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Health Tip: Coping With TMJ

Posted 2 days 3 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Temporomandibular joint disorders, medically called TMJ, are a group of conditions that make it painful to move the jaw and nearby muscles. The U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers these suggestions for coping with TMJ: Eat foods that are soft and easy to chew. Use ice packs on your jaw. Don't chew gum, yawn widely or sing loudly. Talk to your healthcare provider about gentle jaw stretches that may help. Read more

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Health Tip: Culprits Behind Stained Teeth

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If your teeth aren't bright white, the foods you eat or habits such as smoking may be to blame. The American Dental Association mentions these potential factors for stained teeth: Drinking red wine, coffee or tea. Using tobacco. Getting older, which leads to enamel wear and allows yellowish dentin to show through. Using an antihistamine, high-blood pressure medication, some chemotherapy drugs or antipsychotic medication. Some children who take certain antibiotics also may have tooth discoloration. Read more

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Health Tip: Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Though baby teeth are only temporary, they're still important and need proper care. The American Dental Association says baby teeth: Help the young child with chewing, speech and smiling. Provide space for permanent teeth to eventually grow. Prevent permanent teeth from emerging too early, which could lead to misalignment and crowding. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Certain Homeopathic Teething Products: FDA Warning- Confirmed Elevated Levels of Belladonna

Posted 29 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA announced that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urges consumers not to use these products. In light of these findings, the FDA contacted Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles, the manufacturer of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, regarding a recall of its homeopathic teething tablet products labeled as containing belladonna, in order to protect consumers from inconsistent levels of belladonna. At this time, the company has not agreed to conduct a recall. BACKGROUND: Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. The a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You've resolved to take better care of yourself during the coming year. Don't forget your teeth. The American Dental Association offers this advice: Replace your toothbrush at least every four months, or whenever the bristles start to fray. Store your toothbrush in open air, standing up. Don't shortchange brushing time! Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Brush gently, as vigorous brushing may damage teeth and gums. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth, especially if you eat something highly acidic. Use a soft-bristled brush that's gentler on your teeth and gums. Use the right technique! Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, moving back and forth in gentle, short strokes. Read more

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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

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Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A new year means a new chance to begin healthier habits. And even preschoolers can make healthier changes as they grow. The American Academy of Pediatrics says young children can resolve to: Put away toys and and clean up messes. Allow parents to help them brush their teeth twice daily. Always wash hands after using the bathroom and before and after eating. Help parents clean the table after eating. Be kind to animals, and always ask permission before petting an unfamiliar animal. Be kind to other kids, especially to those who seem sad, lonely or need a friend. Talk to parents or other adults they trust if they feel scared or need help. Read more

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Health Tip: Floss Properly

Posted 11 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Among the universal laws of dentistry is the need to brush and floss regularly. But are you flossing correctly? The American Dental Association offers these instructions: Using a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long, wrap each end around a finger. Hold the floss taut between your fingers. Gently rub the floss between each tooth, slowly going back and forth. Don't push or snap the floss. Carefully shape the floss into a C at the gum line, and slide it between the gum and tooth. Press the floss firmly against the tooth, carefully sliding it up and down against all sides of the tooth. Then proceed to the next tooth. Throw away the floss when you are finished. Read more

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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

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Health Tip: Chewing Sugarless Gum

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you want to take an extra step to help prevent cavities, chewing sugarless gum may be just what the dentist ordered. The American Dental Association offers this advice: Choose sugarless gum to help boost saliva production and wash away bacteria. Increased saliva can raise tooth exposure to calcium and phosphate, both of which strengthen tooth enamel. Chew the gum for about 20 minutes after a meal. Chewing gum, however, is not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Read more

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Did You Know Biting Your Nails Can Make You Sick?

Posted 31 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 – Nail biting can leave you with more than just unsightly fingernails – it can have long-term consequences on your health, scientists say. Researchers at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center offer five reasons why you should try to kick the habit. Fingernails have lots of dirt and germs. Chewing your fingernails means those germs get into your mouth and body, where they significantly raise your risk of illness. Painful nail infections. The symptoms of an infection called paronychia include a red, swollen area around the nail. If the infection is bacterial, you may develop pus-filled blisters. Nail biting is bad for your smile. The habit can cause your teeth to shift out of place or cause them to chip or break. Moreover, germs on your fingers could infect or irritate your gums, and cause bad breath. Biting your nails boosts the risk of hangnails or ... Read more

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Did Cavemen Use Toothpicks?

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Researchers say they've found evidence that ancient human relatives used toothpicks. Wood fibers were found on a tooth in a 1.2-million-year-old hominin jawbone discovered at an excavation in northern Spain. The fibers were found in a groove at the bottom of the tooth, suggesting they came from regular tooth picking. Previously, the oldest known example of this type of dental cleaning was from the 49,000-year-old remains of a Neanderthal. The researchers also found tartar (hardened plaque) on all the teeth in the jawbone except one. An analysis of the tartar revealed that these ancient people ate a balanced diet of meat and starchy foods, and ate their food raw. The study appeared recently in the journal The Science of Nature. Some of the starch granules found in the tartar suggest that grass seeds may have been part of the hominin's diet. "It is plausible that ... Read more

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Health Care Spending for U.S. Kids Jumped 56 Percent in Less Than 20 Years

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – The cost of keeping American kids physically and mentally healthy increased 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, a new study finds. Health care expenditures jumped from nearly $150 billion in 1996 to more than $233 billion in 2013 for those 19 and younger, researchers found. Routine newborn care in the hospital accounted for the largest share of spending in 2013. Next highest were attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and routine dental care, including checkups and braces, the researchers said. The findings were published Dec. 27 in JAMA Pediatrics. "When you place spending on children in the context of all health care, spending on children has been relatively low," said Rachel Garfield, a senior researcher at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on national health issues. "Yet it has led to better access to care and even some better ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Tooth Discoloration

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- From the foods you eat to habits such as smoking, many factors contribute to tooth discoloration. The Cleveland Clinic suggests these preventive tips: Cut back on coffee. Quit smoking. Floss and brush your teeth regularly. See a dental hygienist twice each year. Visit your dentist if discoloration doesn't ease after changing habits, or if you have other symptoms, such as bleeding gums. Read more

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Mouthwash Helps Kill Gonorrhea Germs in Mouth, Throat: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – A commercial brand of mouthwash can help control gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth, and daily use may offer a cheap and easy way to reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted disease, a small study from Australia contends. Gonorrhea rates among men are on the rise in many countries due to declining condom use, and most cases occur in gay/bisexual men, researchers said. The maker of Listerine mouthwash has claimed as far back as 1879 that it could be used against gonorrhea, though no published research has ever proved it. In laboratory tests, the authors of this new study found that Listerine Cool Mint and Total Care (which are both 21.6 percent alcohol) significantly reduced levels of gonorrhea bacteria. A salt water (saline) solution did not. The researchers then conducted a clinical trial with 58 gay/bisexual men who previously tested positive for gonorrhea ... Read more

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