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First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist's Office?

Posted 6 days ago 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 10 days ago 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 days ago 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 13 days ago 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 16 days ago 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 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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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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Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A specific germ may help explain the long-noticed connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The discovery might also point to the potential origins of the painful joint illness. "If we're right, this will totally change the view of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment of patients," said study co-author Dr. Felipe Andrade. But, Andrade, an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, cautioned that this is "an early finding that needs confirmation by others." Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic form of arthritis linked to an overactive immune system. It can affect a variety of body systems, not just the joints. The disease affects roughly 1.5 million U.S. adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more than a century, scientists have noticed ... Read more

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Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report. Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost. That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed. Cost was the main impediment to dental care even for adults with private insurance. "It seems like medical insurance is doing a better job at protecting consumers from financial hardship than dental insurance," said study author Marko Vujicic. Typically, private dental insurance includes annual maximum benefit limits and significant "coinsurance" – the patient's share of costs on covered services, Vujicic explained. He is chief economist and vice president of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Tooth grinding can lead to headache, jaw pain and may even crack your teeth. Stress is a common trigger, especially during sleep. If you grind your teeth, the American Dental Association suggests: Wear a custom-made mouth guard while you sleep. Talk to your dentist about the possibility of taking a muscle relaxant at bedtime. Get psychological therapy if your stress or anxiety is serious. Read more

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Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Posted 23 Nov 2016 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

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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

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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

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More Low-Income Kids Need Dental Sealants: CDC

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Treatments that seal a child's back teeth can prevent most cavities, but many kids – particularly those living in poverty – don't get them, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Dental sealants are liquid plastic coatings painted on chewing surfaces of teeth. When dried, they quickly harden to form a shield on the teeth, which can last for years. Sealants can cut cavities by 80 percent for up to two years, and by 50 percent for up to four years, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. "Unfortunately, most kids don't have them – 40 percent of kids have dental sealants, but 60 percent don't," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a Tuesday media briefing. "Kids without dental sealants have almost three times more cavities that those who do have sealants." Poor children are more than twice as likely as kids in more affluent ... Read more

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