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CT Dentists Stress Importance Of Childhood Oral Health During National Children's Dental Health Month

Dental Health Month Poster


SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut — February marks the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, during which the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) helps to raise awareness about the importance of childhood oral health.

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How Can I Tell If A Sore Throat Is Strep Throat?

Checking a sore throat

LOS ANGELES, California — You start feeling pain or tingling in your throat, and it hurts to swallow. Is it just a sore throat or is it strep throat? Do you just need to rest or do you need to see your doctor?

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Three Tips For Healthier Gums This Heart Health Month

By Kristen Brocavich, DDS and Srinivas R. Myneni, DDS, PhD

STONY BROOK, New York — From a young age, we are always reminded of the importance of taking care of our teeth. The teeth and gums help us to chew, speak, and of course, make up our beautiful smiles. In honor of Heart Health Month, it’s critical to recognize that proper oral health care can have an added benefit: a healthier heart. Many undiagnosed chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, can present in the mouth in the form of gum disease making the gums an important window into our overall health.

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What Can My Dentist Tell Me About My Overall Health?

Healthy Smiles

CHICAGO, Illinois — More than you might think. Most people consider teeth and gums as separate from other aspects of personal health, yet they are more connected to serious health conditions that you might realize. Good dental health is a reflection of good health overall. That is because the mouth is a gateway to the rest of our body. It is how we breathe and nourish our bodies. It is also a major source of contracting infection, from the air, or from what we eat. A routine dental exam may reveal unknown problems with your bones, heart, blood sugar, or digestion because certain warning signs live inside your mouth. So, visiting the dentist regularly is not only good for your dental health, but your overall health too.

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Do You Really Need To Toss Your Toothbrush After The Flu?

Tossing Toothbrushes Into The Trash!

AUGUSTA, Georgia — If you have recently fallen ill with a cold or the flu, you may be in a germ-ridding routine that includes wiping down and disinfecting household surfaces, washing sheets and towels, and tossing your toothbrush.

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How To Avoid Passing Down Cavities To Your Kids

Pediatric DentistGetting teeth and gums checked during pregnancy is safe and could give baby a fresh start to oral health

EDMONTON, Alberta — Along with genetic traits, parents can also pass on cavities to their babies, says a University of Alberta pediatric dentist.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry Screening for Free Dental Work!

UMKC StudentsHaven't been to the dentist in a few years? Get a free screening!

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry is looking for people who may need small cavities restored between the teeth (which you probably don't know you have) OR who may need a deep cleaning (removal of tartar under the gums). You must be in good general health and have 16 or more teeth, including some molars.

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Did You Know That Pumpkins Can Benefit Your Oral Health?

CHICAGO, Illinois — This is the season that pumpkins are blooming everywhere. Many households and cafes will be filled with the aroma of pumpkin spices this Thanksgiving. Aside from being this season's most savory ingredient to some amazing drinks, soups and desserts, pumpkins pack in the nutrients to support positive oral health benefits.

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Tooth Erosion New Topic For ADA Catalog Brochure

What's eating you? Or, rather, what's eating your teeth?

CHICAGO, Illinois — The American Dental Association (ADA) released a new brochure in September, highlighting the need for crucial patient education on tooth erosion. The ADA also revised 20 brochures the same month, including the ADA's most popular brochure, Periodontal Disease: Don't Wait Until It Hurts (W121).

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Your Toothbrush

There's a lot about your toothbrush that you probably haven't considered

CARY, North Carolina — You use it twice each day, but there's a lot about your toothbrush that you probably haven't considered. It's the most effective tool for removing plaque, preventing cavities and freshening your breath, so the North Carolina Dental Society wants to ensure you're using it properly.

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You Asked? What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Ice cream and chilly weather arenít the only things that can make your sensitive teeth ache

An ice cream cone on a hot July day can be a tasty way to beat the heat, but if youíre one of the millions of people who have sensitive teeth, then that cold treat can be a real pain. So, what causes your teeth to fear the sweet embrace of cold, delicious treats—or, on the other hand, a good cup of hot coffee? An expert from the Texas A&M College of Dentistry explains what causes sensitive teeth and how to strengthen your pearly whites.

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Is Your Ice Cream Too Cold To Eat? Five Ways To Treat Sensitive Teeth

CARY, North Carolina — Do you hesitate before sipping a steaming hot cup of coffee or enjoying an icy cold dessert? Does brushing or flossing make your wince from time to time? If so, you may suffer from sensitive teeth. Whether due to cavities, tooth decay, older fillings, gum disease or exposed tooth root, the North Carolina Dental Society recommends visiting a dentist as early as possible to identify and fix any discomfort

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

Accidents are inevitable, and incidents involving your teeth are no exception. But, when accidents happen, the steps you take could mean the difference between losing or keeping your pearly whites intact.

