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Islip Cosmetic Dentist Enhances Patient Knowledge of Dental Health

ISLIP, New York – Patients can now gain valuable dental health care knowledge by visiting Dr. Joseph Morris', Islip cosmetic dentist, interactive website. Dr. Morris announces the addition of an online patient education library to enhance patient knowledge outside of the office.

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New Jersey Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Thomas Streko: Dental Health Isn't Just About Your Teeth

WESTFIELD, New Jersey – One of New Jersey's leading cosmetic dentists, Dr. Thomas Streko, recently published an article on his website, www.DrStreko.com titled “The Mouth Body Connection.” In the article, Dr. Streko discusses how your dental health doesn't just provide clues to how well you take care of your teeth. It can also alert your dentist to other problems going on inside your body. Dr. Streko explains how this link called the “mouth body connection” is fast evolving into a major diagnostic tool.

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What Causes Cavities?

CHICAGO,Illinois – There are two types of oral bacteria that produce cavities and these are the Streptococcus mutans and the Lactobacillus spp. that multiply in numbers if a patient does not practice good oral hygiene. These bacterial species are all lactic acid formers and acid, just for the information of many, can weaken whatever hard surface it comes into contact with including the tooth's enamel.

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Caring Dentistry of San Rafael Explains How to Spot Dental Problems

In an effort to educate Americans on dental implants Dr. Miller of Caring Dentistry is offering tips on how to spot dental problems. <

SAN RAFAEL, California – "Most people know to see their doctor when they have a high fever," notes Dr. Tim Miller, DDS. "However, for some reason many Americans do not see their dentist when they have a dental worry. Part of this is because dental issues are not always easy to identify, and people who are not dental professionals do not realize the severity of the problem. To help you stay on top of your dental health, we have put together the following list of how to spot problems that might warrant a trip to your dentist."

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Improve Your Oral Health in 2011

CHICAGO, Illinois – Many people ring in a new year by making health-related resolutions to improve their lives, but how many of those lifestyle changes are kept past January? The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education, has compiled some easy-to-keep oral health tips that consumers can work into their everyday routines and continue to perform throughout the year.

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South Florida Dentist Warns About Holiday Foods

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – When most people think of foods that can harm your teeth, they think of candy. "However, there are a lot of other foods to avoid," says Dr. Charles Nottingham, a cosmetic dentist at Smile South Florida. "Unfortunately, many of them are popular during the holidays."

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Expecting? Don't Neglect Your Teeth

CHICAGO, Illinois – Even though most people are aware that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child, misunderstandings about the safety of dental care during pregnancy may cause pregnant women to avoid seeing their dentist. The fact is that dentists can create a treatment plan that is safe, effective, and essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease during pregnancy.

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Dental Sealants: A Cost Effective Approach to Sealing Out Tooth Decay

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Tooth decay affects more than one quarter of children ages two to five, half of those ages 12 to 15 and countless adults in the United States. In fact, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children; five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. While daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, there are other things you can do to further prevent tooth decay from occurring. The good news, tooth decay is preventable.

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This Halloween Don’t Play Tricks on Your Teeth

ADA Dentists provide Halloween tips about tooth decay, vampire fangs

CHICAGO, Illinois – This Halloween and throughout the year, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises not to play decay-causing tricks on your teeth and offers advice on treats and vampire fangs.

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ADA Launches Smile Healthy Program: New Logo Will Help Consumers Make Smart Product Choices

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) announced today the launch of its new “Smile Healthy,” certification program aimed at helping consumers identify which foods and beverages are good for oral health.

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PDA Stresses the Importance of Caring For Your Child’s Baby Teeth

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania--Americans of all ages continue to experience improvements in their oral health. However, decay in baby teeth increased from 24 percent to 28 percent among children two to five years of age, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compared data collected in 1999-2004 to data gathered 10 years earlier.

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FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste From China Containing Harmful Chemical

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States.

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Seniors Can Smile Into Retirement with Proper Care

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania-- “Teeth are meant to last a lifetime,” says the American Dental Association. "It is a myth that adults can expect to lose many of them later in life."

