FDA Consumer Health Information — FDA: Apple juice is safe to drink
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There has been a lot of publicity recently over the amount of arsenic in the apple juice that many children drink. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has every confidence in the safety of apple juice. Donald Zink, Ph.D., senior science advisor at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, explains that arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally-occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity.
As a result, small amounts of arsenic can be found in certain food and beverage products—including fruit juices and juice concentrates. But, he says, there is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices, Zink says. And FDA has been testing them for years.
Learn more about how FDA tests juices and concentrates for safety at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm271394.htm.
Growing link between gum disease, heart disease and other chronic illness leads Minnesota dentists to launch new education campaign
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Recognizing the growing body of research showing a strong connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, the Minnesota Dental Association has launched a patient education campaign to help patients understand the connection and how to assess their own risk. Known as "Healthy Gums, Healthy You" puts the bite on gum disease. You can read more about the program at www.mndental.org.
Are dental X-rays dangerous?
Like many medical procedures, dental X-rays have an upside and a downside. The upside is that an X-ray allows your dentist to see bones, tissue, and hidden surfaces of your teeth that he or she can't see with the naked eye. The downside is that X-rays expose you to radiation. More
Power words in periodontal communication
Patients with varying degrees of periodontal infection in their mouths simply dismiss bleeding gums as being commonplace, or are simply unaware of it due to a lack of noticeable symptoms. What we say, and how we say it holds a lot of weight in opening a patient's eyes about the potential seriousness of periodontal infection, says Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, is the founder of Cutting Edge Concepts. Without continuity in how team members discuss periodontal care, patients can end up confused or simply apathetic. More
One-third of Americans have cut back on visits to the dentist
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A recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America found that in the past year, more than one-third (35 percent) of those who regularly visit the dentist have cut back. Though this finding tracks with the fears and realities of our current economy, routine dental visits play a vital role in preventing oral and systemic disease and keeping future health care costs down. More
Can oral care for babies prevent future cavities?
New parents have one more reason to pay attention to the oral health of their toothless babies. A recent University of Illinois study confirms the presence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries (ECC) in infant saliva. ECC is a virulent form of caries, more commonly known as tooth decay or a cavity. Cavities are the most prevalent infectious disease in U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More
Infection control compliance
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Dentistry has made significant progress in implementing infection control precautions over recent decades. Increased protection against microbial cross-contamination and cross-infection during patient care continues using a number of effective procedures, technologies, and protocols. These have included: the use of routine precautions that consider all patients as being potentially infectious; effective hand-hygiene practices; immunization of health care personnel against vaccine-preventable diseases; personal protective equipment, such as gloves, masks, protective eyewear, and clinic attire; monitorable heat sterilization of heat-stable items used intraorally; disposable covers and/or broad-spectrum antimicrobial surface disinfectants for environmental asepsis; the prevention of sharps injuries by using safe work practices and engineering controls; and the adoption of a variety of dental water-treatment systems. More