Snorer in Chief: Did President Taft Suffer from Sleep Apnea?

William Howard Taft, our 27th president, is perhaps best remembered for being our heaviest commander in chief (which is true) and for once getting stuck in a White House bathtub (which is not). Taft tipped the scale at 320 pounds when he took office in 1909, an era before obesity became a major public health … Continued

Lightning in a Bottle: Many Bottled Waters Acidic

One of the reasons dentists and other health professionals recommend drinking water over other beverages is because water is not typically acidic. Excess acid in the diet can contribute to dental health concerns including enamel erosion and tooth decay, as well as heartburn, acid reflux, acidosis and other systemic health problems. As bottled waters have … Continued

Research is First to Connect E-Cigarettes to Gum Damage

Sales of electronic cigarettes have surged in recent years, as more first-time smokers and former cigarette smokers turn to vaping, believing e-cigarettes to be safer than standard, tobacco cigarettes. However, new research suggests that e-cigarettes may be as bad for your oral health as traditional cigarettes. The findings of a recently published study provide the … Continued

Study Fortifies Link Between Dental Health, Heart Health

A growing body of research supports the importance of good dental health to your overall health, and a new study indicates that brushing your teeth regularly may help prevent heart attack and stroke. Previous research has linked oral health problems including tooth decay and gum disease to a heightened risk for heart disease, heart attack, … Continued

Barbecue Sauce can be the Pits for Your Teeth

When it comes to condiments, the only thing Texans may like better than hot sauce is barbecue sauce. The history of barbecue in Texas is as rich as barbecue sauce itself, and the Lone Star State is home to a number of barbecue and sauce celebrations, including the Texas Monthly’s annual TMBBQ Fest right here … Continued

Children with Sleep Apnea Face Dire Depression Risk

Obstructive sleep apnea is a widespread and life-threatening sleep disorder that is often characterized by loud snoring and abrupt awakenings that find the sufferer choking or gasping for air. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to chronic daytime fatigue and an increased risk for health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack and … Continued

Stem Cell Findings Point to New TMJ Treatment Possibilities

Researchers recently identified stem cells with the ability to restore damaged joints and produce new cartilage. The cells happen to reside in the temporomandibular joints, which link the jaw to the skull. The temporomandibular joints facilitate jaw movement, and they are integral in our abilities to speak, bite, chew and swallow. The joints are perhaps … Continued

Vitamin D Gets Grade A for Health, but Can’t Reverse Cavities

There are many outlandish claims drifting around the internet about vitamin D and its purported ability to halt the progress of dental cavities and even reverse tooth decay. While it’s true that vitamin D is vital to bone health and oral health, declarations that increasing one’s vitamin D intake can cause cavities to make a … Continued

A True Story about False Teeth and an Unlikely Millionaire

You’ve probably seen the exaggerated false teeth that feature a pronounced gumline and misaligned, discolored teeth. That novelty product, which made an unlikely millionaire of its creator, was inspired by a set of purposely poor dentures crafted by a dental student. The Missing Link: Teeth Mel magazine recently profiled Jonah White as part of its … Continued

Study: Dental Exams May Thwart Pneumonia

The fall and winter months are peak influenza season, and for at-risk populations—including infants, the elderly and those with certain medical conditions—contracting the flu brings an increased risk for pneumonia. The combination of influenza and pneumonia consistently ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the Lone Star State, according to the Texas Department … Continued