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Oral hygiene can affect more than just the mouth
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The obvious advantages of proper oral hygiene — like keeping teeth where they are supposed to be — are no secret, but new research continues to show that people who take good care of their mouth can also be taking care of their heart and mind. The problem, according to periodontist Steve Offenbacher, is that most adults don't practice oral hygiene that is good enough. Usually, that lack of attention leads to gum disease, which affects about half of all adults in the United States, Offenbacher said. Sometimes, however, the problems can spread past the mouth. More



Researchers: How Porphyromonas gingivalis contributes to periodontal disease identified
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Low levels of the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis found in the space between teeth and gingivae can trigger periodontitis, say researchers in a recent issue of Cell Host & Microbe. More

Gum disease can lead to bacteria in arteries
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Aside from having great breath and a brilliant smile, there is a another reason to take extra special care of your pearly whites, and it comes in the form of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 27 percent of all U.S. deaths are a result of heart disease, and in 2009, heart disease is projected to cost more than $304.6 billion, including healthcare services, medications and lost productivity. Yet, saving yourself from a heart attack may be as simple as proper oral care. More

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6 ways to instantly improve your teeth and oral health
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Everyone knows about the importance of brushing and flossing, but are we really taking great care of our teeth and mouth? Poor oral health habits can not only lead to things like bad breath and cavities, but it can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and even cardiovascular disease and cancer. Advanced gum disease affects up to 12 percent of our population, one-quarter of adults over the age of 65 have tooth loss, and 7,800 people die from oral cancers each year. To prevent this from happening to you, here are six simple tips to improve oral health. More

8 dental health tips to help you save on teeth treatment costs
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Everybody wants to have a beautiful and bright smile, but the key to having perfectly healthy and white teeth is proper maintenance. The following are eight important tips that will help save on dental treatment costs. More

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The Second Bone Symposium will take place on May 18–19, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. Dr Myron Nevins is program chairman.
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Emerging indications: Antioxidants for periodontal disease
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Because approximately 10 to 15 percent of adults worldwide suffer from periodontitis at one time or another, oral health professionals constantly are challenged with treating patients for existing conditions and helping them prevent future occurrences. Root planing, scaling, and in severe cases, surgical intervention are part of the standard treatment for periodontitis, and antibiotics are used for infection control. However, in recent years, dental health professionals have honed in on the inflammation that accompanies periodontitis. Research shows that inflammation in the oral tissues — especially that associated with periodontitis — can be a factor in chronic illness such as heart and vascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's, pregnancy complications, and a growing list of other conditions. More

A guide to common dental problems
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Tooth decay, gum disease, tooth infection and enamel erosion are common dental problems that affect millions of people. Here's a guide of what these problems are, who they commonly affect and how these (sometimes painful) troubles that lurk in your mouth can be prevented or treated. More

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Lack of dental coverage sends patients to ER for pain
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When a man recently visited an emergency room here with a toothache, consulting physician Alan Sorkey quickly diagnosed the dental infection was serious and even potentially fatal. The patient was on more than 25 medications and scheduled for a major surgery — not dental related — all covered by government healthcare programs, Sorkey said. Those same programs wouldn't cover the estimated $70 to pull the rotting tooth. The patient didn't have the money for it, and a local low-cost oral surgery clinic had a wait of as long as a year for an appointment, he said. More

Dentists sue over bite mark testimony
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In a case that could open an inquiry into the scientific validity of bite mark evidence, two Illinois dentists are suing an expert odontologist for allegedly defaming them after he used a rape case they testified at as an example of how bite mark evidence can lead to wrongful convictions. Russell Schneider and Carl Hagstrom filed their lawsuit against California dentist C. Michael Bowers in November. The lawsuit claims that Bowers used a case they worked on as proof that the forensic discipline is scientifically unreliable. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Dental exam went well? Thank fluoride
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Jane E. Brody writes, "I admit to being jealous of my sons for growing up in a time when vaccines spared them miseries like the measles, mumps and polio scares that marred my childhood. But I'm most envious of their freedom from the dental decay that forced me to spend countless miserable hours with my mouth propped open while the dentist did his best to stay on top of rapidly rotting teeth. By my mid-20s, I already had lost one molar and all four wisdom teeth, and every remaining molar had been restored with fillings. It's not that I failed to brush my teeth or that I noshed constantly on sweets. It's that my teeth lacked the protection of fluoride, which was introduced to New York City's water supply in 1964, five years before my twin sons were born but 23 years too late for me." More

Dr. Lee Sheldon: Bad breath may be an indicator of dental disease
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People spend lots of money on products to cover up mouth odor. And whether they're using gum, mints, sprays or mouthwashes, they are, for the most part, covering up the cause of halitosis. What's the main cause of mouth odor? Pure and simple, it is dental disease. People with dental disease, and particularly periodontal disease, have different bacteria that cause the bone loss and bleeding associated with the disease. Some people have stinkier bad breath than others, because some types of bacteria smell more than others. More

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Research and Markets: Dental implant market in US expected to exceed $1.54 billion by 2018
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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "U.S. Market for Dental Implants, Final Abutments and Computer Guided Surgery 2012" report to their offering. The U.S. market for dental implants and final abutments is expected to exceed $1.54 billion by 2018. The U.S. market for dental implants and final abutments includes the following segments. More

Project puts records in patients' hands
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In an old "Seinfeld" episode, Elaine goes to see a dermatologist about a rash and is left sitting on the table in the exam room, alone with her medical chart. She opens the folder and almost immediately makes a sour face. "'Difficult'?" she says, reading aloud. Let's face it: We've all tried to imagine what the doctor's been scribbling during our visits, what is to be found in that intimate record of frailties and phobias that we never see, even though it is all about us. "The medical record is information that really belongs to the patient, but it's treated like a classified document," said Susan B. Frampton, president of Planetree, a nonprofit organization based in Derby, Conn., that promotes patient-centered approaches to healthcare. "It's symbolic of the power differential in healthcare." More

Which countries do people select as a medical tourism destination?
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Working out which nationalities go where for medical treatment is an intriguing question. Speaking at a recent medical tourism seminar at the University of Texas, a Texas-based medical tourism agent Deepak Datta of Medical Tourism Corporation, shared his insights with a class of MBA business students. He discussed the current trends in medical tourism and the various factors that have fueled globalization of healthcare in the past decade. More
 
 

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