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AGD's Dental Awareness Day is June 29

CHICAGO, Illinois – More than 100 dental experts will be available on Friday, June 29, 2007, to provide free dental advice and answer questions about oral health through the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) SmileLine, a non-profit, toll-free national dental health hotline. The 16th annual SmileLine will take place on Dental Awareness Day in conjunction with the AGD's 55th Annual Meeting & Exhibits in San Diego, Calif., from June 27-July 1, 2007.

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New Saliva Test May Help Dentists Test for Breast Cancer

CHICAGO, Illinois – Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States. In 2006, the American Cancer Society estimated that there would be 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer, and in that year, 40,970 women would die from it. Many women's lives could be saved if this cancer was diagnosed earlier, and early diagnosis could be achieved if there were more and easier opportunities to do so.

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Root Beer May Be "Safest" Soft Drink for Teeth

CHICAGO, Illinois – Exposing teeth to soft drinks, even for a short period of time, causes dental erosion—and prolonged exposure can lead to significant enamel loss. Root beer products, however, are non-carbonated and do not contain the acids that harm teeth, according to a study in the March/April 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal. That might be something to consider during the next visit to the grocery store.

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What Patients Should Know About Techniques to Conserve Teeth

CHICAGO, Illinois – Minimally invasive dentistry may not be a term with which dental patients are familiar, but many dentists use such techniques every day in their practices. Procedures such as remineralization, sealing, inlays and onlays help to conserve healthy tooth structure, which is better for the long-term health of teeth, according to the February 2007 issue of AGD Impact, the monthly newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). They allow dentists to perform the least amount of dentistry needed while not removing more of the tooth structure than is required.

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Highly Preventable Oral Disease Affects Millions

CHICAGO, Illinois – The statistics are staggering: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over four million children are affected by tooth decay nationwide, a jump of over 600,000 additional preschoolers over the course of a decade. Senior citizens, those with diets high in carbohydrates and people who live in areas without a fluoridated water supply are also likely candidates for cavities.

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Brides-to-Be and Job Applicants: Here's Your Quick-Fix

CHICAGO, Illinois – Reality TV has provided the general public with a glimpse into the world of cosmetic dentistry with shows like “Extreme Makeover”—and people like the “quick-fix” they see. One of these quick fixes is a resin appliance (known as a clip-on smile or snap-on teeth), designed to fit over the teeth to create an esthetically appealing smile.

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AAPD Releases Statement on the Death of Deamonte Driver

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) extends our deepest condolences to the family of 12-year-old Maryland boy Deamonte Driver, who lost his life from a severe brain infection that was caused by bacteria from an infected tooth. Deamonte Driver's death points to a complete system breakdown. The AAPD continues to advocate across the nation addressing ways to improve access to dental care for all children. As the state and federal Medicaid dental system now stands, it is badly broken in many states. Major improvements need to be made so tha t more children will not fall through the cracks. Although Deamonte Driver is a rare case, many children are at-risk.

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Dentist Warns Bad Cosmetic Dentistry Can Aggravate Or Cause Health Problems

AMHERST, Massachusetts – Author, dentist, university professor and the voice of holistic dentistry, Dr. Flora Stay explains, "While people are aware of the cosmetic differences dental care can provide, few realize that cosmetic changes are only as good as the materials and techniques behind them. Improper restoration or inappropriate materials can aggravate or even cause health problems."

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Calif. Dental Hygienists Making Difference in the Health & Smiles of California Children

GLENDALE, California – To help fight an epidemic of cavities and oral disease among the state's young children, the California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) is offering information about how to effectively spot and prevent tooth decay, which plagues millions of California schoolchildren.

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Good Oral Health Practices Should Begin in Infancy

CHICAGO, Illinois – February is National Children's Dental Health Month and as the American Dental Association (ADA) kicks it off with its Fifth Annual Give Kids A Smile Day on February 2 at nearly 2,200 locations across the country, the ADA offers advice for parents and caregivers to help children maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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A Visit to the General Dentist Can Prevent A Major Case of Tooth Loss

CHICAGO, Illinois – Do you know what common oral disease has been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and preterm low-birth weight babies? According to the November 2006 issue of AGD Impact, the monthly newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), it's periodontal disease and can be easily prevented through regular visits to a general dentist, daily brushing, flossing, and professional cleaning. Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease and it can affect three out of four people in their lifetime.

