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Long-term study supports periodontitis/diabetes link    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The scientific evidence linking type 2 diabetes with a significantly greater risk of periodontitis continues to mount, according to long-term data published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. Type 2 diabetes mellitus exhibited an even stronger association with risk of periodontitis among those who consumed few fruits and vegetables, noted the study authors, from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Smile: Gingivitis bacteria manipulate your immune system so they can thrive in your gums
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A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease — Porphyromonas gingivalis — manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report shows that this pathogen prompts the production of the anti-inflammatory molecule Interleukin-10 (IL-10). This, in turn, inhibits the function of T-cells, which would otherwise help to protect the host from this particular microbial infection. More

Physics and implants
The Palm Beach Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Q: I had an implant placed with a crown attached two months ago. Today, I noticed the tooth (crown) is loose. I have no pain, but am worried. What has gone wrong?
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5 ways to cool off a fiery health wrecker
The Post and Courier    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is your body doing the slow (invisible) burn that fires up cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and brain drain, and even increases wrinkles and hurts your sex life? You can't really feel inflammation until its damage is obvious, but the answer could be "yes" if you have a wide waistline, a stressed-out schedule, a taste for fast and processed foods or a neglected container of dental floss in your bathroom cabinet. More

California man arrested for dentistry in apartment    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Los Angeles man was arrested for providing illegal dental services in the bathroom of his apartment, including performing orthodontic treatments on teenagers. William Escobar was arrested in Moorpark, a suburb of Los Angeles, after he threatened a patient for not paying him, according to a Ventura County Sheriff's Office press release. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Universal dental coverage in America?
Pacific Standard via Salon    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nothing rattles the mind quite like a toothache; anybody who's suffered one can attest to that. What's less appreciated is that poor oral health can throw the rest of the body into disarray as well. Research has linked gum disease with diabetes, heart and lung ailments, strokes, and premature births. Children who don't see a dentist are more likely to miss school because of infected teeth and gums, and to grow into adults with serious dental problems. And missing teeth make it all but impossible to secure a middle-class job. Dentistry, it turns out, is destiny. More

Dental insurance for some children mandated in 2 states
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The states of California and Washington will require people who buy medical insurance through new health plan exchanges to also buy pediatric dental benefits regardless of whether they have children, according to official documents and interviews. The new requirements will kick in Jan. 1, 2014, as part of the states' implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. Together the 2 states are offering some of the first responses to a conundrum embedded in the new law: Although the law requires everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty, it exempts dental benefits from this "individual mandate." (May require free registration to view article.) More

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About the female body: Facts you didn't know
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you need a root canal, pull out your calendar. Estrogen makes us prone to dry sockets in the mouth, which is when a blood clot becomes dislodged from the hole where a tooth has been pulled, exposing the bones and nerves underneath. When a dry socket becomes infected, it hurts like crazy. To avoid ever experiencing this kind of pain, Barnes-Svarney suggests scheduling your extraction during the last week of your menstrual cycle (days 23 through 28), when estrogen levels are lowest. More

Take a periodontal disease self-evaluation quiz
The Hamden Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Do your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat? Do your teeth feel like they are moving? Are your gums receding? Do your teeth look longer? Do you have persistent bad breath? Does your bite feel different? Is it difficult for you to chew? Are your gums puffy or tender? Have you noticed any pus around your teeth?" — If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to consult a dentist. More

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Florida earns a 'D' in dental health report
Sun Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Florida needs to put more teeth in its policies to protect children's dental health, if the results of a new national report by the Pew Children's Dental Campaign is any judge. The report gives the Sunshine State a "D" for failing to provide adequate access to what health officials consider a critical yet painless and cost-effective prevention tool: the sealant, a clear, plastic coating painted on cavity-prone teeth to ward off decay. More

Texas tries to crack down on dental chains that put profits ahead of patients
The Center for Public Integrity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A leading Republican in the Texas legislature, who says she's outraged by allegations that corporate dental chains put profits ahead of patients, has introduced a bill that would allow the state to regulate chains and forbid them from forcing dentists to meet revenue quotas. A joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and PBS Frontline last summer found that two of the largest dental chains owned by private-equity firms, Aspen Dental Management and Kool Smiles, put pressure on its dentists to meet production goals, prompting complaints of overbilling and unnecessary treatments. More

Dental voices for mental health
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Lisa Stillman writes, "When I grew up in suburban Maryland and spent my summers on the Rappahannock River in Virginia, I believed that if you lived your life 'right' and 'tried' to follow the golden rule, you would avoid 'bad' things happening to you. I grew up in an idyllic family environment and expected to create that for my children. I was under the mistaken impression that bad things happen to people due to lack of good judgment, and as long as I used good judgment, my family and I would escape serious issues and the stigmas attached to them." More

Brush your teeth to live longer
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Besides healthy teeth and sweet-smelling breath, there is another major reason to take care of your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease affects approximately 85 percent of adults ages 35 and over in the United States and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Dealing with periodontal disease is a challenge for both medical professionals and patients. Although the initial symptoms may not seem serious — red, swollen gums and bleeding when flossing — the condition can quickly progress to chronic bad breath, loose teeth, bone loss and gum recession. Even worse, recent studies have shown that gum disease can lead to life-threatening illness. More

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