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Periodontal disease could decrease kidney function in African-Americans
Dental Tribune
New research has shown that African-Americans who suffer from the severe form of periodontal disease have a more than fourfold risk of developing chronic kidney disease than those without severe periodontal disease. In the U.S. alone, 1 in 2 adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease, with African-Americans being disproportionally affected.
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Link discovered between prenatal enamel growth rates in teeth and weaning in human babies
Medical News Today
The research found that incisor teeth grow quickly in the early stages of the second trimester of a baby's development, while molars grow at a slower rate in the third trimester. This is so incisors are ready to erupt after birth, at approximately six months of age, when a baby makes the transition from breast-feeding to weaning.
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Study: Root canal therapy can reduce pain on multiple levels
Root canal therapy can reduce multiple dimensions of pain, including intensity, duration and its interference with daily activity, according to a new practice-based research network study in the Journal of Endodontics. While a number of studies have looked at root canal's effect on pain intensity, the procedure's effect on other dimensions of pain has not been examined, according to lead study author Alan S. Law, DDS, Ph.D., from the division of endodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and colleagues.
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Oral health improves via education
Science Network WA via Medical Xpress
Better integration with primary healthcare, community outreach programs and culturally appropriate family and community programs could improve Indigenous dental health in Western Australia, research suggests. The findings come from a University of Western Australia-led review examining approaches to Indigenous oral health worldwide, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
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Study: 80 million bacteria exchanged during 10-second kiss
What's in a kiss? About 80 million bacteria, the amount that is normally exchanged during a 10-second "French" kiss, according to a new study of smooching couples by Dutch researchers. Intimate kissing involving full tongue contact and saliva exchange appears to be an adaptive courtship behavior unique to humankind and is common in more than 90 percent of known cultures, the authors noted.
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Research findings have major implications for public dental health resources, costs for patient
University of Adelaide via News-Medical.Net
The latest research from the University of Adelaide challenges current thinking on whether many people with tooth loss really need dentures. The findings have major implications for public dental health resources and costs for patients. Studies conducted by the University's Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health in the School of Dentistry have found that people with tooth loss do not have their quality of life interfered with provided they still have a certain number and type of teeth left.
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Texas court invalidates rules on Medicaid payment holds
A Texas appeals court has invalidated several rules related to payment holds imposed during Medicaid fraud investigations, saying they violate due process rights. The Third Court of Appeals invalidated rules that authorized the Texas Office of Inspector General to impose payment holds on Medicaid funds when a provider is being investigated for fraud, according to the Nov. 25 ruling.
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Your morning breath, explained: What causes it and how you can treat it
Medical Daily
The unpleasantness of morning breath leads you to quickly cover your mouth when you pass your loved ones in the morning. You realize no amount of brushing, flossing or mouthwash the night before seems to mask the overwhelming odor from your mouth when you wake up. Getting out of bed with bad breath, halitosis, in the morning is fairly common as our mouth goes into a "rest and digest" mode overnight.
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These 8 foods or drinks damage dental health: Protect your teeth
We all want our teeth to look white and healthy. Going regularly to the dentist for cleanings and checkups is important, but we also need to protect our teeth in other ways. There are a number of foods and drinks that are not the best at keeping those pearly whites in good shape.
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6 ways to make your dental office a little more kid friendly
The Affordable Care Act has brought with it an influx of new patients under the age of 18 into dental offices. Your practice might be thinking of adding more children into your schedule, which is a fantastic idea. Your general practice may currently cater specifically to adults. If you're thinking of catering to more children, here are a few simple steps you can take to make your office a little less ominous and much more inviting to the new little patients coming into your practice.
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