Find the answers to questions that pique your curiosity in our series “The Short Answer.” Rheumatologist Chad Deal, MD, explains why gum disease and arthritis may be more linked than you think.
Gum disease and heart problems — there has been a long-standing belief that there is a link between these two health issues. Researchers speculate that bacteria in the mouth, which cause gum disease, move into the bloodstream and cause inflammation of the blood vessels. This, in turn, may contribute to heart disease and stroke. Alternatively, … Read More
Nine million Americans use smokeless tobacco. Users are often under the impression that smokeless tobacco is “safer” than inhaled alternatives. The truth is, there are 28 cancer-causing toxins in smokeless products. What is it, and what are its effects? Smokeless tobacco is not burned. Most people chew or suck the tobacco in their mouth and … Read More