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Health Tip: Healthy Teeth May Signal Healthy Heart

Posted 4 hours 19 minutes ago 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 15 days ago 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. ...

Health Tip: Breast-feeding May Help Teeth

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Breast-feeding has been shown to help babies fight infections and prevent asthma, childhood obesity and SIDS. It may also help both the mother's and baby's teeth, recent research finds. Children who were breast-fed exclusively for the first six months of life were less likely to have teeth alignment issues than those who were breast-fed for a shorter time or bottle-fed, the American Dental ...

ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows. The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says. ER visits could be reduced if patients had better access to ...

Can't Afford the Dentist? You're Not Alone

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Nobody loves a trip to the dentist, but for many middle-aged Americans even basic dental care is now financially out of reach, a new poll finds. In fact, 28 percent don't have dental insurance, while 56 percent don't get dental care except for serious dental problems, researchers said. Even more troubling is that 51 percent of people surveyed said they didn't know how ...

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