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Missing Teeth, Higher Odds for Dementia?

Tooth loss increases the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, new study finds.

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Few Dental Patients Regret Having a Root Canal: Study

Most people who've had a root canal say they don't regret it, even though many still have pain and discomfort in the affected tooth, a new Swedish study finds.

Root canals are commonly done when the soft tissue (pulp) inside the tooth is inflamed or infected. The soft parts are removed and replaced with a rubber-like material and a kind of cement.

"The studies show that the patients...

Many Dentists Still Giving Patients Addictive Opioid Painkillers

Though most U.S. dentists say non-opioid painkillers effectively manage dental pain, nearly half still prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, a new survey reveals.

In all, 84% of the 269 respondents said NSAID-acetaminophen combos are as effective as opioids or even more so, but 43% also said they regularly prescribe opioid medications.

The findings were published Oct. ...

Heartburn Meds Might Be Good for Your Gums

While they're helping to ease reflux, some heartburn drugs may also be reducing the severity of gum disease, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers assessed probing depth in the gums (the gap between teeth and gums) in more than 1,000 patients with gum disease who were or weren't using drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs widely prescribed to treat heart...

Brush & Floss: Better Oral Health Keeps Severe COVID at Bay

Good dental hygiene may well be a weapon against severe COVID-19: A new study shows that taking care of your teeth and gums may lower your risk of serious infection, especially if you have heart disease.

Previous research has found an association between poor oral hygiene and increased inflammation and heart disease, and COVID-19 severity has also been linked to an inflammatory response, ...

Few Kids Get Dental Fluoride Treatments, Though Insurance Will Pay

Very few privately insured young children get recommended dental fluoride treatments at health wellness visits, even though insurance typically covers them, a new study finds.

"Medical providers are not required to do this; it's like a mammogram," said lead author Kimberley Geissler, an associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "It's r...

Here's How COVID-19 Can Affect Your Mouth

A lost or altered sense of taste, dry mouth and sores are common among COVID-19 patients and those symptoms may last long after others disappear, Brazilian researchers report.

Nearly 4 in 10 COVID patients experience impaired taste or total loss of taste, but dry mouth affects even more -- up to 43%, according to their broad review of more than 180 published studies.

It looked at o...

More Evidence Ties Gum Disease With Heart Disease

New research offers further evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease.

The ongoing Swedish study previously found that gum disease ("periodontitis") was much more common in first-time heart attack patients than in a group of healthy people.

In this follow-up study, the researchers examined whether gum disease was associated with an increased risk of new heart problems...

American Dental Association Pushes for Dental Coverage Under Medicaid

Dental care should be a required part of Medicaid coverage for adults in every state, the American Dental Association and nearly 130 other organizations urge in a letter to Congress.

The groups called on lawmakers to support and advance a bill called the Medicaid Dental Benefit Act.

"Poor oral health hurts more than our mouths," the

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  • White Men's Grip on U.S. Health Care May Be Slipping

    The U.S. medical field is less dominated by white men than it used to be, but there are still few Black and Hispanic doctors, dentists and pharmacists, a new study finds.

    The study, which looked at trends over the past 20 years, found that white men no longer make up the majority of physicians and surgeons in the United States.

    By 2019, they accounted for about 44% of those position...

    Even Before Pandemic, One-Third of U.S. Adults Went Without Dental Care

    Millions of American adults haven't seen a dentist in at least a year, a new U.S. government health survey reveals.

    In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic made dental visits difficult, a third of adults under 65 hadn't had a dental exam or cleaning in the past 12 months, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    And the problem was worse in ...

    Missing Teeth, Higher Odds for Dementia?

    Brushing and flossing is good not only for your teeth: It might also benefit your brain, a new study suggests.

    The findings showed that tooth loss is tied to an increased risk of dementia, though getting dentures may help reduce that risk.

    For the study, New York University researchers analyzed 14 studies that included more than 34,000 older adults and nearly 4,700 with diminished t...

    Could Losing Your Wisdom Teeth Enhance Your Sense of Taste?

    Having your wisdom teeth yanked could have one culinary up side: Heightening your sense of taste.

    So claims a new study that challenges previous research on the issue.

    "Prior studies have only pointed to adverse effects on taste after extraction, and it has been generally believed that those effects dissipate over time," said study senior author Richard Doty. He is director of the S...

    Odds of Catching COVID at Dentist's Office Very Low: Study

    Do yon need to have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled?

    Go ahead.

