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Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says.
The findings suggest that total tooth loss could provide an early warning of increased risk of physical and […]

EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment

October 6, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new standards to reduce the amount of mercury released from dentists’ offices.
The changes would fall under the Clean Water Act and would lessen the amount of dental amalgam entering the environment. Mercury and other metals are mixed together to make […]

Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement

September 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers found young pregnant women, those who are non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American, as well […]

Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says

September 10, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations.
Many American kids growing up now won’t have those memories, because millions of infants and children aren’t receiving recommended medical care aimed at […]

Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers

September 5, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests.
New York University researchers found that parents with worse oral health often had partners who […]

Pediatricians Offer New Dental Recommendations

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — All children should start using toothpaste with fluoride when their teeth appear, regardless of their risk level for cavities, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Up until age 3, children should use a smear (the size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste. After […]

Malnutrition Threatens Many U.S. Seniors Seen at ERs

August 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals.
Among ER patients aged 65 and older, 16 percent were malnourished and 60 percent were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. Of those who were malnourished, […]

There’s No Consensus on the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth, Study Says

August 12, 2014

If you’re unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you’re unlikely to get much help from experts.

Acidic Drinks Can Damage Kids’ Teeth Permanently, Expert Warns

August 11, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters’ teeth, a new study reports.
“Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This […]

Low-Power Laser May Trigger Tooth Repair

May 28, 2014

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A low-power laser can trigger stem cells in the body to repair teeth in mice, researchers report.
The laser prompted dental stem cells to form dentin, the hard material that is similar to bone and provides most of a tooth’s structure.
The findings appear in the May 28 issue of […]


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