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Health Tip: Diabetics, Watch for Gum Disease

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes and gum disease can go hand-in-hand, each making the other worse. The American Diabetes Association mentions these warning signs of gum disease: Gums that bleed after flossing or brushing. Tenderness, swelling or redness of the gums. Receding gums that make nearby teeth appear longer. Bad breath. Pus that emerges when you press against the gum. Loose or moving permanent teeth. Changes affecting the alignment of your bite, or the fit of your dentures or bridge. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Oral and Dental Conditions, Diabetes, Type 1, Pre-Diabetes, Gingivitis, Diabetes Mellitus, Periodontitis, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes

Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help when that anxiety becomes a crippling phobia. In the study, British investigators tried an approach called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a short-term treatment typically involving six to 10 sessions. "CBT works by providing individuals with skills to address their fear," said lead researcher Tim Newton, a professor of psychology at King's College London Dental Institute. After the sessions, which focused on replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, the patients took away a set of skills to help tackle their anxiety, Newton explained. "We discuss with them when we discharge them the fact that their anxiety [about dental visits] will come back, but that they know what to do – don't avoid, take gradual steps and challenge ... Read more

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

Study Suggests Link Between Gum Disease, Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 – Gum disease might increase the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women, particularly those who smoke, a new study suggests. Women with gum disease appeared to have a 14 percent overall increased risk for breast cancer, compared to women without gum disease. And that increased risk seemed to jump to more than 30 percent if they also smoked or had smoked in the past 20 years, researchers said. "These findings are useful in providing new insight into what causes breast cancer," said lead author Jo Freudenheim, a professor of epidemiology at the University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions in New York. "There is good evidence, though, that good dental care is important in any case and that treatment of periodontal disease is important for the health of the mouth," she said. But more study is needed before there is enough evidence ... Read more

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

Health Tip: If Teeth Are Sensitive

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Loss of enamel often leads sensitive teeth, which may be painful. If your pearly whites are sensitive, the Mayo Clinic says you should avoid: Foods and beverages that are higher in acid, such as soda, and citrus fruits and drinks. Wine and yogurt, which also may be acidic. Brushing and flossing teeth too vigorously. Bleaching your teeth. Using an abrasive toothpaste. Read more

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

Health Tip: Do You Have Gum Disease?

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Gum disease develops when the tissues surrounding your teeth become inflamed, often due to infection. The condition may lead to tooth loss. The American Dental Association mentions these possible warning signs: Gums that bleed easily. Gums that are tender and may be red or swollen. Gums that recede from the teeth. Bad taste in the mouth, or bad breath. Teeth that feel loose. Dentures that no longer fit the gumline. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Aphthous Stomatitis

Dentistry Without the Drill? New Study Offers Hope

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – Good news for those afraid of the dentist's drill: New research suggests that a "no-drill" approach can halt tooth decay in many cases. An Australian team's seven-year study found that the need for fillings fell 30 to 50 percent if patients used preventive care after the first sign of tooth decay. "It's unnecessary for patients to have fillings because they're not required in many cases of dental decay," study lead author Wendell Evans, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, said in a university news release. The findings highlight "the need for a major shift in the way tooth decay is managed by dentists," he believes. Many people believe that even the smallest sign of tooth decay warrants a filling. But Evans said that the decay does not always progress and often develops more slowly than widely believed. "For example, it takes an average of four ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Know the Risks of Oral Piercing

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- You may think it's attractive or cool to pierce your tongue, but you should be aware of the risks before the procedure. The American Dental Association explains these potential risks: Swelling that could impair breathing. Cracking a tooth from biting down on a piercing. Severe infection or pain. Allergic reaction. Nerve damage. Excessive drooling. Read more

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

Another Downside to Diabetes: Tooth Loss

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – The physical toll associated with type 2 diabetes includes tooth loss, a new study finds. The risk of vision problems and amputations for people with diabetes is well-known. Now, research shows diabetics lose twice as many teeth on average as those without the disease. Also, blacks with diabetes have a greater risk of tooth loss as they age, compared with white or Mexican Americans, the study found. "We have more evidence that [poor] oral health is related to diabetes," said lead researcher Bei Wu, a professor of nursing and global health at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Gum disease is a common complication of diabetes. About half of U.S. adults have gum disease, and its prevalence is even higher among diabetics, Wu said. "The ultimate consequence of gum disease is tooth loss," she added. Why diabetes is linked to tooth loss hasn't been clear, Wu said. What ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found that some with acidic additives and low pH levels (a measure of acidity) harm teeth, even if they are sugar-free. "Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion," said Eric Reynolds. He is laureate professor and CEO of the Oral Health Cooperative Research Center at Melbourne University. Dental erosion occurs when acid dissolves the tooth's hard tissues. "In its early stages erosion strips away the surface layers of tooth enamel. If it progresses to an advanced stage it can expose the ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Oral and Dental Conditions, Weight Loss, Toothache, Gingivitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Are You Flossing Correctly?

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Flossing is an essential part of good dental health. But are you taking all the right steps to protect your mouth? The American Dental Association says: Flossing before or after brushing doesn't really make a difference. What's most important is to pick the time of day that works best for you. Floss your child's teeth as soon as two teeth touch. Parents should supervise flossing until the child is about 10 years old, or later if the child requires additional supervision. Floss thoroughly but gently. While you shouldn't feel pain, some slight discomfort is normal. Choose the tool that works best for you, whether it's using actual floss or a water flosser. Read more

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

Health Tip: Should I See My Dentist?

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Regular dental checkups may spot problems before they become serious, but there are signs you should visit your dentist sooner than your next scheduled exam. The American Dental Association cites these warning signs: You have pain or swelling in the mouth, face or neck; jaw pain; or bleeding or swelling of the gums. It's become difficult for you to chew or swallow. Your mouth is constantly dry. You notice sores or spots inside your mouth. Read more

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

Health Tip: Spot the Warning Signs of a Cavity

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Most any dentist should be able to spot a cavity, but do you know the warning signs if you're between checkups? The American Dental Association mentions these symptoms of a cavity: Having pain in your tooth. Getting food caught in your tooth. Feeling a rough edge against your tongue. Having a sensitivity to foods that are cold or sweet. Read more

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

Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Dry mouth is a common complaint among seniors, and lack of saliva can increase the risk of cavities and other dental problems. The American Dental Association advises: Use a mouthwash, spray or over-the-counter oral moisturizer. Suck on a sugar-free lozenge or chew sugar-free gum. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication if that's what's causing dry mouth. Drink water frequently throughout the day. Run a humidifier at home. Restrict foods and beverages that can irritate a dry mouth, such as fruit juices high in acid, coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Seniors need to see a dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. And it's a good idea to bring some information to share with your dentist. The American Dental Association advises that you bring: A written list of your over-the-counter and prescription medications, supplements, herbs and vitamins. A complete list of allergies and other medical conditions. The names and contact info of all of healthcare providers. Information for an emergency contact, in case of a serious medical problem. Insurance cards for any dental plan or Medicare. Any partials or dentures, even if you don't wear them. Read more

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

Health Tip: Pregnancy Affects Dental Health

Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy can cause numerous emotional and physical changes, even in your mouth. The American Dental Association mentions these changes that can occur during pregnancy: Inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. This can cause bleeding of the gums while you brush or floss. An increased risk of cavities from eating more carbohydrates, or from morning sickness that can wear away tooth enamel. Formation of noncancerous, swollen areas between the teeth, commonly called pregnancy tumors. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Nausea/Vomiting of Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

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