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Gum disease can increase risk of stroke
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Have you brushed your teeth yet today? Everyone knows taking good care of your mouth, from daily brushing to frequent flossing, helps refresh your breath and protect your gums, but can it help save your heart and brain, too. New studies show having gum disease can quadruple your risk of stroke and spike your risk of a heart attack up to one dozen times higher by releasing plaque-causing bacteria into your bloodstream. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show," visited "Good Morning America" with a pop quiz on teeth health. More



Swimming in acidic pool nearly destroys man's teeth
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It took a bevy of specialists and faculty members at the New York University College of Dentistry to unravel the mystery of how a 52-year-old male patient lost nearly all the enamel on his teeth in five months. The bizarre case, to be published in the September 2011 Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, has prompted warnings about the impact improperly maintained swimming pools can have on tooth enamel. The patient — suffering from extreme, rapid enamel loss, dark staining, and tooth sensitivity so severe that even breathing became painful — was referred to the faculty practice at NYU in October 2010 after previous consultation with two dentists and two physicians. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Reduced state dental benefits can create dire situation for patients
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California cut coverage for 3 million Medi-Cal recipients two years ago. Since then, dentists say patients wait until infections become so severe they must visit emergency rooms or their rotted teeth must be pulled. Dental care is the oft-ignored cousin of medical care, experts say. Because dental coverage is an optional benefit under the federal Medicaid program for the nation's poor, several states don't offer it. Others, like California, have slashed the benefit in recent years, meaning millions nationwide are going without treatment and facing heightened risks of serious and costly health problems like respiratory infections and heart disease. More

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Tooth loss 3 times more likely in patients with severe mental illness
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Published in the September issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, investigators from the University of Queensland have discovered compared to the general population, that individuals with severe mental illnesses are over three times more likely to lose their teeth due to poor oral health. Researchers have called for free dental care for individuals with severe mental illness, after the investigation revealed that psychiatric patients have not shared in recent improvements in dental health. Published over the past two decades, 14 studies regarding the oral health of those with severe mental illness were examined. More
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10 steps to integrating new technology into dental practice
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Allen Schiff writes, "As a dental CPA for the past 25 years, I often am asked this question: What do I need to know about investing in high technology for my dental practice? And quite frankly, when I am asked this question, I get very excited! I am impressed that the dentist wants to be proactive in delivering the highest caliber of oral health care services with the implementation of new high technology that is available within the dental marketplace. I have tremendous respect for service providers who are willing to invest in this technology and take the time for training and implementation. They are aware that in the long run, it will be a worthwhile investment. If you are considering investing in high technology in the near future, listed here are 10 items to assist you with this major decision." More



FDA advisers wary of time limit on bone drugs
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U.S. health advisers declined to suggest how long women should take a class of drugs used by millions to prevent bone fractures, but agreed the labels should be changed to reflect uncertainty about the risks and benefits of long-term use. The Food and Drug Administration had asked two of its advisory panels to recommend whether a "drug holiday" or some time limit was warranted on a class of osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates that have been linked to unusual thigh fractures and other side effects. Instead, the advisers voted 17-6 to make changes to the labeling with many in favor of specifying how often patients need a re-evaluation of whether they need the medicine. More

Diabetes public health: Study highlights need for better guidelines
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A survey of federally funded diabetes prevention and control programs in 57 U.S. states and territories has highlighted the need for better diabetes treatment guidelines that are specifically adapted to different populations. Such guidelines do not currently exist. The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the California Department of Public Health, looked at how state programs disseminate diabetes treatment guidelines to doctors. Usually, it found, state programs distribute clinical practice guidelines obtained from national clinical specialty organizations. More

Introducing the Anatomage Surgical Guide
Anatomage, the makers of the famous Invivo5 software for fast and easy 3D implant planning, introduces the next generation of surgical guides: The Anatomage Guide. MORE


National Gingivitis Awareness Month campaign educates consumers about importance of gum health
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More than 8 in 10 Americans ages 50-64 believe healthy teeth and gums are essential to maintaining overall good health, yet only a third say they are taking good care of their oral health, according to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association with Crest® and Oral-B®. To help bridge this gap, Crest Pro-Health and actress, author and health advocate Marilu Henner are committed to educating older adults about the importance of gum health during the second annual National Gingivitis Awareness Month in September. To help bring attention to gingivitis, a common, early form of gum disease that affects more than 1 in 2 U.S. adults, Crest will engage in a host of activities to support National Gingivitis Awareness Month. More


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