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Fish oil might help fight gum disease
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eating even moderate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in foods such as salmon and other fatty fish, may help ward off gum disease, new research suggests. Researchers divided nearly 9,200 adults ages 20 and older participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2004 into three groups based on their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption was assessed by asking participants to recall exactly what they'd eaten during the prior 24 hours. Dental exams showed participants in the middle and upper third for omega-3 fatty acid consumption were between 23 percent and 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who consumed the least amount of omega-3 fatty acids. More


Flossing and neck cancer
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It comes in a matchbox sized package with a flip top, and often smells minty fresh. And if you put it in your mouth, it just might save your neck. What is it? Why dental floss of course. New research suggests that flossing daily could decrease your odds of developing neck cancer. Doctors already know that flossing and brushing help prevent oral diseases that somehow open the door to bad things like heart disease. Now a new study found that in people with periodontitis that for each millimeter of supporting bone that was lost, head and neck cancer risk increased more than fourfold. More and more research is pointing to ties between oral health and overall health. More

Chilean miners' gum disease prompts oral health warning
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Gum disease suffered by the rescued Chilean miners has demonstrated the importance of proper dental health care, warn oral care experts from Eludril and Elgydium. None of the 33 trapped miners was able to brush his teeth during the first 17 days of their underground ordeal, resulting in gum disease for a number of the men. "The world has been transfixed by the plight of the 33 Chilean miners trapped nearly half a mile underground since Aug. 5, and it was heartening to witness their rescue," said a representative for oral health care products Eludril and Elgydium. More

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Periodontitis and your heart
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Q: I'm a 56-year-old man with high blood pressure. At my last checkup, my dentist found gum disease and referred me to a periodontist for treatment. I know that high blood pressure increases my risk of heart disease, and I've been told that gum disease does, too. Is it true, and will the treatment help?
A: Dentists and cardiologists have been trying to find answers to your questions, but they have not yet succeeded. Several studies have reported that people with periodontitis are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums. But the link may be less than meets the eye.

Smile! Finding the best electric toothbrush
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If you dread going to the dentist because your teeth are in bad shape, you may have been told you should use an electric toothbrush. "Particularly we recommend electric toothbrushes when people have a history of periodontal disease or gum disease," says dentist Dr. Steven Abel. Consumer Reports tested 10 electric toothbrushes, brushing almost 2,000 times to find the best. The brushes ranged in price from $20 to $180. "One convenience of many electric toothbrushes is that they have built-in timers that signal after two minutes," says Amy Keating of Consumer Reports. More

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ETSU considers adding dentistry school
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East Tennessee State University is considering adding a school of dentistry, saying Tennessee lags behind other southeastern states in numbers of dentists. "The applicant pool — students wanting to become dentists — is quite deep," ETSU President Dr. Paul Stanton Jr. said in an interview. Stanton said a task force of probably 10 to 12 people will be formed to look at the need for a new school of dentistry, and the cost of such a school and the number of students who would be interested in pursuing a four-year doctor of dental science degree at ETSU. Stanton wanted dentists from around the region to participate on the task force. More

How herbal remedies can help fight gum disease
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Q: I regularly suffer from infected gums, and I'm very conscious that when my gums are infected, my breath is bad. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Gum infections, or gingivitis, begin when bacteria in the mouth stick to the teeth, forming plaques. These deposits then cause the gums to become inflamed. Symptoms of this include bad breath and can also be seen when cleaning the teeth — often you will see blood on your toothbrush after brushing. Left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, whereby the bacteria cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, bone beneath the gums erodes and the teeth become loose. Eventually the teeth will be lost.

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Manual instrument sharpening
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In recent years we have seen new equipment for sharpening instruments, but none of the research conducted has dramatically changed the way we sharpen instruments by hand. Is it simply because we have not looked closely at the most recent research? That may be the case, because a recent article from a scientific journal showed that there is a difference in the cutting edges of Gracey curettes when various sharpening techniques were used to resharpen dull curettes. Drs. Andrade Acevedo RA, Sampaio JEC, Shibli JA described the results of many different methods of sharpening. In their study, the instrument sharpening was completed by experienced clinicians. More

South Florida dentist: Oral health affects entire body
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People tend to think of beautiful straight teeth as a purely cosmetic concern, a luxury rather than a necessity. However, teeth that are crooked, stained or have other problems can cause physiological problems in the rest of the body or can be an indicator of other health problems. "Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean properly, potentially leading to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss," says Dr. Charles Nottingham, a dentist working in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. "A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, poor speech and excessive stress on the jaw bone and gum tissue." More

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State regulators recommend new health insurance rules
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Insurance regulators unanimously recommended controversial rules recently governing how much insurers must spend on patients' medical care — without adopting any of several last-minute amendments some consumer advocates had feared would gut key provisions. The rules, which involve an important provision of the new health overhaul law, now go to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has final say. Leaders of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted after months of meetings and debate involving industry and consumer representatives. More

New website puts perio info on smartphones    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
OraPharma will be rolling out the Mobile website after unveiling it at the recent ADA annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., the company announced. The mobile website is a portable personal practice resource derived from the website Like its namesake, the mobile website is designed to help the entire dental team provide periodontal patient care via the latest information delivered to virtually any smartphone. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Gum disease can strike at any age
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Q: I am in my 30s and always have thought gum disease was mostly a problem for older people, so I was very surprised when my dentist told me that I have early stage gingivitis. I brush and floss regularly — how can this be?
A: Gum disease strikes all ages with 4 out of 5 adults and nearly all children and adolescents having some form of this oral health problem. In fact, periodontal disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss and has become an important oral health concern similar to tooth decay. Even more concerning, new research shows that it is linked to other health problems including heart and respiratory diseases, preterm and low birth-weight babies, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Dianne Glasscoe Watterson: How to deal with a lazy co-worker
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Dear Dianne, I am a hygienist in a small dental practice with one doctor, one dental assistant and one front desk assistant. My problem is the dental assistant. Simply put: She is lazy. Throughout the past year, the doctor has seen a decline in his business and increased open time on his schedule. This means the assistant has more free time than ever. When the doctor does not have a patient, the assistant sits in the staff lounge and reads a magazine or talks on her cell phone. She never offers to help me by exposing or developing radiographs, performing sterilization duties on my instruments, assisting with periodontal charting or helping with room turnover. More

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The power of internal marketing
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Internal marketing is the most predictable and least expensive form of marketing for dental practices. While there are many types of marketing, ranging from Yellow Pages ads to print advertising to direct mail, these all come with considerable expense and a relatively low return on investment. The most consistent marketing effort with the greatest predictability for a dental practice is internal marketing, which generates word-of-mouth referrals. For internal marketing to be effective, practices need to consistently implement a variety of strategies throughout the year. More

New survey highlights immediate need for Anesthesia Information Management Systems
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A new survey highlights the need for Anesthesia Information Management Systems with a full 91 percent of respondents indicating that access to day-of-surgery data is extremely important or important to optimally manage their anesthesia department. More than half of the survey respondents are responsible or partially responsible for the management of the operating room. The independent survey of 277 anesthesiologists was sponsored by Surgical Information Systems of Alpharetta, Ga. More

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