CARY, North Carolina — Accidents are inevitable, and incidents involving your teeth are no exception. But, when accidents happen, the steps you take could mean the difference between losing or keeping your pearly whites intact.

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Three Ways Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health

CARY, North Carolina — Spring has arrived in North Carolina, and with it came those pesky seasonal allergies. You may find yourself sneezing or suffering from itchy, watery eyes, but the North Carolina Dental Society reminds you not to forget that allergies can also take a toll on your teeth and gums.

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Dental Implants, Crowns, Bridges, And Veneers: 8 Tips From Prosthodontists To Avoid Failures, Backed By Science

It's National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW)! Celebrate by Learning 8 "Smile Saving" Tips

CHICAGO, Illinois — Around the world, people are currently celebrating the American College of Prosthodontists' (ACP) National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW). This week is the perfect time to remind dental consumers how to maintain their healthy restored teeth with 8 tips that the ACP simplified from its scientific clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), "ACP Clinical Practice Guidelines: Recall and Maintenance of Patients with Tooth-Borne and Implant-Borne Dental Restorations."

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Food Choices Play An Important Role In Preventing Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

CARY, North Carolina — Your teeth are essential tools for enabling a balanced and healthy diet. They are imperative for chewing and swallowing, and what you choose to put in your mouth can greatly impact your teeth and gums. March is National Nutrition Month and the North Carolina Dental Society is reminding you that what you choose to eat matters and can affect your dental health in the long run.

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Tooth Fairy Payouts Post Record Gains

Average monetary payouts soar by nearly 20%—marking all-time high

OAK BROOK, Illinois — An unlikely but accurate economic indicator, Tooth Fairy payouts are soaring, posting record gains in 2016 and early 2017. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy's cash payouts have jumped to an all-time high over the past year, up to an average of $4.66 compared to $3.91 in 2015.

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Five Tips For Caring For Your Newborn's Teeth

Newborn teeth can begin coming through the gums as early as six months, and strong dental care from the start will ensure protected teeth for years to come.

CARY, North Carolina — Did you know 20 primary teeth are present in a baby's jaws at birth? Newborn teeth can begin coming through the gums as early as six months, and strong dental care from the start will ensure protected teeth for years to come. The North Carolina Dental Society suggests things you can do at home to encourage healthy oral habits from day one.

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Biting Nails, Chewing Ice Among Worst Habits For Teeth

It's not too early to get started on healthy resolutions for a brighter, whiter smile.

CARY, North Carolina — It's not too early to get started on healthy resolutions for a brighter, whiter smile. In addition to daily brushing and flossing routines, the North Carolina Dental Society recommends avoiding brushing too hard, biting your nails, grinding your teeth or chewing ice when trying to keep your pearly whites in tiptop shape. Breaking these bad habits can keep your mouth healthy and help avoid costly emergency trips to the dentist.

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Breath Fresheners: Making Sense Of Mints, Gum, Sprays And Rinses

DALLAS, Texas — For all the culprits of halitosis, there are just as many products to combat it. Whether youíre a clinician looking for a solution on behalf of a patient, or the patient who simply seeks cringe-free breath, a little knowledge about key ingredients can go a long way, says Jane Cotter í09, assistant professor in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Texas A&M College of Dentistry.

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Keep an Eye out for the Mouth Monsters This Halloween!

CHICAGO, Illinois — Whether your children are attending Halloween parties or trick or treating in the neighborhood, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, reminds parents and caregivers that it is important to pay attention to the types of treats children eat this Halloween.

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Sleep Paralysis: Fully Awake And Unable To Move

When your peaceful slumber turns into a haunting nightmare

DALLAS, Texas — Your eyes begin to open after a good night of sleep, but something feels weird. You try to rub the tiredness out of your face but canít lift your arms. In a panic you try to take a deep breath but canít draw air. You canít sit up, and you may even see a shadow in the corner of the room. This isnít a nightmare or a medical emergency—you likely just had a case of sleep paralysis.

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You Asked: Are My Bad Teeth Genetic?

Although rare, there are genetic conditions that affect the mout

DALLAS, Texas — A winning smile boosts both our confidence and our overall health, and taking care of our pearly whites is important. But, what happens when you still have oral health issues after you floss, brush twice daily and follow the advice of your dentist? You may be able to blame your genes for ďbad teeth.Ē

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Four Ways To Make Oral Hygiene Part Of Your Kids' Back-to-School Routine

Encouraging good oral health habits is one of the most important things you can do for your kids' mouth, teeth and gums.

