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The Oprah Magazine Survey reveals readers want power toothbrushes this holiday season
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As consumers continue to build their holiday wish lists, Oral-B is encouraging shoppers everywhere to consider providing the gift of a healthier smile to their loved ones this year. Rising to the top of many lists this season is the Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 power, or electric toothbrush, which has received outstanding reviews and is giving Americans a reason to make the switch from manual to power when it comes to their toothbrush preference. More

Dentists rank high for honesty, ethics in Gallup Poll
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Dentists were named No. 5 for their honesty and ethical standards in a Gallup Poll recently released. In previous years' polls, dentists also scored in the top 10. The public was asked to rank 22 professions on a five-point scale, ranging from "very high" to "very low," and 62 percent of respondents ranked dentists as "very high" or "high." More

Dental and cardiovascular diseases: The tragic link
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Cartoonists love teeth. Caricatures of famous people almost always exaggerate toothy smiles — Lady Gaga's overbite, President Barack Obama's grin, Julia Roberts' pearly whites. And, children roar when a cartoon character's dentures leap from his mouth and rattle off. But when dental caries and periodontitis occur, teeth and the potential to lose them are no laughing matter. More

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Delta Dental foundation decries Washington state Medicaid cuts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eliminating adult dental care in Washington state's Medicaid program has forced growing numbers of the uninsured to turn to overburdened emergency rooms, according to the Washington Dental Service Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit group funded by the Washington Dental Service, a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association. In January 2011, the state Legislature eliminated nonemergency dental benefits for nearly 450,000 adults during a round of budget cuts, the WDSF noted. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Integration of oral health into healthcare systems
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Christine Nathe writes, "As practicing dental hygienists, we're well aware that although dental diseases are preventable, dental health in the United States remains an issue. We hear repeatedly that oral health is a major unmet need in this country, and that disparities based on health status, income level, and ethnicity exist in the oral health status of our citizens. Often the people who need dental care the most are not receiving it." More

Gum disease prevention and treatment
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Oral health affects a body's overall health. A pretty smile does not mean that gum disease is not present. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects 3 out of 4 adults, and it is the No. 1 reason people lose their teeth, second to decay. The American Dental Association defines periodontal disease as an "infection of the gums that can lead to a loss of tissues that support teeth, and if left untreated can lead to life-threatening conditions." More

Opinion: Pediatric dental health crucial to long-term success
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Colorado ranks 38th in the country for children who see a dentist regularly. One quarter of all Coloradans are children, and only about 3 percent of these 1.2 million children have seen a dentist by age 1. Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and four times more common than early childhood obesity. Research shows that good oral health is critical to a child's long-term success in life. Unfortunately, the data are not promising for Colorado children. More

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DA: Pennsylvania receptionist, dental aide did root canals
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Authorities say a pair of crooked Pennsylvania dental office employees ran an after-hours, word-of-mouth operation where they performed root canals, pulled teeth and installed braces without proper training. Montgomery County prosecutors say they've identified three patients who received treatment from the impostors, but X-rays indicate there could be dozens more. More

6 tips to save money at the dentist
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Even with dental coverage, getting your teeth worked on can be costly, especially if you need extensive treatment. Many insurance plans will cover standard cleanings, X-rays, examinations and diagnoses. But when it comes to the treatments, patients often find themselves on tap for some or all of the bill. "There are a lot of issues with traditional dental coverage," says Bruce LaMond, a dentist in Keller, Texas. "It doesn't help much [if you need a lot of work], but it helps a little bit." More

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The link between oral health, good fitness
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Organizers of the new Wellness Wednesday event hope to help Americans focus on the benefits of total body health and wellness. This year, the emphasis was on oral fitness. The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health's goal is to educate healthcare providers and the public concerning the impact that poor oral health has on overall fitness and wellness. Medical researchers are finding links between poor oral health and heart attacks, strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, Alzheimer's disease and various pre-birth and newborn complications. More

Drinking coffee reduces risk of developing oral cancer
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When it comes to coffee, there's been good news and there's been bad news. Some good news revolves around studies that have shown the aromatic beans help control symptoms of Parkinson's disease and reduces the risk of diabetes. On the flip side, studies have also shown that drinking that morning cup of joe can lead to blindness. Now there is more good news. A new study, published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that drinking your coffee may be lowering your risk for oral and pharyngeal cancers. More

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Dog takes a bite out of dental office stress
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A few months ago, pediatric dentist Dr. Paul Weiss sent a letter to his patients announcing an addition to his staff. The letter included a photo of the friendly face they might see during visits and a paw print acting as a signature from Weiss' golden retriever, Brooke, a certified therapy dog. Brooke, now 4, started off spending one morning a week at the dental office in East Amherst, N.Y., where the waiting room is painted in bright colors and furnished with a small table and chairs, art supplies, an old-fashioned video game terminal and an electronic piano keyboard. But the demand for appointments on "Brooke days" was so great that she now works there on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings. More

Treatments available for sensitive teeth
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If you have sensitivity to cold drinks, if it hurts to eat ice cream, if brushing along the gum line gives you sharp pain, or if you avoid dental cleanings due to sensitive teeth, there is hope. Treatments are available, both at home and at the dental office, to alleviate your pain. Tooth sensitivity along the gum line, particularly to cold and touch is a common occurrence. This is usually due to exposure of the dentin underlying the hard outer enamel layer of the tooth. Dentin has microscopic fluid-filled tubules with a direct connection to nerve endings in the pulp of the tooth. More

Yes Virginia, there will be a movie about dental floss
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Who would ever imagine an entire movie about dental floss? The answer? Gary Roma of Iron Frog Productions. Not only has filmmaker Roma thought of the idea, he's well into making the feature-length film called, "Hanging by a Thread: A Dental Floss Documentary," and he's having a blast filming it. He's learning more about dental floss than he ever thought possible. His motivation? Like many people, Roma had a hard time getting himself to floss regularly, as he explains in this interview. But guess what? After learning so many interesting and offbeat facts about floss, he's now a believer who flosses his pearly whites every day. More

New Year's dental resolution
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People generally like to make New Year's resolutions, but they also generally tend to forget about these. A resolution is a promise or a commitment to yourself, that you will try to fulfill a goal. Now one of the most important resolutions should contain the word "health" in it. Therefore, even if you can't make sure that you will be able to buy a home next year, you can make sure that you will pay more attention to your dental health. The following is a list with a few suggestions for your New Year's dental health resolution. More

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