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The Complex Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and RA

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may also experience dental problems. Here's what you should know about the connection.

By Lisa Emrich
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For a Healthy Heart, Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth twice a day—and flossing!—may do more for your body than just brighten your smile.

By Lara DeSanto
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Can Activated Charcoal Treat Your Chronic Condition?

Find out if the claims that activated charcoal can combat digestive issues, high cholesterol, and skin problems are true.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
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Brushing and Flossing Could Reduce Your Risk of This Cancer

Have you tended to your teeth today? Here’s how to improve your mouth health and lower your risk of liver cancer.

By Lara DeSanto
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Poor Oral Health Linked to Pancreatic Cancer in African-American Women

Tooth loss and gum infections like periodontitis put African American women at higher risk for cancer of the pancreas, suggest researchers at Boston University.

By Diane Domina
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From Your Mouth to Your Brain: The Gum Disease-Dementia Link

People with chronic periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss have a 6 percent higher risk of dementia than people who don’t have gum disease.

By Diane Domina
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How Your Teeth Are Affected By Your Thyroid

Do you ever wonder why your dentist may ask you if you have thyroid disease? (If they don’t, they should be.) These are the dental treatments and procedures that can have a negative impact on your thyroid.

By Mary Shomon
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Tooth Trouble: Why That Kiss Could be Risky

The state of a person’s mouth can not only be a turnoff but can also pose health risks. Here’s more on the link between kissing and oral health.

By Nancy Monson
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Is Tooth Whitening Harmful?

You can buy do-it-yourself whitening products or have your dentist whiten your teeth. Both work. Here are the side effects.

By Mandy Walker
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Can Toothpaste and Mouthwash Prevent Gum Disease?

Brushing and flossing your teeth are critical to preventing gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Here’s what also can help.

By Nancy Monson