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Oil-Swishing Craze: Snake Oil or All-Purpose Remedy?

April 18, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes.
Like Bennett, plenty of consumers are discovering an ancient practice called oil pulling, or [...]

Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

February 27, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a heart patient, you might be wise to wait to have any infected teeth pulled if you’re about to have cardiac surgery, a new study suggests.
In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that 8 percent of heart patients who did not [...]

Dentists’ Group Expands Recommended Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids

February 11, 2014

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth, according to updated American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines.
To help prevent cavities, parents should use a smear (an amount about the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste for children younger than [...]

Dental Insurance Doesn’t Guarantee People Will Care for Their Teeth

January 23, 2014

THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having dental insurance doesn’t mean people will actually take care of their teeth, a new study indicates.
The findings suggest patient outreach and education are needed to ensure that people understand the importance of good dental health and that they use their insurance coverage to get care, the University [...]

Many Americans Don’t Receive Preventive Dental Care: Survey

December 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups.
For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly 650,000 middle-aged and older adults between 1999 and 2008. The investigators found that the number who [...]

Typical Gum Disease Treatments Won’t Help Ease Diabetes, Study Finds

December 17, 2013

TUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Typical, nonsurgical treatment of gum disease in people with type 2 diabetes will not improve their blood-sugar control, a new study suggests.
There’s long been a connection between gum disease and wider health issues, and experts say a prior study had offered some evidence that treatment of gum disease [...]

Could Poor Dental Health Signal a Faltering Mind?

December 10, 2013

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Tooth loss and bleeding gums might be a sign of declining thinking skills among the middle-aged, a new study contends.
“We were interested to see if people with poor dental health had relatively poorer cognitive function, which is a technical term for how well people do [...]

Brush Your Teeth, Help Save Your Heart?

November 4, 2013

Having healthy gums is good for your heart, a new study says. Researchers found that as people’s gum health improved, the buildup of plaque in their arteries slowed. This narrowing of the arteries, called atherosclerosis, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and death.

Fluoride Treatments May Help Fight Cavities

November 1, 2013

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) — Applying prescription-strength fluoride directly to the teeth can benefit patients at increased risk for cavities, a new expert panel concludes.
This fluoride can be applied by patients at home or by a dentist in the office, said the new evidence-based clinical recommendations from the American Dental Association.
“Topical fluoride therapy [...]

Halloween Treats Can Spook Kids’ Teeth

October 30, 2013

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) — Halloween can have frightful effects on children’s teeth if parents aren’t careful, experts warn.
“Sticky, chewy candies are cavity-causing culprits,” Dr. Connie White, a dentist and Academy of General Dentistry spokeswoman, said in an academy news release. “Gummies, taffy, caramel — they all get stuck in the pits and grooves [...]


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