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Bleeding gums? You may need more vitamin C

Bleeding gums may be a sign of insufficient vitamin C in a person’s diet. People can reach the recommended daily intake of 90 milligrams (mg) by eating more vitamin C–rich foods, such as kale, oranges, peppers, and kiwis, or by taking a 100-mg to 200-mg vitamin C supplement every day. More »

Big advances for dental implants

Advances in dentistry are enabling more people with low jawbone volume to consider dental implants. Advances include smaller "mini" implants that are about half the width of regular dental implants and technology that gives dentists the ability to place implants with greater precision. The improved technology has several additional benefits, including faster, safer procedures and less invasive surgery. Mini implants are also used to anchor fixed dentures. A mini implant ranges in cost from $2,000 to $6,000 per implant. (Locked) More »

Will these surprising factors really raise your blood sugar?

The Internet contains many claims about factors that increase blood sugar. Some, however, just don’t hold up. For example, stress from sunburn pain, not drinking enough water, and using steroid nasal sprays will not make blood sugar spike. Likewise, it’s unclear if caffeinated coffee, artificial sweeteners, or gum disease will increase blood sugar. However, it is well established that some factors do raise blood sugar over time, such as overeating, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity. (Locked) More »

Simple solutions to soothe sore, fragile gums

A number of home remedies and over-the-counter medications can soothe sore gums. Examples include using over-the-counter painkillers, topical gels, better flossing tools, hot or warm compresses, and warm saltwater rinses, and avoiding foods with rough textures. When using these methods, gum pain often goes away after a few weeks. For conditions such as ulcers, trauma, burns, inflammation, or herpes simplex, the body may heal on its own after 14 days. However, if gum pain persists, one should go to a dentist. (Locked) More »

Should I worry about a sudden swollen tongue?

A sudden swollen tongue can result from a side effect of medication like ACE inhibitors, an infection, vitamin B12 deficiency, and, in rare cases, an underactive thyroid gland. People should see a doctor if the condition doesn’t improve. (Locked) More »

Gum disease linked to an increased risk for cancer

People with a history of periodontal (gum) disease were 43% more likely to develop esophageal cancer and 52% more likely to develop gastric (stomach) cancer, according to a study published online July 20, 2020, by the journal Gut. More »

Oral health problems may raise cancer risk

A study conducted by Harvard researchers, outlined in a letter published in July 2020 in the journal Gut, found that people with a history of gum disease also have a higher risk of stomach and esophageal cancers. More »

Hidden dental dangers that may threaten your whole body

It’s hard for older adults to maintain good oral health. That may be because of declines in other abilities, age-related physical changes in the mouth, or chronic health conditions. The result is that older adults have an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Steps that can help ward off those problems include brushing the teeth twice a day, flossing, using an interdental brush to remove debris in the teeth, using a prescription fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse, and getting regular teeth cleanings. (Locked) More »

Brushing up on heart health

Taking good care of your teeth—including twice-daily brushing and yearly professional cleanings—seems to be linked to better heart health. More »