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Health Tip: Healthy Teeth May Signal Healthy Heart

Posted 6 days 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 ...

Fewer U.S. Kids Are Getting Cavities

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – Fewer U.S. kids are plagued by tooth cavities compared to just a few years ago, but income disparities persist, according to a new U.S. government study. Researchers found that in 2015-2016, about 43 percent of children ages 2 to 19 had cavities. That was down from 50 percent four years earlier. This is the good news. On the other hand, disparities were apparent: ...

Those With Diabetes Less Likely to See Dentist Despite Health Risks

Posted 4 Apr 2018 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 ...

Health Tip: Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Parents and caregivers can pass cavity-causing bacteria to babies through saliva, by sharing foods and spoons. Or tooth decay can develop when an infant's teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for long periods, including when a baby is repeatedly put to bed with a bottle of formula, milk or juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to help prevent tooth ...

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. ...

Health Tip: Starting a Tooth Brushing Routine Early

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Tooth brushing should begin in infancy to instill lifelong habits and protect teeth throughout adulthood. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Start practicing oral hygiene as soon as your baby is born by wiping baby's gums with a soft, clean washcloth. Never give your baby a bottle in the crib. Choose healthy solids when introducing food to avoid tooth decay. Brush a child's teeth ...

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: Recognize Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Oral cancer typically is diagnosed between the ages of 55 and 64. It tends to affect more men than women, and will make up about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in 2017. The American Dental Association says symptoms of oral cancer may include: A mouth sore or irritation that does not go away within 3weeks. Red or white patches. A lump. Rough spots on normally smooth areas of the mouth. ...

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.

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