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Study links gum disease, HPV-status of head and neck cancer
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Human papilloma virus, once almost exclusively associated with cancer of the cervix, is now linked to head and neck cancer. Furthermore, according to a new University of Buffalo study just published in the Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, a JAMA publication, gum disease is associated with increased odds of tumors being HPV-positive. Primary investigator Mine Tezal, assistant professor of oral biology in the School of Dental Medicine, and a team of scientists from the university evaluated data from 124 patients diagnosed with primary head and neck squamous cell carcinoma between 1999 and 2007. More

More men opting to become dental assistants, hygienists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When New Jersey dentist Raj Upadya, DMD, decided recently to hire another dental assistant, seven qualified, experienced people applied. Of those seven, he ultimately hired one of the two men who applied. According to Dr. Upadya and a growing number of dental professionals, "pink collar" jobs traditionally held by women — such as dental assistants and hygienists — may be a thing of the past. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Healthy teeth for a healthy heart?
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As a child, you learn that brushing and flossing your teeth is essential if you want to avoid tooth decay and have healthy gums. But could keeping your gums healthy also help to reduce your risk of having a heart attack? The idea of a link between oral health and the heart has been around for a century. But it's only been in the last 20 years that some health professionals have taken this link seriously enough to recommend dental care as a way of reducing your risk of heart disease. More

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Dentists: Step up plaque efforts
The Monitor via The Spokesman-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Perla Mendoza, 37, has had her teeth cleaned by a dentist just three times in her life because she doesn't have insurance. But she is good about following up on the dental care of her children, who do have insurance, she said. Darrel Jacks, 56, has not had his teeth cleaned by a dentist in three years. "I am kind of apprehensive with dentists and no insurance," Jacks said. Rebekah Garza, 27, does not remember when her last cleaning was, but "it's been a while," she said. Garza doesn't have insurance, either. All three had a cleaning recently for $20 by a student in the dental hygienist program at Texas State Technical College. More

Review: Prophylactic third-molar removal unsubstantiated    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A review in the Cochrane Library has found insufficient evidence to support or refute the necessity of routine prophylactic removal of impacted third molars in adults. "Watchful monitoring of asymptomatic third-molar teeth may be a more prudent strategy," the reviewers concluded. Six authors, led by Theodorus Mettes of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, combed through several databases — Cochrane Oral Health Group's Trial Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline via Ovid, and Embase via Ovid — with no restrictions on language or the date of publication. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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The health PAC to watch? Dentists
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In election years, low-profile industry lobbies get a chance to be major political players. This time, it's the dentists' turn. Though overshadowed by healthcare behemoths such as the American Medical Association, dentists boasted the largest single health care political action committee, ADPAC, in 2008, according to the nonpartisan campaign watchdog site The American Dental Association PAC gave more than $2 million to federal candidates and parties in that election. More

Bad breath: All causes, great and small
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What causes the common cold? A group of viruses. What's behind stomach ulcers? A single strain of bacteria. What causes tetanus? A single species of microbe (not rust, as you might expect). And bad breath? In all, halitosis probably has more than 100 causes: oral bacteria, dental plaque, tartar, gingivitis, periodontal disease, dry mouth, nasal allergies, alcohol, tonsil stones, coffee, garlic, smoking, mouth breathing and much, much more. More

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Drinking tea could lower heart disease risk
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New research suggests that drinking three cups of black tea a day, with no milk or sugar, could reduce several risk factors for heart disease. The study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, found that drinking black tea for 12 weeks reduced triglyceride levels by 39 percent in men and 29 percent in women. Triglycerides are a type of blood fat, which can clog the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease. While triglyceride levels did fall significantly for tea drinkers in this study, that aspect of the research needs further investigation as it was a small study, said Dr. Robert Grenfell, Clinical Issues Director at the Heart Foundation Australia. More

Kaiser forum, documentary spotlight US oral health crisis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Kaiser Family Foundation has joined the chorus of public health organizations decrying the lack of access to oral healthcare services for underserved populations and its impact on the health and well-being of children and adults across the U.S. In a public forum on dental care coverage and access held June 19 in Washington, D.C., representatives of the foundation and a panel of stakeholders from organized dentistry and public health shared the stage with the producer of a PBS documentary on America's oral health crisis. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Dentist didn't recognize gum disease problem
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A Pevensey Bay, U.K., man has received £3,000 ($4,666) after one of his dental implants fell out. Derek Pushman, 76, received the payout in an out-of-court settlement after his dentist failed to recognize his gum disease before fitting implants, which led to the procedure failing. More

What does your smile say about you?
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Want to succeed in business, fill up your social calendar, and get more romance into your life? The secret is in your smile. Your smile — simple, straightforward, and most important, sincere — can attract more than admiring looks. A smiling face gives others the impression that you're an outgoing and intelligent person worth getting to know. "When someone has a big smile, it shows they're willing to open up and expose a part of themselves," says Dr. Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. More

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