Dental Care

Grinding Your Teeth Has Adverse Side Effects

Dec 19 2008 - 1:05pm

Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? The truth is, most people occasionally do this at night without even knowing it. It is usually a loved one kept awake due to the grinding who detects the habit.

The grinding or clenching of teeth is medically referred to as bruxism. Most people who suffer from occasional bruxism don't damage their teeth and jaws. However, if constant bruxism is a problem, damage to the teeth can occur. In severe cases, a patient's jaws and hearing can also be affected.

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Brushing Teeth Reduces Pneumonia Risk

Dec 16 2008 - 7:28am

Brushing intubated hospital patients' teeth three times a day reduces their risk of pneumonia by 50 percent, according to an Israeli study scheduled for publication in a nursing journal.

"Pneumonia is a big problem in hospitals everywhere, even in the developed world," said researcher Ofra Raanan, of the Sheba Academic School of Nursing at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, United Press International reported.

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Electronic Dental Submission Increase Efficiency, Patient Satisfaction

Dec 5 2008 - 2:35am

Many dentists and dental office staff have realized the benefits of electronic claim submission; however, very few dental professionals have taken advantage of electronic predeterminations. These electronic transactions may increase office efficiency, while offering the convenience of determining benefit information while the patient is still in the office.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: A Beautiful Smile Is Not Far Away

Dec 3 2008 - 11:30pm

Are you unhappy with your smile but aren't sure what cosmetic, corrective options are available?

The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) reminds consumers that many cosmetic options exist to improve your smile. Your dentist can assess your needs, wishes and dental history to determine a suitable option to help restore your smile. Following is a summary of many cosmetic dental options.

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Barotz Dental Offers Laser Gum Therapy

Dec 3 2008 - 11:11pm

Barotz Dental is now one of only two dental practices in Denver offering LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). This is the only laser gum treatment protocol that is patented and FDA approved for new attachment of gum and bone tissue around teeth.

LANAP removes diseased tissue, without removing healthy tissue, maintains the height of the tissue around teeth, minimizes pain and discomfort to the patient, closes the periodontal pocket and allows healing to take place. This is all done without cutting or stitches.

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HOYA ConBio Introduces VersaWave Specialty Laser

Nov 25 2008 - 11:35pm

HOYA ConBio, a global leader in dental and aesthetic lasers, today announced the launch of the VersaWave Specialty Er:YAG all-tissue dental laser. The advanced full-featured laser will debut at the 2008 Greater New York Dental Meeting, November 30 - December 3, 2008 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

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Inflammation: Connecting Mouth And Body?

Nov 24 2008 - 11:25pm

Brush after every meal. Floss daily. See your dental professional regularly. These instructions make sense coming from your dentist to help you sustain your oral health. But now not only dentists, but also many physicians, are stressing the importance of maintaining oral health in an effort to keep the rest of the body healthy. Research has long suggested an association between gum disease and other health issues, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes, but now scientists are beginning to shift their focus to understanding why these connections exist.

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Don't Let Economic Struggles Destroy Your Teeth

Nov 22 2008 - 12:21am
Don't Let Economic Struggles Destroy Your Teeth

Does this look familiar? Bailouts, the stock market is down, global recession, high unemployment levels, retail stores are ghost towns, and everyone is uninsured without a retirement plan. It should, it's impossible to read today's headlines and find anything to be optimistic about.

We are facing tough economic times, but do we need to continuously dwell on the negatives? Does this help solve our problems? Or does this continuous barrage of negative issues actually make things worse and increase our stress levels?

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Maryland Governor Announces Deamonte Driver Dental Project

Nov 18 2008 - 11:36pm

Governor Martin O'Malley, joined by Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers and members of the Dental Action Committee, today announced that work is underway to acquire a mobile van that will provide dental services to children in Prince George's County and surrounding areas. This service, known as the Deamonte Driver Dental Project, is named after a 12-year-old Prince George's County youth who died from a dental infection in 2007.

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Wales Announces Dental Contract Review

Nov 17 2008 - 2:48am

Edwina Hart, Minister for Health and Social Services: "At the end of last year I announced a review of the dental contract and the establishment of a task and finish group to look at a range of issues to improve the way in which the contract works.

"The Review Group completed their work in July and submitted their Report. It concluded that the dental contract is broadly a workable system, and one which, with amendment, can be further improved.

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Dental Implants Require More Follow-Up Treatment Than Root Canals

Nov 15 2008 - 12:16am

A new study addresses the growing controversy among dental health professionals regarding the best course of treatment when evaluating between a root canal or dental implant procedure. Researchers evaluated the success and failure rates of teeth treated with a root canal (endodontically treated teeth) or extracted and replaced with a dental implant.

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Dental Implants Effective For Orthodontic Treatment

Nov 12 2008 - 11:53pm

Orthodontists have been straightening teeth for decades relying on the ancient physics principle "every action has a reaction," in which tooth displacement in one part of the jaw causes movement on the other as well. Use of dental implants as orthodontic anchors, however, is changing that principle by expediting treatment times and expanding possibilities for previously untreatable cases, according to research presented at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Tips For Keeping Sweet Tooth Intact

Oct 30 2008 - 3:41am

With all the temptation to eat sweets this coming holiday season, the American Dental Association is reminding folks to take good care of their teeth. Those moments of temptation during holiday festivities could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss down the road.

