Oral Health

In a recent article we discussed the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontitis. For one group of patients, this link may create a significant risk of dementia in later life, and that group is people with Down syndrome. Down syndrome patients are often infected with...

Hypodontia is a surprisingly common disorder of the teeth. Hypodontia involves the absence of one or more primary or permanent teeth. This problem is present from birth, thus it is also called CMT (Congenitally Missing Teeth). The number of teeth missing determines the severity of...

DNA science helps researchers investigate the connections between bacteria and disease in ways that were previously impossible. For example, an international team of scientists recently determined that Porphyromonas gingivalis, an oral bacteria commonly found in patients with periodontitis, is highly prevalent in the brains of...

It’s true that our blog articles often focus on foods or drinks you need to avoid or be very careful with if you want to preserve your oral health. So it’s nice to balance out these “negative” reports with some positive foods that many people...

A common complaint against water fluoridation is that fluoride contributes to bone fractures. Many studies have been completed on this subject, with varying results. In some cases, populations from the same country would show a negative effect while others would report no negative effect whatsoever,...

Recent media reports are citing a new study that links the antibacterial agent triclosan with osteoporosis. CNN related the scientists’ theory that triclosan’s effect on the thyroid gland results in an increased incidence of bone fractures in the elderly. Toothpaste is generally listed in every...

Is there anything healthier than a smoothie? They might be packed with a powerhouse of lettuce, spinach or greens with a large amount of seasonal or frozen fruit, lots of citrus, some hydrating veggies like cucumber, and with a scoop of protein powder, flax or...

Subgingival irrigation has many different common names: gum flushing, oral irrigation, or pocket irrigation are a few. At home, dental patients use oral irrigators or water flossers when they turn on their Waterpik or electric toothbrushes that include water jet sprays for cleaning the teeth...

Almost weekly we hear of a new scientific study touting the benefits of a well-known “superfood.” Blueberries? They’re the bomb! Turmeric? It’s terrific! Coffee and tea? Some say they have benefits more powerful than the caffeine that perks you up in the morning and near...

The American Dental Association recently referred readers of its website to the national Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation and their new YouTube series on “Living with Sjögren’s”. What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Why is it important to the Sacramento Dentistry Group that patients are aware of this disease? What...

There is a well-documented connection between oral health and pneumonia, and dental visits are important in maintaining good oral health." — Michelle Doll, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University Pneumonia is a frightening disease. Caused by an infection of the lungs, it leads to trouble breathing and may...

Ideas for Reluctant Dental Patients The basics of healthy dental habits haven’t changed in a very long time.Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal, or at least twice a day. Floss or use a device to remove food particles and plaque...