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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should go to the dentist within six months of getting the first tooth – and no later than the first birthday. An early visit to the dentist can set the foundation for a lifetime of great oral health.
Parents Advised To Provide Early Care For Children’s Baby Teeth. The Urbana/Champaign (IL) News-Gazette (8/19) recommends children start receiving dental care very early, stating that many parents may not realize how important it is to care for baby teeth. According to the article, dentists recommend children visit the dentist when their first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday, adding that one Illinois dentist said this helps establish a positive relationship between the child and the dentist. Caring for baby teeth is important because the teeth not only help children chew, but also help form a path for permanent teeth to follow, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, the article reports that the American Dental Association advises parents to schedule a morning visit for their child and avoid using dental visits as a reward or punishment.
Dental Flossing Can Reduce Future Dental Costs. In an op-ed for Dollar Stretcher (8/4, Spieler), a dentist says that dental floss is “one of the best dental products you can buy,” aside from fluoride toothpaste and a good toothbrush. Dental floss removes bacteria that brushing cannot reach, which can save future dental costs by helping to prevent “plaque formation, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and tooth decay,” the dentist states, adding, “For healthy people, when it comes to good home dental care a simple fluoride toothpaste, a good soft bristle toothbrush, and regular use of dental floss will work wonders.”
Pregnancy Gingivitis and Gum Disease: Protecting the Health of Your Baby Pregnancy Dental Health You know that taking care of yourself during pregnancy will help your baby be born healthy, but taking care of your teeth and gums may be more important than you realize. While you are pregnant hormone changes can cause gingivitis, an early form of gum disease even if you have always had a healthy mouth. If you have a history of gum disease, it can flare up and become more serious. Gingivitis and periodontal gum disease can put the health of your baby at risk. They are bacterial infections that can get into your blood steam easily and cause chronic inflammation. The related risks include: • Preterm babies • Low birth weight babies • Putting your own teeth and health at risk Our intention is not to scare you, but to remind you that brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are all important to prenatal care. If you notice that your gums are tender, red, or bleeding give us a call. Be sure to let us know that you are expecting and when your baby is due. It is also important to not ignore any other dental pain or issues because they could involve infection as well. We know exactly how to take care of you in a way that will keep your new baby safe and healthy. If you are experiencing pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease your treatment may include: • Extra teeth cleaning(s) with our hygienist • Non-surgical gum treatment • Safe digital x-rays • Medications that are safe for your baby • Brushing and flossing daily We love babies and want you and your little one to have the best care possible. Of course, we may include bringing in baby pictures after they are born as part of your overall treatment plan.
Brushing, Flossing Among Recommended Daily Habits. Business Insider (7/24, Gillett) shared 13 of its favorite “simple habits” recommended by readers to follow daily “to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person,” including brushing teeth and flossing. According to the article, “Brushing and flossing your teeth not only prevents gingivitis and tooth decay, but it can also save your life.” In addition, the ADA “recommends you brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.” Not following this guidance could increase the “risk for developing dementia, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer, among other things,” the article reported.
Parents Encouraged To Bring Children To Dentist Before School Begins. In a broader piece discussing steps parents can take to prepare their children for kindergarten, Eastern Arizona Courier (7/18, LeBlanc) said that parents should focus on both the mental and health needs of their kids. In addition to bringing children to see their doctor, the article recommends parents bring their children to see the dentist prior to the start of the school year “since oral health issues can affect the development of the jaw and speech.” In addition, “Pain from dental problems can also cause difficulty with concentration or result in absences,
Toothbrush Among Items That Should Be Replaced Frequently. The Times (7/7) reports on “seemingly innocuous everyday items of person use” that “may have outlived their time.” Among several items, the article points to the toothbrush, which it says should be replaced frequently. The Times points out as well that the toothbrush should be replaced immediately after any viral infection, regardless of how new the toothbrush is.
Our Team wishes you a very happy 4th of July. While you are taking care of others, please don't forget to take care of your own health . Studies suggest that laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation and increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Besides, it lowers blood pressure , release endorphins and is good for mental and physical health. People with heart disease are 40 percent less likely to laugh than people without it. So Laugh for 20 minutes every day. Watch a comedy show or hangout with friends, family or kids.
: Good Oral Health Key To Overall Health. Under the headline “Not Going to the Dentist Is Not an Option,” the Huffington Post (7/2, Collins) reports that although regular dental visits “tend to fall off the to do list of many an adult,” proper oral health “is not only about the whiteness of your smile, the pink of your gums and the freshness of your breath, but also about your overall health.” Noting that recent studies have found a link between gum disease and increased odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke, the Huffington Post reports that people should replace their toothbrush every three months, brush twice daily and floss nightly, and visit the dentist regularly. Moreover, “diabetics need to be even more vigilant about dental health,” since diabetes “increases the body’s resistance to infection,” making gums “more vulnerable to health problems.”