CARY, North Carolina — Encouraging good oral health habits is one of the most important things you can do for your kids' mouth, teeth and gums. The beginning of a new school year is a perfect time to brush up on your kids' oral hygiene and ensure best practices are part of their daily routines.

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To Floss Or Not To Floss: That Is Suddenly The Question

LOS ANGELES, California — For decades, the federal government and dentists have recommended flossing daily to prevent cavities and gum disease. Now the evidence for flossing appears to be hanging by a string.

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Dying For Sleep? Understanding Sleep Apnea

DALLAS, Texas — If you have sleep apnea, your brain cells could be dying for sleep; quite literally. At least 25 percent of the population has been diagnosed with some form of sleep apnea—a condition in which breathing stops or is obstructed while asleep. Even more alarming, 75 percent of people who suffer from this condition donít even know it.

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Researchers Find That Vapors Kill Cells In The Mouth, Which Could Lead To Health Problems

LOS ANGELES, California — A new UCLA study suggests that e-cigarettes may not be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes. The research, which was conducted on cultured cells, found that e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and nanoparticles that could kill the top layer of skin cells in the oral cavity. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that similar results could happen in a human study and that e-cigarettes could increase users' risk for oral disease.

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Your Guide To Sleep Disorders

Screening for certain disorders may be key in the quest for more rest

DALLAS, Texas — If coffee is the lifeblood of the United States workforce, a good nightís sleep could be the transfusion most Americans need. Forty percent of people get less than the recommended seven to nine hours of rest each night. A troubling reality, since a good nightís sleep is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So, what exactly is responsible for this growing epidemic of exhausted Americans?

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What Your Dentist Really Wants You To Know

DALLAS, Texas — Do you ever worry about what your dentist will find when you come to visit? Sitting in a dental chair may not be your first choice on how to spend your afternoon, but making the trip is important to your health. From brushing to bad breath, knowing these eight facts, provided by William Wathen, DMD, associate professor at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, will make both you and your dentist smile at your next appointment.

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Prosthodontists' Infographic Offers 6 Pearls Of Wisdom To Care For Restored Pearly Whites

CHICAGO, Illinois — Prosthodontists from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) believe that healthy people have healthy mouths. Individuals can have a healthy mouth even if they are missing teeth - a common problem. Problem: Today, more than 120 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. Plus, 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws.

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Beat The Odds Of Do-It-Again Dentistry For World Oral Health Day

CHICAGO, Illinois — Prosthodontists recommend patients celebrate World Oral Health Day on March 20 by beating the odds of do-it-again dentistry by adopting 6 tips to care for their restored teeth. The time is now, and here's why.

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You Asked: Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

DALLAS, Texas — You brush your teeth a little too vigorously or bite into a chip and suddenly taste blood. Itís safe to say weíve all experienced one of these gum injuries. But, gums that bleed frequently and severely not due to the occasional mishap shouldnít be ignored. Dental health experts from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry explain why itís not OK to blow off bleeding gums as a Ďnormalí thing.

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AAPD And Sunstar Provide Oral Health Care Tips On Modern Living With Kathy Ireland

During the segment, Kathy Ireland interviewed Marketing Manager Jess Magno and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Robert L. Delarosa. In addition, AAPD spokesperson Dr. Mira Albert of Hinsdale, Illinois, also participated in this segment by shooting video footage in her office.

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Tender Teeth: What's Behind Your Aching Smile

DALLAS, Texas — Does eating ice-cream or biting into a strawberry cause you to grimace in pain? Or, do you find your gums bleeding with minimal brushing or flossing? If daily oral discomfort is a regular occurrence, you may be experiencing a condition called tooth sensitivity.

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Chug, Don't Sip? The Impact Of Liquid Diets On Your Teeth

Keeping the mouth awash in certain liquids can be harmful

DALLAS, Texas — Liquid diets are all the rage. We're bombarded daily with advice on how juicing can cleanse the body, the benefits of protein shakes as meal replacements, and even drinking tea to keep sickness at bay. While liquid diets do have value, they can be destructive to the teeth if you're not careful.

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Diabetes And Your Mouth

Extending care beyond the dental chair: Dentists aren't only concerned with your teeth, they want to improve your overall health, too

DALLAS, Texas — Because diabetes impacts blood sugar levels, it has the potential to touch every system in your body, your mouth included. When left uncontrolled, diabetes can cause myriad oral health problems: gum disease, increased incidence of tooth decay, delayed healing, dry mouth, infection, benign lesions, neurosensory disturbances, and the list goes on. As the number of Americans with diabetes has climbed to nearly 29.1 million — just under 10 percent of the U.S. population — it's more important than ever for dentists to keep a well-trained eye on signs of the systemic condition's oral manifestations.

