Cystic Fibrosis and Increased Risk for Cavities: Cystic Fibrosis is a lethal genetic disease in Caucasians with 1000 patients being diagnosed with CF in the U.S. each year. This condition affects dental health dramatically. The disease is caused by an autosomal recessive mutation to the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regularly (CFTR) gene. This gene defect disrupts sodium and chloride ion movement across cell membranes. CF affect the sinuses, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract as well as the pancreas. So what does this mean for the CF patient’s teeth and gums? Usually CF patients are on multiple rounds of antibiotics which change the natural flora of the oral cavity and make them more susceptible to more cavities. In addition the prevalence of enamel defects (the protective outer layer of the tooth) ranges from 30-50%. In the 1950’s the survival rate did not extend beyond elementary school but currently many CF patients live [...]
Periodontal Disease Could Increase Lung Cancer Risk: Accordingly to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, individuals with periodontal disease have 1.24-fold increase in lung cancer. The study evaluated 321,420 subjects. Alcohol consumption, smoking habits, and those diagnosed with diabetes were at a 1.36-fold increase in lung cancer. Women with periodontal disease are more likely then men to develop lung cancer according to this study. Scientists are examining if certain oral bacteria may be involved in the development of cancer cells in the lungs. The successful treatment of periodontal disease may lead to a substantially reduced lung cancer risk.
As promised for our Vegan Patients I wanted to get you my recipe for vegan bone broth in time for Fall. Bone broth is seeking popularity due to it’s nourishing and healing properties and it’s high mineral content for the body. I get asked every day by patients if they should start to incorporate bone broth into their diet. And I let them know that a high mineral broth should be a staple…. in traditional bone broth the minerals are released from preferably grass fed animal bones but many of our patients that are vegan or following a whole food plant based diet do not wan to use animal bones. There are vegetables capable of releasing many of the minerals like glycine, potassium, calcium, magnesium and complex amino acids that are found in traditional bone broth. Below is a vegan bone broth recipe which encompasses many roots and herbs known [...]
Many serious illnesses such as cancer leave traces of their presence in a patient's saliva. Salivary diagnostic testing services may allow us to diagnosis dangerous conditions earlier. There is evidence that almost any illnesses with an inflammatory component, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases can be seen through a saliva sample "We have successfully linked the secretion of substances in patient saliva to these illnesses," said Björn Klinge. A swab test in the cheek of the patient will allow more patients to be able to have preventative screenings for deadly diseases. OralID is one test we are now utilizing in our office and many more are sure to come to market as labs continue to improve the breadth of factors they can pick up in samples. More tests like this will save time and money for healthcare provider and patients as well as save lives due to early [...]
Xylitol is a sweetener that occurs in nature. It's a sugar alcohol that can be found in fruits, vegetables and even mushrooms. Xylitol is commonly used as a sugar substitute. But it's not like the "sugar-free" substitutes found in most chewing gums, candies and mints. The sugar-free choices you find in the super market tend to use less expensive alternatives. The reason we love Xylitol is that it can help to prevent tooth decay. At just 2.4 calories per gram, Xylitol has fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates than sugar. How Xylitol Works Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that live in your mouth. When we eat sugar, these bacteria convert sugar into even more acid. Over time, the consuming sugar can work to dissolve tooth enamel. Then the bacteria invades and begins to eat away at the tooth's inner dentin layer. Xylitol tastes sweet but it's not converted in [...]