Dental Care

Prevent Dental And Gum Problems

Jun 23 2009 - 12:21pm
Dental care and tooth brushing

Maintenance is always needed for a good oral health. Dental care requires regular maintenance, as negligence will cause problems to develop with your teeth. Here is a five point plan from the Canadian Dental Association that can help to prevent dental problems and keep your teeth and gum healthy.

Dental care and gum disease prevention plan in five points:

Brush your teeth carefully at least once every 24 hours. It takes between 2 and a half minutes and 3 minutes to do so.

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Treating Gum Disease Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

May 29 2009 - 8:41am

Treating gum disease has been found by researchers to ease inflammation and pain associated with a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. The study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland supports previous findings that gum disease promotes systemic inflammation. The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, shows the importance of treating dental disease for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

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Gels For Mouth Ulcer Recalled

May 20 2009 - 12:59pm
Gels For Mouth Ulcer Recalled

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Department of Health said that Prowin Laboratories Ltd had initiated a voluntary recall of two batches of gels for mouth ulcer.

The spokesman said the recall was made after Prowin Laboratories Ltd reported to DH today that two products, Jalogel-1 Gel (batch number LX0699) and Jelaplexin Gel (batch number JW1969), had failed the limit level of bacteria and moulds in a recent review by the company. However, no pathogen was found.

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Dental Researchers Target Osteoporosis, Periodontitis

May 19 2009 - 11:19am

Osteoporosis and periodontitis are common diseases whose sufferers must cope with weakness, injury and reduced function as they lose bone more quickly than it is formed. While the mechanism of bone destruction in these diseases is understood, scientists have had less information about how bone formation is impaired.

Now, researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry, working with scientists at the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, have identified a potential new focus of treatments for osteoporosis, periodontitis and similar diseases.

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Baltimore County Announces Dental Care Program For Seniors

May 8 2009 - 11:58am

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith announced the partnership between The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and the Baltimore County Department of Aging that offers free preventative dental care for qualifying seniors.

Free Dental Screenings Available

The School of Health Professionals’ Dental Hygiene Program on the Dundalk campus offers Senior Smiles, a program for senior citizens without dental insurance. Individuals over the age of 60 can receive free screenings, cleanings, and fluoride treatments.

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No Clear Winner Among Fillings For Childhood Cavities

Apr 29 2009 - 12:47pm

So far, there is a not a clear winner among the types of fillings used to repair childhood cavities, according to a new review.

In fact, there are so few useful studies on the topic that there is not enough evidence “to make any recommendations about which filling material to use,” said Veerasamy Yengopal, who led the review.

Yengopal, an oral health expert at South Africa’s University of Witswatersrand, said it was “disappointing” that there have been few comparisons of dental fillings for children, given “remarkable advances in dental restorative materials over the last 10 years.”

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Gene Network Identified In Early Tooth Development

Apr 10 2009 - 12:34pm
Gene Network Identified In Early Tooth Development

Darwin had his finches, Morgan had his fruit flies, and scientists today have cichlid fishes to trace the biological origins of jaws and teeth. In this week's issue of the journal PLoS Biology, researchers supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, report they have deduced a network of dental genes in cichlids that likely was present to build the first tooth some half a billion years ago.

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Have Your Say In NHS Dentistry Review

Apr 9 2009 - 12:26pm

Dentists and their teams from across the country are being asked to share their views on how to improve access and quality of NHS dentistry at a series of engagement events this spring, Professor Jimmy Steele, chair of the independent review team for NHS dentistry, announced today.

Since its appointment in December 2008, the review team has been investigating why there are variations in access to dentistry in England and how the NHS can deliver continuous improvements in the quality of care.

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What's Going On Around Your Teeth

Apr 2 2009 - 10:22am

"What do you KNOW about your PERIO?" The Middlesex-London Health Unit and the London and District Dental Society hope the local community considers that question over the next 30 days and beyond. Perio refers to periodontal health and the periodontal tissues: the gums, the jawbone and the fibers that connect the teeth to the bone. The agencies launched their Top Gums campaign today, coinciding with the kick off of Oral Health Month, to raise awareness of an often-overlooked component of oral health.

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Free Dental Services For Niagara Children

Mar 30 2009 - 9:58am

In celebration of April 2009 being National Dental Health Month, Niagara Region Public Health is pleased to announce the expansion of the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) Program which now reaches children up to age 17. The program previously covered children from birth to age 13.

The Children in Need of Treatment program, funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion, provides free dental services to children whose parents have no dental coverage and cannot afford the cost of urgent dental care.

The Children in Need of Treatment program includes dental care services such as:

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Pima County Promotes Importance Of Oral Health

Mar 18 2009 - 11:33am

The Pima County Health Department is providing information specifically addressing oral health as well as a web link for oral health practitioners.

The site contains information for parents, seniors and grandparents, and children regarding good oral health habits as well as providing dental professionals with current information that is easily accessible.

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Dental Care Is Important To Health

Feb 25 2009 - 9:41am
Dental care and tooth brushing

One can never underestimate the importance of proper dental care and tooth brushing for good health. Truly poor dental care can lead to lost teeth or poor dentition which may make it difficult to eat. That leads to poor nutrition.

Mediocre dental care can lead to plaque. Plaque irritates the gum to the point that it bleeds. This allows microscopic amounts of bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The presence of plaque and tooth decay has been noted to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and make diabetes more difficult to control.