    Dental treatment won't put you at risk for contracting COVID-19, a new study affirms.

    "Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does," said lead author Purnima Kumar, a professor of periodontology at O...

    Opioids After Dental Work May Be Dangerous

    Getting a prescription for an opioid painkiller from your dentist could put you or your family at risk for an overdose, a new study warns.

    The finding is based on an analysis of data from 8.5 million Americans who had teeth pulled or 119 other types of dental work between 2011 and 2018. All had Medicaid or private dental insurance.

    "Our paper shows that when patients fill dental opi...

    Few Kids Seeing a Dentist Have COVID-19, Study Finds

    Just 2% of young dental patients without COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a new study.

    Kids with COVID-19 are typically asymptomatic but can carry high levels of SARS-CoV-2 and spread it to others, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) researchers noted.

    Their study included 921 patients, aged 2 to 18, who had emergency dental procedures at UIC ...

    How Gum Disease Could Raise Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

    Keep flossing: A study just out suggests gum disease can increase your odds for severe COVID-19.

    Previous research showed that it's blood vessels, rather than airways, that are affected initially in COVID lung disease. Now, new research finds that high concentrations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in saliva and gum disease (periodontitis) are linked with an increased risk of death from COVID.

    Research Shows Links Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer's

    Don't forget to floss: New research adds to evidence linking gum disease with Alzheimer's disease.

    The mouth is home to both harmful bacteria that promote inflammation and healthy, protective bacteria, the study authors explained.

    In the new study, the researchers found that people who have more harmful than healthy gum bacteria were more likely to also have a protein marker for Al...

    Study Ties Gum Disease to High Blood Pressure

    Want to ward off high blood pressure? Don't forget to brush and floss.

    A new study finds that severe gum disease may make an otherwise healthy person significantly more likely to develop high blood pressure.

    "[Our] evidence indicates that periodontal bacteria cause damage to the gums and also triggers inflammatory responses that can impact the development of systemic diseases includ...

    School Dental Care Program Could Cut Cavities in Half: Study

    School-based dental care cut cavities in half among thousands of elementary students, a new study says.

    "The widespread implementation of oral health programs in schools could increase the reach of traditional dental practices and improve children's oral health -- all while reducing health disparities and the cost of care," said senior author Dr. Richard Niederman. He's chair of the depar...

    Pandemic Stress Has More Americans Grinding Their Teeth

    Lockdowns have you stressed? The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that more people are grinding their teeth as they try to cope with the pressures of the pandemic.

    An ADA Health Policy Institute survey of dentists found that 70% of respondents said they've seen an increase in the number of patients with teeth grinding and clenching, which are often linked to stress. That's up fr...

    Very Low COVID Infection Rate Among Dental Hygienists: Study

    Dental hygienists have a low rate of COVID-19, even though their jobs are considered high-risk, a new study says.

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared hygienists at high risk for COVID-19, so researchers decided to investigate.

    They analyzed survey data collected in October from nearly 4,800 dental hygienists in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

    ...

    Pandemic Has Affected Kids' Dental Health: Poll

    Could the COVID-19 pandemic be taking a toll on kids' teeth?

    A new, nationwide poll found the pandemic has made it harder for parents to get their kids regular dental care. But on the other hand, many say their youngsters are now taking better care of their teeth.

    The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at Michigan Medicine surveyed almost 1,900 parents ...

    Bleeding Gums? You Might Be Lacking Vitamin C

    If you have bleeding gums, you may need to increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet, a new study suggests.

    The American Dental Association says bleeding could be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. These new findings from University of Washington (UW) researchers suggest you should also check your vitamin C intake.

    "When you see your gums bleed, the first thing...

    Add Gum Disease to List of Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19

    Keep flossing: A new study finds that gum disease may raise the chances of hospitalization or death if COVID-19 strikes.

    The reason? Gum disease can be a sign of inflammation throughout the body.

    "It is well-established that systemic inflammation is not only linked with periodontal disease, but to several other respiratory diseases as well," explained Dr. James Wilson, president of...

    FDA Approves 'Tongue Strengthening' Device for Certain Sleep Apnea Patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the marketing of a new "tongue strengthening" device to cut down on snoring in patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea.

    Unlike devices used during sleep, this prescription device is used while awake, and is designed to stimulate and strengthen the tongue so that it doesn't collapse backward and obstruct the breathing airway durin...

    The Germs on Your Toothbrush Can Reveal Your Health

    The microbes on your toothbrush mostly come from your mouth -- not your toilet -- and provide insight into your oral health, researchers say.

