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Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says

September 10, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations.
Many American kids growing up now won’t have those memories, because millions of infants and children aren’t receiving recommended medical care aimed at [...]


Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers

September 5, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests.
New York University researchers found that parents with worse oral health often had partners who [...]


Pediatricians Offer New Dental Recommendations

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — All children should start using toothpaste with fluoride when their teeth appear, regardless of their risk level for cavities, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Up until age 3, children should use a smear (the size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste. After [...]


Malnutrition Threatens Many U.S. Seniors Seen at ERs

August 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals.
Among ER patients aged 65 and older, 16 percent were malnourished and 60 percent were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. Of those who were malnourished, [...]


There’s No Consensus on the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth, Study Says

August 12, 2014

If you’re unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you’re unlikely to get much help from experts.


Acidic Drinks Can Damage Kids’ Teeth Permanently, Expert Warns

August 11, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters’ teeth, a new study reports.
“Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This [...]


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.



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