1. Should we blame our genes for the bacteria behind tooth decay?

    By Catharine Paddock PhD The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is predominantly influenced by our genetic background. But as we age, this heritable factor wanes and non-heritable ones such as diet and oral hygiene play a stronger role in shaping the oral microbiome. This idea is supported by a new study - led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in La Jolla, CA - which …Read More

  2. Health Buzz: Sparkling Water Is Safe for Your Teeth, Dentist Says

    By David Oliver Chances are you or someone you know prefers sparkling water like trendy La Croix over tap or still mineral water. Whether it's the allure of the fizz or dissatisfaction with the run-of-the-mill beverage, people flock to what's more exciting. But does this excitement compromise the safety of your teeth? In short, the answer is no. That's according to Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a profess…Read More

  3. Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis May Have Common Origins

    By Maureen Donohue Take care of your teeth and they'll take care of you. The origins of this adage are unknown, but modern research has confirmed that oral health and systemic disease often go hand in hand, something physicians have suspected for more than 3,000 years. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician who is widely credited as the father of modern western medicine, advocated pulling teet…Read More

  4. Seven tips for wisdom teeth pain relief

    By Lana Burgess People often decide to have their wisdom teeth removed, as they can cause painful, aching gums. How can wisdom teeth pain be relieved at home before their removal?Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to break through the gums. They grow at the very back of a person's mouth. There are normally four wisdom teeth in total, with one in each of the furthest corners of the top and bottom gums…Read More

  5. Gingivitis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

    By Christian Nordqvist Dentist working on a patient Gingivitis is a common type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of a film of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this is known as plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progres…Read More