some hints on how to prevent and treat bad breath. Brush teeth at night to remove plaque and food. Brush the tongue . Drink water and check with the dentist .

GQ (5/30, Hurly) discusses the importance of caring for gums as part of a good oral hygiene routine. The article shares advice from a dentist, who recommends using the proper flossing and brushing technique, avoiding tobacco products, managing stress, consuming a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly. also provides resources for patients on flossing, including the correct flossing technique, and on brushing teeth, including the proper brushing technique.

Study: Excess Weight May Be Associated With Increased Risk For Gum Disease.

This study shows some connection with excess weight and gum disease through the process of inflammation.

MedPage Today (5/17, Minerd) reports that “patients with excess weight may be at increased risk for severe periodontal disease, and inflammation may be the culprit,” suggests an epidemiological study published in Oral Diseases. After adjusting for several factors, such as age, gender, smoking, and physical activity, the study found individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 25 had “more than quadruple the risk for severe periodontitis” than individuals with a BMI of less than 23. The study authors wrote, “Obesity may modify the response of the host to the antigens derived from bacterial plaque and therefore cause disturbances in the inflammatory response during the process of periodontal disease.” The researchers noted the study does not suggest causality, and other limitations include a small sample size.
        The New York Daily News (5/17, Dziemianowicz) reports that the study involved “160 subjects and observed oral health along with body mass index.” The article reports that the study found that “even subjects with a BMI of 23 were worse off when it came to severe periodontitis, inflammatory dental diseases and infection-fighting leukocyte counts.”
        Food Navigator (5/17, Chu) reports that although some studies on periodontitis have suggested a “relationship between BMI and the prevalence of periodontal diseases,” other studies have found “significant results only for probing depth and the plaque index, but not for periodontitis or missing teeth.”


Association Between Oral Health, Overall Health Discussed.

There is an association between oral health and overall health. Mark Mahoney, PHD, a registered dietitian, nutritionist discusses this topic and discusses brushing and flossing and regular dental care.

In an article in the Tallahassee (FL) Democrat (5/22), Mark Mahoney, PhD, a registered dietitian nutritionist, discusses the association between oral health and overall health, stating that “treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.” Dr. Mahoney encourages people to prevent periodontal disease by brushing, flossing, and receiving regular dental care. provides additional information on gum disease, heart disease and oral health, and diabetes and oral health.


Cardiologist: Good Oral Health Is Important For Overall Health.

An article by a cardiologist discusses the connection between oral health and overall health discussing the role of inflammation in the disease state.

Reader’s Digest (5/18, Andersen) shares the “heart health habits” followed by 45 cardiologists, including Julie Clary, MD, at IU Health. “I take care of my teeth,” says Dr. Clary. “Good oral hygiene can lead to less systemic inflammation in the short term. While more research is needed to determine whether this decreases heart attacks or strokes…having a healthy mouth is important to overall wellness.”

Men’s Journal (5/17, Hooper) discusses the association between oral health and overall health, stating that mouth bacteria may “cause repercussions downstream” and trigger an “inflammatory response.” provides additional information on heart disease and oral health.



ADA, Others Ask HHS To Ensure Deeming Rule Is Implemented.

The HHS, Health and Human Services, need to take a role in smokeless tobacco, that is targeted to children and is dangerous.

The ADA News (5/22, Garvin) reports that 51 organizations, including the ADA, have asked the US Department of Health and Human Services “to ensure that the final rule on tobacco products is implemented in accordance with its provisions following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to delay enforcement of the rule.” Published last year, the final rule, also called the “deeming rule,” was designed “to expand FDA’s regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, hookah, cigars and pipe tobacco,” the article reports. The rule was expected to go into effect Aug. 8, but the FDA said it will be delayed for three months. In a May 17 letter to HHS Sec. Tom Price, MD, the coalition expressed its concern with the FDA’s decision to delay implementation of the rule. “Every day of delay in its full implementation subjects the public to the continuing public health threat of unregulated, highly addictive and dangerous tobacco products, many of which come in sweet or candy flavors which are designed and marketed to appeal to children,” the coalition said.
        Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts at

New AAP Guidelines Say Children Under One Year Old Should Not Be Given Fruit Juice.

