The Dental Blog of Bradely J. Olson, DDS

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ADA’s Information On Sparkling Water Highlighted. Stating that “the popularity of sparkling waters is growing exponentially,” Runner’s World (12/7, Zickl) considered whether the beverage has negative health effects. Concerning whether sparkling water erodes enamel, the article pointed to, ADA’s consumer website, which says sparkling water is generally fine for teeth. The article added, “Compared […]

Careful Prescribing of Opioids.

Dental Opioid Prescriptions May Increase Risk Of Subsequent Abuse, Study Suggests. The Washington Post (12/3, Cohen) reports a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that “nearly 6 percent of almost 15,000 people between 16 and 25 years old who received initial opioid prescriptions in 2015 from dentists were diagnosed with opioid abuse within a […]

More on the Oral/Systemic Connection

Study Suggests Periodontitis Treatment May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes. Reuters (11/26, Banerjee) reported that a recent study suggests “treating chronic gum inflammation” may help people with type 2 diabetes “control their disease.” The study of 264 people with type 2 diabetes and periodontitis found that “over the course of a year, patients who got […]

Everything in Moderation

Hard Candies, Soda Among Worst Foods For Teeth. HealthDay (11/28) reports “the American Dental Association warns against certain foods and beverages that can contribute to tooth decay,” such as hard and sticky candies, crunchy snacks, soda, alcohol, and sports drinks. Dentists can refer patients to, ADA’s consumer website, for additional information on foods that […]

Fighting Bad breath

Poor Oral Hygiene, Diet Among Possible Reasons For Bad Breath. In a consumer-focused article, CNN (11/28, LaMotte) discusses causes of bad breath and possible solutions. Poor oral hygiene is “a leading cause of bad breath,” says CNN, and “the good news is that you can easily fix this type of bad breath by brushing your […]