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  • Dental plaque DNA reveals details about Neanderthals

    When we talk about dental plaque, we don’t like to think about how long it sticks around if we don’t remove it. But evidently, it stays put for a long time. In March of 2017 an international team of researchers, led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and Dental School, with the University […]

  • Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet May Help Save Your Teeth

    When the human body encounters stress, infection, germs, injury, or toxins, it responds by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues.  In a healthy body, the inflammation caused by this process serves to heal the body. But if the immune system starts to overreact, that inflammation can become chronic and lead to serious health […]

  • The Uncomfortable Truths About Sugar

    You may be surprised to learn that dental disease is the most common chronic non-infectious disease in both industrial and most low income countries. It affects nearly 4 billion people, and although largely preventable, still remains a prevalent public health concern. And by far the most important dietary factor in the development of poor oral health […]

  • Women vs. Men: The Results Are In

    It looks like women are winning in the oral health category. A research study published in the Journal of Periodontology reveals that women are better overall in maintaining their oral health. They are almost twice as likely to visit the dentist during the year, and on following up on treatment needed. In addition, women fared better in […]

  • Floss Haters, Unite!

    Okay, let’s face it: flossing really isn’t much fun. We know we need to do it every day, and we swear every time we sit in the dentist chair that we will do better (we promise!). That is, if we even admit to not flossing. Turns out, 27% of adults are actually dishonest about their flossing habits with […]

  • Can Happy Hour Hurt Your Teeth?

    Please, tell us it’s not true. We all know that drinking red wine can stain your teeth over time, but are there other downsides to a relaxing glass of wine after work? Unfortunately, yes. Discoloration isn’t the only downside to drinking wine: The acid in the drink can also eat away at your tooth enamel, leaving […]

  • Is It Something I Ate?

    Obviously, nobody wants to walk around with bad breath, medically known as halitosis. But according to the experts, over half of us suffer from it. And even worse, many don’t even realize they have it! The odor is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth, the decay of food particles, and poor dental hygiene. The decay and […]

  • Choosing the Right Mouth Rinse

    A short detour down the dental care aisle at your local store could take awhile if you’re looking for mouth rinses. You may find dozens of products to choose from, all promising to protect your teeth and gums and freshen your breath, and even more. But how do you know what to believe, and which one is right […]

  • Healthy Gums for the New Year

    When most people think of New Year’s resolutions, they think of quitting bad habits like smoking, or starting new ones, like going to the gym. Although a lot of people vow to get healthier, few would think to consider resolutions for healthier gums next year. But getting a periodontal evaluation and taking steps to improve your gum health may […]

  • A breakthrough technology, from a patient’s perspective

    Patients are often fearful of periodontal surgery, particularly of how much pain they will experience during recovery. Traditional surgery to regenerate bone lost from periodontal disease can include many stitches, gum recession, and root sensitivity for extended periods of time.  Thanks to new technology, however, you now have a better option! White and Blansett Periodontics and Dental […]