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The hidden benefits to brushing your teeth
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For most people, brushing their teeth is a fairly mundane, everyday task. Important to keep teeth sparkly white, gums healthy and breath minty-fresh, it is commonly thought these are the sole benefits to brushing twice a day. While the main motivation for teeth cleaning is to prevent gum disease, it must be admitted that for most people across the world the reason is entirely aesthetic. However, new findings are showing that brushing your teeth comes with a whole host of extra benefits than those noted above. Various studies and research projects are starting to suggest that cleaning your teeth can help to ward off diabetes, prevent heart disease and cure erectile dysfunctions. These proposals all stem from gum disease, as experts believe it is this that is linked to the other conditions. They say that when someone has developed gum disease, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread through the body, causing various inflammation problems. More

Inflammation: Are you burning to know the facts?
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With extensive ongoing research in the scientific fields of immunity and inflammation, recent realization that oral infections, most prominently periodontal disease, may have powerful and multiple influences on the occurrence and severity of systemic conditions and conversely systemic conditions may impact oral disease. It is understood that our body possesses a unique and complicated system of immunity that guards us against viruses, bacteria, toxins and parasites. When organisms gain access into our body, they set off an attack, and in turn, activate the host immune and inflammatory response. The oral cavity contains its unique complement of protective mechanisms that include saliva, gingival crevicular fluid, epithelial cells and normal flora that contains approximately 500 species of microorganisms. More

Make oral health routine a daily thing
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Today's on-the-go lifestyle makes it difficult to find time for the daily oral health routine needed to prevent cavities and gum disease. With 75 percent of Americans having some form of gum disease, knowing what you can do to prevent irreversible damage is essential to maintain that healthy smile. More

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5 maternal health innovations that could save lives
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Every two minutes, somewhere around the world a woman dies in childbirth. Often, a lack of access to care, technology or medications causes these fatal complications. In an effort to reduce deaths of both mothers and infants at birth, teams from across the globe are competing in an innovation challenge held by the U.S. State Department and funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The field was narrowed from 77 finalists to 19 award nominees at the recent Saving Lives at Birth conference. The remaining nominees will learn if they receive a cut of the $14 million research pot up for grabs by the end of 2011. One of the five nominated innovations: Preventing low birth weight with chewing gum, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. More
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Ultraviolet-B, vitamin D reduce risk of dental caries
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Large geographical variations in dental health and tooth loss among U.S. adolescents and young adults have been reported since the mid-1800s. The first study finding a North-South gradient in dental caries was a report of men rejected from the draft for the Civil War for lost teeth, from 8 per 1,000 men in Kentucky to 25 in New England. Studies by Clarence Mills and Bion East in the 1930s first linked the geographical variation in prevalence to sunlight exposure. They used data for adolescent males ages 12 to 14 from a cross-sectional survey in 1933–1934. East later found that dental caries were inversely related to mean hours of sunlight/year, with those living in the sunny West (3,000 hours of sunlight/year) having half as many carious lesions as those in the much less sunny Northeast (less than 2200 hours of sunlight/year). More

Dr. Thomas P. Connelly: Why we get 'dry mouth'
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"You know when your mouth a-gettin' dry, you're plenty high" —George Thorogood; "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." OK, this isn't a post about drinking one bourbon, one scotch and one beer (a great old blues song, by the way. I credit Thorogood with that line above because that's the version most people have heard, but it also was performed by Amos Milburn and John Lee Hooker). We will mention alcohol a bit later in this post, but as you likely already guessed, yes, this is a post about dry mouth, an affliction which affects millions of people. To begin, the medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, although most of us would simply like to refer to it as dry mouth. The symptoms for dry mouth are, well, a dry mouth. There's really nothing tricky about it: Your mouth becomes devoid of the usual amount of saliva and gets dry. More

Study questions link between oral diseases, cancer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research has shown that infection and inflammation play a role in 15-20 percent of all cancers, and that "highly prevalent" oral diseases are "significantly linked" to some types of cancer. But a literature review in Oral Diseases found that evidence remains weak and that further studies are needed before cancer can be added to the list of diseases caused by oral infections. Inflammation has been linked to the development of cancer, and infections that trigger inflammatory processes have been proposed as major preventable causes of cancer, wrote the study authors from the University of Helsinki in Finland and Complutense University of Madrid. Oral infections may trigger malignant transformations in tissues of the oral cavity and other organs, they noted. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Medicines bite into oral health
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Do medicines affect oral health? Yes, medications can have oral side effects (drymouth is the most common). Tell your dentist about any medications you're taking, even those without a prescription. Medications that can produce dry mouth include: antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants. Other medications may cause abnormal bleeding when brushing or flossing, inflamed or ulcerated tissues, mouth burning, numbness or tingling, movement disorders and taste alteration. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your dentist or physician. More

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