The Dental Blog of Bradely J. Olson, DDS

Periodontal Disease and Overall Health

Periodontitis May Increase Risk Of Developing Dementia, Study Suggests. Forbes (3/17) contributor Robert Glatter, MD, states that “researchers in South Korea studied the relationship between chronic periodontitis and dementia over a 10 year period,” finding those with “chronic periodontitis had a 6% higher risk for dementia compared to those without periodontitis,” even “after controlling for […]

Charcoal Toothpastes

Despite Popularity, No Evidence Charcoal Toothpastes Are Safe, Effective. Noting the prevalence of health and beauty products containing charcoal, PopSugar (3/7, Shiffer) questions whether using charcoal toothpastes to whiten teeth is safe. “Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s safe,” said Ada Cooper, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “Charcoal toothpastes often […]

Kids and Social Media

Social Media Influencers May Encourage Unhealthy Eating In Children, Study Suggests. NPR (3/4, Neighmond) reports new research indicates social media influencers can encourage children to make unhealthy eating choices. In the study of 176 children aged nine to 11, researchers found that children who watched social media influencers consume unhealthy snacks “consumed 32 percent more […]

Oral Health and National Attention

Legislators Put Spotlight On Oral Health. The ADA News (3/1, Garvin) reported, “Several legislators helped put the spotlight on oral health in February,” in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Reps. Mike Simpson, Paul Gosar, Brian Babin, Drew Ferguson, Jeff Van Drew, and Elijah Cummings sent “a Dear Colleague letter to every member of […]

Self Diagnosis

Article Warns Of Self-Diagnosing Via Internet Searches. The Washington Post (2/27, Eisenberg) reports on the trend of people using Google searches to self-diagnose themselves in lieu of seeing health care providers in person. The Post writes that online articles “often can’t account for the unique context in which each symptom occurs,” and warns that “numerous […]