BuzzFeed Explores Causes Of, Remedies For Halitosis. BuzzFeed (6/22) reported on the causes of halitosis, noting that according to American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Matthew Messina, the two types of bad breath are caused by lingering food odors, or bacteria in the mouth, or halitosis. BuzzFeed adds, “It’s less likely, but sometimes halitosis can be caused by gum disease, gastric reflux, sinus drainage, diabetes, tonsil stones, or other oral diseases, says Messina.” The article also reports that “anyone can get bad breath from a buildup of bacteria, but it’s usually solved with optimal oral hygiene and a combination of a few different products,” advising that patients should also regularly visit the dentist, especially if they suspect they are suffering from halitosis.
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“Shark Tank” Contestant Launches Oral Health App. The Medical Daily (6/15) reports that after a “Shark Tank” contestant “made history” with his breathalyzer technology, he is now launching “a second product with the same technology,” but that “instead of analyzing a person’s blood-alcohol content to prevent drug driving, ‘Mint will measure your mouth’s bacteria and hydration levels to prevent unnecessary trips to the dentist.” The investor said, “A lot of people think halitosis is just bad breath, but it’s really a byproduct of poor oral health,” adding, “We measure what are called sulfuric compounds, which have a direct connection to the amount of bacteria in your mouth.”
TIME Considers Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity. TIME (5/21) reports on why people suffer from tooth sensitivity. TIME reports that short-lived cold-induced pain may not be cause for alarm, “but if the pain is persistent and confined to a specific tooth or area of your mouth,” it may be an indicator of a micro-crack, a degraded filling, or a cavity, all of which require a dentist’s attention. If a person has sensitivities to cold, hot and biting pressure “we could also be talking about some sort of infection in the tooth,” Dr. Messina said. Sensitivity may be the result of issues with the gums, as “brushing too forcefully, chewing tobacco or allowing the buildup of plaque can all cause your gums to “run away” from your teeth, resulting in temperature sensitivity, Messina says.” Dr. Messina also said, “The solutions are often simple, but only if we address the problem early.” Dental Visits Key To Oral Health, With Or Without Dental Benefits. Noting that the recently “national debate over health insurance largely overlooked dental coverage,” US News & World Report (5/20) reports that even those people without dental benefits should not delay professional dental care from a dentist. “You could be the most dedicated brusher and flosser and still have dental problems if you go years without seeing a professional,” US News reports. Additionally, US News points out that although preventive care “can be expensive,” it “comes at a far lesser price than treatment after something goes wrong” due to years of missed dental appointments.
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Dental Visits Can Also Lead To Oral Cancer Detection. WWLP-TV Springfield, MA (5/19) carries a CNN Health Minute segment reporting that a visit to the dentist “is not just about cavities and gum disease,” but “can save your life” with early detection of oral cancer. The CNN segment pointed to one woman who began to have a burning sensation in the back of her tongue that persisted, and was diagnosed by her dentist have a thorough exam. Still, “If caught early oral cancer has a very good survival rate,” CNN reports. Moreover, the segment reports that while oral cancer is common among long-term tobacco users, “young people are getting diagnosed more and more, often because of” HPV.
Study Highlights Need To Rinse, Replace Toothbrush. Women’s Health (5/5) reports that a study from researchers at the University of Manchester found that “the average toothbrush can contain 10 million or more bacteria,” including E.coli and Staph. The article reports that the study illuminates the importance of properly rinsing and storing one’s toothbrush, as well as replacing it at the proper interval. The article cites American Dental Association spokesperson and dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell, who explained that people should rinse their brush thoroughly after use, replace it when the bristles become frayed or after three months of use, and to store it in an upright position “in a spot that gets enough air for it to dry between brushings.”
Study: Wine Tasting May Be More Harmful To Teeth Than Standard Drinking. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (3/25, Nancarrow) reports that a study from the University of Adelaide in Australia has shown that “just 10 one-minute wine tastings can bring a softening of the tooth enamel.” Researchers said that the “acidic levels found in wine were similar to those in orange juice,” and that people who taste wine, as opposed to simply drink it, have an increased risk for tooth break-down because of the additional swirling of wine in the mouth associated with tasting wine, increasing exposure of wine to the tooth. The researchers advise frequent wine tasters use fluoride treatments to help protect their tooth structure.
Study: Seniors Who Sleep In Dentures At Higher Risk For Pneumonia. “Today, approximately 75 percent of senior citizens over age 65 have kept some or all of their teeth – a record -thanks to better preventive measures like community water fluoridation and daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, according to the American Dental Association,” a press release carried by the Senior Journal (12/19) announces. The release goes on to state that dental health can have a significant effect on overall health, and, as an example, points to a recent study in the Journal of Dental Research that “found that very elderly adults (ages 85 and older) in community-living settings who slept in dentures were at a higher risk of developing pneumonia because bacteria from the mouth could be inhaled into the lungs.” The press release then goes on to list ADA advice on how to maintain proper dental health. Meanwhile, on its website, KAMR-TV (12/19) reports the results of the Journal of Dental Research study, quoting Dr. Judith Jones, DDS, of the American Dental Association. Dr. Jones said, “it’s really important if you have dentures of any type to make sure that you take them out every night,” adding that people should “take them out, clean them carefully, store them in a cup of liquid, and in the morning clean them again.”