Blog Archive

Periodontitis Impacts your risk of Diabetes and the Health of your Blood Vessels Aug 8th, 2017

 Gum disease or periodontitis has a negative effect on your health extending beyond the oral cavity.  In fact, the tissue damage that comes from periodontal inflammation is connected to damage throughout one’s body.  Studies find that periodontitis is an independent predictor of diabetes and that treating periodontitis reverses damage to...

Sports Mouth Guard: Dentist fabricated vs. Boil and Bite Jun 2nd, 2016

1. The protective qualities of a proper sports mouthguard are well documented.2. The decision making process regarding mouthguards from a coach and parent perspective.3. Understanding the type of sports mouthguard that will actually deliver the expected protection.Pictured: Patient Jalen Shelley 8 YO I. The protective qualities of a sports mouthguard...

Crossbite and Anterior Open Bite in a Young Child Mar 3rd, 2016

When my son, Jadon, was 1 YO, I noticed that his lower front teeth were in front of his upper teeth. That’s the wrong way- think Sling Blade underbite. But I’m getting ahead of my blog article and I’ll finish this story a quarter of the way through this article…If a...

The Link between Oral Gum Disease and My Overall Health Sep 18th, 2015

Okay Dr. Koo, what’s the connection between gum disease and my medical health?The evidence for a connection is strong.To start, researchers have consistently found significant links between oral gum disease (periodontitis) and coronary heart disease through meta analysis of available data (3) (4). More broadly speaking, periodontal studies find, without...

Oil Pulling: The Facts Jul 1st, 2015

This year the practice of oil pulling has popped up as an interest among my patients as a cleansing routine that purports numerous dental and medical benefits. Oil pulling is an old, Indian practice of swishing a tablespoon of sesame oil in the mouth and sipping and sucking or “pulling...