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Mouthwashing moms less likely to have a preemie
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Expectant mothers who have gum disease are less likely to deliver their babies prematurely if they use mouthwash throughout their pregnancy, a new study suggests. Pregnant women with gum disease, also called periodontal disease, are known to have more preemies than women with healthy gums. But it's unclear whether that link is causal, and so whether better oral hygiene would make a difference. The new study, although not ironclad proof, found that regularly using an alcohol-free mouth rinse appeared to cut women's risk of early labor by about three quarters. "I think this is extremely encouraging," said Dr. Steven Offenbacher, a professor at the University of North Carolina's School of Dentistry, who was not involved in this study. More

Secondhand smoke may cause gingival pigmentation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many studies have reported that smoking can cause increased gingival pigmentation. But what about the effects in those who don't actually smoke but are exposed to it? So-called "passive smokers" — those exposed to secondhand smoke — may be at risk, too, according to a new study that reports a correlation between environmental tobacco smoke and gingival pigmentation. Nonsmokers exposed to ETS absorb nicotine and other harmful compounds that can have side effects ranging from gingival pigmentation to lung cancer and even death, noted the study authors from the department of periodontics at the Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Postgraduate Research Center in India. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Study shows bone fluoride levels not associated with osteosarcoma
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The International and American Associations for Dental Research have released in its Journal of Dental Research a study that investigated bone fluoride levels in individuals with osteosarcoma, which is a rare, primary malignant bone tumor that is more prevalent in males. Because there has been controversy as to whether there is an association between fluoride and risk for osteosarcoma, the purpose of this study, titled "An Assessment of Bone Fluoride and Osteosarcoma," was to determine if bone fluoride levels were higher in individuals with osteosarcoma. No significant association between bone fluoride levels and osteosarcoma risk was detected in this case-control study, based on controls with other tumor diagnoses. More

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6 ways oral hygiene affects the rest of the body
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Your dentist has been nagging you to brush twice a day and floss daily for as long as you can remember — and while those habits, along with regular cleanings, are key components to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, it turns out that how well you take care of your mouth could actually affect your entire body. "Your mouth is the gateway to your body — and it's not a very pristine gateway," HuffPost blogger Deepak Chopra wrote on the topic. "It's filled with bacteria — in fact, there are more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people on earth." In July alone, two new studies have come out about the surprising effects of poor oral care on the body as a whole. More
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Is dental insurance worth it? 5 ways to save on care
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Illness isn't something anyone has much control over, whether it's a cold or cancer. That's why we have medical insurance: to handle the big bills that come with unexpected poor health. But what about dental coverage? Two common oral problems are tooth decay and gum disease, both largely preventable with good oral hygiene. Dental policies are designed to supplement good self-care, not make up for it. Most have a low cap on benefits and pay for semiannual cleanings, but only partially cover restorative work like fillings and won't touch cosmetic procedures at all. More

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Highly sensitive method to assess the extent of titanium leaks from implants
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A new strategy to quantify the levels of titanium in the blood of patients fitted with titanium orthopaedic implants is presented in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, a Springer journal. Yoana Nuevo-Ordóñez and colleagues of the Sanz-Medel research group from the University of Oviedo in Spain have developed a highly sensitive method to determine the levels of titanium in human blood, establishing a baseline for natural levels of titanium in untreated individuals as well as measuring levels in patients with surgical implants. More

Tooth Fairy gets frugal in shaky economy
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The economy is so tough that it has taken a bite out of what kids get for losing teeth. Compared with a year ago, youngsters reaching under their pillows have found an average of 40 cents less per tooth, according to a recent Visa Inc. survey. The going rate nationally per tooth is down to $2.60 from $3. Alicya Rodriguez, a Thornton fourth-grader, said she hadn't heard of the downturn, "but I haven't lost a tooth for a while." She said she and her friends receive $1 per tooth, which she plans to split between saving and spending when "a couple of wiggly" teeth finally come out. The amount shelled out varies in different areas of the country. The Tooth Fairy largess is up in the West, where the average reimbursement per tooth rose to $2.80 from last year's $2.70. More

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