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8 bad brushing habits that harm your teeth
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your pearly whites. The most important reason to brush your teeth is to fight off cavities (and consequently prevent bad breath). But what if the way you brush your teeth actually makes you more susceptible to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease? Take these tips to heart and habit and smile better. More

Poor dental health linked to dementia onset
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Poor dental health has been linked to an increased risk for dementia, new research shows. In a study of more than 4,000 elderly adults in Japan, those who had few teeth and who did not use dentures or who did not visit a dentist regularly had a significantly higher risk for dementia onset than the participants who practiced better dental health practices. "The number of dementia patients is increasing, but there are no effective treatment and prevention methods. Therefore, finding risk factors contributes to solving the problem from the viewpoint of prevention," co-investigator Yukio Hirata, Ph.D., DDS, professor in the Division of Sociological Approach in Dentistry at the Kanagawa Dental College in Japan, told Medscape Medical News. More

Important vitamins help reduce gum disease risk
Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Eat your vitamins" is not just another insignificant phrase. According to a recent study, which has been published in the Journal of Dental Research, people who do not get enough vitamin C and E in their system are extremely likely to develop periodontal disease. Researchers from Japan have found that older people, who have vitamin E and C deficiency, also might have to put up with severe cases of periodontal disease. In the study, there have been involved 224 older adults, and research took place across a span of eight years. More

Demand for dentist anesthesiologists on the rise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is a growing demand for dentist anesthesiologists to treat pediatric patients but a lack of available practitioners able to meet it in every region of the U.S., according to a study in Anesthesiology Progress. Nearly 70 percent of the pediatric dentists that participated in the study stated that they would use a dentist anesthesiologist if one were available. "This shows that there's definitely a need for more dental anesthesia programs," co-author James Jones, DMD, Ph.D., a clinical associate professor at the department of oral medicine, pathology, and radiology at Indiana University's School of Dentistry, told (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Gum disease: Don't brush it off
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It's called the silent killer. And across the nation, millions of Canadians have this disease, which can alter their quality of life and contribute to the onset of life-threatening conditions. Furthermore, most of those people don't know they have it. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth and teeth. If gone untreated, over time this bacteria can get into the bones at the root of the teeth and eat them away. This stage is called periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the overall population, especially seniors. More

Dr. Mitchell Josephs: Failed implant not doctor's fault
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Q: I had two implants placed on my upper back jaw. One failed and needed to be removed. I am very upset at my dentist. What did she do wrong?
A: The human body is not like building a deck in your back yard. There are no guarantees how human tissue will react to any insult. Heart-surgery patients die in the O.R., cancers recur, pneumonia is not always curable, skin growths often grow back even after several attempts at removal and biopsy (just ask the back of my neck), etc. Dental implants actually have one of the highest success rates for surgical procedures — between 90 and 95 percent — however, if you are one of the five to 10 patients out of 100 who have an implant that is rejected, you wont be happy.

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It's not just about cavities: Poor oral care can damage your overall health
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Most Canadians know that maintaining good oral hygiene keeps teeth free from cavities and prevents gum disease. But they get failing grades on proper brushing and flossing, and poor daily practices not only wreak havoc in the mouth, they may also contribute to heart disease and stroke, pneumonia, and low birth weight babies. Whether it's cavities, gum disease (gingivitis) or the possibility of heart disease, "the culprit is inflammation caused by bacteria," says Dr. Bruce Ward, Vancouver dentist and past-president of the BC Dental Association. "Inflamed gums are the body's response to irritation from not cleaning. Evidence is telling us that better oral hygiene and less inflammation leads to better overall health." More

Ask the Implant & Restorative Dentist: Properly treating gum disease
The Palm Beach Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Q: Why can't I just get a cleaning if I have gum disease?
A: A cleaning or prophylaxis (prophy), is designed to remove all the debris on your teeth above the gum line. These surfaces are easily accessible to the hygienist, and their geometry is easy to manage. When you have gingivitis — first-stage gum disease — or the more advanced stages called periodontitis, the disease has migrated down into and below the gum line. It takes specialized instruments and greater skill set to remove bacteria and debris at this level.

