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More Than One-Third Sustain Long-Term Relationships with Their Dentist, MetLife Study Shows

NEW YORK, New York – A new study by MetLife reveals that most consumers (85%) believe there is a strong connection between oral health and overall medical health. Additionally, more than one-third (37%) of working Americans have established long-term relationships with their dentists that span six or more years. Consumers underscore their understanding of the link between oral health and medical health by citing preventive care as top on the list of reasons that they visit the dentist. These are encouraging findings given that clinical studies1 have revealed a correlation between periodontal disease and increased risk for serious conditions including heart disease and preterm births.

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Dental Access ‘Moving In The Right Direction’, Says Independent Charity

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading independent dental charity says that the government is now ‘moving in the right direction', after latest figures showed a national increase in NHS activity. The British Dental Health Foundation was speaking after figures released by the Department of Health showed that at national level, PCT's have now replaced the level of activity they lost in April, when the new dental contract was introduced.

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A Buffet For Early Human Relatives

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – University of Utah scientists improved a method of testing fossil teeth, and showed that early human relatives varied their diets with the seasons 1.8 million years ago, eating leaves and fruit when available in addition to seeds, roots, tubers and perhaps grazing animals.

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Boozy Britons Could Cause Mouth Cancer Cases To Soar

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading oral health charity has warned that Britain's increasing drinking culture could cause the number of mouth cancer cases to spiral to new levels. The British Dental Health Foundation was speaking after government statistics revealed the number of alcohol related deaths in the UK has almost doubled since 1991.

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American Academy of Periodontology Statement on Periodontal Disease and Preterm Low Birthweight

CHICAGO, Illinois – Research presented in a recent paper by Michalowicz et al published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests that treatment of periodontitis in pregnant women improves periodontal health and is safe but does not significantly alter rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, or fetal growth restriction. This outcome is at variance with findings of other studies, which have suggested that periodontal treatment positively affects birth outcomes.

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AGD Launches Dry Mouth Awareness Effort: Some Medication Warning Labels Are Tough To Swallow

CHICAGO, Illinois – More than 32 million adults are at risk of dry mouth, or xerostomia, caused mainly by prescription and over-the-counter drug products. Dry mouth can lead to extensive decay, serious oral infections and make it difficult to swallow and speak. More than 80 percent of patients complain about dry mouth and dry mouth symptoms per week, according to a recent online member poll conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

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AGD Received Award From American College Of Dentists: Organization Recognizes AGD's Commitment To Ethics

CHICAGO, Illinois – On October 17, 2006, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) received the Ethics and Professionalism Award from the American College of Dentists (ACD) at its annual meeting in Las Vegas. The award recognizes exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations in the promotion of ethics or professionalism in dentistry.

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Common Antacids Could Help Keep Gingivitis At Bay

ROCHESTER, New York and GOTEBORG, Sweden – Chemicals commonly used to treat heartburn also display fighting power against the oral bacteria linked with gum disease, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Göteborg University in Sweden.

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Dental Charity Warns Confusion Over Dental Access Could Lead To Increase In Mouth Cancer Deaths

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading oral health charity has warned that the confusion surrounding NHS dentistry could lead to an increase in mouth cancer deaths as people are put off visiting the dentist. The British Dental Health Foundation was speaking after the launch of the new ‘Guide to Making Dental Care Affordable' leaflet, which is available free of charge to members of the public.

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New Text Focuses On Microbes In The Mouth

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – A new microbiology textbook from ASM Press pays more than just lip service to microbes in the mouth. Oral Microbiology and Immunology focuses primarily on the knowledge and understanding of the oral ecosystem and its unique role in human health and disease.

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