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Popular Diet Myths Debunked

You can't always trust the internet for nutrition advice

DALLAS, Texas — As a new year begins, thousands will flock to the internet in search of ways to boost a healthy lifestyle. Many popular diet facts and trends are circulated so often in the media that it's hard to know which tips to trust and which ones should be tossed. Underneath popular opinion and platitudes, the truth about eating healthy may surprise you. A Texas A&M Health Science Center registered dietician separates myths from fact when it comes to your diet.

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You Asked: Is Snoring Bad For Your Health?

Not simply a nuisance, snoring can indicate serious health risks

DALLAS, Texas — A serene scene of blue skies and rolling fields lies behind your eyelids. Suddenly, a horrible racket disturbs you from your peaceful slumber. No, it's not someone breaking into your house—it's your spouse snoring noisily next to you.

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Bad Habits That Wreck Your Teeth

Sneaky ways you may be damaging your smile

DALLAS, Texas — You only get one chance to make a first impression. Most often, the first thing people notice about you is your smile. Did you know some of your everyday behaviors could be harming your pearly whites? A Texas A&M dental expert delves into the most common bad habits and how they damage our teeth.

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You Asked: Is Juicing Healthy?

DALLAS, Texas — It's a new year full of new possibilities—and for the majority of society—January is a month focused on healthier living. Juicing has become a staple in many households as an easy way to consume more fruits and vegetables and detox the body while shedding those extra holiday pounds. But, while an all-juice diet may make you a healthy eating trendsetter, it may actually do your body more harm than good.

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ADA President And Hermey The Elf Announce New Holiday Campaign

Happy & Healthy Holiday Tips developed from summit in Santa's Castle


Hermey the Elf Dentist with Rudolph 
CHICAGO, Illinois — In a first of its kind summit, American Dental Association (ADA) President Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., traveled from California to meet with Hermey the Elf, D.D.G. in Santa's Castle to address poor dental health behaviors around the holidays. In a joint press conference following the meeting, Hermey and Dr. Summerhays announced their new campaign, Happy and Healthy Holiday Tips.

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Participate In National Brush Day After Halloween

SACRAMENTO, California — The third annual National Brush Day is set for Nov. 1 — the day after Halloween when sweet and sticky treats still linger in many mouths.

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AAPD Offers Tricks for a Tooth-Friendly Halloween

CHICAGO, Illinois — To help ward off cavities, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, reminds parents and caregivers that it is important to pay attention to the types of treats children eat this Halloween

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You Asked: What Is The Difference (Or Lack Thereof) Between Oral And Genital Herpes?

DALLAS, Texas — A woman stands on a porch, practicing yoga as the sun sets behind her figure. The entire scene exudes tranquility as she turns to the camera and firmly declares, "I have genital herpes," with a smile on her face.

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Does Gum Cure Bad Breath?

DALLAS, Texas — Whether it is your morning coffee or garlic bread at lunch, one way or another, you might find yourself seeking a quick fix for bad breath more often than not. Your inclination may be to reach for gum, but Cherri L. Kading, assistant professor and clinic coordinator at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, explains that may not always be the best option.

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Sports Drinks: Read Before You Swig

DALLAS, Texas — It can be tempting to turn to sports drinks. After all, many on store shelves today are sugar free and loaded with electrolytes, vitamins and protein, which makes them good for quenching thirst and — for those endurance athletes out there — adding that coveted energy boost. Unfortunately, they also have an ingredient that isn't so readily marketed: acid.

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A Holiday Feast That's Good For Your Teeth

DALLAS, Texas — Thanksgiving — that tried-and-true American holiday with origins tracing back to autumn 1621 — is unique in that the modern-day version revolves almost entirely around a meal.

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ADA Scientific Panel Issues Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations: Patients At Elevated Risk For Developing Cavities Benefit From Applying Topical Fluoride

CHICAGO, Illinois — Patients at elevated risk for developing cavities benefit from applying prescription fluoride directly to their teeth at home or having their dentist apply it in the office, according to new clinical recommendations from a multi-disciplinary expert panel convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs. Topical fluoride, used in conjunction with drinking optimally fluoridated water and using toothpaste with fluoride, is helpful to prevent tooth decay in these particular patients.

