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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

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

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

Missing Teeth? Postmenopausal? Check Your Blood Pressure

A study of 36,692 postmenopausal women in the United States indicated that women who have lost teeth are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

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

By Lisa Emrich

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.

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

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

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

Over 50? Putting Off a Dental Visit Could Cost You

People age 50 to 64 who put off going to the dentist were more likely to have dental problems later on. Some of that reason was cost. Here’s where to find help.

By Greg Daugherty