Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), and they affect nearly 50 percent of adult Americans. If you’ve never had one, they’re painful. However, there may be something in your spice cabinet that may help. Van Andel Institute researchers discovered curcumin, a component of turmeric, blocks the virus,Read More →

Mouth cancer kills one American every hour, and the American Cancer Society estimates approximately “35,310 new cases (25,310 in men and 10,000 in women) of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer…in the United States in 2008.” Signs of mouth cancer often appear not to be dangerous, and, just because you have symptoms, doesn’t necessarilyRead More →

If you’ve got bad breath or want to avoid it, Wrigley’s Gum recently enhanced their Eclipse line—both their gum and mint lines—by adding magnolia bark extract. In a 2007 study, the magnolia bark extract was determined to be 99.9 percent effective in killing bacteria associated with halitosis and in doingRead More →

f you haven’t heard about the dangers of fluoride, you’re not alone. You may think flouride’s safe because it’s in our drinking water and because we’ve all been told fluoride’s responsible for strong teeth and bones, but think again. Critics claim fluoride does none of those things, and what’s more the Environmental Protection Agency’s senior toxicologist allegedRead More →

Bad breath, sometimes called halitosis, is caused by a combination of bacteria, food, and saliva. Some of the worst food culprits are cheese, onions, garlic, and orange juice. If you smoke, that habit can also cause bad breath, as does poor dental hygiene, gastro-intestinal disorders, and chronic constipation. If youRead More →

Researchers have discovered oral health is linked to a person’s overall health, and, in fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) “periodontist (the advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss) is associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia.” Whether orRead More →