The ADA offers these tips for enjoying those holiday sweets and keeping the sweet tooth intact.

- Consume Sugary Foods with Meals. The mouth produces more saliva during meals, which helps rinse food particles from the mouth and neutralizes plaque acid that can cause tooth decay.

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Raisins Compounds May Inhibit Cavity-Causing Bacteria

Oct 28 2008 - 1:33am

New research published in the journal, Phytochemistry Letters, reveals raisins may benefit oral health because the fruit possesses antimicrobial phytochemicals that suppress growth of some oral bacteria associated with dental cavities and gum disease. The study was conducted at the College of Dentistry, University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC), by a research group led by Christine D. Wu, M.S., Ph.D., Professor and Director of Cariology Research, Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UIC.

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Periodontal Disease: How To Protect Teeth, Gums

Oct 22 2008 - 6:06am

Millions of people have periodontal (gum) disease and many don't even know they have it. Are you one of them?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by the plaque-forming bacteria in your mouth. While brushing and flossing removes most plaque, it is impossible to remove all of it. The remaining plaque hardens into tartar. When this tartar forms under the gumline, it can irritate and infect the gums, leading to gum disease.

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Take Cavity Fright Out Of Halloween Night

Oct 20 2008 - 12:41pm

You may already be working on making a pint-sized magic wand, perfecting Frankenstein's makeup and scoping out the safest neighborhood trick-or-treating route. With all the plans to be made for Halloween, parents shouldn't forget that the scariest part of October might be the effect on teeth of all those sweets kids will consume.

Fortunately, Halloween shares October with National Orthodontic Health Month and National Dental Hygiene Month.

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Important Findings On Oral Health Care Perceptions Revealed

Oct 18 2008 - 2:13pm

The American Dental Association (ADA), in collaboration with Crest and Oral-B, yesterday revealed findings from a national public opinion survey on oral health care.

Here is a sneak peek at the key learnings:

1. While eight of 10 Americans say taking care of one's mouth, teeth and gums is "absolutely needed," only one-third of them say they do an "excellent" job taking care of them.

2. One parent in four says his or her kids do only a "fair" or "poor" job taking care of their own mouth, teeth and gums.

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Michigan To Fight Tooth Decay

Oct 14 2008 - 8:42am

The Michigan Department of Community Health and Delta Dental of Michigan today announced continued funding for the Varnish! Michigan program with the goal of helping more than 8,000 children fight tooth decay.

With an additional $194,000 commitment in Fiscal Year 2008-09, Delta Dental of Michigan has now provided nearly half a million dollars to help reduce tooth decay for tens of thousands of low-income children in Michigan.

Launched in 2007, the program provides applications of fluoride varnish on the teeth of low-income children up to 5 years of age.

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New Review Scopes Out Mouthwash Evidence

Oct 13 2008 - 11:10am

As it turns out, there are actually three certainties in life: death, taxes and bad breath.

Researchers studying the third inevitability say it is a problem for more than half of Americans. And while antibacterial agents can reduce bad breath, researchers want to know more about the mouthwashes readily available on the market or by prescription. A new review of studies looks at cures for the condition formally known as halitosis.

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Economic Fears Can Affect Dental Care

Sep 24 2008 - 10:29am

Regular checkups and cleaning can save money in the end by heading off problems early. Nevertheless, when times get tough and people start losing their jobs, preventive dental care can be one of the first things to go.

However, the correlation between rising unemployment and a drop in preventive dental care is not necessarily due to people being short of cash, according to a new study appearing in the online edition of Health Services Research.

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Wisconsin Expands Oral Health Care For Residents

Sep 15 2008 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that $3.2 million in grants is available to increase access to oral health services for BadgerCare Plus members. Grant proposals must be submitted to the Department before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24. The funding is available to public and private organizations including schools, local health departments, community health centers, health clinics, health care associations, faith-based organizations, and private providers.

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Seattle Dentist's License Suspended For Over Prescribing

Aug 13 2008 - 1:06pm

A Seattle dentist’s license has been immediately suspended on allegations of improper prescribing.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission issued the suspension of the license of Paul F. Genung (DE00003370). The action means Genung cannot practice dentistry pending the outcome of a hearing.

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Mouth Bacteria To Help Tooth Decay, Gum Disease Treatment

Aug 11 2008 - 12:17am

Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria in the mouth. The finding could help scientists to understand tooth decay and gum disease and may lead to better treatments, according to research published in the August issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

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Smart Bacteria Survive In Our Gums

Aug 7 2008 - 12:14pm

The bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis are the cause of several periodontal diseases including periodontitis or gum inflammation. They can survive in our mouth by establishing their place in our gums and preventing infected cells from undergoing programmed cell death (apoptosis). According to a research study published in 2001 by Simin F. Nakhjiri et al., this happens because P. gingivalis alters the signals in the pathway that the cell follows for apoptosis (or, put simply, it blocks the cell’s instruction to kill itself).

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Dental Care Shortages, Reimbursements Need To Be Addressed

Jul 29 2008 - 3:54pm

Access to dental care must be considered when evaluating health policy, as more than 100 million U.S. residents lack dental insurance -- more than 2.5 times the number of people who do not have medical coverage, according to speakers at a briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, CQ HealthBeat reports.

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