Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

June 1, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates.
In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who smoked pot for 20 years didn’t have notable health problems, except […]

Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk

April 20, 2016

By Don RaufHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests a possible link between certain germs found in the mouth and a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer.
“We identified two types of bacteria that are associated with a higher risk for pancreatic cancer and have been tied in the past to such […]

Caring for Baby’s Teeth Starts Before Birth

April 5, 2016

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A child’s dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy.
“The mother’s dental health affects her overall health and her baby’s health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight […]

Is Seniors’ Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

April 1, 2016

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say.
However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking (“cognitive”) abilities.
In a new report, investigators reviewed studies on oral health and cognition published […]

Here’s How Smoking Changes Your Mouth Bacteria, and It’s Not Good

March 30, 2016

Smoking can dramatically change the balance of bacterial species in the mouth, which may affect the risk of mouth, lung, and digestive system diseases.

A Pill to Ward Off Cavities? Scientists Say It Could Happen

March 14, 2016

A new discovery might one day lead to an anti-cavity pill, researchers report.

Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

February 21, 2016

SUNDAY, Feb. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There are a number of things parents can do to help their children enjoy a lifetime with healthy teeth and gums, a dental expert says.
Start by creating a foundation of a balanced diet, limiting snacks, and brushing and flossing each day, said Stephen Mitchell, director of predoctoral pediatric […]

Severe Gum Disease May Boost Death Rate of Kidney Disease Patients

February 18, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Severe gum disease increases the risk of death in chronic kidney disease patients, a new study suggests.
The findings add to growing evidence that poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases, according to the researchers at the University of Birmingham in England.
They analyzed data from more than […]

Here’s a Treatment That Can Reduce Your Fear of the Dentist

January 5, 2016

Many people are familiar with the fear that can precede a visit to the dentist, but new research shows that talk therapy can help.

How Gum Disease May Affect Your Breast Cancer Risk

December 21, 2015

Gum disease might increase the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women, particularly those who smoke, a new study suggests.

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