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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]