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Health Tip: Get Your Mouth Healthy Before Cancer Treatment

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You have many things on your mind before you start cancer treatment, but a visit to your dentist should be on your to-do list. The American Dental Association recommends: Talk to your dentist about things that can help prevent dental complications from cancer treatment. Potential examples include fluoride treatment, replacing crowns or bridges, or treating existing gum disease. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak it in warm water before brushing to soften bristles even more. Floss between teeth daily. Use caution where gums are sensitive or bleeding. Stop using tobacco, which can slow healing. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Rinse your mouth regularly to help prevent tooth decay. Skip alcohol-based rinses in favor of a salt-water rinse or a solution with baking soda. Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Can Teeth Repair Themselves Without Fillings?

Posted 9 Jan 2017 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

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Chewing Sugarless Gum

Posted 6 Jan 2017 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

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

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

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Bruxism, Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis

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

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

Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

Related support groups: Weight Loss, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Binge Eating Disorder, Dementia, Toothache, Head Injury, Alzheimer's Disease, Eating Disorder, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Bulimia, Anorexia, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Periodontitis, Anorexia nervosa, Prevention of Dental Caries, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Lewy Body Dementia, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

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: 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, Postcoital Contraception, Toothache, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

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

Health Tip: Caring For Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy means taking better care of yourself – including your teeth. The American Dental Association suggests: Brush and floss teeth regularly, and rinse each night with a fluoride mouth wash. See your dentist for checkups, and tell him or her that you're pregnant. Look for any changes in your mouth. Ask your dentist if you need more frequent cleanings. Get plenty of calcium, protein, phosphorous and vitamins A, C and D to help baby develop strong teeth. Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in water if you're vomiting frequently. This will help get rid of acid on your teeth. Keep caring for your teeth and baby's after delivery. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Gingivitis, Delivery, Premature Labor, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor Induction, Periodontitis, Labor Pain, Prevention of Dental Caries, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy

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, Excessive Salivation, Premature Labor, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, 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

Health Tip: If You Have Bad Breath

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- What's causing your bad breath? Here are some common triggers, courtesy of the American Dental Association: Bacteria in your mouth that feed on bits of food. Poor saliva production, which prevents your mouth from being naturally cleaned. Gum disease. Eating unpleasant-smelling foods, such as garlic or onions. Smoking. A medical problem, such as diabetes, GERD or a sinus condition. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Keep Germs Away From Your Toothbrush

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your toothbrush is key to keeping your mouth clean, so make sure it's not full of germs. The American Dental Association suggests: Never share your toothbrush with anyone else. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush to wash away debris. Place your toothbrush in a container, upright, that allows it to air dry without touching any other toothbrush. Store your toothbrush in the open. Do not cover it or put it in a closed space. Get a new toothbrush every three-to-four months. Replace a child's toothbrush even more frequently. Read more

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

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