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Five things you never knew about your toothbrush
The Oprah Magazine via The Huffington Post
You use it every day, but when was the last time you put real thought into your toothbrush? An effective tool is essential for a proper brushing, which not only shines up your pearly whites, but also prevents bacteria and inflammation — both of which are linked to everything from heart disease to dementia. Oprah Magazine asked the experts for a brush-up on what features matter most.
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Keep your germs to yourself
Sun Sentinel
Dr. Dawn Nicholson writes, "As a mom of three, I'm diligent in teaching my kids the social skill of sharing, partly to establish essential manners and partly to avoid any phone calls home about bad behavior. This is an impressionable behavior, so fundamental that it can be hard, even for adults, to know when to draw the line. If you're like most people, the idea of sharing a meal or letting your kids have a sip of your drink is no big deal. But as training director at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, I know better. Gum disease is contagious, and it is not to be taken lightly."
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Four good-for-you perks of drinking tea
Mother Nature Network
Drinking tea could be as good as a mouthwash. The compounds found in black and green teas may limit the growth of bacteria that cause cavities, infections and gum disease, studies have suggested. In one study, researchers found that people who rinsed their mouths with black tea for one minute, 10 times daily, had less plaque buildup on their teeth than people who rinsed their mouths with water.
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You're brushing your teeth wrong, and other dental hygiene mistakes
The Huffington Post
You do it twice a day, and it's been a habit for years, but you might be brushing your teeth all wrong.
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Study: Most people skip dental visits
Dentistry Today
Going for a dental checkup apparently isn't a priority for many people. A new poll shows that the average time between dental checkup is three years and eight months.
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Periodontal therapy may reduce medical expenses and hospitalizations
inceDental
A study has provided new evidence for the importance of treating periodontal disease in patients with chronic systemic diseases. The study of almost 340,000 people established that periodontal therapy reduced hospitalizations and medical costs by up to $5,600 in patients with other systemic conditions, such as diabetes and stroke.
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In 1970, during the joint meeting of the AAP and Canadian Academy of Periodontology, the Balint Orban Memorial Prize Competition was held for the first time. Dr. Stephen E. Berglund was the inaugural winner.



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Gum disease: Five risk factors
U-T San Diego
Risk factors for gum disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology and the Centers for Disease Control, include the following.
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Five things you never knew about your toothbrush
The Oprah Magazine via The Huffington Post
You use it every day, but when was the last time you put real thought into your toothbrush? An effective tool is essential for a proper brushing, which not only shines up your pearly whites, but also prevents bacteria and inflammation — both of which are linked to everything from heart disease to dementia. Oprah Magazine asked the experts for a brush-up on what features matter most.

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Mouthwash overuse may lead to oral cancer: Alcohol content raises risk of carcinogens in mouth lining
Medical Daily
Whether we're pressed for time in the morning, afternoon, in between snacks or in the evening, many of us may reach for the mouthwash when toothpaste or dental floss is nowhere in sight. Although this provides a quick fix to combat bad breath and lingering germs, frequently replacing mouthwash with toothpaste and dental floss could become a deadly habit that we need to spit out.

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Blindsided by dental bills? What you can do
ABC News
Q: I had an appointment for a dental cleaning in December. I filled out the form, paid a $25 co-payment and they put me in the chair, ready to take an X-ray. I told them I didn't want the X-ray. The dentist took a look at my teeth, and he said I have good teeth, but they couldn't clean them unless I took an X-ray there or transferred one from another office. So I asked for my co-payment back and went home.

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Dentistry jobs take two top-10 slots on magazine's list of 100 best jobs
Dental Tribune
Dentist and hygienist are again in the top 10 jobs on the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of the top 100 jobs in the country, with dentist at No. 4 (down from its top ranking last year) and hygienist at No. 10 (same as last year). The median salaries the magazine listed for each of the two dental professions both slightly increased compared with last year, rising to $145,240 from $142,740 for dentists and to $70,210 from $69,280 for hygienists.
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Gum disease prevalence surpasses diabetes with nearly 65 million affected
DentistryIQ
Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth and can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums.
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Deficiency of protein can cause gum problems
Onlymyhealth
Mostly all gum-related problems occur due to infection that spreads in the bones placed below teeth. Gum troubles are common and can have adverse effects on your teeth. There are two stages of gum problems and if diagnosed at the first stage, known as gingivitis, it is possible to eliminate the problem from its root. Deficiency of protein gives birth to a disease known as periodontitis. The patient experiences weakening of bones around the teeth and blood loss from the gums. One may become vulnerable to the disease with age.
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One in seven children have their first dental visit owing to an emergency
Dental Tribune
Early preventive dental visits are essential for a child's oral health. However, there are few studies about how children enter the dental care system. Now, researchers have found that especially the attitude of caregivers toward oral health has a significant influence on children's dental care-seeking patterns.
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