Category: Oral-Systemic

Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease: Is There A Link?

What if you were told that your overall health begins with your mouth? Study after study has been proving that fact so. Periodontal disease has been, and is continuing to be, linked to many different health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, lung illnesses, diabetes, and now pancreatic cancer. The pathogenic oral bacterium that… Read more »

Straight Spine Straight Teeth

You’re probably wondering what a straight spine has to do with straight teeth, but believe it or not…a lot. Straight posture is very important to your overall health and well being. Bad posture can even contribute to depression. In fact, studies show that when your chin is up you are more likely to have good… Read more »

Pneumonia Linked To Wearing Dentures To Bed

If you are a denture wearer, sometimes if might seem easier just to wear your dentures to bed. However, easy does not always equal wise. Wearing dentures to bed can actually make you ill. Recent research indicates that wearing your dentures to bed can lead to pneumonia.  Pneumonia is an inflammatory lung infection that can… Read more »

Q And A: Exercise And Your Oral Health

Reasons not to exercise: 1) It’s winter. 2) It’s cold. 3) It’s gloomy. 4) Exercising is not fun. Reasons to exercise: 1) It’s good for you. 2) It’s good for your oral health. Although it may seem that there are more reasons not to exercise, the reasons to exercise are more pertinent. Did you know… Read more »

The Importance of Saliva

Did you know that saliva is derived from your blood and like blood it helps build and maintain the health of your oral cavity? Saliva is important in the maintenance of your oral health, but according to recent research it has many healing properties, as well.  In today’s blog, your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds… Read more »

Can Your Saliva Detect Breast Cancer?

The role of today’s dentist may be changing. Because a slew of research has shown that the health of your oral cavity is indicative of your overall health, cancer researchers have decided to begin studies on human saliva.  What they have found out so far may surprise you. Today your Des Moines Dentist, Dr. Stephen… Read more »

Vitamins For Gum Health

Today with frozen foods, processed foods, and fast foods, it is tough to get the right vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. That’s why many of you supplement your diets with vitamins. Vitamins give your body what it needs to function effectively. Vitamins are even good for your gingival tissue. In today’s… Read more »

Connecting the Dots of Oral-Systemic Health

Oral-systemic health links your oral wellness with the overall wellbeing of your body. There have been numerous studies on a variety of health conditions. Many have offered compelling evidence that infections and bacteria in the mouth can lead to such problems as heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease, and diabetes. One research study on the oral-systemic… Read more »

The Symbiosis of Oral and Overall Health

Science has continued to study and embrace the idea of oral-systemic health. This is the concept that periodontal disease and tooth decay are potentially related to the quality of your overall health. You have surely heard of gum disease even if you’re not one of the 80% of adult Americans who has gingivitis (early gum… Read more »

Keep Gums Healthy for your Best Overall Health

When you hear staggering health statistics, it’s easy to shrug them off. After all, you are the only one who knows the true condition of your health. A statistic doesn’t dictate your fate, right? Well, when you find out that three out of every four adult Americans has gingivitis (early gum disease) you are likely… Read more »