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AHA: No proof periodontitis causes heart disease
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association says no convincing evidence exists linking untreated gum disease to heart disease or stroke. Nor is there strong evidence that treating gum disease can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke, the report says. For more than 100 years, it was said that gum, or periodontal, disease could lead to cardiovascular disease, a major cause of death in the United States, but an extensive analysis found no proof of that connection. "It's a statement that current science does not support a direct association or a causative association," said Dr. Peter Lockhart, a professor, dentist and co-chair of oral medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, N.C. More

Do clean teeth protect against heart disease?
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Older adults who get thorough dental cleanings may be somewhat less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than their peers who are less careful about oral hygiene, a new study suggests. The study, of nearly 22,000 Taiwanese adults age 50 and up, found that those who'd had a professional tooth "scaling" in the past year were less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke over the next seven years. Tooth scaling, sometimes called a deep cleaning, involves removing the "plaques" that can build up on the teeth and deep in tooth pockets within the gum line. Those plaques harbor bacteria that can lead to gum disease. More

Dental health linked to eating, brushing habits
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They have stuck with us through a lifetime of bad habits: the downing of sugary sodas, ice-chomping, pen-chewing, smoking, all-night bleaching. It's a wonder they didn't pull up roots and make a run for it long ago. But here they are: our teeth. While it was once a given that growing older meant loosing our precious pearly whites, advances in oral healthcare, including everything from fluoridated water to the newest in dental procedures, have made it likely that today's middle-agers will grow into their twilight years with the same pointed cuspids and chomping molars they've had since braces and Boy Scouts. More

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Maine lets independent practice hygienists take X-rays    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Independent practice dental hygienists in Maine are claiming victory with the signing into law of LD 1891, which expands their duties and allows them to take a broad range of x-rays in underserved areas of the state. LD 1891 also allows IPDHs to own radiograph equipment and requires them to have X-rays they take read by a dentist within 21 days. In June 2011, Maine legislators passed LD 230, directing the Maine Board of Dental Examiners to implement a two-year pilot project that would expand the scope of IPDHs in underserved areas without the presence of a dentist. The dental board also was directed to develop rules for the pilot project. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Dr. Jerry Gordon: New study on dental X-ray brain tumor risk not reliable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent study in the scientific journal Cancer associated an increased risk of the brain tumor meningioma with an increased frequency of dental X-rays. Meningioma is the most common brain tumor and is usually benign. Even so, this alarming study made national news and likely will cause many people to be needlessly fearful of receiving dental X-rays. More

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Ask the Implant & Restorative Dentist: Training is the same despite designation
The Palm Beach Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Q: What's the difference between a dentist who is a DDS and one who is a DMD?
A: There is actually no difference between the degrees of doctorate in dental surgery (DDS) or doctorate in dental medicine (DMD). There is no difference in the education obtained by either degree. The degrees use the same curriculum requirements determined by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dental implant firm files for bankruptcy
San Antonio Express News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Voxelogix Corp., a 7-year-old teeth-replacement company that creates computer-designed dental models for better results, has filed for bankruptcy protection in San Antonio. Dr. Stephen Schmitt, president of the corporation and a dental specialist who replaces missing and damaged teeth, said the company was hurt by the down economy in the last few years and lacked the financial resources it needed to grow. More

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Doctors rebuild cancer victim's smile
River Falls Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ilissa Swanson's smile grew broader near the end of last year when she completed a three-year process that left her with a mouth full of teeth. Before that, she had only wiggly, dysfunctional wisps of enamel. The perky 26-year-old New Richmond, Wis., resident said when she was a small child, her late mother Theresa began bringing her to see local dentist Dr. Steve Schwalbach, who also does orthodontics. He later referred her to local oral surgeon Dr. Steve Johnson. The two men are friends, college mates and colleagues. Both agree the young woman's case is unique. More

Don't forget your toothbrush: It may be a lifesaver
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Going to the dentist is a chore, and a necessity if we want to keep our own teeth. But there may be more broad-ranging benefits. Regular check ups, clean teeth and a healthy mouth could increase lifespan and lead to early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a range of diseases from anemia to heart problems. Experts are increasingly discovering links between gum disease — which affects half the population — and dozens of other illnesses. More

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How you use your toothbrush is as important as the one you choose
Postmedia News via Edmonton Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Choosing the right toothbrush can seem daunting when you're standing before the multicolored array of brushes on store shelves. Should you splurge on an electric rechargeable or try the battery-operated one first? Would you prefer a rotating or vibrating head? How about the cheek and tongue cleaner? Or will you just toss your favorite medium-sized, soft bristle brush into the cart until next time. The simple and effective choice for the average consumer is a soft bristle brush with a head that fits the size of your mouth. But it's the using, not the choosing, that matters most, dental experts say. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes is not only important for good oral health and good overall health, it contributes to an attractive smile, a pleasing appearance and more social confidence. More

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