Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans – ADA Workforce Statement

Today (February 22, 2011) the American Dental Association (ADA) issued a 16 page document titled Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: The Role of Workforce. This can be downloaded on the ADA website at The document is intended as the first in a series of documents which will be subsequently released intended to help improve the oral health of Americans who may not currently have proper access to dental care. In the opening of the document is a message from Raymond Gist, D.D.S. and President of the American Dental Association. In this message Dr. Gist states “As the nation’s leading advocate for oral health, the ADA believes that we can and will reach the day when no American who needs and seeks the care that leads to good oral health will be denied. We believe that … Read more

Lactobacillus Reuteri Helps Oral Health

A recent study by researchers at Malmö University in Sweden show that the lactic acid bacteria called Lactobacillus reuteri improves oral health. Lactobacillus reuteri was first discovered in the 1960s and at this time 30-40% of the population had it naturally in their bodies. Today this number is down to around 10-20% of the population and this is believed to be due to changes in lifestyle and food consumption. Many preservatives found in foods today kill the bacteria. Gabriela Sinkiewicz a researcher at Malmö University also found that Lactobacillus reuteri occurs naturally in breast milk of women but that on average women in Japan and Korea have higher concentrations. Gabriela Sinkiewicz says that Lactobacillus reuteri is important for infants as it help’s their intestinal system and immune system. In addition, she determiend that that the occurrence of both plaque and … Read more

Healthy Teeth and Gums with Green Tea

Origins of green tea consumption believe that it could cure disease and heal wounds. With recent scientific studies showing that there are health benefits of drinking green tea, especially in weight loss, heart health, and cancer prevention. A study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, states that routine intake of green tea may also help promote healthy teeth and gums. The study  found that those who regularly drank green tea had superior periodontal health than subjects that consumed less green tea. Male participants aged 49 through 59 were examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue. Researchers observed that for every one cup of green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators. Green tea’s ability … Read more

Organized Wisdom

Organized Wisdom is a website that offers a human powered health web search. The health information is well organized and covers numerous topics. For example on Oral Health they offer the following categories: GuideWisdom, 5 Great Resources on Oral Health, What is Oral Health?, Oral Health Resources, Wisdom, Personal Experiences and Blogs about Oral Health, Foundations and Support Groups on Oral Health, Message Boards, Chat and Discussions about Oral Health, Clinical Trials on Oral Health, Related Wisdom Card, and User Recommended Links for Oral Health. Under each category are links primarily to external sites that the people who have edited the page feel are important and great rescources. For example, under Oral health there are links to WebMD, Mayo Clinic, and the American Dental Association. Unfortunely, there is no link to my website The site provides reviewed and organized … Read more