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Key reason 'found' for gum, heart disease link
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Scientists say they have established one reason why gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease. The link between gum and heart problems has long been recognized, but it is unclear if poor oral health is simply a marker of a person's general well-being. U.K. and Irish experts now say bacteria enter the bloodstream via sore gums and deposit a clot-forming protein. The findings are being presented at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology. Earlier this year a Scottish study of more than 11,000 people found people who did not brush their teeth twice a day were at increased risk of heart disease. More

Study: BPA-laced dental sealants OK for use in children
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Widely used dental sealants and tooth repair resins contain substances that degrade into the controversial chemical BPA, but dentists can use the product safely in children if they make sure to wipe or rinse away residue after treatment, a new study concludes. Pregnant women, however, might do better to wait until after delivery. The benefits of sealants in preventing children's cavities outweighed risks associated with bisphenol A, or BPA, the chemical linked to a host of health ills and banned by many plastic bottle manufacturers, researchers find in the report published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. More

Just like mom? Experts say habits beat inherited health issues
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You would be happy to inherit her wit, but you might be worried about acquiring your mother's health problems. Smart habits (a nutritious diet, regular exercise — you know the drill) can reduce or even eliminate your risk of developing many illnesses that may run in your family. "No matter your genetic profile, the lifestyle choices you make can trump heredity," says Lawrence Cheskin, an internist at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, in Baltimore. Here's what experts have to say about how your mother's health influences yours when it comes to common conditions and experiences. More

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Chronic vs. aggressive periodontitis
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Oh, the joys of periodontal disease assessment! I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed one morning because I was looking for any excuse not to perform a comprehensive periodontal exam. My stomach was growling (an embarrassing bodily noise), and my new young adult patient was 30 minutes late for his one-hour appointment. By the time the patient entered my operatory, I had only 15 minutes to take a digital panorex and perform an oral cancer and periodontal exam. More

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Oral-systemic link and the potential impact of probiotics
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Recent research confirms that a connection exists between periodontal disease and a host of systemic problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer. While the strength of these correlations is currently the focus of considerable research, the exact mechanism of the link between these diseases is not certain, and this has led to some controversy as to whether the association is causal or casual. Those dental researchers who promote a causal relationship between gum disease and other systemic diseases suggest that this link likely relates to oral plaque buildup, especially under the gums. More

Reptile poised to reveal dental implant secrets
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Using a moving 3-D computer model based on the skull and teeth of a New Zealand reptile called tuatara, a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-funded team has revealed how damage to dental implants and jaw joints may be prevented by sophisticated interplay between our jaws, muscles and brain. This research will appear in a future edition of the Journal of Biomechanics. More

Pre-op prophylactic antibiotics, yes or no?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Cochrane meta-analysis published online in July concluded that preoperative antibiotics prevent failure of dental implants. Even so, controversy still exists over whether all implant patients should be given prophylactic antibiotics prior to surgery. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Dehydration puts oral health at risk
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One of the first warning signs of dehydration is dry mouth. Athletes may find that they have trouble swallowing, and their teammates may notice that they have bad breath, which is a product of dry mouth. While dry mouth may be a symptom of a larger problem, if athletes regularly experience the condition because of poor hydration, it may lead to more serious complications. A mouth that is not producing saliva becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Many of these microbes cause infections that may lead cavities and gingivitis. More

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Lawsuit challenges Trident calcium phosphate claims    Share    Share on
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For years some of the world's top dental researchers have been debating the merits of calcium phosphate products without reaching a consensus. Now attorneys in New York are stepping in to thrash out the scientific evidence in court. At issue is the claim printed in capital letters on each package of Trident Xtra Care gum: "STRENGTHENS AND REBUILDS TEETH." That's untrue, according to Jerome Noll, an attorney who filed a lawsuit on behalf of everyone in the state who bought the gum. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Revolutionary toothbrush may signal end of toothpaste
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Japanese scientists are collaborating with an oral health company on a revolutionary toothbrush that uses electricity to make teeth pearly white and does away with the need for toothpaste. First dreamed up 15 years ago by Dr. Kunio Komiyama, who is now a professor of dentistry at Canada's University of Saskatchewan, the Soladey-J3X has a solar panel at its base that requires minimal amounts of light to transmit electrons to the head of the toothbrush through a titanium dioxide semiconductor embedded in the body. More

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Preventive dentistry is key to dental health
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Preventive dental care starts with an examination that inspects the mouth for signs of periodontal disease and dental decay, as well as other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth, which could be precancerous. Periodontal disease deals with the structures that anchor and support the tooth: gums, connective tissue and the bone. If left untreated, periodontal disease could result in the destruction these structures. More

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The You Docs: 4 things to know about yogurt
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Some health-food trends come and go as fast as color fads in children's sneakers. Really great foods, however, have staying power. Take yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, the low-fat real stuff with no added sugar. It does all kinds of good things for your body. Yogurt with probiotics search out and destroy the nasty microbes that cause periodontal disease and intestinal trouble. More

Recipes for economical, healthful, gentle, effective teeth cleansing
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For those people who are familiar with more natural approaches to cleansing the teeth and gums, here is something interesting that may not be known. Many of these same people are not aware that in the long term, the heavily touted baking soda and food-grade hydrogen peroxide tend to have a harsh effect on the teeth and gums. Although both of these products are inexpensive, much better options exist for this purpose that are inexpensive as well as of highest-quality, healthful, gentle, very effective and a snap to prepare. More

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