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When Oral Hygiene Isn’t Enough to Address Gum Disease

“You need to floss more!”: The mantra of every hygienist who consistently battles bleeding gums with their patients. Does this sound familiar?  Having been a hygienist for almost 40 years, I have been guilty in the past of focusing on the oral hygiene of my patients when it comes to their gum disease. We now…

Jacque Russo, RN, DDS, board member of AAOSH

Dr. Jacque Russo Elected President of AAOSH

The AAOSH Board of Directors takes great pleasure to announce the election of the new 2017-2018 president, Dr. Jacque Russo. Dr. Susan Estep has assumed the role of vice president. Jacque has served on the AAOSH Board with insight, expertise and energy since she joined it in 2014, and we look forward to her leadership over…

Oral Medicine - Dentistry

Oral Medicine: The New Standard of Care for Dental Hygienists

Can you imagine going to work on any given day and know that another life was in your hands?  Would your perception about dentistry change if we shifted from saving teeth to saving lives?  Would we be inspired to engage each patient with the objective of helping them live longer, healthier and fuller lives? The…

nutrition, prevention, wellness

Prevention & Wellness: Patient Education in the Oral-Systemic Practice

As dental health practitioners, we often see patients at their dental visits who assume that their mouths are healthy because they don’t feel any pain; and yet, upon examination and testing discover that they have severe oral infection and disease. The truth is that how healthy you are can be a tricky question in the absence…

nutrition

‘Backing it Up’ with Functional Nutrition and Oral Health

Oral health impacts the health of the entire body. You likely already know this! The mouth is a portal to the gastrointestinal organs where the digestion and absorption that we do day-in-and-day-out occurs. And digestion and absorption are how we interface with the food we eat. It’s where food meets physiology. If those key organs…

7 Foods that Fight Inflammation

With the enormous amount of information thrown at us and incredulous diets going around making all sorts of false claims, what should we eat to get healthy and stay healthy? What does chronic inflammation do? It leads to all sorts of systemic diseases, including but not limited to cancer. The solution is simple: Stop eating…

bruxism, teeth clenching, parafunction, OMT

OMG, What’s OMT?

Over the last century, genetic changes have occurred affecting the entire face. It’s getting smaller. Studies from titans like Drs. Westin A. Price and Frances Pottenger have given us a framework of questions to ask today. Drs. Kevin Boyd and Marianna Evens are digging deep to see exactly what happened since then. The basic thesis…

Postmenopausal woman experiencing chest pains

Does Gum Disease Boost Death Risk in Postmenopausal Women?

Gum disease and tooth loss may be associated with a higher risk of death among postmenopausal women, according to a new study. The research also links loss of all natural teeth with an increased risk of death, but not an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gum and connective…

patient with dental anxiety

Diffusing Dental Anxiety with Aromatherapy

Today’s dental practice looks nothing like our father’s dental practice. There have been mind-blowing advances in technology that allow us to create crowns in an hour, detect caries with a laser, remove decay and restore a tooth without anesthesia, and identify pathogenic periodontal bacteria with a spit test. Unfortunately, in some instances the trends in…

gastric reflux

The Connection Between Gastric Reflux, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, & Diet

AAOSH’s stated purpose is “Connecting Medicine and Dentistry to Save Lives.” Gastric reflux, obstructive sleep apnea, and diet illustrate both oral and whole body connections that have life-altering implications. Gastric Reflux involves the backflow of stomach acids, bile, and digestive enzymes upward through the open esophageal sphincter, the esophagus (Gastroesophageal Reflux/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease/GERD), and the…