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Swishing Once A Day With Mouthrinse Poses No Harm To Dental Work

CHICAGO, Illinois – People have been paying more attention to the effects certain liquids like coffee, citrus-containing drinks, and even toothbrushes have on teeth. Mouthrinses are no exception. Mouthrinses contain essential oils, which include eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, alcohol, sorbitol, and others. People use mouthrinses for many reasons, ranging from whiter teeth, better breath, or cavity protection. But are there any risks to using mouthrinses that contain essential oils?

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Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: Recurring And Unexplained Episodes Destroy Teeth

CHICAGO, Illinois – Health risks are everywhere and as many as people know about, there are still many of which people are unaware. Parents face even more concerns when it comes to protecting children. Some diseases and problems are more prevalent in children-like cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS).

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Biting Not Allowed

HOLLAND, Michigan--National Children's Dental Health Month and National Pet Dental Health Month are both celebrated during the month of February. The whole month has been designated to increasing parents and pet owner's awareness of the fight against oral disease.

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New Website Offers Opportunity To Brush Up On Dental Health Facts, Chance To Win Milwaukee Bucks Tickets

WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) launched a new Web site today where visitors can go to brush up on their dental health knowledge and then take an online quiz for a chance to win a set of four floor-level tickets to the April 9 Milwaukee Bucks versus Orlando Magic basketball game at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Center. The tickets are valued at $1,480 and the contest ends March 15.

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New Website Details Oral Cancer Dangers

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – "If my dentist had not diagnosed my cancer, I would likely be dead by now." That powerful comment is in a new video on a Web site as part of a comprehensive continuing dental education course dealing with oral cancer screening and prevention that is now offered online by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

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Three Things COPD Sufferers Should Know During The Cold Season

HOLLAND, Michigan--If you have emphysema, chronic bronchitis or asthmatic bronchitis (the group of diseases that make up Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD), you have a few good reasons to keep your teeth clean:

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Why Do Dental Travelers Prefer Using Agencies?

LINCOLN, United Kingdom – Travelling for more affordble dental treatment is not that new to UK and US patients by now. But choosing the right dentistry, the right service provider and the right location can make difference in savings.

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ADA Offers Tips for Enjoying Holiday Sweets and Keeping that "Sweet Tooth" Intact

CHICAGO, Illinois – Eating a lot of holiday sweets may satisfy that "sweet tooth," but too much of a good thing might lead to unintended results for your teeth and gums, according to an American Dental Association (ADA) consumer advisor.

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American Academy of Periodontology Releases Online Tool To Help Patients Determine Risk For Periodontal Diseases

CHICAGO, Illinois – Patients who visit the AAP Web site (www.perio.org) now have an interactive tool to help them identify their individual risk for developing periodontal disease. “Millions of Americans have periodontal disease and don't know it,” said Preston D. Miller, DDS and AAP president. “This tool will help patients test to see if they are at risk for having or developing periodontal disease.”

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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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Massachusetts Dental Society Says When it Comes To Halloween Candy, “Chews Wisely”

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – With nearly six percent of young children in the United States suffering from various food allergies, parents are more conscious than ever of the kinds of foods they give to kids. The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) says the same can also be said for Halloween candy.

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Oral Lesions Are Commonly Associated With Pediatric HIV/AIDS

CHICAGO, Illinois – Across the globe, the presence of HIV is wide-spread. At the end of 2004, the United Nations HIV/AIDS program estimated that 2.5 million children under the age of 15 were affected worldwide. Additionally, approximately 500,000 children in that same age group died from disease-related cases in that year alone. In the United States, 90 percent of infected children are infected by the disease through birth.

