Gum Disease and Colon Cancer: You bet your colon there’s a link!

Embroidery "I Love Your Guts"

“Among people with colorectal cancer, there were higher numbers of Fusobacteria and Porphyromonas bacteria than in patients who didn’t have the disease.  Fusobacteria and Porphyromonas, which are prevalent in both the mouth and gut, are associated with inflammation of the digestive tract as well as periodontal disease.” (From Research Points to Potential New Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer.)

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Living in a fog | Thanksgiving and sleep apnea

 When you’re living in a fog, it’s hard to feel thankful.  



 Most people can differentiate between sunny, rainy, or foggy days. However for almost 15% of adult Americans who live with untreated sleep apnea, the days can start to blend into one and another and 
all seem foggy. Each day is a struggle — with energy, focus, stamina, health, memory, relationships, work, nutrition, fitness, and so on.  Many times these individuals feel drained and are left with an overwhelming feeling of muddling through each day. As a result, this can leave little room for anything more, let alone a spirit of thankfulness.

When a person’s daily ambition is to “just get through the day”, it is tough to feel thankful.  It can also be hard to accept what your loved ones are saying about your sleeping patterns and chronic snoring. However, if you have people in your life who care for you enough to address a potential problem, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Knowing that someone has witnessed your breathing stopping at night could be the first step in saving your life. Continue reading

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A Video for Mercury Awareness Week | Mercury Free Dentistry at Ellicott City Smiles

 Ellicott City Smiles is a mercury-free dental practice and has been one for many many years. Not only are we mercury-free, but we have developed a very specific protocol to remove amalgam from the mouth in a way that is safe for the patient, us, and the environment.


If your current dentist still uses amalgam fillings and/or does not offer you a special air ventilation mask for the amalgam removal procedure–it’s time to find a new dentist (and give Ellicott City Smiles a call!)  

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Strong Oral Carcinogen Identified in Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco products may not harm others with second-hand smoke, but they are still just as harmful and carcinogenic for the user of the smokeless tobacco. Read on!

Reposted from, accessed on April 18, 2012

Newswise — CHICAGO — The chemical (S)-N’-nitrosonornicotine, or (S)-NNN, which is present in smokeless tobacco products, is a strong oral carcinogen, according to results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2012, held here March 31 – April 4.

Although smokeless tobacco products have long been linked with certain cancers, including oral cavity cancers and esophageal cancers, this is the first study to identify a specific chemical present in smokeless tobacco products that induces oral cancer in animals, according to Silvia Balbo, Ph.D., research associate at the Masonic Cancer Center of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.

“(S)-NNN is the only chemical in smokeless tobacco known to cause oral cancer,” Balbo said. “This finding provides mechanistic underpinning for the epidemiologic observations that smokeless tobacco products cause oral cancer.”

Balbo and colleagues administered two forms of NNN called (S)-NNN and (R)-NNN to four groups of 24 rats. The rats were given either (S)-NNN alone, (R)-NNN alone, a combination of both or tap water. The total dose was approximately equivalent to the amount of (S)-NNN to which a smokeless tobacco user would be exposed from chronic use of these products.

All rats assigned to (S)-NNN alone or the combination began losing weight after one year of exposure and died by 17 months. Rats assigned to (R)-NNN or tap water were terminated at 20 months.

All rats assigned to (S)-NNN had esophageal tumors and demonstrated 100 percent incidence of oral tumors including tumors of the tongue, buccal mucosa, soft palate and pharynx. In contrast, researchers found oral tumors in only five of 24 rats given (R)-NNN and esophageal tumors in three of 24 rats assigned to (R)-NNN. Twelve rats given the combination of (S)-NNN and (R)-NNN had 153 esophageal tumors and 96 oral tumors.

“Measures should be taken to reduce this chemical in smokeless tobacco,” Balbo said. “If it is not possible to stop the use of smokeless tobacco products, we should advocate for a reduction of this chemical in these products.”

Because the Food and Drug Administration regulates tobacco products, Balbo said she hoped these results will inform regulatory decisions. Moving forward, she and her colleagues hope to identify other chemicals that may be carcinogens in smokeless tobacco and to understand what level of these chemicals is present in smokeless tobacco products.

“In addition, we have to understand how this research translates to human beings,” Balbo added. “We have to understand the uptake of NNN from smokeless tobacco products in humans and develop better biomarkers, such as urinary biomarkers, to have a tool to monitor the levels to which smokeless tobacco users are exposed.”

Balbo believes these findings are yet another affirmation that tobacco products should be avoided.

This research was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Oral Cancer Screeening: Identifying Oral Cancer Through Saliva


Several years ago, UCLA scientists developed a revolutionary new way to identify oral cancer, even before swellings and lesions are visibly present. Funded by the National Institute of Dental and Cranial Facial Research, they developed a simple saliva test that makes detecting oral cancer easy. No longer must patients wait until they find an unusual sore in their mouth to take action!



Come into our Ellicott City dentist office and ask us about our saliva screenings!

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