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Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Posted 9 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: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, 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: 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: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, 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

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, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Postcoital Contraception, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, 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

E-Cigs May Damage Cells in Mouth

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – Many people think electronic cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but a new study suggests that's not the case. In laboratory experiments on cultured cells, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that toxic substances and nanoparticles in e-cigarette vapors caused 85 percent of the tested cells to die. They said it's possible these substances can kill the top layer of skin cells in the oral cavity. The oral cavity is the portion of the mouth behind the teeth and gums. The researchers believe that similar results would be found in tests on people, and said they're planning a human study to confirm their findings. If confirmed, the researchers said that e-cigarettes could increase users' risk of oral disease. "A small but significant portion of dental patients at UCLA Dental Clinics have used e-cigarettes, which ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Oral and Dental Conditions, Smoking Cessation, Nicotine, Aphthous Ulcer, Nicorette, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol Inhaler, Commit, Stomatitis, Habitrol, Nicorette DS, Nicotrol NS, ProStep, Nicotrol TD, Nicorelief

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: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, 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: Use a Mouthguard

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A mouthguard protects your smile when you play contact sports. It's important to take care of the device and to keep it clean when not in use. The American Dental Association recommends: Brush with toothpaste or at least rinse the mouthguard after each use. Keep it dry and clean. Treat your mouthguard to regular cleanings with cool, soapy water and a thorough rinse. Bring your mouthguard to dentist appointments for an inspection and a professional cleaning. Store your mouthguard in a container that is rigid for protection and vented to prevent bacteria growth. Keep it away from pets, direct sunlight and hot water. Inspect your mouthguard regularly to make sure it's not worn or broken. Read more

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

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, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Diagnosis and Investigation

Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – A child's dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. "The mother's dental health affects her overall health and her baby's health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births," William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. "Mothers-to-be need to realize controlling plaque and limiting high-starch and sugary foods is crucial," Wathen added. "Cavities are 'contagious,' because germs in the mother's mouth and family's mouth will be in a baby's mouth. Since babies aren't born with their own oral flora, they adapt it soon after they're born from their family." Here he offers a timeline of when and how to keep youngsters' teeth and gums ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Delivery, Premature Labor, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Excessive Salivation, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking ("cognitive") abilities. In a new report, investigators reviewed studies on oral health and cognition published between 1993 and 2013. Some of the studies found that oral health indicators – such as the number of teeth, the number of cavities and the presence of gum disease – was associated with a higher risk of mental decline or dementia, while other studies did not find any association. The study authors also noted that some of the findings based on the number of teeth or cavities were conflicting. The new review was published in the April 1 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Overall, "clinical evidence suggests that the ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Dementia, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Gingivitis, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Periodontitis, Arteriosclerotic Dementia, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Lewy Body Dementia, Arteriosclerotic Dementia w/ Depressive Features

Health Tip: When Dentures Need Adjusting

Posted 14 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While dentures are made to fit your mouth, natural changes often signal that your dentures should be adjusted. The American Dental Association says you may need an adjustment if: Your gums recede or shrink, affecting the fit of your dentures. The natural aging process causes changes in the fit of your dentures. You develop frequent mouth sores or infections. Always have your dentures adjusted by your dentist. And never use over-the-counter glue to try to repair your dentures. Read more

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

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