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Dental visits found to reduce diabetes hospitalization
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Patients with diabetes were one third less likely to visit an emergency department or be hospitalized for the disease when they got regular dental care, researchers report in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. "What was encouraging was the magnitude of the association," lead author David Mosen, Ph.D., MPH, an affiliate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Ore., told Medscape Medical News. He cautioned that the retrospective study could not prove that dental care directly reduced the patients' risk for a diabetic emergency. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Gum disease can lead to bacteria in arteries
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Aside from having great breath and a brilliant smile, there is a another reason to take extra special care of your pearly whites, and it comes in the form of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 27 percent of all U.S. deaths are a result of heart disease, and in 2009, heart disease is projected to cost more than $304.6 billion, including health care services, medications, and lost productivity. Yet, saving yourself from a heart attack may be as simple as proper oral care. More

Baby boomers and inflammation: Saving our ancient teeth
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Inflammation, dear boomers, can be found right under your nose. That is to say, unless you are very careful (and you should be very careful) it is in your mouth. Right now. Getting older, as we are so tired of hearing, affects us in many ways. We are not as young as we once were. We are not as all-fired almighty as we used to be. We are not able to do what we like without consequence, like we did when we punished our bodies, riding them hard and putting them away wet, to paraphrase an old expression about caring for horses. More

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Improving aesthetic and periodontal health through orthodontic alignment
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Although orthodontic correction usually is perceived as a means of alleviating an aesthetic issue, an adjunctive functional result of aligning teeth can be the improvement of a patient's oral health. Many studies suggest that orthodontic improvement in teeth alignment can remove occlusal disharmonies, improve plaque traps, and enable patients to perform better oral hygiene. Malpositioned teeth that are crowded, supra-erupted, in buccal/lingual version, and/or rotated can result in uneven contacts, tilted marginal ridges, areas of food impaction, and general malocclusion. More

Tips to lower your pricey dental care costs
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Avoiding the dentist due to fear of pain or high costs? A Consumer Reports survey on oral health shows most people gave their dental care a thumbs up even when it came to such complex procedures like root canals. A trip to the dentist may not be your favorite appointment, but in a Consumer Reports survey of more than 50,000 of its readers, people who put off needed dental treatment were less satisfied with the outcome than those who bit the bullet. "Not going to your dental appointments may lead to more extensive and more costly dental treatment in the long run," said Dr. Blanca Navarro. If the prospect of a painful procedure makes you cringe, there's good news. The survey found that serious pain is rare. More

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Good oral hygiene improves overall health
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A bright white smile shows confidence and can be reassuring to others, but did you know that healthy teeth also can say a lot about overall good health? Did you also know that good oral health means more than just having clean teeth? Good oral health includes being free of gum disease, oral cancers and oral pain. Many studies have linked good oral health to reduced rates of heart disease, better control of blood sugar in diabetic patients and better school achievement in children. More

Creating new providers may not improve Maine's dental health
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Maine lawmakers have been told over and over again that the solution to improving access to oral healthcare is to add new dental providers. They have created independent dental hygienists, public health hygienists and expanded function dental assistants. But no matter how many new categories are created, some people continue to advocate for yet one more. Unfortunately those pushing for yet one more provider are using old data to bolster their position. That information was presented as facts in the Jan. 11 Bangor Daily News article about a new dental provider being pushed at the Maine State House. More

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Study reaffirms safety of hand-held X-ray system    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dental care providers and their patients need not worry about radiation exposure when using the Nomad handheld intraoral xray device (Aribex), according to a new study in Health Physics. More than 6,000 hand-held intraoral X-ray units are in use today in the U.S. in dental radiography, veterinary medicine, forensic, military, and research applications, according to the study authors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and DIQUAD, a company that offers dental X-ray quality and dose evaluation services. Several vendors sell hand-held intraoral X-ray devices, including Aribex, DigiMed, Sigma, Video Dental Concepts, and EXARO. But there have been concerns about the use and safety of these devices because the user is required to be in the room, holding the device, while the X-rays are taken. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Focus on seniors: Having a dry mouth can decay your teeth
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What do more than 500 medications have in common? The medications treat various chronic problems all over the body. But they can create major problems for your teeth. Why? Because these medications reduce saliva production. They cause dry mouth. And, as we age, consider the number of medications that many of us take and the collective effects of these medications on our body. Using this chain of thought encourages us to be more alert to any medication we use and the cumulative effects on our body and its normal functioning. Saliva just doesn't make our mouths wet, it protects our teeth from bacterial attack. Good, healthy saliva acts as a buffer to neutralize acidic foods. More

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Many turning to group discounts to get health, dental care
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Over the last 10 years, the number of people without insurance has gone up. As thousands of people lost their jobs during the economic downturn, they also lost their health insurance. Others are trying to save a little money and are opting out of health insurance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 60 million Americans, almost 20 percent, were uninsured for at least part of 2011. However, the lack of health insurance isn't deterring Americans from staying up on their checkups and exams. The uninsured are turning to online deals sites like Deal Chicken, Groupon and Living Social for hefty discounts on everything from teeth cleaning and X-rays, chiropractor adjustments, physicals and vision exams. More

University of Louisville professor helps change thinking about origin of gum disease
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Inflammation of gum tissues — periodontitis — is one of the most common infectious diseases. Those affected are more susceptible to diseases of the circulatory system, rheumatoid arthritis, aspiration pneumonia or premature birth. The findings of Jan Potempa, Ph.D., DSc, professor and academic scholar, Oral Health and Systemic Disease group, University of Louisville School of Dentistry, have helped change scientific thinking about the origin of periodontal tissue inflammation. The results of his research may lead to the development of more effective medication to combat periodontal disease, and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease and arthritis. More

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New toothpaste substitutes cocoa extract for fluoride    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A New Orleans startup has developed a toothpaste that uses a naturally occurring compound found in cocoa instead of fluoride to help strengthen teeth. Theodent relies on Rennou, a proprietary blend of a cocoa extract and other minerals that work together to strengthen teeth. The extract is a white crystalline powder with a chemical makeup similar to caffeine, according to Arman Sadeghpour, Ph.D., Theodent president and CEO. "Theodent is more effective at strengthening enamel than fluoride," he said in an interview with "More and more people are shying away from fluoride due to concerns about toxicity." (May require free registration to view article.) More

Hulk Hogan's dentist leaves tack in his mouth
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Hulk Hogan's mouth is messed up, after a dentist accidentally ripped out 50 stitches from his mouth. Hogan tells TMZ in October he went in for dental surgery to get implants. The doctor performed a sinus graft, placing a donor bone in the mouth to support the implant. Hulk then went to a cosmetic surgeon to begin the implant process. When the doctor removed the mold in Hulk's mouth, it ripped out around 50 stitches from the donor bone procedure. More

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