The American Association of Pediatrics, AAP, has recommended that juices not be given to children under 1 year. There is no nutritional value, whereas regular fruit has the benefit of fiber in the diet. Fruit juice in a bottle or otherwise may lead to increased decay.
The New York Times (5/22, Saint Louis, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports that on Monday the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “toughened its stance against juice,” recommending parents “stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life.” The concern is that fruit juice “offers no nutritional benefits early in life,” the article states. In updated guidelines published in Pediatrics, the AAP said juice “has no essential role in healthy, balanced diets of children.” The New York Times adds that while some parents may think 100 percent fruit juice is “healthy for babies, or nutritionally equivalent to fruit itself,” Dr. Steven Abrams, a lead author of the guidelines, explains that whole fruit generally has more fiber than fruit juice and is less likely to contribute to dental decay.
        In addition, the NPR (5/22, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that older kids should drink juice “only sparingly and all children should focus, instead, on eating whole fruit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.” Dr. Abrams said, “We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children.” offers additional information on nutrition for babies and children.


Coverage Continues: Excess Weight May Be Associated With Increased Risk For Gum Disease, Study Finds.

Research shows a connection between excess weight and more severe gum disease. Something to consider.

Health (5/18, MacMillan) reported that a new study involving 160 adults in Thailand found that “people with body mass indexes (BMIs) of 23 or higher – which is considered overweight for the Thai population – had more dental disease and more severe periodontitis…than those with lower BMIs.” In addition, the study found that “a BMI of 25 or higher, which is considered obese in Thailand, was even more strongly associated with poor oral health.” The study is published in Oral Diseases.


Anthem Survey: One In Three Millennials Turn Down Jobs Due To Insufficient Health Benefits.

Millennials are looking for better insurance in job acceptance. They are looking for dental and vision as well as medical coverage.
Employee Benefit News (5/19, Albinus) reported a survey conducted by Anthem Life Insurance Company found that one in three millennial workers have turned down a job offer due to unsatisfactory health insurance offerings, compared to 27 percent of respondents from all other age groups. According to Anthem President Mike Wozny, “Millennials are asking for a broader coverage besides traditional medical, vision and dental.”



Stress May Contribute To Canker Sores

Stress can be a factor in many diseases. It can be a cause of canker sores. If you get canker sores, avoid foods that cause pain like acidic or spicy foods.

The Tahoe (CA) Daily Tribune (5/15) states that although the exact cause of canker sores is unclear, stress, a mouth injury, or ill-fitting dentures may trigger one. While canker sores typically heal on their own after one or two weeks, over-the-counter products may help provide temporary relief in the meantime. In addition, avoiding foods that cause pain, such as acidic and spicy foods, is recommended. provides additional information for patients on canker sores.

Tooth Tip Tuesday: 6 Habits That Harm Your Teeth (And How to Break Them)

An article on tooth tips explains how damaging ice cubes and nail biting may be to our teeth. These are dangerous habits.

Nibbling a nail while reading or crunching an ice cube while drinking a glass of water… Some patients may consider these mindless habits, but they could be damaging their teeth without even realizing it. Share this list of harmful habits and how to help break them today.



Hormones May Affect A Woman’s Dental Health

Hormonal changes may effect women’s dental health. These changes may make some women more prone to gum disease. Take this into consideration during pregnancy and at life-change stages.

WCPO-TV Cincinnati (5/10) discusses how a woman’s hormones may affect her health. The article mentions that hormonal changes, for example, may make a woman more vulnerable to gum disease. provides additional information for patients on women’s hormones and dental health.


PDA Provides Oral Health Tips To Help Prevent Tooth Decay.

The ADA, American Dental Association, has many ways to help keep the mouths of the next generation healthy. Parents can develop the brushing any flossing habits of their children. Take them to see the dentist regularly, have fluoridated water and have children use mouth guards during contact sports and recreational activities.

The Vernon (NJ) Advertiser News (5/3) reports that “the Pennsylvania Dental Association encourages parents to help their children develop good habits at an early age” to help prevent tooth decay. The PDA recommends brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes each time; flossing daily; establishing healthy eating habits; seeing the dentist regularly; wearing a mouthguard during contact sports and recreational activities; and determining if the water supply contains fluoride, since “fluoride is a proven cavity fighter, not only in children, but for all ages.” provides additional information of caring for children’s teeth.


Study Finds Good Oral Health May Help With Employment And Dating Opportunities.

Another reason to keep your mouth healthy: better employment and dating opportunities.

Michigan State University (5/3, Short) reports that a study conducted by the Sociology of Health and Illness journal examined “some of the sociological reasons” to improve oral health, finding “a healthier smile” may make people “more employable and dateable.” The article notes that the American Dental Association recommends people brush their teeth two times a day.


ADA, MD Anderson Cancer Center Partner To Fight Oral Cancer Through Vaccination, Smoking Cessation.

