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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. Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Excessive Salivation, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Cancer therapies often change patients' sense of taste, which may affect what they like to eat, according to a nutrition expert. "Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste," said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Usually, the type of taste sensitivity encountered is one of a metallic nature." Changes in tastes often influence a person's food preferences, but treatment may affect individuals differently, Carpenter noted in a university news release. "If anything, patients tend to prefer bland foods rather than spicy foods," she said. "It's important to remember that preferences may vary depending on the cancer and type of treatment. You cannot lump all cancer patients into one dietary regimen." After treatments, such as chemo or radiation therapy, a nutritionist can help ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Methotrexate, Breast Cancer, Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Fluorouracil, Colorectal Cancer, Nausea/Vomiting - Chemotherapy Induced, Xeloda, Hydroxyurea, Mercaptopurine, Hydrea, Capecitabine, Gemzar, Dacogen, Gemcitabine, Cytarabine, Cladribine, Decitabine, Purinethol

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: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Stomatitis, 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: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Prevention of Dental Caries

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

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, Binge Eating Disorder, Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Dementia, Toothache, Head Injury, Alzheimer's Disease, Eating Disorder, Gingivitis, Anorexia, Dental Abscess, Bulimia, 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: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, 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, Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Postcoital Contraception, Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Stomatitis, 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: Xerostomia, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis, Aphthous Stomatitis

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

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