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Dental Disease & Lung Cancer – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, wants you to know that a recent study found a link between gum disease and lung cancer.  According to a study published online in the Journal of project1Periodontology, Individuals with periodontal disease saw a 1.2-fold increase in the risk of lung cancer.  Dr. Johnson states, “this data accompanies several other studies that link gum disease to increases in heart disease, joint disease and pancreatic cancer”.

One study suggests that specific oral bacteria may be involved in the development of cancer cells in the lungs.  Another study indicates that successful treatment of periodontal disease may lead to a significantly reduced lung cancer risk.

The take-away… good dental health can minimize additional disease development.  Thus, Dr. Johnson recommends, brushing two to three times daily, regular flossing and most importantly, routine preventative dental visits.

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Marijuana & Gum Disease – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners wants his patients to know that, “People who use cannabis for up to 20 years may be more likely to have periodontal disease, according to research published in June in The Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry”.Project1

Using self-reported data on cannabis and tobacco use, the longitudinal study compared health outcomes in persistent cannabis users versus tobacco users and found cannabis usage associated with poorer periodontal health at age 38, and within-individual decline in periodontal health from ages 26 to 38 years. Cannabis use was not, however, found to be associated with other physical problems in early midlife, according to the open access article.

The authors conclude that the study results imply that “(1) cannabis use for up to 20 years is not associated with a specific set of physical health problems in early midlife. The sole exception is that cannabis use is associated with periodontal disease; (2) cannabis use for up to 20 years is not associated with net metabolic benefits (i.e., lower rates of metabolic syndrome); and (3) the results should be interpreted in the context of prior research showing that cannabis use is associated with accidents and injuries, bronchitis, acute cardiovascular events, and, possibly, infectious diseases and cancer, as well as poor psychosocial and mental health outcomes.”

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Bad Breath? 10 Ways to Fix it.

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners finds that, “While good oral hygiene and fresh breath are important for everyone, a recent study shows that for couples, it matters a lot. In fact, 60 percent of U.S. adults with partners say that their partner's oral health — the state of their teeth, gums and breath — plays a big role in their level of intimacy”. Project1 While for some folks, chronic bad breath is a symptom of a larger health problem, the rest of us who simply experience a little morning dragon breath, or the occasional post-dinner stinkiness, can usually freshen things up pretty quickly. Of course, there are scores of commercially available toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental floss we can use to keep our teeth, gums, and tongues in tip-top shape. But there are a number of other ways to make our mouths smell nice. Here are 10 ways to improve your oral health and lessen your bad breath: 1. Brush and floss correctly. For starters, make sure you're nailing the basics of brushing and flossing. You don't want bacteria, or worse, plaque and tartar in your mouth. "We tell our patients to brush two or three times a day, with a thorough brushing and flossing at least once, but preferably twice a day," says Dr. Johnson. Though he says recommendations for each patient differ, he tells most to use a soft, ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.  Mechanical brushes (Oral B or Sonicare) are good options for many people. Flossing, too, is crucial.  Dr. Johnson, quips, “Only floss the teeth you wish to keep”. "A toothbrush will cover all the areas around the teeth except for where the teeth actually contact each other so you have to floss in between to break up the plaque and food debris, which can cause bad breath.   2. Use a tongue scraper. You should scrape your tongue every day. Tongue scrapers play a role in eliminating plaque and food debris, Wall says, and can be found in most drug stores and health food stores.   3. See your dentist twice a year. Keep up with dental cleanings and be sure to get annual X-rays of your teeth. "Bad breath can be caused by gum disease, cavities, root absorptions, and lots of other conditions that are found in the mouth," says Dr. Johnson. "There's no way to know what's going on in there unless a professional looks in your mouth and takes X-rays."   4. Drink more water. A number of the culprits that cause bad breath can be dealt with by simply bumping up your water intake, says Dr. Gigi Meinecke, spokesperson of the Academy of General Dentistry. One is acid-reflux, which a 2012 Tufts University study suggests can be alleviated by drinking more water. Another is post-nasal drip, says Meinecke, which she says is a more common cause of halitosis than most people know. Increasing water, she says, helps loosen up secretions in the back of the throat, thereby freshening up the area. A dry mouth also contributes to bad breath. Dry mouth happens when there isn't enough saliva in the mouth. It's why we get morning breath. It's especially common in people who take certain medications. "There are over 400 prescription and over-the-counter medications that list dry mouth as a side effect," says Meinecke. Drinking more water moistens the mouth and helps things run smoothly.   5. Eat more crunchy, raw foods. "Crunchy vegetables have a low-water content, so if you're eating them, you have to produce more saliva in order to get it down your throat," says Meinecke. "Increasing saliva in your mouth and having more salivary flow is good."   6. Consider a saltwater gargle. Meinecke says gargling with saltwater could benefit anyone who has crypts, or pockets, in their tonsil area. "Those crypts get junk in them and they get schtunky," says Meinecke. Gargling with saltwater could help dislodge anything that's become stuck, she says. But don't go overboard with the salt.  Use one teaspoon of salt in six ounces of water.   7. Chew gum. Chewing sugarless gum can help freshen breath and not only because gum comes in fresh minty flavors. "Chewing gum increases salivary production," Meinecke says, which moistens the mouth.   8. Be mindful of stinky foods. Onions, garlic, spicy dishes — even coffee — all have smells that linger in our mouths up to 72 hours after we ingest them, experts say. If you're going to partake, just know your mouth may let others know you have.   9. Don't smoke! There's a reason they call it "smoker's breath." That nasty sour smell is partly from smoke particles that get stuck in the mouth, throat, and lungs after smoking cigarettes. The smell of just one cigarette can linger in your lungs for hours. Additionally, chemicals found in tobacco add to the stink. As if that's not enough, tobacco also dries out the mouth, which contributes to the unpleasantness.   Original article found on Today

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