The ADA, American Dental Association, has partnered with Anderson Cancer Center to fight oral cancer through vaccination for human papilloma virus and smoking cessation.

The ADA News (5/3, Manchir) reports the ADA is partnering with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to push two approaches to preventing oral cancer: vaccinations for the human papillomavirus and smoking cessation. As part of their collaboration, the groups have planned the Oropharyngeal Cancer Symposium, to take place this October before ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting. ADA President Gary L. Roberts said of the partnership, “ADA member dentists promise to put patients first, and as a profession we look for innovative ways to treat and prevent disease, and promote wellness. … Together with MD Anderson, one of the most respected cancer centers in the world, we are excited to pioneer new programs to help our patients live healthy and disease-free lives.”

Read the ADA’s press release announcing the partnership here. Members looking for more details on the symposium can visit


Researchers Stimulating Teeth To Fill Small Cavities.

Researchers are developing ways to have teeth repair themselves when damage is minimal.


In a broadcast and on its website, WSB-TV Atlanta (4/27, Howard) reported that researchers at King’s College in London are working to “fill cavities, by stimulating a process that already takes place naturally when a tooth is damaged.” The researchers have found that using a drug called Tideglusib can help teeth repair themselves in mice. According to WSB-TV, the drug works by stimulating stem cells to “begin the process of producing dentine to repair the tooth, but it only works when the damage is small.”



ADA, Renowned Cancer Center Team Up For Cancer Prevention.

Oral cancer is best treated early. Avoiding risk factors and leading a healthy life style can have a dramatically better prognosis or may even be preventable.


The ADA and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are combining their expertise to focus on increasing human papillomavirus vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention, the two groups said in a May news release.

Read the article at ADA News.


Certain Jobs, Screen Time May Increase Risk Of Head And Neck Issues.

Be careful with your posture, since it can have an affect on your health. Too much forward head posture, such as occurs with prolonged computer use, can cause problems. Consider exercises to strengthen neck and shoulder muscles to combat this condition.

The Petoskey (MI) News-Review (5/2, Foley) reports that a growing number of children and adults are “suffering from forward head posture or anterior head carriage,” according to Dr. Emily Brown, a chiropractor in Bay Harbor, Michigan. Dr. Brown said many of these problems are due to extended electronic screen usage. In addition, people in careers that involve leaning or bending over something or someone, such as dentistry, may feel symptoms of forward head posture. Several ways to help combat forward head posture or anterior head carriage include strengthening the “anterior neck muscles, rhomboid and lower trapezius, stretching pectoral muscles, deep breathing exercises and incorporating desk ergonomics,” the article adds.


Importance Of Oral Cancer Screenings Noted

The early detection of mouth cancer or tissue alteration can save your life and make your life much more wonderful. Checking your mouth during a dental visit can be life saving.

On its website and in a broadcast, WMBF-TV Myrtle Beach, SC (5/1) discussed how a dental office in South Carolina is using a VELscope to screen patients for oral cancer. WMBF emphasized the importance of oral cancer screenings for early detection.
        Oral Health Topics on offers information on oral and oropharyngeal cancers for dental professionals, including statistics and a protocol for oral cancer examinations. The ADA’s consumer website,, also provides information for patients about oral cancer.

Mouthguards Are An Important Piece Of Safety Equipment.

Mouthguards are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment to be used during sports activity. The cost is very much less than the potential damage that can occur without its use.

Writing in the Times of Northwest Indiana (5/1), John Doherty, a licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist, discusses the importance of wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports, stating that the cost to purchase a mouthguard is small “compared to the physical and financial cost following an injury.” Doherty notes that April was National Facial Protection Month, an annual campaign co-sponsored by the ADA and other dental organizations.
        The ADA News reported previously that the Academy for Sports Dentistry will hold its 35th Annual Symposium June 22-24 in San Francisco. More information is available at and the Oral Health Topics on provide additional information on mouthguards for patients and for dental professionals. In addition, Athletic Mouthguard has become the first athletic mouthguard to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Survey Finds Association Between Self-Reported Well-Being, Oral Health.

People who take care of their oral health generally have better overall feelings about their health and well being.

A release on PRNewswire (4/18) states that most adults in the US reported “an increase in their well-being this year compared to last,” according to a Delta Dental survey. The survey also finds that adults who report a commitment to oral care are “nearly three times as likely as those who aren’t (25 percent vs. 9 percent) to give their well-being an ‘excellent’ rating.” In addition, those who give their oral health an “A” grade are “more likely to rate their overall well-being as excellent, as opposed to those who give their oral health a lower grade (46 percent vs. 9 percent).”

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