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Health Tip: Caring For Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Posted 2 days 1 hour ago by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy means taking better care of yourself – including your teeth. The American Dental Association suggests: Brush and floss teeth regularly, and rinse each night with a fluoride mouth wash. See your dentist for checkups, and tell him or her that you're pregnant. Look for any changes in your mouth. Ask your dentist if you need more frequent cleanings. Get plenty of calcium, protein, phosphorous and vitamins A, C and D to help baby develop strong teeth. Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in water if you're vomiting frequently. This will help get rid of acid on your teeth. Keep caring for your teeth and baby's after delivery. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor Induction, Premature Labor, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Labor Pain, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy

Health Tip: Use a Mouthguard

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A mouthguard protects your smile when you play contact sports. It's important to take care of the device and to keep it clean when not in use. The American Dental Association recommends: Brush with toothpaste or at least rinse the mouthguard after each use. Keep it dry and clean. Treat your mouthguard to regular cleanings with cool, soapy water and a thorough rinse. Bring your mouthguard to dentist appointments for an inspection and a professional cleaning. Store your mouthguard in a container that is rigid for protection and vented to prevent bacteria growth. Keep it away from pets, direct sunlight and hot water. Inspect your mouthguard regularly to make sure it's not worn or broken. Read more

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

Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – A new study suggests a possible link between certain germs found in the mouth and a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer. "We identified two types of bacteria that are associated with a higher risk for pancreatic cancer and have been tied in the past to such diseases as periodontitis, or inflammation of the gums," explained lead researcher Jiyoung Ahn. She's an associate professor of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City. Ahn stressed, however, that her team found only an association and "cannot tell if this bacteria causes the cancer." One strain of mouth bacteria was associated with a 59 percent higher risk for pancreatic cancer in people who carried it, while the other was linked to a 119 percent greater risk of the cancer, the researchers said. Those numbers reflect a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Gingivitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Diagnosis and Investigation, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Should You Use a Water Flosser?

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Dentists have long preached the virtues of daily flossing for healthier teeth and gums. And if dental floss doesn't leave you smiling, a water flossing machine may just do the trick. The American Dental Association says a water flosser may be a better choice than dental floss if you: Wear braces. Have fixed or permanent bridges, or other dental work that makes flossing more challenging. Have a hard time using dental floss. Read more

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

Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – A child's dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. "The mother's dental health affects her overall health and her baby's health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births," William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. "Mothers-to-be need to realize controlling plaque and limiting high-starch and sugary foods is crucial," Wathen added. "Cavities are 'contagious,' because germs in the mother's mouth and family's mouth will be in a baby's mouth. Since babies aren't born with their own oral flora, they adapt it soon after they're born from their family." Here he offers a timeline of when and how to keep youngsters' teeth and gums ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Premature Labor, Excessive Salivation, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking ("cognitive") abilities. In a new report, investigators reviewed studies on oral health and cognition published between 1993 and 2013. Some of the studies found that oral health indicators – such as the number of teeth, the number of cavities and the presence of gum disease – was associated with a higher risk of mental decline or dementia, while other studies did not find any association. The study authors also noted that some of the findings based on the number of teeth or cavities were conflicting. The new review was published in the April 1 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Overall, "clinical evidence suggests that the ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Dementia, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Gingivitis, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Periodontitis, Arteriosclerotic Dementia, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Lewy Body Dementia, Arteriosclerotic Dementia w/ Depressive Features

Health Tip: Limit Your Child's Sugar Consumption

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While your child may beg for sugary sweets, they're usually a poor choice nutritionally and bad for young teeth. The American Dental Association suggests: Always check food labels to look for added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars (such as those in fruit and milk) are better choices. Milk and water are the best drink choices for your child's teeth. Avoid juices and other sugary beverages, including soda. Dried fruit snacks, fruit rollups and other gummy, sticky "fruit" treats are more like candy than fruit, and usually are high in sugar. Watch for carbohydrate-rich snacks (such as chips and pretzels), which often are loaded with salt and become sugar as they break down. Set a good example by avoiding these foods yourself. Read more

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

Health Tip: When Dentures Need Adjusting

Posted 14 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While dentures are made to fit your mouth, natural changes often signal that your dentures should be adjusted. The American Dental Association says you may need an adjustment if: Your gums recede or shrink, affecting the fit of your dentures. The natural aging process causes changes in the fit of your dentures. You develop frequent mouth sores or infections. Always have your dentures adjusted by your dentist. And never use over-the-counter glue to try to repair your dentures. Read more

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

Health Tip: If You Have Bad Breath

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- What's causing your bad breath? Here are some common triggers, courtesy of the American Dental Association: Bacteria in your mouth that feed on bits of food. Poor saliva production, which prevents your mouth from being naturally cleaned. Gum disease. Eating unpleasant-smelling foods, such as garlic or onions. Smoking. A medical problem, such as diabetes, GERD or a sinus condition. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Keep Germs Away From Your Toothbrush

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your toothbrush is key to keeping your mouth clean, so make sure it's not full of germs. The American Dental Association suggests: Never share your toothbrush with anyone else. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush to wash away debris. Place your toothbrush in a container, upright, that allows it to air dry without touching any other toothbrush. Store your toothbrush in the open. Do not cover it or put it in a closed space. Get a new toothbrush every three-to-four months. Replace a child's toothbrush even more frequently. Read more

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

Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Posted 22 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 2016 – There are a number of things parents can do to help their children enjoy a lifetime with healthy teeth and gums, a dental expert says. Start by creating a foundation of a balanced diet, limiting snacks, and brushing and flossing each day, said Stephen Mitchell, director of predoctoral pediatric dentistry at the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Of course, regular dental checkups are also crucial. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among American children. It's four times more common than asthma, Mitchell said. Consuming too many drinks with natural or added sugar can lead to tooth decay, he explained. "Look at the nutrition label. If the calorie count is higher than 10 per serving, parents should be careful," Mitchell said in a university news release. High-calorie drinks should be limited to one or two times a day, he ... Read more

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

Severe Gum Disease May Boost Death Rate of Kidney Disease Patients

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – Severe gum disease increases the risk of death in chronic kidney disease patients, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases, according to the researchers at the University of Birmingham in England. They analyzed data from more than 13,700 Americans who took part in a federal government health survey. They found the 10-year death rate among chronic kidney disease patients was 41 percent for those with severe gum disease, compared with 32 percent for those without severe gum disease. The study was published Feb. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Severe gum disease affects more than 11 percent of people worldwide, the researchers said. "It's important to note that oral health isn't just about teeth. The mouth is the doorway to the body, rather than a separate organ, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Renal Failure, Toothache, Gingivitis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Peritoneal dialysis, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Renal Osteodystrophy

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, Gingivitis, Pre-Diabetes, 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

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