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Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth

Posted 8 days ago by

-- 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, Oral Thrush, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist

Posted 12 days ago by

-- 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

-- 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

Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

Posted 23 Aug 2015 by

SUNDAY, Aug. 23, 2015 – The beginning of a new school year is usually a big transition, as lazy summer mornings are quickly replaced by mad dashes to the bus stop. But a pediatric dental expert warns that your children's tooth care shouldn't be lost in the mix. "In the hustle and bustle of back-to-school, dental care often falls by the wayside," Gretchen Henson, program director of advanced education in pediatric dentistry in the department of dental medicine at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. "Tooth care is critical, but during busy school mornings, kids sometimes forget to brush. Children should see the dentist twice a year, but adequate home care, healthy diets and trauma prevention can ensure that children's teeth stay healthy when they get back to school," Henson added. There are some steps children and parents can take to help ensure ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Diet Affects Your Dental Health

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by

-- Diet plays a critical role in your dental health. To help keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, the American Dental Association advises: Choose healthy foods from the five main groups: fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Drink lots of water. Limit snacking. Eating a meal, rather than just a snack, improves saliva production. This can help protect teeth from cavities. When you do snack, opt for something healthier, such as produce or cheese. Read more

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

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include: Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva. Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums. Difficulty tasting food. Slower healing of mouth wounds. Increased risk of infection. Among diabetic children. teeth emerging earlier than expected. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Metformin, Insulin, Victoza, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Lantus, Januvia, Diabetes, Type 1, Glucophage, Novolog, Glipizide, Toothache, Humalog, Diabetic Neuropathy, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Janumet, Byetta, Glyburide, Actos

What Parents Can Do to Promote Good Dental Health

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Parents can take several steps to make sure their kids maintain healthy dental habits when they head back to school, an expert says. Eat healthy foods at home, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and protein. Most natural foods have lower amounts of sugar than processed foods and do less damage to teeth, according to Kathleen Pace, an assistant professor in the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University in Dallas. "Parents need to serve these foods at home so their children will imitate those eating habits when they are elsewhere," she said in a university news release. She also suggests that parents: Be sure to include fruits and dairy in youngsters' school lunches. Fruit will satisfy their craving for sweets and provide healthy nutrients, while dairy products such as milk and cheese with help strengthen their bones and teeth. Do ... Read more

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

Health Tip: When a Child Sucks the Thumb

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by

-- 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 15 Jul 2015 by

-- 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

-- Losing teeth does not have to be a normal part of aging, as long as you take care of them. The 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

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

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

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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