oral health

Cranberry for Cavities? Dental researchers say it inhibits plaque on teeth

Cranberry juice holds important clues for preventing cavities, say researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center. A team led by oral biologist Hyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, PhD, has discovered that the same traits that make cranberry juice a powerful weapon...

Supplements for Smokers? Antioxidants aid smokers’ gum disease

Treating gum disease in smokers is daunting: Implants don't take hold as well, surgeries are less successful and infections heal more slowly than in nonsmokers. Short of convincing patients to quit, oral biologists at the University at Buffalo School of Dental...

Smokers can boost oral health

In a study at the University at Buffalo’s Periodontal Research Center, researchers showed that giving smokers a supplement containing the antioxidant vitamins C and E and grape seed extract improved the response to gum disease treatment. The researchers reported...

Tea tree for dandruff and bad breath

Those with a dandruff problem may find help with tea tree oil, say researchers at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia. Since tea tree oil has antifungal properties and dandruff is related to the yeast Pityrosporum ovale, the researchers theorized that tea...

Beating bad breath and gum disease

If you notice people tend to step back when you speak, or if you often have a “bad taste” in your mouth, its likely that you have bad breath. In most cases, bad breath (or “halitosis”) is caused by odour-causing bacteria in the mouth. Impacted food, dry mouth, a...

Vitamin D: for your gums’ sake!

Getting enough vitamin D could be important for oral health, based on findings of a recent study. The analytical study looked at a possible connection between vitamin D levels in the blood and periodontal disease, a widespread chronic inflammatory condition marked by...

D Good for Gums: Vitamin found to improve oral health

Getting enough vitamin D could be important for oral health, based on findings of a recent study. The analytical study looked at a possible connection between vitamin D levels in the blood and periodontal disease, a widespread chronic inflammatory condition marked by...