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Tongue Scrapers Only Slightly Reduce Bad Breath

CHICAGO, Illinois – Bad breath is a common problem for many people, given the wide variety of substances traveling through our mouths daily. Some people avoid offensive foods and drinks, chew gum, use mouth rinses, or eat mints to mask unpleasant odor. Others cannot escape bad breath quite so easily. At least 40 million Americans suffer from halitosis. Unfortunately, there is no standard treatment for it.

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Use, As Well As "Meth Mouth," On The Rise

CHICAGO, Illinois – It's cheap, addictive and can harm your smile for life. Its use is also rapidly increasing both nationally and world-wide. It is methamphetamine. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 12 million Americans age 12 and older reported they had tried methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) advises it is imperative that the public and dental professionals learn about the severe oral health effects the drug is having on many users' mouths.

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"Meth Mouth" Can Leave Users Toothless

CHICAGO, Illinois – Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive drug that can seriously damage oral health, destroying a person's smile and natural ability to chew, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

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Oral Bisphosphonate Risk Slight, But Dental Patients Should Be Aware, ADA Says

CHICAGO, Illinois – People taking oral bisphosphonates, a type of drug used to treat osteoporosis, osteopenia and Paget's disease of bone, should be aware of potential risks when undergoing certain dental procedures, according to guidelines published in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

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Tetracycline Plus Teeth Equal Gray Smile

DENVER, Colorado – Many adults over age 35 cover their mouth to avoid smiling in public in order to hide their teeth darkened by tetracycline stains. Typically, invasive as well as costly treatment options, such as veneers, crowns and bonding, served as the only treatment options to help these individuals hide such stains and boost their self-esteem.

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Different Options Produce Similar Result

CHICAGO, Illinois – In today's society, the emphasis on one's appearance is unavoidable. Consumers receive messages on a daily basis regarding products to help them lose weight, change their skin's appearance, or improve the whiteness of their teeth. Tooth whitening in particular has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the years, due to the reasonable price of the products and the increase in public demand.

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Soaking Up The Sun While Getting A Cavity Filled?

CHICAGO, Illinois – While most people may not associate combining their vacation time with a dental visit, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that the concept of dental tourism is becoming increasingly popular with Americans looking for lower-priced dental care.

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Treatment Drug May Cause Jawbone To Die

CHICAGO, Illinois – Breast cancer patients, individuals at risk for osteoporosis, and individuals undergoing certain types of bone cancer therapies often take drugs that contain bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates may place patients at risk for developing osteonecrosis of the jaws (a rotting of the jaw bones), according to a case report and literature review that appeared in the May/June 2006 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

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Pregnancy Cravings Can Harm Your Oral Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – Pregnant women may often make ice cream runs to calm their cravings as they wait for their baby's arrival. Other women suffering from an eating disorder called pica, will have cravings for ice, freezer frost, or even soil.

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Your Dentist and Your Medical History

CHICAGO, Illinois – Q: Why do I need to share a complete medical history with my dentist?

A: During your first dental visit, your dentist will ask you for a thorough medical history, which typically is included on your patient registration materials. Your medical history may include questions about lifestyle (such as smoking or involvement in high-risk sports) and family medical history. This history, combined with the results of your initial clinical examination, will help to assess your immediate dental care needs and recommend the best treatment approach.

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‘Feed Your Smile’ With a Healthy Diet

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The benefits of a healthy diet are well publicised, but not everyone realises how important the food we eat is to the appearance of our smile. May 14 to June 13 is National Smile Month. Organised by oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, this year's campaign is using the tagline ‘Feed Your Smile' to remind people of the importance of healthy eating.

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BCD Organization Sponsors Children’s Sealant Day April 29

DALLAS,Texas – The Asian-American Dental Society at Baylor College of Dentistry-Texas A&M Health Science Center is sponsoring a Children's Sealant Day on April 29 in Dallas. The free program, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baylor College of Dentistry, is open to children ages 6-14. Children must have an appointment and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be treated.