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Patients With Diabetes Should Watch Their Mouths, Gum Disease Could Wreck That Smile

Uncontrolled diabetes could lead to inflamed gums

CHICAGO, Illinois — Of the 26 million people who have diabetes, an estimated 7 million have no idea that they have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. With those figures in mind, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that regular health care checkups may help to identify potential signs of diabetes.

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Don't Let The Sugar Monsters Catch You This Halloween

American Dental Association provides mouth-healthy tips to prevent tooth decay

CHICAGO, Illinois — Dentists don't want to put a damper on the Halloween fun; they just want to help patients avoid cavities. The American Dental Association. (ADA) offers some candy-eating tips that will help keep cavity-causing sugar monsters at bay.

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American Dental Association Statement On Regular Brushing And Flossing To Help Prevent Oral Infections

CHICAGO, Illinois — The American Dental Association (ADA) wants to remind consumers that brushing twice daily and flossing once a day are two critical behaviors to help prevent the risk of all oral infections. However, while a new study published in the Journal of Cancer Prevention Research titled "Examining the Association between Oral Health and Oral HPV Infection" suggests the potential benefits of good oral hygiene, it does not demonstrate that good oral hygiene can prevent infection with HPV viruses associated with oropharyngeal cancer.

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American Dental Association Statement on Regular Dental Visits

CHICAGO, Illinois — To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research titled "Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry," the ADA wants to remind consumers that the frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.

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American Dental Association Symptom Checker App Gives Patients The Power

Patients can check symptoms, find treatment recommendations

CHICAGO, Illinois — here are apps for everything from purchasing shoes to scheduling restaurant reservations, but how about an app for your toothache? The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA Dental Symptom Checker on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms as well as help them become better-informed when making decisions about their oral health.

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American Dental Association Debuts Symptom Checker App

CHICAGO, Illinois — The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA Dental Symptom Checker on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms, help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health, help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits.

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Survey: Kids' Perceptions Of Halloween Include "Too Much Candy" And Desire for Other Types Of Treats

NEW YORK, New York — The American Dental Association (ADA) and PopCap Games today announced the results of a new survey targeting trick-or-treating children (ages 5 to 13) in the U.S., looking at kids' views and perceptions of Halloween. Approximately 94% of all American children participate in trick-or-treating, and 65% of them consider Halloween the best holiday of the year. At the same time, the survey found that a significant majority of kids are primed for changes to the holiday. Among the top findings, two-thirds of kids surveyed agree that they eat too much candy around Halloween, 89% say they would still like the holiday if it was less about candy and more about other types of fun, and fully 93% would prefer to receive a video game instead of candy while trick-or-treating.

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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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What To Do if Your Teeth Are Knocked out

CHICAGO, Illinois — Chicago Blackhawks star Duncan Keith's dental misfortune on the ice is an occupational hazard for hockey players, but teeth also can be lost in accidents, sports mishaps and falls that can happen to anyone. So what should you do when one or more of your teeth are suddenly knocked out?

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Eat Right, Smile Bright

LOS ANGELES, California — Sharon Faust, assistant professor of clinical dentistry with the USC School of Dentistry, wants everyone to take the old saying, "You are what you eat," to heart during National Nutrition Month this March.

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Preventive Oral Health Care: The Best Gift for Those You Love

LOS ANGELES, California — Failing to take preventive oral health care seriously with good dental hygiene and other healthy habits doesn't just hurt your smile. It could possibly harm your heart as well.

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Oral Health Resolutions for 2009

LOS ANGELES, California — It's the start of a New Year, which means it's time to take a look at the list of resolutions for 2009. If you've been thinking about a plan that will help you stay on track- you're not alone.

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Don't Let a Dental Emergency Ruin Your Vacation

Dentists at USC Offer Tips That Can Keep Your Mouth Healthy This Summer

LOS ANGELES, California — Unexpected injuries or illnesses can ruin a vacation in a heartbeat, and oral health problems are no exception. Everyone should assess his or her dental health before traveling, says endodontist Ramon Roges, clinical associate professor and director of the Patient Emergency Clinic at the USC School of Dentistry. "Especially if you will be gone for a long time, it's a good idea to get a complete dental checkup before you go," he says.

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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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USC School of Dentistry Tips: How Kids Can Enjoy Candy Without Halloween Horror

A Few Precautions Will Help Children Prevent Tooth Decay, While Still Enjoying Their Treats

LOS ANGELES, California — Halloween is famous for its goblins, ghouls and, let's not forget, loads and loads of candy. The candy experts at the USC School of Dentistry say Halloween doesn't have to be a dentist's worst nightmare. There are precautions we can take that can make this holiday enjoyable for all, even our littlest gremlins.

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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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