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Study: Poor oral hygiene habits may increase hypertension risk
American Academy of Periodontology
In a recent study, Korean researchers have found that poor oral hygiene habits may lead to increased incidence of hypertension. The study, published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Periodontology, suggests periodontitis and hypertension may be linked by way of inflammation and blood pressure elevation. Titled, "Associations Among Oral Hygiene Behavior and Hypertension Prevalence and Control," the study assessed data collected between 2008 and 2010 from 19,560 individuals in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
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Saliva could be promising biomarker in Alzheimer's research
Dental Tribune
The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide 47.5 million people have dementia, of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause. Yet, the disease is usually diagnosed only at a fairly late stage and diagnosis techniques can be costly and invasive. Now, a study has provided new evidence that saliva, an easily obtained body fluid, could be used to detect changes related to Alzheimer's.
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Study details methamphetamine dental damage
Popular TV shows such as "Breaking Bad" and sensational news reports cite the consequences of methamphetamine usage, but when it comes to having a patient in your chair, what does "meth mouth" actually look like? Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles examined methamphetamine users in a new study to provide some data to the stories.
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Teeth reveal lifetime exposures to metals, toxins
Medical News Today
Is it possible that too much iron in infant formula may potentially increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's in adulthood — and are teeth the window into the past that can help us tell? This and related theories were described in a "Perspectives" article authored by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Technology Sydney and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Australia, and published online recently in Nature Reviews Neurology.
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ADA among sponsors of consultation meeting about HPV-associated cancer
American Dental Association
Oropharyngeal cancer associated with human papillomavirus and its implications for research, education and public health policy in the Americas is the topic of an international consultation meeting July 27-28 in Washington, D.C. The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Americas, in addition to the ADA, ADA Foundation, the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the International Association for Dental Research are sponsoring the meeting.
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OSAP to present webinar on the hepatitis C virus this August
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Academy of General Dentistry, is presenting a webinar on the hepatitis C virus Aug. 19, noon-1:30 p.m. CDT.
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A killer toothache: How US dental care became a national emergency
The Huffington Post
Kyle Willis had a toothache. What he didn't have was a job — or health and dental insurance. Willis, who lived in Cincinnati, first visited a nearby dentist, where he was told one of his wisdom teeth had to be pulled. However, as an unemployed, single father, he had no way to pay for the procedure and decided to endure the pain. Just a few weeks later, Willis developed a headache and the side of his face swelled like a balloon.
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10 ways you're ruining your teeth
Mens Fitness
You know to stay away from saltwater taffy and brush your teeth before bed. But if you think that means you get an A+ for oral hygiene, you're off the mark; even the most health-conscious people have a few habits that undermine their oral health. And we mean overall health — taking care of your teeth and gums isn't just about a pretty smile. Gum disease means chronic inflammation, which is a risk factor for a laundry list of more serious conditions.
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Excellent patient hospitality will help your dental practice shine
From the moment the patient calls your office to the moment the patient walks out, customer service skills are crucial to ensure each person feels warm, welcome, and at home. If for any reason someone feels the slightest bit uncomfortable, they may never return. This is why dental professionals need to keep in mind that all new patients and existing patients are treated with the utmost professional hospitality, but we also need to keep in mind that not all staff members are created equal.
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