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Oral Health Charity Warns Against Travelling Abroad For Dental Treatment

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's largest oral health charity is urging patients to stop and think before travelling abroad for dental treatment asking them, ‘what will you do if something goes wrong?' The British Dental Health Foundation, providers of a free Dental Helpline service (0845 063 1188), fears that controversy surrounding UK dentistry is leading to drastic action among patients, with more and more travelling abroad to undertake treatment.

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April Is National Facial Protection Month: Dental Specialists Advise Kids to Play It Safe

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Many sports injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper protective gear. That's why three ADA-recognized dental specialties - The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry - are sponsoring April is National Facial Protection Month. They advise young athletes to play it safe by wearing mouth guards and other appropriate protective gear when participating in many sports and activities.

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Baby Boomers: Prepare Your Teeth For Retirement

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Baby boomers should add oral health to the list of things to consider when preparing for retirement, says the BC Dental Association (BCDA) as it launches Oral Health Month this April. The 2006 campaign aims to build awareness amongst older adults of dental habits that will help them maintain good oral health for life.

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Take care of your child’s smile for life

CHICAGO, Illinois – With a baby, everything is a first and that includes the first adorable smile. To ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends that your child's first trip to a dentist occurs six months after his or her first tooth erupts.

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Braces align crooked teeth and boost self-esteem

CHICAGO, Illinois – Orthodontics are often necessary to help improve the stability, function, and health of an individual's teeth; otherwise, many people would be at higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss because of improper teeth positioning in their mouth, according to an article in the January 2006 issue of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

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Underused cost-effective tool is an easy way to prevent decay

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dental sealants, a very thin plastic film applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars (the teeth directly in front of the molars) and to the deep grooves and pits of the teeth, can prevent tooth decay in these very susceptible areas. Dental sealants have been studied for more than 20 years and have been found to be highly effective in preventing cavities, according to an article in the February 2006 issue of AGD Impact, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) monthly newsmagazine.

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The case of the "second tongue"

CHICAGO, Illinois – Body piercing is popular today in the United States and other western societies. One common type of body piercing is tongue piercing, which involves placing a “barbell”-type stud through the tongue. But wearing a tongue stud puts people at risk for chipped teeth, recessed gums, and nerve damage, warns the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

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Dry mouth

CHICAGO, Illinois –

Q: What causes dry mouth?

A: Dry mouth is caused by a decrease in the amount of salvia in the mouth when the salivary glands do not work properly. The salivary glands help keep your mouth moist, which helps prevent decay and other oral health problems.

Dry mouth may be a sign of a serious health condition or may occur when a person is upset or experiences stress. Studies show that up to 400 medications, prescriptions and over-the-counter, can contribute to symptoms associated with dry mouth. The most common troublemakers are anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants, painkillers, tranquilizers, diuretics, and antihistamines.

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Cigarette Smoking Nearly Double Risk For Root Canal Treatment

CHICAGO, Illinois – According to a new study appearing in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Research, cigarette smoking can lead to not only tooth discoloration and gum disease, but also a common dental procedure that helps to heal a diseased tooth--the root canal.

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Topline Findings from a Survey of More Than 400 Dentists

CHICAGO, Illinois – In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 141st annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February, society members were asked about their personal dental habits, oral care tips, current trends, and more. More than 400 of the society's member dentists responded to the fall 2005 survey.

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Dentists' Top 10 Funniest Reasons for Canceled Appointments

CHICAGO, Illinois – We're not making these up! Visiting your dentist for routine exams and cleanings, at least twice a year, is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. So why would some people fail to make their dental dates?

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Top Five Dental Myths Debunked

CHICAGO, Illinois – Think you know everything there is to know about your teeth? The Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 400 of its members and collected the leading misconceptions patients have about oral health and dental care. This list sets the record straight and distinguishes fact from fallacy.

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Dentists' Top 10 Bad Breath Busters

CHICAGO, Illinois – Halitosis—otherwise known as “bad breath”—is noticeable, embarrassing, and unpleasant. The Chicago Dental Society surveyed more than 400 of its members to gather helpful tips on eliminating pesky oral odors.

