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Beyond the brush: 5 ways to help promote healthy teeth, gums
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Routine tooth brushing and flossing and regular checkups by a dental professional remains the cornerstone of a healthy mouth. However, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, pairing a few well-known healthy-lifestyle habits with your daily oral health regimen also may help reduce your risk for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth. According to Dr. Pamela McClain, president of the American Academy of Periodontology and a practicing periodontist in Aurora, Colo., "If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and may also interfere with other systems of the body. Several research studies have indicated that one's periodontal health may be related to overall health. Therefore, it is crucial that you do everything you can to establish good periodontal health." More
Can losing weight protect your teeth?
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Q: I've noticed that my obese parents have lost most of their teeth due to gum disease even though they are only in their 60s. Is this because they are overweight?
A: A common reason for tooth loss in older adults is periodontitis. This is basically a chronically infected mouth. Plaque accumulates on teeth, bacteria breed and the body's immune response is unable to control it. So a constant degree of inflammation is present, too. Periodontitis is very common: It's estimated that from a quarter to a half of adults have it, according to the World Health Organization. Obesity also is associated with systemic inflammation. So could someone with excess fat have gum and tooth problems as a result? More
Dental disease: The health crisis that is largely silent
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Can you imagine going through high school with dentures? Sabrina is a 16-year-old sophomore at a Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. Sabrina is a good student, with a B+ average, but she already has missed several days of class this school year because of severe toothaches she began to experience over the summer. Sabrina's family has no dental insurance, and she hadn't had her teeth examined or cleaned professionally in more than two years. More
Antibiotics useful adjuncts in periodontitis treatment
Using a combination of amoxicillin and metronidazole in conjunction with full-mouth scaling and root planing during the treatment of generalized, aggressive periodontitis is safe and effective, according to a meta-analysis in the Journal of Periodontology. Among the possible antibiotic regimens, the combination of amoxicillin and metronidazole has gained popularity because of its effectiveness at suppressing Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, according to the study authors, from the University of L'Aquila School of Dentistry in Italy. (May require free registration to view article.) More
Oral health and pregnancy
Everyone needs to take care of his or her oral health. But female hormones can lead to an increase in some problems, such as cold sores, canker sores, dry mouth, changes in taste and a higher risk of gum disease. Pregnant women have rather unique oral health needs. Before becoming pregnant, women are encouraged to have regular dental checkups. It's best for a woman's mouth to be in good health (just as the rest of her body) before and during pregnancy. What a woman eats during pregnancy affects the development of the unborn child, including his or her teeth. A baby's teeth begin to grow during the third and sixth months of pregnancy, so it is important to eat a balanced diet that includes calcium, protein, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C and D. More
Ask the implant & restorative dentist: Comprehensive exams vital to oral health
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Q: My dentist office called to inform me that my next appointment would be a comprehensive exam. What does this involve?
A: A comprehensive exam is just what it sounds like — a very involved and complete evaluation of your oral health. In a thorough evaluation, the dentist should be looking at and recording the extra-oral and intra-oral hard and soft tissues, which constitute your oral cavity. Before the doctor examines you, he or she should update your medical and dental history and perform a general health review. This will allow him or her to assess your general health and to bring current any new health issues that may compromise or alter future treatment. During the intra-oral portion of your clinical exam, you should be receiving the following. More
Oral health shouldn't be overlooked during cancer treatment
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When people hear they have cancer, their teeth are probably the last thing on their minds, but they may be surprised to know oral health can be a key to successful treatment. "The digestive process starts with the mouth. Good oral health allows for good nutrition and your capability to keep eating healthy while going through cancer therapy can have a direct effect on how well the therapy works," said Dr. Thomas Moffett, of Moffett Dental Center in Swatara Township, Pa. "People don't realize how critical this can become." More
Nonabrasive ultrasonic toothbrush debuts in US
A new nonabrasive ultrasonic toothbrush should reduce the issues/problems of periodontal disease and infection, helping enable dentists to avoid repeating expensive procedures while improving their patients' dental health. The Emmi-dent device, already available in Europe, has been introduced in the U.S. Retail price is $189. "This is a $189 'insurance policy' for dentists," said Stephen Spector, president of Emmi-tech in Canton, Mass., manufacturer of the device. "Now dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and dental hygienists can enable their patients to benefit from the antibacterial effects of ultrasound, minimize their risk of dental diseases, and improve oral health." More
Good oral health is vital for diabetics
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A message for doctors and their diabetic patients: You might be missing something. Oral health. The gums of a person with diabetes often have gingivitis, or gum disease, and that can lead to periodontal disease. "Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth," says MayoClinic.com. "Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems." More