In reading on the latest information regarding our teeth and our overall health I came across an article from They referenced a study that showed that even a symptomless tooth with infection at the root tip could increase the risk of coronary artery disease. This study was carried out at the University of Helsinki. If a tooth is not symptomatic these infections are usually detected by chance when routine x-rays are taken at your dental visit.

A dental root tip infection is also known as an apical periodontitis. It is a bodily reaction against microbial infection in the dental pulp and it is found that dental caries is the most common cause of the infection. This article also drew attention to the increasing connection between oral infections and many chronic diseases. One example it shared was how periodontitis is an inflammatory disease and affects the tissues that surround the teeth, the low-grade inflammation this causes is regarded as an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease and diabetes.

I was watching a TV show with my wife. There was an advertisement for Nature made adult gummy vitamins. They are approved by USP a non profit organization that certifies vitamins for purity and potency. That would seem to be important. I found some red flags that concerned me.
As a Dentist I am very concerned about gummy vitamins which stick to the teeth and are sweetened. Both the sticking and the sweeteners can be a cause of tooth decay. I went to their web site to learn more about their product. They have no product data to show exactly what is included in the gummy vitamins. All of the vitamin companies I recommend have all of the information printed on the label and their web site. That made me further concerned. I looked at the entire web site and I found recall information. The following was listed under Adult gummy vitamins. The following products are being recalled. The recalls are out of an abundance of caution due to potential Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination.
It strikes me as odd that they advertise purity and potency and yet they have multiple recalls which they of course do not mention in their TV advertising.
I recommend staying away from gummy vitamins in general because of their sticky consistency and I am yet to discover sweeteners that do not cause or contribute to tooth decay. I personally find that advertising and marketing is often very misleading and so when ever considering a new product please do your research first.

We recently saw a patient that had the need for root canal treatment on one of her teeth a few years ago. Once the root canal was completed the tooth didn’t feel right to the patient. She underwent retreatment of the root canaled tooth and it still didn’t feel right to her. An Endodontist (root canal specialist) evaluated and recommended tooth removal as a result of her symptoms. During the time after the first root canal she developed chronic headaches, facial pain, sleep disturbance, and even night sweats. Her Physicians could not find a cause for her symptoms and the result left her on heavy, long term pain medications for coping with her symptoms. After the tooth was removed and the infected area above the bone was cleaned, she reported that the headaches and other symptoms went away within a few days. She no longer needs the pain medication as all of her symptoms have resolved. Removing the tooth and bone infection is the only change she noted in her life. All too often when evaluating their patients, the medical physician is not asking the patient if they have any tooth issues. If you have chronic health issues an oral evaluation in addition to your medical examination could be helpful in improving your overall health and well-being.

Do you find yourself dusting off your box of floss right before your dental check up? Regular flossing is not just something that makes your hygienist happy but it is an important part of having a happy healthy body.
Flossing is the removal of plaque buildup between your gums and teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. By removing the plaque and its potentially harmful bacteria from your gums you are preventing it from entering your bloodstream.

Gum disease is a common issue for about half of the population. In the past our blog has touched on the affects of gum disease on our heart and diabetic patients. New research was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual convention regarding certain types of gum bacteria and pancreatic cancer.