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How To Ease Children's Fear of Dentists

Feb 20 2009 - 11:58am
Children and dental care

For many children, a trip to the doctor or dentist is a stressful experience. The sensory environment in dentists' offices (i.e., the sounds, smells, and lights associated with the clinical setting) can cause a child's anxiety levels to rise.

This is especially true in children with developmental disabilities who may have difficulty understanding the unfamiliar clinical or dental environment. A new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics explores the relationship between the sensory environment and anxiety levels in children.

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February Is National Children's Dental Month

Feb 18 2009 - 9:13am

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. Healthy teeth enable children to speak properly, eat healthy food, and build self-esteem and confidence.

Although tooth decay is preventable, not enough children get early preventive care.

The American Dental Association recommends that children have a dental exam by their first birthday; however, more than half of Iowa's general dentists do not see children younger than age 3. In addition, more than half of all Medicaid-enrolled children in Iowa received no dental care in 2007.

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How To Lower The High Cost Of Dental Care

Feb 16 2009 - 8:10am
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Dental care has taken a back seat recently because of all the difficult economic times and the talk about standard health care. However, proper dental hygiene is an important part of taking care of your overall wellness. Problems such as bleeding gums and abscessed teeth have been directly related to other serious medical conditions, including heart attack. The build up of bacteria from your mouth is carried directly into your blood stream folks, even more easily if you happen to have gingivitis (bleeding gums).

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Scientists Report Gene Network In Early Tooth Development

Feb 13 2009 - 9:43am

Darwin had his finches, Morgan had his fruit flies, and scientists today have cichlid fishes to trace the biological origins of jaws and teeth. In this week’s issue of the journal PLoS Biology, researchers supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, report they have deduced a network of dental genes in cichlids that likely was present to build the first tooth some half a billion years ago.

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Mobile Dental Fleet To Brush Away Decay Of Child Dental Health

Feb 4 2009 - 6:21am

The first national oral health improvement program aimed at young children in Wales is to be rolled out with the help of a fleet of mobile dental units, which launched by First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

Health Minister Edwina Hart announced the Designed to Smile/ Cynllun Gwen programme last year. The programme, which has already been run on a limited basis, will now be rolled out through two super pilots in North and South Wales.

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Florida Announces New Health Access Dental License

Feb 4 2009 - 6:19am

The Florida Department of Health announced receipt of the first three applications for the newly established health access dental license.

The health access dental license, one of Governor Crist's initiatives to increase access to dental services, was established by Senate Bill 2760 and became effective on January 1, 2009. The license permits the practice of dentistry in health access settings, including state agencies, federally qualified health centers, and educational institution clinics.

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North Carolina Dentists Treat Needy Children

Jan 26 2009 - 7:30am

Nearly 2,500 dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other volunteers across North Carolina are expected to take part in the sixth annual national "Give Kids a Smile!" day on February 6, 2009, in what promises to be among the largest events of its kind in the country.

Dentists and other dental professionals will volunteer their time at designated dental offices, dental clinics and community colleges across the state to treat low-income children for free. Children who receive care were prescreened by local organizations and selected on the basis of need.

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Crest Whitestrips: Revolutionary New Teeth Whitening Technology

Jan 26 2009 - 7:26am

Crest Whitestrips is proud to introduce its most advanced innovation in teeth whitening technology: New Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal. This groundbreaking adhesive formulation temporarily molds the strip to users' teeth, allowing them to easily talk and even drink water for convenient whitening anywhere, anytime. The secure fit comes off clean after whitening, leaving no mess behind. Achieving a beautiful, whiter smile is now easier than ever.

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Developing New Tool To Improve Oral Hygiene

Jan 17 2009 - 12:16pm

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a new dental product to identify plaque build-up in the mouth before it is visible to the human eye.

The toothbrush-sized product has a blue light at its tip, which, when shone around the mouth and viewed through yellow glasses with a red filter, allows plaque to be seen easily as a red glow. The device, produced in collaboration with dental and healthcare developers, Inspektor Research Systems BV, has been designed for everyday use in the home.

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Fluoridation Benefits Doubtful

Jan 10 2009 - 9:33am

Achieving cavity-free status has little to do with fluoride intake, reports a study in the Fall 2008 Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

The ongoing Iowa Fluoride Study (IFS), begun in 1992, follows a cohort of children from birth. Researchers measure fluoride use and ingestion, count cavities and document fluorosis - white spotted, yellow and/or brown stained teeth - the outward sign of fluoride over-ingestion.

IFS researchers report, "The benefits of fluoride are mostly topical...while fluorosis is clearly more dependent on fluoride intake."

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Jaw Infection From Fosamax More Prevalent Than Thought

Jan 2 2009 - 12:05pm
Fosamax and Jaw infection

According to a report published January 1 in the Journal of the American Dental Association, women are at risk from jaw infection, even with short-term use of commonly used osteoporosis drugs. Fosamax, used for osteoporosis treatment, is the 21st most prescribed drug on the market, according to statistics from IMS Health.

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Dentist links Fosomax-type drugs to jaw necrosis

Jan 1 2009 - 12:41pm

Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis. The study is among the first to acknowledge that even short-term use of common oral osteoporosis drugs may leave the jaw vulnerable to devastating necrosis, according to the report appearing in the January 1 Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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A Trip to the Dentist Might Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Dec 21 2008 - 9:59am

A small study shows that a trip to the dentist for tartar removal and teeth cleaning can reduce our risk of heart disease. Treatment of mild to moderate gum disease was found to reverse thickness and calm inflammation in the endothelium (lining) of the carotid artery in 35 individuals studied.

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