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Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Regular dental checkups not only keep your smile bright, they may also keep your lungs healthy. A new study suggests that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing levels of bacteria that cause the lung infection. Each year, nearly 1 million Americans develop pneumonia, the researchers said, and 50,000 die from the disease. Anyone can get pneumonia, but it is more common among older people and those with lung disease and conditions such as AIDS. In this study, researchers reviewed the records of more than 26,000 people. The study found that people who never saw a dentist were 86 percent more likely to get bacterial pneumonia compared to people who got dental checkups twice a year. The results were to be presented Thursday at IDWeek. IDWeek is the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Pneumonia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Respiratory Tract Disease, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

Related support groups: Weight Loss, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Dementia, Toothache, Binge Eating Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, Head Injury, Eating Disorder, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Anorexia, Bulimia, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Periodontitis, Anorexia nervosa, Prevention of Dental Caries, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Lewy Body Dementia, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime. The American Dental Association cites these examples: During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends. Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop a dry socket after oral surgery. Gingivitis, including swelling, soreness, tenderness and reddening of the gums, is possible during pregnancy. Regular brushing, flossing and visits with your dentist can help with all of these issues. Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Menstrual Disorders, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Postcoital Contraception, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Health Tip: Use a Cleaner Toothbrush

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Bacteria and other germs can set up shop in your toothbrush, so it's important to take steps to keep it cleaner. Here are recommendations from the American Dental Association: Replace your toothbrush often. Before and after you brush, rinse the brush well in an antibacterial mouthwash. If you prefer a commercial brush sanitizer, make sure it been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more

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

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: 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

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

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: 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: 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

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Metformin, Insulin, Victoza, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Lantus, Toothache, Diabetes, Type 1, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Januvia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Glucophage, Novolog, Glipizide, Humalog, Janumet, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Aphthous Ulcer

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

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 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

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

Health Tip: Are Wisdom Teeth Causing Problems?

Posted 30 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Wisdom teeth typically emerge in a person's late teens or early 20s, and may cause big problems. The Mouthhealthy.org website recommends having wisdom teeth removed if you develop: Pain in the back of the mouth. Decaying wisdom teeth that cannot be remedied. Mouth infections tied to wisdom teeth. Tumors or cysts forming near wisdom teeth. Gum disease near wisdom teeth. Damage to nearby teeth. Read more

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