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Allsorts To Be Careful About With Liquorice, Says Dental Charity

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – The UK's leading oral health charity has warned consumers interested in the oral health benefits of liquorice to be wary of sweets that are only part liquorice, as they ‘do more harm than good'.

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Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Cotton Mouth Sufferers

CHICAGO, Illinois – Having difficulty speaking, eating and swallowing? Under stress, upset or taking medications? These combinations place people at risk for a painful condition known as dry mouth, according to an article in the December issue of AGD Impact, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) monthly newsmagazine.

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Medications and Cough Syrups May Cause Cavities

CHICAGO, Illinois – A spoon full of sugar may help the medicine go down, but most dentists would likely encourage parents to skip that step when treating a child's illness. However, most parents might not realize that even without the sugar, some children's medicines may cause cavities while they're fighting other health issues, according to a report in the January/February issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

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When it Comes to Teenagers Whitening Their Teeth, Age Should Come Before Beauty

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Teenagers these days are bleaching more than just their hair. One of the latest trends among adolescents, not to mention their parents, is teeth whitening. However, according to the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), when it comes to whitening their teeth, young patients should keep their mouths shut…at least for a while.

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Eat, Drink, and be Very Good to Your Teeth This Holiday Season

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – The holidays can be hard. They can be hard your wallet and hard on your waistline. But did you know they can also be hard on your teeth? Family gatherings, parties, and certain traditions are a big part of this time of year. However, according to the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), some aspects of the holiday season may not bring comfort and joy to your mouth.

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ADA issues toothbrush care statement

CHICAGO, Illinois- If you've had patients inquire on the dos and don'ts of toothbrush care and wondered what was the best advice to give them, rest easy, the ADA has come out with a new position statement on the topic.

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Give Holiday Overeating the Brush Off

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – It wouldn't seem like the holidays if you weren't overindulging on sweets and countless other traditional foods. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, it's not unusual for the average American to put on a few extra pounds. However, if you don't want to be the “average” American this holiday season, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is offering some food for thought: Before reaching for more food, reach for your toothbrush.

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Could Christmas Dinner Be Good For Your Teeth?

WARWICKSHIRE, United Kingdom – Britain's leading oral health charity is encouraging people to give their teeth a treat this Christmas by serving cranberries with their Christmas turkey.

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PDA Offers Tips to Care For Baby Teeth

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania--It's never too early to begin preventive care that can protect your child's oral health. To ensure that your child enjoys healthy smiles throughout childhood and beyond, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) encourages parents to become familiar with proper oral hygiene techniques and implement them as early as possible.

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Hypertension: On the Pill? Tell Your dentist

CHICAGO, Illinois – Hypertension, a controllable and preventable disease (and more commonly known as high blood pressure), affects 1 in 4 American adults. Causes are unknown in 90 percent of all cases. However, the most common cause of secondary hypertension in women is oral contraceptive use, according to a report in the November/December issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

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Massachusetts Dental Society Tells Youth—Don’t be Fooled by “the Spitting Image”

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – According to a national study, every day approximately 2,200 youths in the country, ages 11 to 19, try smokeless tobacco for the first time and over 800 of them become regular users. Out of this group, male student athletes were the main smokeless tobacco chewers.

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Over-the-Counter Dental Products—No Substitute for the Dentist

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – With everything from toothache drops to temporary fillings available at drug stores these days, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) warns consumers that while many of these over-the-counter products offer temporary relief, they are no substitute for seeking treatment when a serious dental health problems arises.

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Zap Dirty Dentures: Two-minute Microwave Treatment Kills Bad Bacteria

CHICAGO, Illinois – One-in-five adults, including half of the over-55 generation, wear some type of dentures and many denture-wearers may think regularly using an over-the-counter cleanser would keep dentures pearly white and more importantly, germ-free.

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Dental Visit Tips

CHICAGO, Illinois – With today's daily grind getting busier and busier, it's hard to get an extra minute. So trying to get a doctor's appointment in between work and play can be difficult-you have to make every moment count.

