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Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth

Posted 7 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, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist

Posted 11 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

More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers

Posted 18 days ago by

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 – Dental cavities are more common among kids whose mothers suffer from chronic stress, according to a new study. A mother's chronic stress is also associated with lower odds of breast-feeding and fewer dental visits for their children, the researchers found. "Policy that aims to improve dental health, particularly the prevalence of cavities among children, should include interventions to improve the quality of life of mothers," said the study's co-author, Dr. Wael Sabbah, from the Dental Institute at King's College London. "Chronic maternal stress as a potential risk factor is something we need to consider, in addition to the wider implications of maternal well-being, social and psychological environment on dental health," Sabbah added in a college news release. However, the researchers cautioned that the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, 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

Health Tip: Chewing Gum Can Help Your Teeth

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

-- Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help your mouth stay fresh and reduce the risk of cavities. The American Dental Association suggests: Chew sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes after a meal to promote saliva production and wash bacteria from teeth. Avoid gum that contains sugar. Continue to floss regularly and brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Read more

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

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

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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

Breast-Feeding May Have Dental Benefits, Study Suggests

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows. But pacifiers can negate some of that potential benefit, even if the children are breast-feeding, the Australian researchers said. "While most benefits of breast-feeding can be attributed to the breast-milk, this study highlights one of the ways that the actual act of breast-feeding imparts its own benefits," said Dr. Joanna Pierro, a pediatric chief resident at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. "While it is well established that exclusively breast-fed babies are at a decreased risk of dental malocclusion [misalignment], this study revealed the differences between those exclusively breast-fed versus those who are predominantly breast-fed," said Pierro, who was not involved in the study. "Since many ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Lactation Suppression, Prevention of Dental Caries, Lactation Augmentation

Health Tip: Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

-- Sensitive teeth can be very painful, especially while you're eating something hot or cold. To combat tooth sensitivity, the website suggests: Using a special toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity. Asking your dentist about a fluoride gel to strengthen tooth enamel. Using dental bonding, an inlay or a crown to correct problems that may have triggered sensitivity. Getting a gum graft, if gum loss is the cause of the problem. Read more

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

Sharing a Bathroom With Many Others? Your Toothbrush Likely Has 'Fecal Matter'

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 – People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of poop on your toothbrush. So finds a study by researchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. The researchers analyzed toothbrushes from Quinnipiac students who used communal bathrooms with an average of more than nine users per bathroom. Regardless of the students' toothbrush storage methods, at least 60 percent of the toothbrushes were contaminated with fecal matter, the investigators found. There was also an 80 percent chance that fecal matter on the toothbrushes came from another person using the bathroom. The findings were presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans. The data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "The main concern is not with the presence of your ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, 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

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