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Health Tip: Recognizing Triggers for Gum Disease

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Gum disease may include symptoms from swollen gums to bad breath and loose or sensitive teeth. Gum disease starts with a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Tiny microbes combine with mucus and other particles to form plaque on the teeth and gumline. Brushing and flossing will get rid of some plaque, but if any remains, it often hardens and forms tarter. Buildup of plaque and tarter can lead to ...

Health Tip: Keep Your Breath Fresher

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Bad breath affects more than 40 million Americans, the American Dental Hygienists' Association says. Routine dental cleanings can help limit buildup of plaque, which can reduce bad breath. The association suggests these additional bad-breath preventives: Rinse your mouth with water after eating. Chew sugarless gum to stimulate flow of saliva – nature's own cleanser. Snack on celery, carrots ...

Heavy Drinking Could Raise Your Gum Disease Risk

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – People who drink more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may harbor an unhealthy mix of bacteria in their mouths, a new study suggests. Researchers found that compared with nondrinkers, those who drank relatively heavily had fewer "good" bacteria in their mouths. They were also hosting more "bad" bacteria – including bugs that have been linked to gum disease, ...

Health Tip: Healthy Teeth May Signal Healthy Heart

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Your teeth may be a good indicator of your heart health, the American Heart Association says. A recent clinical study focusing on tooth loss during midlife found that people who lost two or more teeth during the trial had a 23 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The increase occurred regardless of other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or ...

Those With Diabetes Less Likely to See Dentist Despite Health Risks

Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 – Many adults with diabetes don't see the dentist often enough, even though they're at increased risk for gum disease, researchers say. In a new study, investigators analyzed data from just over 2.5 million American adults who took part in an annual federal government health survey. The survey results showed that people with diabetes or prediabetes were least likely to ...

More Kids, Fewer Teeth for Moms?

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – The Old Woman in the Shoe may have lost a tooth or two. Nursery rhymes aside, a new study reports that the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she has in her later years. Mothers of three had an average of four fewer teeth than moms with just two children, according to the team of European researchers. "On the basis of our findings, enhanced promotion of oral ...

Health Tip: Your Teeth Are Tough

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Your teeth are incredibly strong, and with the proper care and regular dental visits, you can keep them that way. The American Dental Association offers these "tooth truths": Tooth enamel, which is 96 percent mineral, is the hardest substance in the body. Your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down. Teeth can last many hundreds of years, outlasting the person ...

Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

Posted 19 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 – American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger found that one in six of those who did not receive dental advice from a health care provider thought children shouldn't visit a dentist until ...

Health Tip: Chewing Gum May Help Protect Teeth

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Chewing gum has been around since ancient times. Originally made from natural products, today's gums are combinations of synthetic materials. Some chewing gums may help protect your teeth, the American Dental Association says. The organization says it grants its Seal of Acceptance to companies that provide scientific proof that their products are safe and effective in protecting teeth. The ...

Health Tip: Dental Association Supports Fluoridated Water

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Not every community in the United States adds fluoride to drinking water. Nonetheless, the American Dental Association supports the practice, saying fluoridated water: Helps prevent tooth decay. Protects all ages against cavities. Is safe and effective. Saves money. The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a community's supply of drinkingwater is less than the cost of one filling. ...

Gum Disease Tied to Yet Another Deadly Illness

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of esophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. The presence of one oral bacterium in particular, called ...

Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line?

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research. The study involved 107 Chinese women and men, aged 18 and older, who had pre-hypertension (blood pressure on the high end of normal) and moderate to severe gum disease. Half received intensive treatment for gum disease, and half ...

Health Tip: Fluoride Recommended For Young Children

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Everyone, even young children, should brush twice daily with a flouride toothpaste, the American Dental Association recommends. Here are the ADA's guidelines: Caregivers should brush children's teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste as soon as teeth begin to appear. A small smear of toothpaste, no more than the size of a small grain of rice, should be used. Children aged 3 to 6 should ...

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.

Triclosan Can Linger on Your Toothbrush

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Triclosan – a potentially harmful antibacterial agent used in some toothpastes – accumulates in toothbrush bristles, researchers report. This means your exposure to the chemical can continue even if you switch to a triclosan-free toothpaste, the investigators warned. Triclosan is now banned in over-the-counter antiseptic soaps, gels and wipes in the United States. ...

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