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Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit

Posted 3 hours 25 minutes ago by Drugs.com

-- Your mouth may be loaded with bacteria just waiting to feast on sugar. And many sodas and juices contain added sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Here are suggestions to spare your smile, courtesy of the American Dental Association: If you do drink something sugary, drink it quickly, which gives bacteria less time to feed. Drink tap water, which probably contains fluoride. Fluoride helps reduce your risk of cavities. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. At least once daily, carefully floss between teeth. Check labels and know which drinks have a lot of sugar. Teach kids, even younger ones, about making healthier choices. Read more

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

Toothache? Neanderthals Might Have Reached for Aspirin, Too

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Dental care was decidedly primitive back in the time of the Neanderthals. But new research suggests these long-gone relatives of humans already had 21st century solutions to toothache pain – aspirin, and perhaps even penicillin. The study was led by Laura Weyrich, of the Australian Center for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of Adelaide. Her team examined dental plaque from the remains of four Neanderthals found in caves in Belgium and Spain. This was the oldest such plaque ever to be genetically analyzed – between 42,000 to 50,000 years old. Weyrich said DNA analysis of ancient dental build-up can reveal a storehouse of knowledge. "Dental plaque traps microorganisms that lived in the mouth and pathogens found in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract," she explained in a university news release. Plaque also harbors "bits of food stuck in the teeth ... Read more

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Health Tip: Attacked by Plaque

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings help rid your mouth of plaque – that gritty, sticky substance that's deadly for your teeth. The American Dental Association explains what plaque is and what it can do: Plaque is made up of bacteria that stick to your teeth and release acids after you eat. These acids eat away at tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay and the formation of cavities. Plaque buildup creates tough-to-remove tartar, which attaches to tooth enamel and the gum line. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, an early-stage gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums, irritation and redness. This can progress to a full-fledged gum disease called periodontitis. Read more

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Health Tip: Some Foods Are Good for Teeth

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- We all know what sugary foods and drinks can do to harm teeth, but there are also delicacies that can help your pearly whites. The American Dental Association says these foods contain nutrients that can help build strong teeth: Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, which are rich in calcium. Leafy greens and almonds, which are also good sources of calcium. Eggs, fish, meat and poultry, which are rich in phosphorous. Vegetables and fruit, which are good sources of fiber. Citrus fruits, which are rich in vitamin C Sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and fish, which are good sources of vitamin A. Read more

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

More Evidence Ties Gum Health to Stroke Risk

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Adults with gum disease may be twice as likely as people with healthy gums to suffer a stroke, new research suggests. It's not the first study to link gum disease and brain attacks caused by blood clots. However, the new findings expand on that knowledge by demonstrating a "dose-response" relationship. "The higher the level of gum disease, the worse the risk," explained study author Dr. Souvik Sen, chair of neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, in Columbia. Stroke risk rose with the level of gum disease; it was 1.9 times, 2.1 times and 2.2 times higher for people with mild, moderate and severe gum disease, respectively, the findings showed. One stroke expert said that was the most intriguing discovery in the study. "The fact that it is a dose-effect relationship, it's an important finding," said Dr. Maurizio Trevisan. He is dean of ... Read more

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Dentists at the Front Line in Diabetes Epidemic

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – You'd probably be surprised if your dentist said you might have type 2 diabetes. But new research finds that severe gum disease may be a sign the illness is present and undiagnosed. The study found that nearly one in five people with severe gum disease (periodontitis) had type 2 diabetes and didn't know it. The researchers said these findings suggest that the dentist's office may be a good place for a prediabetes or type 2 diabetes screening. "Be aware that worsened oral health – in particular, periodontitis – can be a sign of an underlying [condition], such as diabetes," said study author Dr. Wijnand Teeuw. He's the chief of the periodontology clinic at the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam in the Netherlands. "Early diagnosis and treatment of both periodontitis and diabetes will benefit the patient by preventing further complications," Teeuw added. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Your Mouth Healthy Before Cancer Treatment

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You have many things on your mind before you start cancer treatment, but a visit to your dentist should be on your to-do list. The American Dental Association recommends: Talk to your dentist about things that can help prevent dental complications from cancer treatment. Potential examples include fluoride treatment, replacing crowns or bridges, or treating existing gum disease. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak it in warm water before brushing to soften bristles even more. Floss between teeth daily. Use caution where gums are sensitive or bleeding. Stop using tobacco, which can slow healing. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Rinse your mouth regularly to help prevent tooth decay. Skip alcohol-based rinses in favor of a salt-water rinse or a solution with baking soda. Read more

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Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as being overweight, eating unhealthy foods or being sedentary, take steps to lower your risk. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Eat a healthy diet, consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Indulge occasionally in your favorite cravings. If you're overweight, set weight-loss goals. Even losing a small percentage of your body weight reduces your risk for heart disease. Get more active. Go for walks, dance, do sit-ups or push-ups. You don't have to join a gym to move more. Do not use tobacco in any form. Find healthy ways to control stress. Take care of your teeth and gums, as there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. You don't have to make all of these changes at once. Achieve one goal at a time. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Smoking, Heart Disease, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Smoking Cessation, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Ischemic Heart Disease

Health Tip: Culprits Behind Stained Teeth

Posted 14 Feb 2017 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 1 Feb 2017 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

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

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

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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