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ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows. The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says. ER visits could be reduced if patients had better access to dental and mental health care, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. The study comes as some insurers are looking to cut back on coverage for ER visits they deem "inappropriate" or avoidable. Researchers reviewed 424 million ER visits by 18- to 64-year-old patients between 2005 and 2011. Nearly 14 million visits (3.3 percent) were avoidable, meaning patients were sent home without receiving any care. The main reasons for avoidable visits were toothaches, back ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Gingivitis, Dysthymia, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Can't Afford the Dentist? You're Not Alone

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Nobody loves a trip to the dentist, but for many middle-aged Americans even basic dental care is now financially out of reach, a new poll finds. In fact, 28 percent don't have dental insurance, while 56 percent don't get dental care except for serious dental problems, researchers said. Even more troubling is that 51 percent of people surveyed said they didn't know how they will get dental insurance after they turn 65, said lead researcher Erica Solway. She's a senior project manager at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. According to the poll, 40 percent said they don't get regular cleanings or other preventive care, Solway said. "For the majority of folks, cost was the main barrier to dental care," she said. Solway noted that dental clinics or dental schools often provide care at lower costs or with a sliding scale based ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Prepare for Your Child's Dental Procedure

Posted 31 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The American Dental Association suggests you ask these questions of your dentist before your child's office procedure. Who will provide the preoperative evaluation of my child, including taking a full medical history? How long before the office visit should my child avoid food or drink? Will my child take sedating medication at home before the procedure? If so, how should I monitor the child? What experience does the sedation provider have? Does this experience meet guidelines from the American Dental Association? Does staff assisting in the procedure have current training in emergency resuscitation? Read more

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

Health Tip: Avoid Juice Before Age 1

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that fruit juice be avoided by all children under the age of 1. It represented the first change to the academy's recommendations on fruit juice since 2001. The group said fresh fruit typically includes more dietary fiber and less sugar than juice. "Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet," a statement on the academy's website said. Read more

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Are You Ignoring Gum Disease?

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Going to the dentist might not be a favorite on your to-do list, but these check-ups are important not only for your teeth, but also for your gums. Gum disease, or gingivitis, can be difficult to catch. And it can lead to the more severe problem of periodontitis. Of concern, periodontitis has been associated with more serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes, all of which share a common link – inflammation, explain experts at the American Academy of Periodontology. Certain medical conditions and lifestyle choices make you more susceptible to gum disease. If you smoke, take medications that lead to dry mouth, have poor nutrition, or experience high stress, you're more likely to develop gingivitis. If unhealthy gums run in your family or if you already have heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, you're also at higher risk. It's important to know ... Read more

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Some Medical Ills Call for Dental Detective Work

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Dental care isn't always as risk-free as you might think. Wire from dental braces showed up in a woman's intestines a decade after her orthodontia work ended, Australian doctors report. And in a separate case, long-term use of an adhesive for ill-fitting false teeth caused a 62-year-old in Scotland to permanently lose feeling in his legs. Both cases are described Aug. 7 in BMJ Case Reports. The otherwise healthy 30-year-old woman was hospitalized after two days of stomach pain. A scan revealed the errant orthodontic wire had pierced several parts of her small intestine. This caused a condition known as a volvulus, in which the intestine twists around on itself, according to the report. The patient hadn't worn braces for 10 years and had no recollection of swallowing or losing the wire. However, after emergency surgery to remove the orthopedic invader, she made a ... Read more

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Do Your Pearly Whites Sometimes Cause You Pain?

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot? You may have sensitive teeth, a common problem caused by a number of factors. Gum recession is the most common cause. When the gum starts to recede, the tooth's root becomes exposed, resulting in sensitivity, explained Jane Cotter, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Other causes include toothbrush abrasion, tooth decay or faulty restorations, treatment for gum disease, excessive grinding or excessive bleaching. "What you eat and drink can also cause your teeth to become more sensitive," Cotter said in a school news release. "Sodas – both diet and regular – energy drinks, fruit juice, wine and coffee can all worsen your teeth sensitivity. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, are also active in this sense, but less than with liquids." There are a number of ways to deal ... Read more

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

Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – A new study links gum disease with an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked. So-called periodontal disease was tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer, the investigators found. But the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn't. In addition, gum disease was associated with a higher risk of lung cancer, gallbladder cancer, melanoma and breast cancer, the findings showed. "These findings may provide a new target to test an intervention for cancer prevention – oral hygiene and periodontal disease treatment and prevention," said lead researcher Jean Wactawski-Wende. She is dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of New York at Buffalo. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Encouraging Your Kids to Brush

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Even dentists struggle to get their kids to brush and floss regularly. The American Dental Association mentions these popular tactics: Make brushing time fun. Brush your teeth with your children, and have them imitate what you do. Monitor how much toothpaste the kids use and how long they brush, and double-check their teeth afterward. For very young children with emerging teeth, have the child lie down while you brush their teeth, to see their teeth better. Talk to your children about the importance of brushing twice daily, and that they should brush for at least two minutes at a time. Also, discuss avoiding sugary and acidic drinks. Stay patient, consistent and persistent about brushing rules, and eventually it shouldn't be such a challenge. Read more

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

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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Oral and Dental Conditions, Prevention of Dental Caries, Bruxism, Teething Syndrome

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

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Prevention of Dental Caries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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