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Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

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

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Health Tip: Diet Affects Your Dental Health

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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

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

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The Mouthhealthy.org 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 Drugs.com

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

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Health Tip: When a Child Sucks the Thumb

Posted 31 Jul 2015 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

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Health Tip: Floss Teeth With Minimal Pain

Posted 15 Jul 2015 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

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Breast-Feeding May Have Dental Benefits, Study Suggests

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

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

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Health Tip: Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Sensitive teeth can be very painful, especially while you're eating something hot or cold. To combat tooth sensitivity, the mouthhealthy.org 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

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

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

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

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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

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U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 – The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride. The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday. The new level falls at the bottom end of the previously recommended fluoridation range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter, which was issued in 1962. Health experts recommended the change because Americans now have access to more sources of fluoride, including toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when municipal officials first began adding the mineral to water supplies across the United States, according to the HHS. As a result, more people are exposed to too much ... Read more

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Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Posted 9 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

-- To protect children's dental health, experts recommend five simple steps that extend beyond just brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends: Never sharing utensils with children, or putting a child's pacifier in your mouth to clean it. Both practices can transmit germs. Making sure your child eats a nutritious diet and drinks water that contains fluoride. Scheduling your child's first dental visit no later than the age of 1. Brushing your young child's teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste. Talking to a dentist about applying sealants to protect your child's teeth. Read more

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Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Since tooth brushing and flossing are lifelong necessities, teach children properly at a young age and make brushing and flossing a positive experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you: Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles designed for young children. Look for one with a thick handle to make it easier for your child to grip. Explain how to brush teeth in a series of small steps, or place your hand over your child's hand and show the child how to brush. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste in a flavor that the child likes. Find a position that is comfortable for your child while brushing. Keep your child entertained by singing a song, playing a counting game or using a fun timer while the child is flossing and brushing. Read more

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Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – Beavers don't need to brush or floss because the presence of iron in their tooth enamel gives them superior protection against tooth decay, researchers report. Beavers' enamel is harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including enamel treated with fluoride, according to the Northwestern University researchers. They said their imaging study of tooth enamel at the nanoscale could help improve understanding of cavities in people, and perhaps lead to earlier detection of tooth decay and improved fluoride treatments. "A beaver's teeth are chemically different from our teeth, not structurally different," study author Derk Joester, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, said in a university news release. "Biology has shown us a way to improve on our enamel," he added. The study was published Feb. 13 in the journal Science. ... Read more

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Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free

Posted 15 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Feb. 15, 2015 – Good dental habits begin at an early age, but many parents fall short when it comes to the health of their children's teeth, experts say. "Parents who would not dream of letting their toddler bathe alone give the same child total responsibility for brushing," Dr. Gretchen Henson, a dentist at Interfaith Medical Center in New York City said in a center news release. "Misinformation abounds, and it has become common for children to spend the entire day snacking and drinking beverages that can lead to serious tooth decay," added Henson, the hospital's program director of advanced education in pediatric dentistry. Prevention of tooth decay and other problems can begin in children as young as 6 months, Henson said. Dr. Jessica Marn, assistant program director, pointed out that "many people are surprised that we encourage infant well visits before a child even has ... Read more

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