In previous blogs I have shared with you the connection between systemic health and oral health. We have identified the specific bacteria in saliva that causes gum and bone breakdown. We can then connect these bacteria to systemic inflammation. Going one step further we are now able to identify genetic ...
February 12, 2015DrSteely
Researchers are getting closer to understanding the underlying factors that connect rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease, according to an article published in Current Oral Health Reports. In the article, entitled “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontal Disease: A Rheumatologist’s Perspective,” researchers discussed recent findings surrounding the connection between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease, ...
January 14, 2015DrSteely
Heart disease is common in America … Hypertension is common in America… Obesity is common in America… Would you not agree that all the above statements are true? Just because something is common does not mean that it is healthy or normal!!! Enamel attrition (excessive tooth wear) is all too common in America. Millions of ...
December 15, 2014DrSteely
Researchers have found periodontal bacteria in periprosthetic joint infections of the knee, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials. Periodontal bacteria Treponema denticola and Enterococcus faecalis were found in the joints of patients who had already undergone knee replacement surgeries. These bacteria are ...
December 8, 2014DrSteely
Bacteria is everywhere. On me. On you. On your car steering wheel. In hospitals. In fact, the human body has more than 1,000,000,000 bacterial genes. And those bacterial genes have 150 times greater influence on us than our human genes. We are more different based on our microbial genomes than ...
November 6, 2014DrSteely
At a time when healthcare costs are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, oral health will play a key role. There are dental solutions for medical problems. A recent report from the American Dental Association showed that the number of adults visiting the dentist at least yearly has been declining over ...
October 23, 2014DrSteely
New evidence presented in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that xylitol, a sugar alcohol often found in sugar-free gum, inhibits the inflammatory response to one of the most virulent oral pathogens, P. gingivalis. Xylitol is well known as an anti-caries agent. Until recently, however, few studies have examined xylitol in the ...
October 2, 2014DrSteely
Many people use nutritional supplementation to help with their overall health. I am no exception. As you consider what supplements to use, be aware that the best way to get the nutrients that sustain life is to eat CLEANLY. In other words, food is our best medicine. Products with more ...
September 11, 2014DrSteely
My team and I get a lot of questions about dental insurance: “Why isn’t your practice in my plan? Why didn’t my dental insurance cover this? Why can’t I just have treated what my insurance covers?” I’d like to shed some light on this issue. Let’s look at what insurance really ...
August 6, 2014DrSteely
Historically, the mouth was thought to be separate from the rest of the body. Thanks to research over the last 10 years, the medical and dental communities are embracing the fact that what happens in the mouth does not stay there. Research released this month out of the University of Pennsylvania ...
July 30, 2014DrSteely
The results of a recent study was reported to the American College of Cardiology. In that study, middle aged women who consumed more than two diet sodas per day may be setting themselves up for heart attacks, stoke, and other cardiovascular diseases. The data on 60,000 women found that consuming ...
June 24, 2014DrSteely
A 31 year-old man from Cincinnati, Ohio, has died due to complications from a tooth infection, according to a report by Cincinnati news station WLWT. John Schneider reportedly mistook his discomfort for a sinus infection, opting to forgo ...
June 4, 2014DrSteely