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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.


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 […]



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