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Some Medical Ills Call for Dental Detective Work

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Dental care isn't always as risk-free as you might think. Wire from dental braces showed up in a woman's intestines a decade after her orthodontia work ended, Australian doctors report. And in a separate case, long-term use of an adhesive for ill-fitting false teeth caused a 62-year-old in Scotland to permanently lose feeling in his legs. Both cases are described Aug. 7 in BMJ Case Reports. The otherwise healthy 30-year-old woman was hospitalized after two days of stomach pain. A scan revealed the errant orthodontic wire had pierced several parts of her small intestine. This caused a condition known as a volvulus, in which the intestine twists around on itself, according to the report. The patient hadn't worn braces for 10 years and had no recollection of swallowing or losing the wire. However, after emergency surgery to remove the orthopedic invader, she made a ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Prevention of Dental Caries

Do Your Pearly Whites Sometimes Cause You Pain?

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot? You may have sensitive teeth, a common problem caused by a number of factors. Gum recession is the most common cause. When the gum starts to recede, the tooth's root becomes exposed, resulting in sensitivity, explained Jane Cotter, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Other causes include toothbrush abrasion, tooth decay or faulty restorations, treatment for gum disease, excessive grinding or excessive bleaching. "What you eat and drink can also cause your teeth to become more sensitive," Cotter said in a school news release. "Sodas – both diet and regular – energy drinks, fruit juice, wine and coffee can all worsen your teeth sensitivity. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, are also active in this sense, but less than with liquids." There are a number of ways to deal ... Read more

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

Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – A new study links gum disease with an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked. So-called periodontal disease was tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer, the investigators found. But the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn't. In addition, gum disease was associated with a higher risk of lung cancer, gallbladder cancer, melanoma and breast cancer, the findings showed. "These findings may provide a new target to test an intervention for cancer prevention – oral hygiene and periodontal disease treatment and prevention," said lead researcher Jean Wactawski-Wende. She is dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of New York at Buffalo. ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Breast Cancer, Oral and Dental Conditions, Lung Cancer, Gingivitis, Melanoma, Periodontitis, Head and Neck Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Prevention of Dental Caries, Diagnosis and Investigation, Salivary Gland Cancer

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

Health Tip: When Children Grind Their Teeth

Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Bruxism, more commonly known as tooth grinding, usually happens during the toddler and preschool years. It typically subsides by age 6. Here's what you need to know about tooth grinding, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Tooth grinding isn't the result of a nightmare or stressful memory. Teething, ear infections and other sources of pain can lead to tooth grinding. Poorly aligned teeth can trigger tooth grinding. Anxiety and stress may increase the risk of tooth grinding, but the practice isn't caused by behavioral problems. Tooth grinding typically stops before the permanent teeth emerge. See your child's dentist if you have concerns. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Oral and Dental Conditions, Prevention of Dental Caries, Bruxism, Teething Syndrome

Health Tip: Manage Dry Mouth

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Poor saliva production can lead to a dry, sticky sensation that can affect speech, chewing and swallowing. The Mayo Clinic says potential complications of dry mouth include: Plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay. Mouth sores. A yeast infection known as thrush. Cracks and sores forming on the lips and corners of the mouth. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Prevention of Dental Caries

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Plan a Boon for Workers

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Michigan's expanded Medicaid program not only improved low-income residents' health, but it helped them do their jobs better or get a new one. Those are the findings from a University of Michigan survey of nearly 4,100 Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. Eighty percent of the respondents had incomes below the federal poverty level, and 28 percent were out of work. In the survey, nearly half the respondents said their physical health improved in the first year of coverage, and 40 percent said their mental or dental health got better. Sixty-nine percent of those who had jobs said they did better at work once they had health insurance. And 55 percent of those who were unemployed said coverage improved their ability to look for a job. Those who said their health improved after getting coverage were most likely to also report a positive effect on their work or job ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Psychiatric Disorders, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Need Braces? Say Goodbye to 'Metal-Mouth' Taunts

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Braces have long been a kind of geeky right-of-passage – something that must be endured for a few years to ensure a lifelong smile with straight teeth. Fortunately, braces have evolved over the years. They've gotten smaller and more options are available for those who need them, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Straightening teeth is not just for kids and teens. The American Association of Orthodontics said 1 out of 5 orthodontic patients is over age 21. (Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with the straightening of teeth.) And braces aren't just for cosmetics. It's easier to clean straight teeth that have the right amount of separation between them, the FDA said. Your dentist or orthodontist will determine what type of braces are best for you. The FDA explains what options are available: Metal braces move teeth by applying ... Read more

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

Could Prefab Blood Vessels Revolutionize Root Canals?

