The Dental Blog of Bradley J. Olson, DDS

E-Cigarettes

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Researchers Examine Association Between E-Cigarette Use, Smoking Reduction Reuters (7/15, Rapaport) reports a new study suggests that “adults who smoke cigarettes may have an easier time cutting back or quitting altogether if they start vaping,” although research “also suggests that vaping may make ex-smokers more likely to relapse.” Researchers “followed 5,400 smokers for an average […]

Fighting Alzheimer’s

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Combination Of Five Lifestyle Habits May Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease By 60%, Research Indicates The Washington Post (7/14, Natanson) reports researchers “found that combining five lifestyle habits…can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent.” The researchers “assessed study participants’ lifestyles on five metrics: their diet, their exercise regimen, whether they smoked, their alcohol […]

Do it yourself orthodontics

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ADA Raises Concerns About SmileDirect Club With FTC, FDA The ADA News (7/12, Solana) reported that on June 27, the ADA “sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.” In addition, about two months ago […]

Sparkling water

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Is sparkling water bad for your teeth? Is the satisfying fizz of your patients’ favorite sparkling water putting them at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken tooth enamel. Help your patients sip smarter with this guide […]

Nutrition based health

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Environment Contributing To Unhealthy BMI, Research Indicates Newsweek (7/3, Gander) reported, “People have gotten fatter in the past 50 years, and scientists believe our environments could be…largely to blame,” research indicated. After studying data on some 118,959 people in Norway, investigators concluded that “what is known as an obesogenic environment could heighten our chances of […]

Diabetes and oral health

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Diabetes May Increase Hospitalization, Mortality Risk More For Women With HF Than Men, Researchers Say Medwire News (7/4, McDermid) reported, “Registry data support a larger impact of diabetes on hospitalization and mortality risk in women than men with heart failure,” researchers concluded after having “assessed data from 3,162 people with HF, 30.8% of whom had […]

Floss news update

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Global Dental Floss Market Expected To Experience Growth A release on PRNewswire (7/2) states the global dental floss market is expected to experience growth due in part to increasing oral awareness, according to a new market report. The ADA provides a list of floss and interdental cleaners with the ADA Seal of Acceptance

Dry Mouth Product

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Oral Rinse Product First To Receive ADA Seal In Dry Mouth Category The ADA News (6/28, Versaci) reported that Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse has become the first product to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance in the dry mouth product category. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs accepted the product “based on its finding […]

Benefits of Fresh Air

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Study Shows Two Hours Per Week In Nature Recommended To Improve Health The New York Times (6/13, Sheikh) reported that “a wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk […]

More evidence on the oral systemic connection.

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Studies Find Association Between Oral Health, Systemic Health The New York Post (6/4, Sparks) reports on recent studies that have found an association between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s disease, ischemic stroke, and high blood pressure, among other health issues. For instance, the article reports a study by researchers in Norway found Porphyromonas gingivalis may […]