Bacteria in gums linked to heart disease    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thousands of older people are urged to look after their gums after scientists linked the bacteria in plaque to endocarditis, inflammation of the inner lining of the heart. A study by researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Bristol discovered that if bacteria in dental plaque entered the bloodstream, it could cause blood clots around the heart. The experts — who presented their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin — found that streptococcus gordonii, a normal inhabitant of the mouth, contributed to plaque that forms on the surface of teeth. If these bacteria enter into the bloodstream through bleeding gums, they can appear to impersonate human proteins and potentially cause harm. More

Ask Doctor K: Choose a toothbrush that's most comfortable for you
The Oklahoman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Q: I've been brushing with a manual toothbrush my entire life. But my best friend insists that electric toothbrushes are better. Should I switch?
A: What matters most is that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. That's the way you keep plaque from forming. Plaque is a sticky film that attaches to the surface of your teeth. If it isn't removed, it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing regularly keeps plaque in check. Certain bacteria that live in the mouth mix with saliva to cause plaque. In particular, a kind of bacteria called Streptococcus mutans — a distant cousin to the bacteria that cause strep throat — is the bad guy.

A sharp rise in retractions prompts calls for reform
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the fall of 2010, Dr. Ferric C. Fang made an unsettling discovery. Fang, who is editor in chief of the journal Infection and Immunity, found that one of his authors had doctored several papers. It was a new experience for him. "Prior to that time," he said in an interview, "Infection and Immunity had only retracted nine articles over a 40-year period." The journal wound up retracting six of the papers from the author, Dr. Naoki Mori of the University of the Ryukyus in Japan. And it soon became clear that Infection and Immunity was hardly the only victim of Mori's misconduct. Since then, other scientific journals have retracted two dozen of his papers, according to the watchdog blog Retraction Watch. More

Nutrition facts you'll want to sink your teeth into
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The food we eat starts out in our mouths. But when it comes to nutrition, we think about every other body part first. We look for heart-healthy foods, brain food, foods to ward off cancer or provide the jolt of energy we need to run a marathon. We value high-fiber foods for gastrointestinal health. But what about our teeth and gums? A new e-booklet from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, based in Madison, Wis., hopes to fill in that gap, informing consumers about the latest research on foods that promote oral health, along with recipes that incorporate those ingredients. With all that Easter candy sitting around, it's as good a time as any to brush up on the subject. The 19-page booklet, available online only, identifies 21 foods that are good for the teeth or gums, from basil to xylitol. More

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Study: Heart disease patients struggle with poor oral health
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It already has been scientifically proven that patients who suffer from diabetes, kidney disease complications or the smokers are at high risk of developing periodontal disease. However, scientists wanted to see whether heart complications do have a direct effect on oral health. A group of researchers from Pakistan has led a study, which involved as many as 145 adults with heart disease, and 145 adults without heart complications. Each of the participants had at least 14 natural teeth, and researchers have excluded from the study patients that struggle with diabetes and kidney disease, and also obese people. Here is what they have found. More

How to be a better flosser
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Flossing — beyond just clearing out the spinach from those eggs Florentine lingering between the molars — aids in gum health and good breath. New research shows flossing may even protect against diabetes and preterm births. But there is little literature on flossing's finer points, says Denis F. Kinane, professor of pathology and periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Dental Medicine. "It's kind of like grandmother and apple pie. We know flossing is beneficial, but no one has even studied if it's better to floss in the morning or evening." More

Texas hearing exposes ongoing dental board issues    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners should address patient complaints faster and dentists' disciplinary actions should be more accessible, according to testimony from patients, dentists and lawyers during a legislative hearing in Austin. Legislators also were urged to increase oversight of corporate dental clinics, citing concerns that businessmen are exerting too much influence on patient care. The complaints came during a hearing April 11 by the Public Health Committee, in which the dental board responded to recurring concerns about the difficulty of checking dentists' disciplinary actions. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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