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U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

April 27, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride.
The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams […]


Get Checked for Diabetes While Getting Your Teeth Cleaned?

February 26, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The dentist’s office may be a good place to screen people for diabetes, a new study suggests.
“In light of findings from the study, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct diabetes screening among at-risk, undiagnosed patients — an important first step in identifying those who […]


Fluoride in Drinking Water Tied to Higher Rates of Underactive Thyroid

February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A British study finds a correlation between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of underactive thyroid.
While the study is only able to establish an association, not cause-and-effect, experts say the link deserves serious investigation.
“Clinicians in the United States should emphasize to […]


Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease

February 20, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests.
The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone through menopause within the last 10 years, didn’t smoke and hadn’t taken […]


Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention

February 18, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Beavers don’t need to brush or floss because the presence of iron in their tooth enamel gives them superior protection against tooth decay, researchers report.
Beavers’ enamel is harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including enamel treated with fluoride, according to the Northwestern University researchers.
They said […]


Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free

February 15, 2015

SUNDAY, Feb. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Good dental habits begin at an early age, but many parents fall short when it comes to the health of their children’s teeth, experts say.
“Parents who would not dream of letting their toddler bathe alone give the same child total responsibility for brushing,” Dr. Gretchen Henson, a dentist […]


Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care

February 6, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking care of your gums plays an important role in protecting your teeth.
Gum disease and tooth decay cause about 90 percent of tooth loss, the American Dental Association says.
“The good news is that gum disease is largely preventable through regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings. The bad news […]


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 […]



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