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Health Tip: Healthy Teeth May Signal Healthy Heart

Posted 4 days ago by

-- 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 ...

Fewer U.S. Kids Are Getting Cavities

Posted 10 days ago by

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – Fewer U.S. kids are plagued by tooth cavities compared to just a few years ago, but income disparities persist, according to a new U.S. government study. Researchers found that in 2015-2016, about 43 percent of children ages 2 to 19 had cavities. That was down from 50 percent four years earlier. This is the good news. On the other hand, disparities were apparent: ...

Those With Diabetes Less Likely to See Dentist Despite Health Risks

Posted 19 days ago by

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 ...

AHA: Healthy Teeth Can Mean a Lot More Than a Pretty Smile

Posted 29 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) – How your teeth are faring as you age can also indicate how your heart is doing. The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century. Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health, and some have found an impact. One study showed periodontal disease is associated with ...

Poll: Americans Fear Crippling Medical Bills More Than Illness

Posted 29 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 – Medical care costs in the United States can be so overwhelming that Americans fear the cost of treatment more than the illness itself, a new poll shows. "It's shocking and unacceptable that medical bills strike more fear in the hearts of Americans than serious illness," said Shelley Lyford. She is president and CEO of West Health Institute, a San Diego-based research ...

A Sensor On Your Tooth Can Analyze What You Eat and Drink

Posted 28 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 – Tempted to cheat on your diet? You might want to think twice. Tiny tooth-mounted sensors can now provide real-time information about what you eat and drink. The technology could prove important in health care and clinical studies, according to the Tufts University School of Engineering team that developed it. The flexible, 2-millimeter sensors communicate wirelessly ...

More Kids, Fewer Teeth for Moms?

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by

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

-- 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 ...

Health Tip: Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

-- Parents and caregivers can pass cavity-causing bacteria to babies through saliva, by sharing foods and spoons. Or tooth decay can develop when an infant's teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for long periods, including when a baby is repeatedly put to bed with a bottle of formula, milk or juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to help prevent tooth ...

Health Tip: Help Control Teeth Grinding

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

-- Grinding teeth at night often is associated with daytime stress, the National Sleep Foundation says. The group suggests how to help control the problem: Relax in the hours before bedtime. Create a cool, comfortable, dark and quiet sleep environment. Keep computers, tablets and smartphones out of the bedroom. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep each night. Lack of sleep may worsen teeth ...

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

Posted 19 Feb 2018 by

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 ...

How to Protect Against Heart Disease

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by

SUNDAY, Feb. 4, 2018 – Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself, a cardiologist says. "Heart disease kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, but many of these conditions are preventable," said researcher Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of the division of cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. ...

Health Tip: Chewing Gum May Help Protect Teeth

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

-- 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 ...

Grind Your Teeth at Night? Botox Might Help

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – If you're one of the millions of people who grind and clench their teeth during sleep, an injection of Botox might be the answer, a small study suggests. The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headaches, jaw problems and damaged teeth. However, the researchers reported that shots of Botox into the chewing muscles in the cheek can block the signals that tell ...

Health Tip: Dental Association Supports Fluoridated Water

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by

-- 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. ...

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