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Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Tooth brushing doesn't have to be a boring chore. Turn it into fun time that kids enjoy. The American Dental Association suggests: Skip the timer and turn on your child's favorite two-minute song. Or read a silly story using fun voices to keep the child entertained. Don't let kids skip brushing teeth, no matter what the day has been like. Make it part of the bedtime routine that isn't negotiable. Create a reward chart and offer praise when your child does a good job brushing teeth. Allow the child to choose a reward, such as selecting a bedtime story. Let your child pick out a fun toothbrush. Brush teeth together! Read more

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

Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth

Posted 7 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Brushing and flossing are frequently touted as ways to keep your teeth healthy, but there also are habits that you should avoid to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. The American Dental Association recommends: Don't bite nails, which can harm your jaw and chip your teeth. Don't brush your teeth too vigorously, which can damage teeth and gums. Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush. Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth, which can lead to jaw pain and cracks in the teeth. Don't crunch or chew ice, which can break a tooth. Avoid snacking all day, especially on sugary foods. Read more

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

Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Regular dental checkups not only keep your smile bright, they may also keep your lungs healthy. A new study suggests that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing levels of bacteria that cause the lung infection. Each year, nearly 1 million Americans develop pneumonia, the researchers said, and 50,000 die from the disease. Anyone can get pneumonia, but it is more common among older people and those with lung disease and conditions such as AIDS. In this study, researchers reviewed the records of more than 26,000 people. The study found that people who never saw a dentist were 86 percent more likely to get bacterial pneumonia compared to people who got dental checkups twice a year. The results were to be presented Thursday at IDWeek. IDWeek is the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Pneumonia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Respiratory Tract Disease, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

Related support groups: Weight Loss, Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Dementia, Binge Eating Disorder, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Head Injury, Eating Disorder, Gingivitis, Anorexia, Dental Abscess, Bulimia, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Periodontitis, Anorexia nervosa, Prevention of Dental Caries, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Lewy Body Dementia, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Health Tip: Why Floss?

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you think you can skip flossing your teeth, think again. It should be an important part of your daily dental health regimen, experts say. The American Dental Association says flossing: Helps remove plaque and tartar. Helps protect against gum disease. Helps prevent cavities. Read more

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

Health Tip: Don't Forget About Your Teeth During Vacation

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Vacation plans should always include what to do if there's an injury to your mouth or teeth, the American Dental Association advises. Here are the group's recommendations: Schedule a regular dental checkup before you head out for vacation. In case of emergency, keep your dentist's contact information on hand while you travel. Contact a U.S. embassy or local consulate if there's a dental emergency while you're overseas. If you forget your toothbrush, vigorous rinsing with water or brushing your teeth with toothpaste on a clean wash cloth or a finger can tide you over until you can buy one. Store your toothbrush in a sealable plastic bag for travel. Open the bag when you arrive. Brush teeth with bottled water if you aren't certain the local water is safe for drinking. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Is All That Flossing Really Worth It?

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – Your mom told you to floss from an early age, and you try your best to keep up the habit because it saves gums and teeth. Or does it? A new investigation by the Associated Press suggests there's no good evidence backing up the claim that flossing is good for you. The AP looked at data from 25 studies conducted over the past decade. The studies generally compared the use of a toothbrush alone with combined use of a toothbrush and floss. Those studies concluded the evidence for flossing is "weak, very unreliable," of "very low" quality, and carries "a moderate to large potential for bias." One review went further, saying that the "majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal," the AP reported. Another said there was only "inconsistent/weak evidence" for flossing and a "lack of efficacy." The findings fly ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime. The American Dental Association cites these examples: During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends. Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop a dry socket after oral surgery. Gingivitis, including swelling, soreness, tenderness and reddening of the gums, is possible during pregnancy. Regular brushing, flossing and visits with your dentist can help with all of these issues. Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Emergency Contraception, Menstrual Disorders, Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Postcoital Contraception, Toothache, Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Health Tip: Evaluating Your Chances for Gum Disease

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Gum disease occurs when tissues that support your teeth become inflamed from bacterial secretions along the gum line. This can lead to bone and tooth loss. The American Dental Association says risk factors for gum disease include: Taking improper care of the teeth and mouth. Chewing tobacco or smoking it. Being genetically predisposed to gum disease. Having teeth that are misaligned and more difficult to clean. Being pregnant or diabetic. Taking medication such as some types of oral contraceptives, calcium channel blockers, steroids, cancer medications or anti-epilepsy drugs. Read more

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

Health Tip: Why Wisdom Teeth Are Frequently Pulled

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, may make it easier to chew. But they're also a frequent source of pain and discomfort, and are often extracted. The American Dental Association says misaligned wisdom teeth can: Promote bacterial growth and allow trapped food. Make it difficult to thoroughly floss between teeth. Trigger infection, swelling and pain if the teeth only partially break through the gums. Cause crowding of the teeth. If a wisdom tooth is impacted, promote formation of a cyst, which could lead to damage of nearby bone. Read more

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

Health Tip: Use a Cleaner Toothbrush

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Bacteria and other germs can set up shop in your toothbrush, so it's important to take steps to keep it cleaner. Here are recommendations from the American Dental Association: Replace your toothbrush often. Before and after you brush, rinse the brush well in an antibacterial mouthwash. If you prefer a commercial brush sanitizer, make sure it been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more

Related support groups: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Aphthous Stomatitis, Angular Cheilitis

Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates. In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who smoked pot for 20 years didn't have notable health problems, except for gum disease, the researchers said. "Unlike tobacco smoking, cannabis smoking is associated with few physical health problems in midlife, with the exception of periodontal disease," said lead researcher Madeline Meier, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University. Besides gum health, the researchers assessed lung function, risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, and systemic inflammation, which could indicate a severe response to trauma or infection. The study can't prove that pot causes gum, or periodontal, disease. Still, "physicians should convey to patients that their ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Caring For Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy means taking better care of yourself – including your teeth. The American Dental Association suggests: Brush and floss teeth regularly, and rinse each night with a fluoride mouth wash. See your dentist for checkups, and tell him or her that you're pregnant. Look for any changes in your mouth. Ask your dentist if you need more frequent cleanings. Get plenty of calcium, protein, phosphorous and vitamins A, C and D to help baby develop strong teeth. Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in water if you're vomiting frequently. This will help get rid of acid on your teeth. Keep caring for your teeth and baby's after delivery. Read more

Related support groups: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Gingivitis, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor Induction, Premature Labor, Periodontitis, Labor Pain, Prevention of Dental Caries, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy

Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – A new study suggests a possible link between certain germs found in the mouth and a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer. "We identified two types of bacteria that are associated with a higher risk for pancreatic cancer and have been tied in the past to such diseases as periodontitis, or inflammation of the gums," explained lead researcher Jiyoung Ahn. She's an associate professor of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City. Ahn stressed, however, that her team found only an association and "cannot tell if this bacteria causes the cancer." One strain of mouth bacteria was associated with a 59 percent higher risk for pancreatic cancer in people who carried it, while the other was linked to a 119 percent greater risk of the cancer, the researchers said. Those numbers reflect a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Gingivitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Periodontitis, Diagnosis and Investigation, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Should You Use a Water Flosser?

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Dentists have long preached the virtues of daily flossing for healthier teeth and gums. And if dental floss doesn't leave you smiling, a water flossing machine may just do the trick. The American Dental Association says a water flosser may be a better choice than dental floss if you: Wear braces. Have fixed or permanent bridges, or other dental work that makes flossing more challenging. Have a hard time using dental floss. Read more

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

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