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Secondhand Smoke in Infancy May Harm Kids’ Teeth

October 21, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Want your baby to grow into a tot with a cavity-free smile? Don’t smoke when he or she is around.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at 4 months of age may be at risk for tooth decay by age 3, Japanese researchers […]

More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers

September 18, 2015

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Dental cavities are more common among kids whose mothers suffer from chronic stress, according to a new study.
A mother’s chronic stress is also associated with lower odds of breast-feeding and fewer dental visits for their children, the researchers found.
“Policy that aims to improve dental health, particularly the prevalence […]

Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t be surprised if your next dental checkup includes questions about illicit drug use.
A new survey has found that more than three out of every four U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use.
The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct […]

Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

August 23, 2015

SUNDAY, Aug. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The beginning of a new school year is usually a big transition, as lazy summer mornings are quickly replaced by mad dashes to the bus stop.
But a pediatric dental expert warns that your children’s tooth care shouldn’t be lost in the mix.
“In the hustle and bustle of […]

What Parents Can Do to Promote Good Dental Health

August 7, 2015

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents can take several steps to make sure their kids maintain healthy dental habits when they head back to school, an expert says.
Eat healthy foods at home, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and protein. Most natural foods have lower amounts of sugar than processed […]

Ancient Teeth Show Signs of Indoor Air Pollution

June 19, 2015

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Tartar from 400,000-year-old human teeth reveals the earliest evidence of man-made air pollution, according to a new study.
The tartar — hardened dental plaque that is also known as calculus — on teeth found at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, Israel, contains possible respiratory irritants, including traces of charcoal […]

How Breastfeeding Could Improve Babies’ Dental Health

June 15, 2015

The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows.

Sharing a Bathroom With Many Others? Your Toothbrush Likely Has ‘Fecal Matter’

June 4, 2015

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of poop on your toothbrush.
So finds a study by researchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
The researchers analyzed toothbrushes from Quinnipiac students who used communal bathrooms with an average of more than nine users per […]

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests.
Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation — called prostatitis.
The study included 27 men, age 21 and older, who had prostatitis and moderate to severe […]

U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

April 28, 2015

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.


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