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Licorice root may prevent cavities, treat gum disease
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A substance known as the main ingredient of a classic candy actually may be good for your teeth: licorice. According to a new study in the Journal of Natural Products, licorice root may help keep teeth healthy. The authors report that compounds found in the dried root of the licorice plant may help prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease. But don't rush to the candy aisle. According to information accompanying the study, what's sold as licorice candy in the U.S. is no longer flavored with licorice root but with anise oil. Chinese licorice root, which is found in northern mainland China, has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine. More

HIV-positive man to sue dental clinic over harassment    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The lawyer for an HIV-positive man who worked as an office assistant in a Great Expressions Dental Center in Detroit is preparing to sue the chain for HIV-related job discrimination. James White, 26, claims he was subjected to "systematic abuse and harassment" by co-workers after they became aware of his HIV status. White had been working for Great Expressions for about six months when he tested positive for HIV, according to his attorney, Nicole Thompson. When he requested time off for medical appointments, his office manager inquired why. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Menopause and your teeth
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There are lots of ways you know you might be entering menopause: your periods have become irregular, your sleep isn't great and the calendar is inching toward 50. But there's one sign that your dentist can detect and that is the state of your gums. That's right — your gums. Dentists say they often notice that as women approach menopause, their gum tissues becomes more swollen or there's unusual bleeding. There's also a higher risk of gum disease caused by plaque. More

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What does your mouth have to say about your health?
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Cardiologists might not check your teeth and gums, but maybe they should start. Mounting evidence suggests a quick peek in the mouth may reveal a whole lot about your general health. The lips, mouth, teeth, and breath can signal medical problems and diseases beyond the plaque, gum disease and gingivitis diagnosed in the dentist's chair. Plaque buildup between teeth due to lax brushing and flossing is very different from plaque that builds up in arteries and causes heart attacks — but the toxins in mouth plaque stimulate a chronic inflammatory response linked to diseases like heart disease. More

5 ways poor dental care makes you sick
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Even if you brush your teeth daily, you still may have dangerous bacteria growing inside your mouth. Not only could that lead to periodontitis (an advanced form of gum disease that comes with symptoms such as bleeding when you brush and gum pain), but studies also find a link between poor oral hygiene and major health issues. The following are some ways that missing the mark on oral care could harm your heath. More

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New treatments for periodontal disease
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Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that results from the multifaceted interaction between bacteria found in the microbial biofilm and factors initiated by the host response. The pathogenic bacteria colonize on the tooth surface and in the gingival sulcus. A variety of systemic and local antibiotics and antimicrobial products are used to control the bacterial aspect of the disease; however, the host response is thought to be the most important activity in the breakdown of connective tissue and bone, which are key features of the disease process. The inflammatory process in its acute phase is a positive event; however, as inflammation becomes chronic, the very process that is meant to protect our bodies actually destroys it. More

More US periodontists offering IV sedation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The concerted efforts of U.S. dental schools to offer more IV sedation training for periodontists have had a significant impact on the profession, according to the results of a survey published in the Journal of Periodontology. About half of all periodontists currently provide IV sedation, and recent graduates are more likely to offer and administer it, according to the study authors, from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. The trend reflects the American Academy of Periodontology's efforts to encourage postgraduate periodontal programs to expand IV sedation training in the early 1990s, they said. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Specialty dental care remains out of reach for many poor Illinois children
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A smile revealing rows of healthy white teeth spreads across 8-year-old Maria McCarthy's face. Confident and poised, the Skokie, Ill., girl smiles easily. But five years ago, when she arrived as a foster child at the home of Michael and Ana McCarthy, her baby teeth were practically rotting out of her mouth. As one of roughly 1.6 million children in Illinois covered by Medicaid, Maria waited for months, teeth aching, to undergo surgery. She might have waited longer had a pediatric dentist in Buffalo Grove not agreed to waive thousands of dollars in fees to treat her. More

Dr. Mac Lee: The economy and your dental health
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It's all in the national news; dentists are suffering because of the economy. Because I give seminars to other dentists, am on the board of a nationally known dental educational group and I run with some very sophisticated dentists, I know the press is reporting the truth. People are putting off going to the dentist and are blaming their actions on the economy. Here is another way to look at the situation: Your teeth do not know it is a down economy. Injured or infected teeth can't heal themselves like the skin or bones can. Regardless of the economy, decayed teeth are going to continue to decay, gum and bone disease will spread more, eat more bone and infect other parts to the body and cracked teeth will continue to crack. These diseases really don't care what the stock market is doing. More

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Refund battle for dental implants
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A woman was owed more than $10,000 by her dentist who never completed some dental implant work that left her with a post in her mouth. Everything baby Dylan does puts a smile on new mom Yu Ling Liao's face, but the registered nurse has learned to laugh with her mouth closed, because she is embarrassed about a metal post she has in place of a tooth. "I've been waiting two years to have it done," Liao said. The hole where a molar should be has her chewing lopsided for two years, it's a nuisance, yet nothing compared to the challenge of getting a refund from her dentist for the incomplete work. More

The art of brushing teeth
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How many times a day do you brush your teeth? The answer is most likely once or twice. But have you been following the standard oral hygiene protocols or sought the advice of a dentist to find out? Here are a few questions that patients coming in for their dental check-ups have frequently put to their dentist, according to Dr. Deepak Kumar Roy. More

Consumer Reports survey: Consumers delaying dental care due to cost
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The biggest reason for delaying dental care is cost, according to a new Consumer Reports survey that asked readers to describe the dental health and cosmetic treatments they received in the last five years. Consumer Reports subscribers tend to have better insurance coverage than Americans on average, but cost still was cited as a barrier by 43 percent of readers who delayed. The survey also reveals that only a third of readers are brushing and flossing when they should and some patients might be paying for cosmetic treatments they don't need. More

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