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Health Tip: When Children Grind Their Teeth

Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Bruxism, more commonly known as tooth grinding, usually happens during the toddler and preschool years. It typically subsides by age 6. Here's what you need to know about tooth grinding, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Tooth grinding isn't the result of a nightmare or stressful memory. Teething, ear infections and other sources of pain can lead to tooth grinding. Poorly aligned teeth can trigger tooth grinding. Anxiety and stress may increase the risk of tooth grinding, but the practice isn't caused by behavioral problems. Tooth grinding typically stops before the permanent teeth emerge. See your child's dentist if you have concerns. Read more

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Health Tip: Manage Dry Mouth

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Poor saliva production can lead to a dry, sticky sensation that can affect speech, chewing and swallowing. The Mayo Clinic says potential complications of dry mouth include: Plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay. Mouth sores. A yeast infection known as thrush. Cracks and sores forming on the lips and corners of the mouth. Read more

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Need Braces? Say Goodbye to 'Metal-Mouth' Taunts

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Braces have long been a kind of geeky right-of-passage – something that must be endured for a few years to ensure a lifelong smile with straight teeth. Fortunately, braces have evolved over the years. They've gotten smaller and more options are available for those who need them, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Straightening teeth is not just for kids and teens. The American Association of Orthodontics said 1 out of 5 orthodontic patients is over age 21. (Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with the straightening of teeth.) And braces aren't just for cosmetics. It's easier to clean straight teeth that have the right amount of separation between them, the FDA said. Your dentist or orthodontist will determine what type of braces are best for you. The FDA explains what options are available: Metal braces move teeth by applying ... Read more

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Could Prefab Blood Vessels Revolutionize Root Canals?

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – A new discovery could give root canal patients a reason to smile. Researchers say they've found a way to create new blood vessels that could help these teeth last longer. Though root canals can save teeth that are infected or decayed, those teeth can become brittle and break over time, the Oregon Health & Science University team said. Principal investigator Dr. Luiz Bertassoni explained in a university news release that a root canal eliminates a tooth's blood and nerve supply, leaving it without "any biological response or defense mechanism." He added that "without this functionality, adult teeth may be lost much sooner, which can result in much greater concerns, such as the need for dentures or dental implants." Bertassoni is an assistant professor of restorative dentistry and biomedical engineering at OHSU. His team developed a way to engineer new blood ... Read more

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Health Tip: Finding The Right Dentist

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It's important to find a dentist who is professional, takes good care of your teeth and with whom you are comfortable. The American Dental Association suggests: Choosing a dentist whose office has a convenient location and hours, and is in your insurance network. Making sure you can communicate well with your dentist. Choosing a dentist who thoroughly explains preventive care. Choosing an office that offers flexible payment arrangements. Selecting an office that keeps your records in a permanent file. Looking for a dentist who considers your concerns, such as dental anxiety. Read more

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

Marijuana May Make Your Gums Go to Pot

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests. "It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal [gum] disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis [pot] users may also be at risk," said study lead author Jaffer Shariff. He is a postdoctoral resident in periodontology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. For the study, Shariff's team analyzed data from nearly 2,000 Americans. Of those, 27 percent reported the use of cannabis (marijuana, hashish or hash oil) one or more times for at least 12 months. Frequent recreational cannabis users were more likely to have signs of moderate to severe gum disease than less-frequent users, the researchers found. "The recent spate of new recreational and medical marijuana laws could spell the beginning of a growing oral ... Read more

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No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums. One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn't have any at all before their first birthday. Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup for their children altogether. The advice is the first update to the AAP's stance on fruit juice in 16 years. The major change is that fruit juice is discouraged for the first year of life – and not just the first six months, as previously recommended. "There's just no need for fruit juice in infancy," said Dr. Steven Abrams, one of the authors of the report. "There's no evidence there's any health benefit," he added. Abrams is chair of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. If anything, he said, offering ... Read more

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Dental Anxiety Has Consequences Beyond Tooth Decay

