Category: Health News

How Chocolate Can Be Good For You But Bad For Your Teeth

Is chocolate your passion? If so you are in good company. According to research a typical adult can eat their own body weight in chocolate in about ten years, and many of them do. In Switzerland chocolate consumption per individual equals 21 lbs a year, and about half that in the U.S. Do you know… Read more »

Is Mouthwash Bad for You?

Mouthwash can be a fast and convenient way to freshen your breath and kill harmful bacteria without actually brushing your teeth. However, according to a new Swedish study, using a powerful antiseptic twice a day may not be good for your heart health. Today your Ankeny, IA, family dentist, Dr. Ericka Peddicord, discusses mouthwash.

Genetics And Dentistry?

Have you ever heard of epigenetics? There may be a time when it plays a large role in dental health. Genetics play a huge role in health now, and according to the Australian Dental Journal epigenetics may soon play an important role in dental treatment. Genetics is used to determine if certain people are genetically… Read more »

Dental Facts For Sixty And Above

As a child, you may have feared losing your teeth when you aged, and having to wear dentures like your grandparents. That’s because people believed that tooth loss was part of aging. This is a common misconception. Tooth loss is actually the result of periodontal disease. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and… Read more »

Connecting the Dots Between Oral Health, Heart Health, and Junk Food

Very few people are under the illusion that junk food is good for them. It’s called “junk” food for a reason. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the damage that frequent consumption of junk food can do to your heart and your smile (not to mention your waistline). Today, we’re taking an up-close look at how sugar-laden… Read more »

Good and Bad News for Coffee Drinkers from Ankeny Dentist

Some people treat coffee drinking almost as if it were a sport. In the office or at home, cups upon cups of coffee douse your teeth in darkness, risking tooth stains. But recent studies suggest drinking up for oral health. Research suggests that Americans who consume more than four cups of regular coffee every day cut their risk of… Read more »