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – A new discovery could give root canal patients a reason to smile. Researchers say they've found a way to create new blood vessels that could help these teeth last longer. Though root canals can save teeth that are infected or decayed, those teeth can become brittle and break over time, the Oregon Health & Science University team said. Principal investigator Dr. Luiz Bertassoni explained in a university news release that a root canal eliminates a tooth's blood and nerve supply, leaving it without "any biological response or defense mechanism." He added that "without this functionality, adult teeth may be lost much sooner, which can result in much greater concerns, such as the need for dentures or dental implants." Bertassoni is an assistant professor of restorative dentistry and biomedical engineering at OHSU. His team developed a way to engineer new blood ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Prevention of Dental Caries, Teething Syndrome

Health Tip: Finding The Right Dentist

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It's important to find a dentist who is professional, takes good care of your teeth and with whom you are comfortable. The American Dental Association suggests: Choosing a dentist whose office has a convenient location and hours, and is in your insurance network. Making sure you can communicate well with your dentist. Choosing a dentist who thoroughly explains preventive care. Choosing an office that offers flexible payment arrangements. Selecting an office that keeps your records in a permanent file. Looking for a dentist who considers your concerns, such as dental anxiety. Read more

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

Health Tip: Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy?

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy changes many parts of your body – even your teeth, mouth and gums. The American Dental Association explains: Up to half of women develop gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, during pregnancy. Most cases of gingivitis resolve after pregnancy. Hormones produced during pregnancy may irritate your gums, making them swell and turn red. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily. Ask your dentist what else you can do to keep your mouth healthier during pregnancy. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Gingivitis, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Periodontitis

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

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

Health Tip: Don't Take Stress to Bed

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Stress can worsen sleep, and lack of sleep can worsen stress. These can lead to dental health issues, heart problems and depression, so keep stress at bay before bed. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Use aromatherapy to help you relax. Rub on lavender-scented lotion or use lavender essential oil. Listen to soothing, relaxing classical music, or some nature sounds. If you can't slow your thoughts, write them down in a journal to get them out of your head. Practice yoga to clear and calm your mind. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Oral and Dental Conditions, Dysthymia

No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums. One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn't have any at all before their first birthday. Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup for their children altogether. The advice is the first update to the AAP's stance on fruit juice in 16 years. The major change is that fruit juice is discouraged for the first year of life – and not just the first six months, as previously recommended. "There's just no need for fruit juice in infancy," said Dr. Steven Abrams, one of the authors of the report. "There's no evidence there's any health benefit," he added. Abrams is chair of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. If anything, he said, offering ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Prevention of Dental Caries, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Teething Syndrome

Dental Anxiety Has Consequences Beyond Tooth Decay

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 – Does the mere thought of a dentist's drill make you cringe in fear? Be forewarned: Dental phobia can damage more than your teeth, a new British report indicates. "This phobia can have a major impact on a person's quality of life, including on their physiological, psychological, social and emotional well-being," said study author Dr. Ellie Heidari. She's a senior specialist clinical teacher at King's College London Dental Institute. She and her colleague, Tim Newton, analyzed responses from nearly 11,000 participants in the 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey. About 1,400 participants admitted having an overriding fear of dentists. Predictably, the study found that the fearful patients were more likely to have at least one missing or decaying tooth. Surprisingly, dental phobia was also broadly linked to a poorer quality of life. While oral diseases aren't usually ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Oral and Dental Conditions, Prevention of Dental Caries

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