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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 [...]

Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria

May 21, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — How newborns receive the colonies of helpful bacteria that reside in all people and make human life possible has been a mystery.
A new study suggests that the placenta — long thought a sterile environment — actually contains a small but diverse bacterial community (a “microbiome”) [...]

Doctors Should Give Toddlers Fluoride Treatments: U.S. Task Force

May 6, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Specifically, the task force suggested Monday that primary care physicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation, such as drops, tablets or [...]

Does Oil Pulling REALLY Whiten Your Teeth?

April 21, 2014

People are discovering an ancient practice called oil pulling, or oil swishing. Some report the practice sweetens their breath; others say it treats gum disease, prevents tooth decay and even improves arthritis and asthma.

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 [...]


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