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Health Tip: When a Child Sucks the Thumb

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

-- When a child age 4 or older sucks the thumb, the youngster's dental health may suffer. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice to help end the habit: Use a sticker chart, rewards and kind reminders to praise your child for not sucking the thumb. Keep your child busy with fun activities, especially those that involve the hands, to prevent boredom. Explain to your child what you will do to help break the habit. If your child seems afraid or upset, consider another method. Do not put too much pressure on the child to stop, and never punish, tease or speak harshly to the child. Talk to the child's dentist or pediatrician if you see changes in the child's tooth alignment or roof of the mouth. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Floss Teeth With Minimal Pain

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you're not flossing because it hurts too much, it's time to rethink the way you floss. The American Dental Association offers this advice: Be gentle. Flossing too vigorously could injure the tissues between teeth. On the other hand, flossing too gently may leave food between teeth that could lead to decay. Floss carefully between teeth. Any initial discomfort should only last a week or two. If flossing continues to be painful, speak with your dentist. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Losing teeth does not have to be a normal part of aging, as long as you take care of them. The Mouthhealthy.org website from the American Dental Association advises: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or electric brush twice daily. Use dental floss every day. Clean dentures each day. And don't sleep with them in your mouth. Drink plenty of tap water (that contains fluoride) to protect teeth from decay. Don't smoke. Visit a dentist regularly. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Smoking Cessation, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation – called prostatitis. The study included 27 men, age 21 and older, who had prostatitis and moderate to severe gum disease. The men underwent treatment for gum disease and showed significant improvement in their gums within four to eight weeks, the study authors said. The men received no treatment for their prostatitis, but symptoms of the condition improved in 21 of 27 of them after their gum disease was treated, according to the study published recently in the journal Dentistry. "This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease," corresponding author Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Prostate Tumor - Benign

Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone through menopause within the last 10 years, didn't smoke and hadn't taken hormone replacement therapy, bone loss prevention drugs or diabetes medications for at least five years. The women's gums were examined and their fracture risk was assessed on a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool (FRAX), which takes into account factors such as weight, height, previous fractures, arthritis, smoking and diabetes. Many of those factors are also associated with gum disease, the researchers noted. Women with high fracture risk scores also showed the strongest signs of gum disease, a finding that suggests that fracture risk could be a reliable indicator of gum disease, according to the ... Read more

Related support groups: Postmenopausal Symptoms, Gingivitis, Periodontitis

Stillborn Case Linked to Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

Posted 22 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 22 – A new report shows the first documented link between fetal death and a mother's pregnancy-related gum disease. The patient, a 35-year-old woman, delivered a full-term stillborn baby in Santa Monica, Calif. During her pregnancy, she had experienced severe gum bleeding, a symptom of pregnancy-related gingivitis. Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to bleeding gums, with an estimated 75 percent of pregnant women experiencing the problem, the study authors noted. But, they explained, bleeding in the gums allows bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and potentially infect a fetus unless it is stopped by the immune system. In the case of this patient, postmortem tests suggest that bacteria from the mouth entered the bloodstream, traveled to the placenta and infected and killed the fetus, according to the report in the February issue of Obstetrics & ... Read more

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