"Your dentist is a great resource of information concerning overall health as well as your oral health. You should be able to ask him or her any questions you might have," said Manuel A. Cordero, DDS, MAGD, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

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Getting to the Root of Dental Anxieties

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Kathleen Dealy was a self-admitted dental phobic. “I avoided going to the dentist for nearly 10 years because of a bad experience I once had. After that, I didn't want to go to any dentist,” she admits. Dealy is not alone. An estimated 9 to 15 percent of all Americans avoid much needed care due to their anxiety and fear surrounding dentistry. This means that approximately 30 to 40 million people in the United States are so afraid of dental treatment, they avoid it altogether.

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Improve Financial Future: Learn How To Decrease Dental Expenses

CHICAGO, Illinois – Does a trip to the dentist signal a financial panic-attack? It's no secret that health care costs including dental care-which comprises 5% of American's health care spending--is a cause of concern for millions of Americans during today's unstable economy. To help consumers, the Academy of General Dentistry has compiled key ways to cut costs on dental care without cutting out an integral part of overall health care.

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Sensitive Teeth Leaving You Out in the Cold During the Holiday Season?

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – When you think of the holiday season, thoughts of parties, eating and drinking, even the cold weather, may spring to mind. But for the millions of Americans who suffer from sensitive teeth, the fun-filled holidays may be more of a pain in the mouth.

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When It Comes To A Dental Emergency, College Students Should Educate Themselves

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – As many students are preparing to leave for college, they're probably thinking about classes, fraternities and sororities, and the excitement of being away from home. So the last thing on their minds is a dental emergency. But what if your daughter develops a painful toothache while she's away from home? Would she know how to treat it? What if your son knocks out his tooth while playing basketball? Where would he go?

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Looking For A Place Over The Holidays To Take Your Breath Away?

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – It's that time of the year again, a time when many of us are so busy, we can barely catch our breath. But for the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic halitosis, the joys of the season can be anything but breathtaking.

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Don't Let Holiday Stress Get You Down in the Mouth

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Waiting in long lines. Fighting for parking spaces. Spending too much money. Sound familiar? Yes, the holidays are here and along with much of the joy, so too comes much of the stress. As a result, the holidays, along with the added pressures of everyday life, may result in more people grinding their teeth lately.

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What To Do For A Knocked Out Tooth…Got Milk?

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Would you know what to do if your tooth or your child's tooth were knocked out? It's hard to believe, but over five million teeth are knocked out each year! Whether due to a sports injury, an accident, or play, saving the tooth depends entirely on what is done within the next 30 to 60 minutes.

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Brushing Up on the Truth about Toothbrushes

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – World wide there are over 3,000 different toothbrushes available on the market today. So these days, buying a new toothbrush seems almost as complicated as picking out a new car or a home computer-there are so many different types to choose from. Powered or manual? Soft or hard bristles? Is a special grip or a particular angle important?

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A New Toothbrush is Always in Season

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – When you think of the first day of summer, what comes to mind? Warm weather. Cookouts. School vacation. But what about…changing your toothbrush?

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On Valentine's Day, Kiss Off Cavities!

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – On February 14, make sure you get a kiss from your sweetheart-not just because it's Valentine's Day, but because kissing may prevent an extra trip to the dentist.

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Massachusetts Dental Society says all that glitters is not golden to your mouth

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – In this day and age, the sight of an earring stud or hoop protruding out of someone's tongue or lip is not an unusual spectacle. Today, body piercing seems to be commonplace-like wearing a ring or necklace. Some see it as art; others see it as self-expression. Yet in the dental community, oral piercing, which involves the tongue, lips, or cheeks, has been implicated in a number of harmful dental conditions and could be a potential risk to your health.

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There's No Trick to Treating Your Child's Teeth

SOUTHBOROUGH, Massachusetts – It's that time again. Time for the kids to get dressed up as their favorite cartoon character or super hero and scour the neighborhood for sweets yelling, "Trick or Treat?"

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Dentisty Tips For Older Adults

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Older adults have special oral health needs and concerns, but with the right care and hygiene habits, they can keep smiling through the years. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty listed here can address many aspects of oral health in older people. Contact them at the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses given at the end of each item.

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