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Are Lung Cancer & Periodontal Disease Linked? - Traditional clinical parameters of periodontal disease are associated with the development of lung cancer, according to new research published in the Journal of Experimental Oncology. For the study, researchers performed an oral examination on 200 subjects, some of which had varying forms of lung cancer, who had not received periodontal treatments within the previous six months. They found that deep periodontal pockets, bleeding on probing, an...
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Can Oral Bacteria Give You a Brain Aneurysm? - Bacteria from the mouth might play a significant role in the development of a brain aneurysm, according to research published in Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. In a study to compare the bacterial differences between ruptured and unruptured intracranial aneurysms, researchers found that it didn’t really matter whether the aneurysm had ruptured—both groups had significantly more oral bacterial DNA than the healthy vessel wall samples. Approximat...
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Low Birth Weight Risk Higher for Moms with Perio - A pregnant woman with periodontal disease is at a significantly higher risk of delivering a low birth weight baby, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology. According to the March of Dimes, a baby is considered to be of low birth weight when he or she weighs less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces at birth. Babies who are born this small are at an increased risk of many health problems, including respiratory distress syndrome, bleedin...
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Cognitive Decline Worsens in AD Patients with Gum Disease - Cognitive decline occurs more rapidly when a person with Alzheimer’s disease also has periodontal disease, according to new research published in the journal PLOS One. This research comes as the healthcare community grapples with recently published statistics suggesting a 40% increase in the number of Alzheimer’s cases by 2050—a number that comes with a $1.1 trillion price tag in addition to the detrimental impacts to individuals, ...
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Big Tongue & Tonsils Raise Risk for Sleep Apnea - The best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed, but while sitting in the dentist’s chair. A new study finds that oversized tonsils and tongue indentations—teeth imprints along the tongue that indicate it is too large for the mouth—place people at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obese patients are almost 10 times more likely to report symptoms than non-obese patients. OSA, a d...
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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis May Start with Pathogens - An oral pathogen that connects periodontal disease with adult rheumatoid arthritis may also influence the progression of the disease in children, according to new research published in Pediatric Rheumatology. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune inflammatory joint disease that affects individuals under the age of 17. It is a condition that may follow a child into adulthood....
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P.G. Promotes Progression of Fatty Liver Disease - A common oral pathogen is found substantially more frequently in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to recent research published in the journal BMC Gastroenterology. And it appears that periodontal therapy may have a significant impact on improving liver function. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which the liver does not adequately break down fats, which then build up in the liver tissue. W...
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Periodontitis Ups Death Risk for Patients with Kidney Disease
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Does Poor Oral Health Worsen Asthma? - A large, population-based study in Northern Europe has identified a link between oral health and respiratory health. The results, which are some of the first to connect oral health and asthma, were published in the journal PLoS ONE. The study accounted for factors such as age, smoking, education, location, gender, and health history and found that none of these factors explained a significant link between gum bleeding and respiratory disease. However, ...
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Gum Disease in Down Syndrome May Cause Alzheimer’s Progression
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