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Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Oral cancer typically is diagnosed between the ages of 55 and 64. It tends to affect more men than women, and will make up about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in 2017. The American Dental Association says symptoms of oral cancer may include: A mouth sore or irritation that does not go away within 3weeks. Red or white patches. A lump. Rough spots on normally smooth areas of the mouth. Unexplained ear or throat trouble. Frequent hoarseness while talking. Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Oral and Dental Conditions, Dental Abscess, Head and Neck Cancer, Prevention of Dental Caries, Salivary Gland Cancer

Health Tip: Avoid Tooth Sensitivity

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If a tooth delivers a sharp pain any time you brush or chew on that side, you may have a problem called tooth hypersensitivity. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association suggested that these practices be avoided: Aggressive tooth brushing. Whitening or abrasive toothpaste. Clenching the jaw. Consuming acidic drinks. Using tobacco. Read more

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Can't Afford the Dentist? You're Not Alone

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Nobody loves a trip to the dentist, but for many middle-aged Americans even basic dental care is now financially out of reach, a new poll finds. In fact, 28 percent don't have dental insurance, while 56 percent don't get dental care except for serious dental problems, researchers said. Even more troubling is that 51 percent of people surveyed said they didn't know how they will get dental insurance after they turn 65, said lead researcher Erica Solway. She's a senior project manager at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. According to the poll, 40 percent said they don't get regular cleanings or other preventive care, Solway said. "For the majority of folks, cost was the main barrier to dental care," she said. Solway noted that dental clinics or dental schools often provide care at lower costs or with a sliding scale based ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Teething Syndrome

Are You Ignoring Gum Disease?

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Going to the dentist might not be a favorite on your to-do list, but these check-ups are important not only for your teeth, but also for your gums. Gum disease, or gingivitis, can be difficult to catch. And it can lead to the more severe problem of periodontitis. Of concern, periodontitis has been associated with more serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes, all of which share a common link – inflammation, explain experts at the American Academy of Periodontology. Certain medical conditions and lifestyle choices make you more susceptible to gum disease. If you smoke, take medications that lead to dry mouth, have poor nutrition, or experience high stress, you're more likely to develop gingivitis. If unhealthy gums run in your family or if you already have heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, you're also at higher risk. It's important to know ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Encouraging Your Kids to Brush

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Even dentists struggle to get their kids to brush and floss regularly. The American Dental Association mentions these popular tactics: Make brushing time fun. Brush your teeth with your children, and have them imitate what you do. Monitor how much toothpaste the kids use and how long they brush, and double-check their teeth afterward. For very young children with emerging teeth, have the child lie down while you brush their teeth, to see their teeth better. Talk to your children about the importance of brushing twice daily, and that they should brush for at least two minutes at a time. Also, discuss avoiding sugary and acidic drinks. Stay patient, consistent and persistent about brushing rules, and eventually it shouldn't be such a challenge. Read more

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

Marijuana May Make Your Gums Go to Pot

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests. "It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal [gum] disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis [pot] users may also be at risk," said study lead author Jaffer Shariff. He is a postdoctoral resident in periodontology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. For the study, Shariff's team analyzed data from nearly 2,000 Americans. Of those, 27 percent reported the use of cannabis (marijuana, hashish or hash oil) one or more times for at least 12 months. Frequent recreational cannabis users were more likely to have signs of moderate to severe gum disease than less-frequent users, the researchers found. "The recent spate of new recreational and medical marijuana laws could spell the beginning of a growing oral ... Read more

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Toothache? Neanderthals Might Have Reached for Aspirin, Too

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Dental care was decidedly primitive back in the time of the Neanderthals. But new research suggests these long-gone relatives of humans already had 21st century solutions to toothache pain – aspirin, and perhaps even penicillin. The study was led by Laura Weyrich, of the Australian Center for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of Adelaide. Her team examined dental plaque from the remains of four Neanderthals found in caves in Belgium and Spain. This was the oldest such plaque ever to be genetically analyzed – between 42,000 to 50,000 years old. Weyrich said DNA analysis of ancient dental build-up can reveal a storehouse of knowledge. "Dental plaque traps microorganisms that lived in the mouth and pathogens found in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract," she explained in a university news release. Plaque also harbors "bits of food stuck in the teeth ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Your Mouth Healthy Before Cancer Treatment

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You have many things on your mind before you start cancer treatment, but a visit to your dentist should be on your to-do list. The American Dental Association recommends: Talk to your dentist about things that can help prevent dental complications from cancer treatment. Potential examples include fluoride treatment, replacing crowns or bridges, or treating existing gum disease. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak it in warm water before brushing to soften bristles even more. Floss between teeth daily. Use caution where gums are sensitive or bleeding. Stop using tobacco, which can slow healing. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Rinse your mouth regularly to help prevent tooth decay. Skip alcohol-based rinses in favor of a salt-water rinse or a solution with baking soda. Read more

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

Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as being overweight, eating unhealthy foods or being sedentary, take steps to lower your risk. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Eat a healthy diet, consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Indulge occasionally in your favorite cravings. If you're overweight, set weight-loss goals. Even losing a small percentage of your body weight reduces your risk for heart disease. Get more active. Go for walks, dance, do sit-ups or push-ups. You don't have to join a gym to move more. Do not use tobacco in any form. Find healthy ways to control stress. Take care of your teeth and gums, as there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. You don't have to make all of these changes at once. Achieve one goal at a time. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Smoking, Heart Disease, Oral and Dental Conditions, Smoking Cessation, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Ischemic Heart Disease

First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist's Office?

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – The first time she tried scuba diving, Vinisha Ranna felt a squeezing sensation in her teeth. That experience led to a study that concluded divers often encounter dental problems underwater. Potentially, these problems include pain in the teeth, jaw and gums; loose crowns; and broken fillings, said Ranna, a dentist in training. "Divers are required to meet a standard of medical fitness before certification, but there are no dental health prerequisites," added Ranna, lead author of a new study on the subject. Ranna is a student in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in New York. She now advises scuba divers to seek dental care before diving if they have issues such as tooth decay or need restorations. After wondering about the odd dental sensation she felt during her initial 2013 dive, Ranna and her colleagues contacted 100 certified recreational ... Read more

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

Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings?

Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Teeth might someday repair themselves using their own stem cells – eliminating the need for conventional fillings, researchers report. Although still in the laboratory stage, a new method tested in mice indicates that a drug called Tideglusib can stimulate teeth to fix decay. "Teeth have a limited ability to repair themselves by activating their own stem cells," said lead researcher Paul Sharpe. That "natural repair is greatly enhanced by delivery" of Tideglusib, added Sharpe. He is a professor of craniofacial biology at the Dental Institute at King's College London in England. Restoration of the tooth with its own natural material "means full tooth vitality and structure are maintained," Sharpe explained. "A new era of regenerate dentistry is on its way, where new dental treatments use an understanding of the biology and physiology of the tooth," Sharpe said. ... Read more

Related support groups: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report. Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost. That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed. Cost was the main impediment to dental care even for adults with private insurance. "It seems like medical insurance is doing a better job at protecting consumers from financial hardship than dental insurance," said study author Marko Vujicic. Typically, private dental insurance includes annual maximum benefit limits and significant "coinsurance" – the patient's share of costs on covered services, Vujicic explained. He is chief economist and vice president of the ... Read more

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

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, Prevention of Dental Caries, Stomatitis, 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

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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

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