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Gum Disease Raises Risk of Cognitive Decline, Study Finds

Poor periodontal health may up the odds of cognitive decline and dementia, researchers say.

17 Jun

TikTok Soda Craze Harmful to Teeth, Experts Say

Acidic beverages like the homemade soda recipe on TikTok can cause dental erosion, cavities and yellow teeth, a new study finds.

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Getting Your Gums Cleaned Could Mean Better Outcomes After Heart Attack

While dental and medical care are thought to be related, researchers wondered what impact oral care might have on a serious heart condition.

A University of Michigan team studied more than 2,000 patients who had a heart attack in 2017. The patients had either received periodontal care, dental cleanings or no or...

Unhealthy Gums Could Up Your Odds for Dementia

Gum disease has far-reaching effects and may increase your odds of developing dementia, a new study suggests.

In a review of 47 previously published studies, researchers in Finland found that tooth loss, deep pockets around teeth in the gums, or bone loss in the tooth sockets was tied to a 21% higher risk of dementia and a 23% higher risk of

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  • September 12, 2022
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  • Oral Surgery on Your Calendar? Expert Offers Tips to Ease Anxiety

    If you're planning to have oral surgery, be prepared, not scared, an expert suggests — and stay off YouTube.

    “I tell all of my patients, ‘The more you know, the better it's going to be.' As health professionals, we're not trying to scare patients with information; it's just that when you're prepared for something, when you know what's going to happen, it reduces the anxiety level, a...

    Moving Away From Opioids to Treat Dental Pain

    Many opioid abusers cite short-term, legitimate use of an opioid for relief of joint or dental pain as their "gateway" into addiction.

    Now, research done at one New York State clinic finds that dentists can cut their use of opioids down to zero, using other painkillers for patients instead.

    The end...

    Mom-to-Be's Gum Disease Could Raise Odds for Premature Birth

    A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.

    The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, considered

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  • June 22, 2022
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  • Tongue, Lip Piercings May Harm Teeth and Gums

    Getting your tongue or lips pierced? Don't be surprised when your dentist is unhappy about it.

    These piercings can do damage to your teeth and gums, a new study warns.

    "Our study found that many people with oral piercings had deep pockets and gaps around their teeth, and recedi...

    Link Up Doctor, Dentists' Records for Faster Dental Care

    Rapid access to a patient's medical records could help dentists provide better care, but that rarely happens, a new study finds.

    "Oral health practitioners may need to confirm a list of medical considerations; for example, that there is no contraindication to a patient sitting in a chair for a lengthy procedure or whether a patient is taking any medication that could put them at risk for ...

    How Long Do Teeth Survive After Root Canal?

    If you've had a root canal, you can expect your tooth to survive for about 11 years, researchers say.

    For a time, root canals can maintain teeth affected by cavities or other problems, but the tooth eventually becomes brittle and dies. To learn more about just how long that process might take, ...

    Do Dentures Take a Toll on Good Nutrition?

    Dentures may take a bite out of your nutrition, a new study warns.

    "They do not provide the same chewing efficiency, which may alter eating habits," said senior author Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath, director of the Regenstrief Institute and the School of Dentistry Dental Informatics program at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "Dentists need to be aware of this and provide advice or a refer...

    A Penicillin Allergy Is Bad News If You Get a Dental Implant

    While the vast majority of dental implant procedures go smoothly, related infections can up the risk for implant failure.

    Antibiotics can keep that risk at bay, with penicillin the typical go-to choice. But new research warns that when patients are given an alternative antibiotic due to concerns over

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  • April 14, 2022
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  • Can't Afford the Dentist? Try a Dental Therapist

    Nearly 60 million Americans live in "dental deserts," while many more can't afford basic dental care even if it is available.

    Enter dental therapists.

    New research suggests these newly minted health care professionals could help more people get the oral hea...

    A Healthy Mouth Can Mean a Healthy Heart for Older Women

    A new study offers more evidence that oral health is connected to heart health: Older women who harbor certain bacteria in their mouths might be at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.

    The study, which followed 1,200 women for a decade, found that 15 types of mouth bacteria were linked to the odds of developing

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  • Pandemic Bit Into Supply of Dental Hygienists

    It might be harder to get your teeth cleaned this year, with a new study showing a shortage of dental hygienists in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Not unlike many other professions in the United States, challenges persist in dental hygienist employment," said study first author Rachel Morrissey, a senior research analyst with the American Dental Association.

    "The ...

    Vaping Shows More Links to Gum Disease

    Cigarette smoking is infamous for promoting gum disease, and now a new study adds to evidence that vaping also exacts a toll on the teeth and gums.

    Researchers found that people who use e-cigarettes have a unique bacterial composition in their mouths that likely spells trouble for their dental health. In fact, their oral microbes were more similar to that of cigarette smokers than to nons...

    A Healthy Mouth Could Be a Lifesaver for Kids With Heart Conditions

    Kids with heart conditions are more likely than their peers to have frequent cavities, toothaches or bleeding gums, a new U.S. government study finds.

    Researchers found that of U.S. children and teenagers with heart conditions, 10% had only "poor" to "fair" dental health, as rated by their parents. That was twice the figure of kids without heart problems.

    It's a concern in part, the...

    Drills Key to Making Dental Appointments COVID-Safe

    The type of drill your dentist uses just might determine your chances of catching COVID-19 while in the chair.

    So claims new research that suggests dentists can significantly improve patient safety during the pandemic by switching the type of drill they use.

    British researchers used a harmless virus s...

    Could a Chewing Gum in Pregnancy Help Prevent Premature Deliveries?

    Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for preterm birth, and now new research suggests that chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol during pregnancy may lower this risk.

    The study took place in Malawi, Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of preterm delivery. Experts are quick t...

    The 'Oreo Test' and Other Ways to Help Kids' Oral Health

    Worried your kid isn't brushing his or her teeth properly? You might want to try the Oreo test.

    "If the child eats an Oreo and brushes their teeth and the parent can still see the Oreos, they need to be checking and helping them brush," said Elise Sarvas, a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry with the University of Minnesota.

    Sarvas offers up the Oreo test and other ...

    Visiting a 'Dental Fear' Clinic Can Help Improve a Child's Smile

    If the sound of a dental drill sends shivers up your spine, you're likely in good company: Finnish researchers say that one of every two adults fear the dentist at least a little, while one in 10 are very afraid.

    But the researchers added that a local dentistry program has found a novel way to turn screams into smiles, by exposing patients as young as 2 to a series of desensitizing exams ...

    When Gums Aren't Healthy, Mind and Body May Follow

    Gum disease isn't just a threat to your teeth. It also increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, mental woes and more, British researchers report.

    "The study reinforces the importance of prevention, early identification and treatment of periodontal disease, and the need for members of th...

    Scientists Get to the Root of 'Chalky Teeth' in Kids

    Researchers who say they have discovered what causes kids to have "chalky teeth" predict it could lead to new ways to fight it and cut cavities by half.

    One in five children have chalky teeth -- visible as discolored enamel spots -- which can cause severe toothache and decay, sometimes resulting in abscesses, extractions and other problems.

    "We can't yet prevent chalky teeth from de...

    Animal Study Suggests Link Between Obesity and Gum Disease

    It is likely a connection few have considered, but new research in mice suggests that obesity may up your risk of gum disease.

    Specifically, chronic inflammation caused by obesity may trigger the development of cells called osteoclasts that break down bone tissue -- including alveolar bone that holds teeth in place.

    “Although there is a clear relationship between the degree of obe...

    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 or...

    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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  • August 20, 2021
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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...

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