Root Canals and Cancer

There has been a lot of speculation recently about an article that has been making the rounds on social media websites from “” regarding a connection between root canal therapy and terminal cancer.  As both doctors and scientists, it is important that we here at Dental Health set the record straight. The first thing we want to address is plainly this: There are HUNDREDS of websites out there with similar, oddly-spelled web domains at any given time that spew “information” that at best is controversial and at worst junk science -- meaning not conducted using the scientific method. You may remember those lab reports from high school or college science, in which you had to formulate a question, construct your experiment, gather data, etc. No? well luckily we have a nice brightly colored flow chart that will help jog your memory! While this is a very, very simplified chart of … [Read more...]

Oral Bacteria From Periodontal Disease Can Contribute Towards Hip or Knee Prosthesis Failure

A new Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine study suggests the possibility that oral bacteria from periodontal disease can contribute towards hip or knee prosthesis failure.  These same bacteria may also be a factor in arthritis. In a recent university news release, Dr. Nabil Bissada of the department of Periodontics, noted that “For a long time, we’ve suspected these bacteria were causing problems in arthritis patients, but never had the scientific evidence to support it.” The study looked for oral bacterial in the synovial fluid of patients with arthritis, periodontal disease and failed prosthetic joints.  The investigators found a correlation between the failed knee and hip joints and the presence of oral bacteria in these failed joints. The authors suggest that patients with arthritis or failed prosthetic joints be examined for the presence of periodontal … [Read more...]

Increase your Dental IQ with Dr. Bruce Howell – Longmont Dental Health

At Dental Health Colorado, we believe that increasing your dental IQ  can increase your chances of maintaining good oral health.  In order to accomplish this goal, oral health education should take place both inside and outside of our dental office, especially because access to dental care is declining in Colorado. Feel free to ask one of our Dental Health Colorado dentists an oral health question and they will get back to you as soon as they are able. Currently, we have two dentists, Dr. Bruce Howell of Longmont, CO and Dr. Stephen Perry of Boulder, CO signed up to answer your dental IQ questions. Dr. Bruce Howell of Longmont Dental Health has answered a number of oral health questions that are detailed below.  Currently, Dr. Howell has been recognized for 70 awards for his responsiveness, reliability and peer recognition.  You can learn more about oral health and ask your own … [Read more...]

Mommy & Me Raw Foods Lunches Class

In 2012, we accomplished a critical step on the road to deliver healthier food to our nation’s school children when the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new rules that will boost the nutritional quality of the meals eaten by school children every day. The rules represent the first major revision of school meal standards  in more than 15 years and make sure our kids' lunches and breakfasts will have more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and less fat and sodium in conjunction with sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served. Based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the new school meals include these changes: More whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk dairy products and less sodium and fat. The right portion. Menus are planned for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 and will demonstrate to your child the right size … [Read more...]

Keeping Patients Relaxed in the Dental Chair

Did you know that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear, according to Peter Milgrom, DDS, Director of the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of Treating Fearful Dental Patients. A higher percentage, perhaps 20%, experiences enough anxiety that they will go to the dentist only when absolutely necessary.  With offices in Longmont, Boulder, Westminster and Denver, there are many options for comfortable dentistry.  You can visit our dental contact page for our locations. Your Dental Health is Very Important We at Dental Health Colorado know that your trip to the dentist is  incredibly important. You may know how essential regular dental visits are for keeping your teeth and gums in good shape.  But what you might not know is that there is a strong relationship between your oral health and your overall health.  Taking … [Read more...]

Post-Surgery Soft Food Recipes

Coda Health Kitchen is the first and only kitchen on-site at medical facilities to support, inspire and educate clients towards better health.  Our nutritionists provide on-site clinical counseling, support, programs, products and patient education in order for patients to develop overall systemic health.  We know how important food is! Coda Health Kitchen has put this list of soft food recipes together to help you cope with the difficulty of selecting and preparing food after an oral-surgery. After your surgical procedure it is important to eat nutrient-dense foods to aid in the healing process and help keep your energy levels high. Any fruits or vegetables that are soft and can be mashed are good choices.  We have listed some additional nutritious meal ideas that are soft and delicious. We recommend buying the ingredients and preparing these delicious, easy to eat meal ideas … [Read more...]