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 – Does the mere thought of a dentist's drill make you cringe in fear? Be forewarned: Dental phobia can damage more than your teeth, a new British report indicates. "This phobia can have a major impact on a person's quality of life, including on their physiological, psychological, social and emotional well-being," said study author Dr. Ellie Heidari. She's a senior specialist clinical teacher at King's College London Dental Institute. She and her colleague, Tim Newton, analyzed responses from nearly 11,000 participants in the 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey. About 1,400 participants admitted having an overriding fear of dentists. Predictably, the study found that the fearful patients were more likely to have at least one missing or decaying tooth. Surprisingly, dental phobia was also broadly linked to a poorer quality of life. While oral diseases aren't usually ... Read more

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After Wisdom Tooth Removal, Watch Out for 'Dry Socket'

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – When you have a wisdom tooth removed, the pain should quickly recede from memory. But some people develop a painful complication known as dry socket. Allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket, said Dr. Michael Ellis, an associate professor with Texas A&M College of Dentistry. When a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms and fills the empty space for a few days. This helps protect the tooth socket as it heals, Ellis said. If this clot is dislodged too soon, the bone and nerve can become dry and exposed, he explained. "The blood clot is there to protect the wound," Ellis said in a university news release. "If the clot is broken down prematurely, then the bone is exposed and the area becomes a 'dry socket.' " When someone has a dry socket, the first thing they'll notice is pain. "The exposed bone is sensitive, and that is the source of ... Read more

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Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Bacteria

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the lab-made goo could help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. By replicating mucus' natural ability to control dangerous bacteria, the hope is to find new ways to fight infections. "I am so excited about mucus because I am convinced it can help us find new strategies for protecting us from infections, in particular those that relate to an overgrowth of harmful microbes," said study author Katharina Ribbeck, an MIT professor of tissue engineering. According to background notes with the study, a person's body produces about a gallon of mucus every day. Far from being a hindrance, mucus provides a protective coating on more than 2,000 square feet of internal ... Read more

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When Families Lack Insurance, Kids' Dental Woes Rise

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – American children without dental insurance are far less likely to receive necessary care for their teeth than kids with coverage, a new survey finds. Toothaches and other dental problems that interfere with eating, sleeping or school performance are twice as common for kids without dental coverage, researchers found. The findings were released as Republican lawmakers discuss major changes to Medicaid and other programs that provide dental insurance to many families and children. "This survey speaks loud and clear – coverage counts," said Meg Booth, executive director for the Children's Dental Health Project. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit conducted the survey. The nationwide poll included more than 600 parents of children up to age 21. Overall, 13 percent of parents said that in the past year their children needed dental care but weren't able to receive ... Read more

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Health Tip: Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You can minimize the fear of going to the dentist, experts say. The American Dental Association suggests: Talk to your dentist about your anxiety. He or she can make accommodations to make you feel more at ease. Schedule your appointment a time when you're not rushed or stressed, perhaps early on a weekday morning or on a Saturday. Bring a pair of headphones and listen to your favorite music during your appointment. Visualize yourself in a relaxing, comfortable place during the visit. Read more

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Health Tip: Care for Your Braces

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Wearing braces means having to watch what you eat, particularly foods that can become trapped and trigger tooth decay. If you wear braces, the American Dental Association says you should avoid: Foods high in sugar. Popcorn. Corn-on-the-cob. Whole apples. Sticky foods, such as chewing gum. Read more

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Healthy Gums Tied to Longer Lives for Women

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Here's another reason to get flossing: New research suggests that gum disease is linked with earlier death in older women. "Older women may be at higher risk for death because of their periodontal condition," study author Michael LaMonte said in a news release from the Journal of the American Heart Association. LaMonte is research associate professor in epidemiology at the University at Buffalo, in New York. His team published its findings in the journal on March 29. One cardiologist said the study raises an intriguing notion. "Dental hygiene is an important part of our patients' overall health, and perhaps with this study it may prompt us to further investigate its direct impact on the heart," said Dr. Rachel Bond, associate director for Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. According to background information from the researchers, ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit

Posted 24 Mar 2017 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

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