The story is tragic and scary, and Dr. Susan Maples tells Yahoo Beauty that dental infections can lead to serious health complications more often than you might think.
As a health educator, Maples is disappointed that media reporting makes it seem like you don’t have to floss anymore. However, she says the “controversy creates opportunities for learning.” She hopes the attention will start a discussion about the many factors that lead to gum disease.
By using the mouth as a window to reveal early signs of disease in the rest of the body, we're in an ideal position to help reverse the population's steadily declining health.
Compared with 20 years ago, Americans are consuming an average of 130 to 260 more calories per day. Sugar consumption has skyrocketed, and holidays like Halloween make it more difficult for people to monitor their intake and remain within the recommended guidelines.
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Does your toothpaste contain the potentially harmful ingredient triclosan that the FDA recently banned from antibacterial hand soap? Dr. Susan comments.
The author of “Blabber Mouth!: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You to Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life,” told FoxNews.com that “there isn’t enough evidence available to know whether the supplement is beneficial and that it may be dangerous.”
From the article: Dr. Maples told News Ten the few minutes it takes to floss helps prevent gum inflammation, which could lead to more complicated health issues.
"It becomes irritated and red; and now, the gums become the biggest portal of bacteria to the blood stream that swim through the body and cause all kinds of other problems, like a risk of stroke and heart attack and erectile dysfunction," Dr. Maples explained.
"The mouth is a real window to what's going on in the rest of the body," Dr. Maples said. 500 of her patients filled out the survey and had their blood tested from a finger prick. The results found 19% of them were pre-diabetic.
Of all the nasty things you can step on outside (fresh dog poo, chewed food, sticky gum, questionable-looking latex), fresh bubbling spit ranks pretty
high on the “oh, sick” list. Seeing it launched out of some dude’s mouth is even sicker. ("Did I just get hit in the eye?") And, sorry for
the generalization, but the perpetrator is usually a dude. We hate it, so why the heck do they do it?
Listen in as Dr. Susan Maples shares how proper oral hygiene is good for your heart!
Dr. Susan Maples and Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi co-authored an award-winning study on detecting diabetes in the dental office.
Good habits are formed at an early age. But when it comes to the oral health of children, some parents don’t take it seriously. Dr. Susan Maples...
Dr. Susan Maples DDS, a top eight innovator in U.S. dentistry and author of Blabber Mouth: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life, says, “There is a direct connection between oral health and systemic health. Children must take care of their teeth and gums not just for the oral health benefits, but to keep the rest of their bodies healthy as well.”
"It's pretty common knowledge that HPV causes cervical cancer, but HPV is an even bigger threat for oral cancer," said Dr. Maples. "Among newly diagnosed cases of oral cancer, the fastest-growing segment is people under 40 infected with HPV type-16."
“We hope this kind of testing will be implemented in dental offices around the country,” Dr. Maples concludes. “People don’t realize it, but what goes on inside your mouth really does play a role in the quality of your overall health. We are truly bridging the gap between medicine and dentistry.”
Dr. Susan Maples, who has been named one of the top eight innovators in U.S. Dentistry, has just released her new book, Blabber Mouth: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You to Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life.
An article full of great tips to keep children's smiles healthy.
As we age, the more at risk we become for a host of unwanted medical conditions like heart disease and stroke. There is a lot of information out there on prevention, but one less talked about...
Watch Dr. Susan on Fox 17 and learn about healthier alternatives to candy for Halloween!
“This is indeed the holiday that makes dentists cringe because of all the sugar, high acidity levels and gooey-ness found in most candy.” Dr. Maples says. “But like most things, moderation and making smart choices is the difference between a good time and tooth decay.”
“Gum disease is among the leading causes of inflammation in the body. Given the links between inflammation and serious systemic diseases, flossing may be one of the best things you can do not just for your oral health but for your overall health, too,” Dr. Maples says.
Maybe the sexual flame is waning. Maybe your sex life is really good but you wish it could be even better. Forget the sex toys, lotions, pills, videos, role playing and whatever else you’re trying, and take a good look inside your mouth. Bad oral health can lead to bad sex!
Dr. Susan Maples joins the show to showcase her new guide to oral hygiene – BlabberMouth!
Michigan dentist Dr. Susan Maples – who wrote Blabber Mouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can tell You To Live A Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life says there’s a lot of sizzle and no steak to many of the claims about oral health these days.
It’s simple, says health educator Dr. Susan Maples – gum disease can lead to bad sex. “I bet men would floss more often if they knew it could prevent erectile dysfunction!”
With hundreds of products on the market to help you achieve healthy teeth and gums, it can be confusing as a consumer to know what advice to follow, what products are best, and what’s a gimmick and what you can’t be without.
Dr. Susan Maples, author of Blabber Mouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life, who has been named one of the top eight innovators in U.S. dentistry, says if you do it right, Halloween can still be lots of fun without causing all kinds of dental problems.