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Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

Posted 11 hours ago 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

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Health Tip: Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Posted 1 day 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Tooth grinding can lead to headache, jaw pain and may even crack your teeth. Stress is a common trigger, especially during sleep. If you grind your teeth, the American Dental Association suggests: Wear a custom-made mouth guard while you sleep. Talk to your dentist about the possibility of taking a muscle relaxant at bedtime. Get psychological therapy if your stress or anxiety is serious. Read more

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Mouthguard a Key Defense Against Sports-Related Injuries

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Safety gear for athletes playing contact sports should include mouthguards, say dental experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sports-related dental injuries send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Most of these injuries involve the front teeth, but the tongue and cheeks can also be hurt while playing sports, the UAB team said. The best way to protect the mouth and teeth during sports is to wear a mouthguard, says Dr. Ken Tilashalski, associate dean for academic affairs at the UAB School of Dentistry. Mouthguards have been shown to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injury by 60 times, he said. "Wearing a mouthguard reduces the chances of tooth fractures, tooth dislocations and soft tissue cuts," Tilashalski said in a university news release. "The guards also ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Products Containing Belladonna Extract by Raritan Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Possible Belladonna Alkaloids

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/25/2016] ISSUE: Raritan Pharmaceuticals, a contract manufacturer for Homeolab USA, is voluntarily recalling homeopathic products containing belladonna extract (see products below) due to the potential for variation in the content of belladonna extract in the products. The FDA has tested some products and recovered varying levels of belladonna extract content from what is declared on the label. BACKGROUND: Raritan Pharmaceuticals is a contract manufacturer of these products for Homeolab USA that supplies the belladonna blends to Raritan Pharmaceuticals. These products were distributed Nationwide:  1) Product: CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet 135 tablets, UPC: 050428424162, Lots: 41116 and 43436; 2) Product: Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fl. oz., UPC: 778159090639, Lot: 35254 3) Product: CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fl. oz., UPC: ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Tooth brushing doesn't have to be a boring chore. Turn it into fun time that kids enjoy. The American Dental Association suggests: Skip the timer and turn on your child's favorite two-minute song. Or read a silly story using fun voices to keep the child entertained. Don't let kids skip brushing teeth, no matter what the day has been like. Make it part of the bedtime routine that isn't negotiable. Create a reward chart and offer praise when your child does a good job brushing teeth. Allow the child to choose a reward, such as selecting a bedtime story. Let your child pick out a fun toothbrush. Brush teeth together! Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth

Posted 7 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Brushing and flossing are frequently touted as ways to keep your teeth healthy, but there also are habits that you should avoid to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. The American Dental Association recommends: Don't bite nails, which can harm your jaw and chip your teeth. Don't brush your teeth too vigorously, which can damage teeth and gums. Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush. Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth, which can lead to jaw pain and cracks in the teeth. Don't crunch or chew ice, which can break a tooth. Avoid snacking all day, especially on sugary foods. Read more

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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

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Health Tip: Use Football Safety Equipment Correctly

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The correct protective gear can help keep kids safer while they're playing football. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that: Your child's protective gear is well maintained and fits properly. Shoe laces should be properly tied, and the child's shoes should match the playing surface. The football uniform and all padding should fit correctly. Don't remove any padding. Shoulder pads should coordinate with user's chest measurements. Pads should never move up to the neck when the arms are lifted. Eyebrows should be about 1 inch below the edge of the helmet, the back of the head should be covered, and the ears should fit in the center of the helmet's ear spaces. Face masks should be attached and the chin strap fastened snugly to prevent any movement. All players should wear a mouth guard. Read more

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More Low-Income Kids Need Dental Sealants: CDC

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Treatments that seal a child's back teeth can prevent most cavities, but many kids – particularly those living in poverty – don't get them, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Dental sealants are liquid plastic coatings painted on chewing surfaces of teeth. When dried, they quickly harden to form a shield on the teeth, which can last for years. Sealants can cut cavities by 80 percent for up to two years, and by 50 percent for up to four years, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. "Unfortunately, most kids don't have them – 40 percent of kids have dental sealants, but 60 percent don't," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a Tuesday media briefing. "Kids without dental sealants have almost three times more cavities that those who do have sealants." Poor children are more than twice as likely as kids in more affluent ... Read more

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Mouth and Gut Germs May Be Linked to Migraines

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – People with migraines have higher levels of certain microbes, or germs, in their mouths and digestive systems, new research suggests. Specifically, the analysis of data from the American Gut Project found that migraine sufferers had significantly higher amounts of nitrate-reducing microbes than those without migraines. The project included over 170 oral samples and almost 2,000 fecal samples, the researchers said. "There is this idea out there that certain foods trigger migraines – chocolate, wine, and especially foods containing nitrates," said lead author Antonio Gonzalez, of the University of California, San Diego. "We thought that perhaps there was a connection between someone's microbiome and what they were eating," he explained. Although the researchers found a link, they didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Further research is needed to learn ... Read more

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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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FDA Medwatch Alert: Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels: FDA Warning - Risk to Infants and Children

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The FDA is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA is analyzing adverse events reported to the agency regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels, including seizures in infants and children who were given these products, since a 2010 safety alert about homeopathic teething tablets. The FDA is currently investigating this issue, including testing product samples. The agency will continue to communicate with the public as more information is available. Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children.  BACKGROUND: Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others, and are sold i ... Read more

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Babies With Cleft Lip Likely to Have Normal Adulthood: Study

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Cleft lip is a relatively common birth defect that can be surgically repaired, and new research suggests that parents don't have to worry about long-term health problems for these children. But the same may not hold true for cleft palate, the Norwegian researchers said. A cleft lip occurs if the tissue that makes up the lip doesn't join completely before birth, leading to an opening in the upper lip. A cleft palate occurs when the tissue at the roof of the mouth doesn't fuse completely during pregnancy. The researchers found that babies born with cleft lip, with or without cleft palate, had no greater risk for health problems and death than those born without clefts. But they found that infants born with cleft palate alone had a slightly increased risk of dying early and of having conditions such as intellectual disability, autism and severe learning ... Read more

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Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – More than half of the narcotic painkillers prescribed after wisdom teeth removal go unused, according to a new study that suggests this could contribute to the U.S. opioid epidemic. "When translated to the broad U.S. population, our findings suggest that more than 100 million opioid pills prescribed to patients following surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth are not used, leaving the door open for possible abuse or misuse by patients, or their friends or family," said study author Dr. Brandon Maughan. Previous studies have shown that many painkiller abusers take extra pills that were prescribed for friends or relatives, Maughan and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine, noted in a school news release. For the study, the researchers examined painkiller use by 79 patients who had their ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing for Baby's First Teeth

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Baby's first teeth signal an exciting time for new parents, but they can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Baby should cut the first teeth between 6 months and 12 months, but this can vary. Make sure your child gets fluoride (usually in tap water) by age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with gentle massage, something cold and soft to chew on or an occasional dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Don't use teething tablets, teething gels or teething necklaces. Brush baby's teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about whether to use a fluoride varnish. Take baby to the dentist when the first tooth emerges. Read more

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