dental health

  • Brush Away Diabetes

    Gum disease may do more than ruin your beautiful smile—it may also increase your risk of type-2 diabetes.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Fight Cavities With ... Candy?

    It’s true! A Swedish study reports that eating gummy bears containing xylitol, a natural sugar found in the white birch tree, helps prevent cavity-causing plaque buildup. “Xylitol also reduces levels of bacteria in the mouth that break down tooth enamel and can lead to cavities,” says Harold Katz, DDS, in Los Angeles.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • This is Late-Breaking News

    It’s taken far too long, but the FDA has finally decided that amalgam fillings may be dangerous to our health—something that an increasing number of dentists have long suspected. In June the FDA cautioned that these fillings may pose a risk for young children, developing fetuses, pregnant women, and people particularly sensitive to mercury.

    By Kristin Bjornsen