    Their study was inspired by people's concerns that flushing a toilet might create a cloud of aerosol particles that end up on toothbrushes and other bathroom surfaces.

    The researchers asked people to mail in their used toothbrushes so they cou...

    Tense Times Mean More Tooth-Grinding, Dentists Warn

    If pandemic-related stress has you grinding your teeth, you're not alone.

    Dentists say tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching are on the rise due to the many challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "We've been seeing an increase in the number of patients looking for appointments to replace broken mouth guards" that have been cracked or chewed through, said Dr. Leopoldo Correa, dir...

    Dental Practices Rebound as U.S. Dentists Look Forward to COVID Vaccine

    The coronavirus pandemic hit dental practices hard early in 2020, as COVID-19 fears kept millions of Americans from seeking routine oral health care.

    But as dental offices have ratcheted up their safety measures, more patients have steadily been returning for checkups and more, according to recent polls conducted by the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute (HPI).

    In f...

    Many Dentists Face Aggressive Patients at Work

    FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2020 (Healthday News) -- Health care workers commonly experience aggression and violence at work, second only to law enforcement.

    That fact may bring to mind emergency room scenes in television dramas, but a new study of 98 New York City metro area dentists found that they, too, experience high numbers of both physical and verbal aggression.

    The study, published in ...

    Don't Overdo the Halloween Candy, or Your Smile May Suffer

    SUNDAY, Oct. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) - - COVID-19 may change the look of Halloween this year, but dressing up and indulging in some sweets is all part of the fun, even if your kids can't go door to door.

    And experts say one night of eating candy won't have a big effect on your teeth if it's done in moderation.

    "It is all about having self-control or parental control," sa...

    Older Patients at Risk When Dentists Prescribe Opioids

    Seniors who take depression and anxiety drugs shouldn't be prescribed opioid painkillers by their dentist because it puts them at increased risk for problems, researchers warn.

    They analyzed 2011-15 dental and medical data for 40,800 patients aged 65 and older across the United States. There were 947 emergency room visits and hospitalizations in the 30 days after a dental visit.

    ...

    COVID Bites: Cracked Teeth Another Coronavirus Scourge

    Dentists are drilling down on another worrying trend related to the coronavirus: more cracked teeth.

    Like sleepless nights and stomach jitters, teeth grinding is a telltale sign of stress. And the habit -- which can damage and break your choppers -- is sending people to dental offices in growing numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    "I have been seeing a lot of broken teet...

    Don't Delay Dental Visits During Pandemic

    Visiting your dentist during the coronavirus pandemic poses little risk, an expert says.

    Dentists have taken measures to protect patients, but some people are still reluctant to get dental care, said Dr. Cecile Feldman, dean of Rutgers University's School of Dental Medicine in New Jersey.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for re-opening in...

    Fluoridated Water Protects Baby Teeth, Too

    Fluoride in drinking water reduces the odds for severe cavities in baby teeth, researchers from New Zealand report.

    Although fluoridated toothpaste is widely available, fluoridated water continues to show a benefit in reducing cavities, said Dr. Howard Pollick, a health sciences clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.

    "Communit...

    Dental Groups Push Back on WHO's Call to Delay Routine Care

    The World Health Organization recommended postponing routine dental care during the coronavirus pandemic, but the American Dental Association (ADA) strongly disagrees.

    "Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care," said ADA President Dr. Chad Gehani. "Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or trea...

    Keep Flossing: Study Ties Gum Disease to Higher Cancer Risk

    Want to avoid cancer? Consider brushing and flossing more often.

    Why? Folks with bad gums might be at higher risk of developing certain types of cancer, new research suggests.

    A history of gum disease appears to increase the risk of stomach cancer by 52% and throat cancer by 43%, according to data from two major long-term health studies.

    People who'd lost t...

    In the COVID Era, Dental Appointments Won't  Be the Same

    Dental offices responded to COVID-19 lockdowns in much the same way as other medical professions, halting routine visits and only providing emergency care to patients in dire need.

    But now that stay-at-home orders are lifting, many dentists are reopening, but with new protocols to limit infection.

    Your dental appointment will not be the same, with changes from the waiting room t...

    Vaping Could Put You at Risk for Gum Disease

    E-cigarettes can damage more than your lungs: New research shows that only a few months of vaping might also trigger gum disease.

    "Vaping is such a big assault on the oral environment, and the change happens dramatically and over a short period of time," said study senior author Dr. Purnima Kumar, a professor of periodontology at Ohio State University.

