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Seasonal beverages with high sugar content raise tooth decay concerns
Guardian Liberty Voice
Concerns over seasonal beverages containing a large amount of sugar have risen recently after a study found that the incidence of tooth decay rises at an alarming rate with sugar consumption. Health experts warn consumers to beware of the sugar content in what is considered to be the "token" drink of fall, the pumpkin spice latte. As coffee shops across the nation announce the arrival of the seasonal beverage, consumers should note the so-called pumpkin latte very rarely contains any pumpkin.
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Poor oral health costs communities in many ways
Montgomery Advertiser via Insurance News Net
Poor oral health, like other chronic health conditions, is a problem for Alabama's River Region, experts agree, and the need for attention is great. But the root causes of that poor oral health are debatable, as are the potential solutions. The financial and social causes were addressed by a number of experts at a recent Oral Health Conference 2014, sponsored by Envision 2020 and held at Auburn Montgomery. Envision 2020 is a strategic planning group that works to find solutions for social issues in the five-county River Region.
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UK researchers: Obese patients more likely to have periodontitis
Evidence has been published that suggests an association between overweight or obese patients and periodontitis, noted lead author Jeanie Suvan, the clinical trials coordinator in the department of restorative dental sciences at the University College London Eastman Dental Institute Faculty of Medical Sciences, and colleagues. These are two chronic diseases with multiple factors implicated in their onset and progression.
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Supreme Court to decide future of teeth whitening industry
By Piyush Bakshi
Teeth whitening and bleaching procedures are driving growth in the American dental hygiene market. However, all is not well within this lucrative sector. Battle lines between nondentists and dentists grow deeper by the day. Nondentist teeth whiteners contend that this is a classic case of institutional suppression of entrepreneurial liberty under the garb of protecting public health. For its part, the American Dental Association maintains that its concerns are legitimate and teeth whitening treatment when carried out by nonprofessionals can lead to irreversible tooth and gum damage.
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New Medicaid policy increases the rate of children receiving vital oral healthcare in Texas and Florida
Medical News Today
Children on Medicaid and their parents may have a reason to smile more: A study by University of Florida researchers shows that a Medicaid policy change in Florida and Texas that reimburses pediatricians and other medical primary care providers for basic oral health screenings and cavity prevention has increased the likelihood of children receiving these essential services by 20 and 25 percent, respectively.
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Cargill: Beverages dominate erythritol market, but oral health gums and confectionery should increase
As the dental benefits of erythritol become more widely known, gum and confectionery products positioned for oral health are set to increase, says Cargill, but they have a long way to go to compete with beverages as the main use.
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CDC: Oral health in young women needs improvement
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Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a study published Sept. 18 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease. Researchers found young pregnant women, those who are non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American, as well as those with lower income and less education, need to improve their oral care.
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Search engines of little use for people seeking information on implants online
Dental Tribune International
According to reports, an increasing number of people tend to look for health-related information on the Internet. In the field of dentistry, dental implants currently rank among the top three most searched topics after amalgam and aesthetic treatment. The findings of a Spanish study suggest that results for this search term provided by common search engines do not lead to either easily comprehensible or useful information for users.
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Update on HIV/AIDS Infections: Should the dental office help screen?
A still deadly disease is HIV infection and AIDS. A projected 70 percent of new sexually transmitted infections cases are occurring among young people, especially among men who have sex with men, those involved in sex work and those who inject drugs in Thailand. Some believe that social media, online dating websites and mobile applications make it much easier for young people to meet others in order to engage in casual sex.
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How to use social media to increase word-of-mouth advertising
Word-of-mouth advertising has always been the best most inexpensive source of new clients for dental practices. Over the past decade, marketing mediums have changed and expanded, and mediums such as Yellow Pages and daily newspapers have taken on a diminished role in terms of the audience that can be reached through advertising. This is due to the fact that these types of marketing avenues are not as important in reaching audiences as they once were due to the rise of the internet.
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    Concerns growing over polyetylene, a plastic used in garbage containers and added to some toothpastes (WEWS-TV)
Ozone nano-bubble water is a potential treatment for severe gum infections (National Institute for Materials Science via Medical Xpress)
Is dental tourism threatening your practice? (DentistryiQ)
Your dental and heart health are connected (Courier-Post)
WHO's recommended sugar intake 'should be halved to combat dental cavities' (Medical News Today)

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