    She and her team colle...

    Turning to Wine During Lockdown? Here's How to Protect Your Teeth

    Weathering the coronavirus pandemic might include imbibing a few glasses of red wine on occasion, but one expert says you don't have to wind up with stained teeth because of it.

    "The strength of your enamel and how prone you are to plaque buildup is key to how much your teeth might stain," said Dr. Uchenna Akosa, head of Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, the faculty practic...

    What Dental Offices Are Doing to Prevent Coronavirus Infection?

    Dentists, hygienists and other dental professionals are at high risk for work-related exposure to coronavirus, but they can take steps to protect themselves.

    "We have really good ways to prescreen patients: by taking their temperature, asking them questions regarding travel in the last two weeks, asking how they're feeling and if they have flu-like symptoms," said Dr. Fotinos Panagako...

    Your Teeth Are a Permanent Archive of Your Life: Study

    Your teeth provide a detailed account of your life, much as a tree's rings record its history, a groundbreaking study shows.

    "A tooth is not a static and dead portion of the skeleton. It continuously adjusts and responds to physiological processes," said lead study author Paola Cerrito, a doctoral candidate studying anthropology and dentistry at New York University (NYU) in New York ...

    After Tooth Pull, Opioids Don't Relieve Pain Better Than Other Meds: Study

    Opioids are no better than other meds at quelling the pain of a pulled tooth, a new study finds, suggesting it may be possible to significantly reduce their use in dentistry.

    University of Michigan researchers asked more than 325 people who had teeth pulled to rate their pain and satisfaction within six months of their extraction.

    About half of those who had surgical extract...

    Want to Help Keep Diabetes at Bay? Brush & Floss

    There's a new, unexpected reason to keep your pearly whites gleaming: avoiding diabetes.

    New research found that people who regularly brush their teeth three times a day reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.

    The study also found that people who have dental disease or a lot of missing teeth have a higher risk of developing the blood sugar condition.

    "Our study su...

    Another Vaping Hazard: Less-Healthy Mouths

    Your lungs might not be your only concern if you're trying electronic cigarettes -- your mouth may pay the price, too.

    Vaping alters the natural bacteria found in the mouth, leaving you more vulnerable to oral infections and inflammation, a new study reports.

    The researchers said this study is the first to show that vaping can alter the natural balance of beneficial bacteri...

    Too Many Antibiotics, Opioids Given to Dental Patients in the ER

    Too many patients who go to U.S. emergency rooms for dental problems are prescribed antibiotics and opioid painkillers, a new study claims.

    The findings show the need for continued efforts to combat both opioid abuse and overuse of antibiotics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said.

    For the study, the investigators analyzed 2012 to 2014 data an...

    Will Brushing and Flossing Protect You Against Stroke?

    Gum disease may be linked to higher rates of stroke caused by hardened and severely blocked arteries, preliminary research findings indicate.

    Two unpublished studies suggest that treating gum disease alongside other stroke risk factors might help prevent stroke by reducing the buildup of plaque in arteries and narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. However, the studies do not prove...

    Dentists Among Top Prescribers of Opioids

    American dentists often prescribe more than the recommended supply of opioid painkillers to patients, a new study finds.

    Not only that, they are more likely to prescribe more powerful opioids, the researchers found.

    In this study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 550,000 dental visits by adult patients between 2011 and 2015, before U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

    Cleaner Teeth, Healthier Heart?

    Brushing your teeth may be good for your heart, a new study suggests.

    It included more than 161,000 South Korean adults, ages 40 to 79, with no history of heart failure or the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation.

    Between 2003 and 2004, participants had a routine medical exam and were asked about a wide range of lifestyle habits, including ho...

    Antibiotics Not Recommended for Most Toothaches, New Guideline Says

    Antibiotics aren't necessary for most toothaches, a new American Dental Association (ADA) guideline says.

    It's common for doctors and dentists to prescribe antibiotics to ease toothache symptoms and prevent a more serious condition.

    But a review that led to the new guideline concluded that antibiotics are not the best option for adults with a toothache. Instead, they should ...

    Fewer Teeth, Higher Risk of Heart Disease?

    Losing teeth may be associated with higher risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

    Researchers studied nearly 317,000 Americans between 40 and 79 years of age. They found that 28% of those who had lost all their teeth to gum disease also had heart problems, compared with 7% of those who kept all their teeth.

    The researchers found that people with some missing ...

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