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The Ramifications of Skipping the Floss When Brushing Teeth

By: Lee Ladyga, www.newswire.net When it comes to good oral health, most adults across the country understand that brushing their teeth is a must along with regular dental checkups. Yet when it comes to flossing, people are closing their medical cabinets without performing this necessary dental health procedure in their home. The facts speak for themselves in the 2009 to 2012 data that has been gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Survey. In this conducted research, it has been discovered that one-third of adults from the age of 30 and over are not flossing their teeth. Flossing the teeth involves the process of using a filament material to get in-between teeth to clean…

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Dentists adopting drill-and-fill alternative

By Kathleen McLaughlin, www.bendbulletin.com Preschoolers, elderly people and others who are ill-suited to go under a dentist’s drill have an alternative that proponents say will stop their tooth decay quickly, painlessly and cheaply. A subsidiary of Advantage Dental of Redmond has been marketing since last spring a silver fluoride product called Advantage Arrest, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to treat dental sensitivity. Its real purpose, however, is to stop tooth decay, and it’s about to become even easier for dentists in Oregon and across the country to use it. The American Dental Association approved a new billing code that can be used for silver fluoride treatments starting in January, said Gary Allen, dental director for Advantage, which…

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13 Things To Do When Eating To Ensure Your Breath Stays As Fresh As Possible

By: Isadora Baum, www.bustle.com There are a few things that can ruin a date or meal out with company, and bad breath can certainly be considered one of them. Not only can bad breath make our parties’ inch away, but it can also make us feel insecure to speak freely in conversation. Thus, it’s important to take note of which habits that can keep breath fresh during mealtime, so that everyone at the table can feel confident and secure. While some foods can cause stinky breath, most health foods and eating habits can actually promote great, fresh breath and can assist in cleaning and whitening teeth. Proper dental and tongue rituals can enhance wellbeing in the mouth, which will eliminate…

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Alternative for fill and drill treatment of cavities

By: Andrea K. McDaniels, www.baltimoresun.com Heather got a big surprise when she took her 4-year-old son for a routine dental checkup — young Eli had several cavities and needed eight crowns on his back teeth. The Baltimore mom worried about her child undergoing such a complex medical treatment, which the doctor said would require general anesthesia. “I could not wrap my head around the fact that my kid would have to go through a procedure of this magnitude,” Powell said. Desperate for an alternative, Powell began searching the Internet for other options. She discovered a handful of dentists around the country who use a mixture called silver diamine fluoride to freeze cavities, preventing the infection from spreading. The clear concoction…

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Demystifying The Most Common Tooth Myths — Enlighten Yourself With The Facts

By: Sam Cohen, www.huffingtonpost.com It is unanimously acknowledged by most people that any kind of dental work can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. Perhaps this is the reason behind rescheduling our pre-fixed six-month dental visits unless we find ourselves cringing in the office of the dentist. There is lot of stress and anxiety which surrounds our dental health, and this has given birth to a lot of myths which increase our dental woes. Unlike serious conditions like heart diseases, ALS, cancer and Type 2 diabetes which grab the headlines, the relationship between oral health and overall health is often forgotten by most people. In fact oral health is the most neglected part of our health and that’s why we…

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Sugary sports drinks ‘raise the risk of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay’

By: http://dailytimes.com.pk/ The majority of teen-agers risk obesity and heart disease by drinking supposedly healthy sports drinks, experts warn. Some 68 percent of children drink sugar-packed sports drinks at least once a week, according to research by Cardiff University. Few consume them to improve sporting performance, despite the fact they are sold as energy-boosting exercise drinks. Instead, half are drinking the heavily-marketed products for ‘social reasons’. Children are attracted to the products’ sweet taste, low price and availability. Experts last night warned that the high sugar levels and acidic content increases the risk of obesity, type-two diabetes, heart disease and rotting teeth. A 500ml bottle of Lucozade Sport, for instance, contains 18g of sugar – equivalent to four-and-a-half teaspoons –…

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New way to treat cavities is quick, painless

By: Kerry Cavanaugh, www.wbaltv.com A new way to treat cavities that’s quick and painless could be perfect for kids who can’t sit for a filling, and it’s saving families hundreds of dollars. Anniyah James was all smiles as she settled into the dental chair. Her dentist sealed the 3-year-old’s cavity in 30 seconds without a needle or a drill. The silver bullet for Anniyah is called silver diamine fluoride, a topical product that seals cavities and stops them from growing. “The silver kills the germs that are in the tooth and the fluoride helps re-mineralize the tooth so that the tooth structure is no longer soft in decay, it’s hard,” Brill said. Brill said the only downside is that the…

Parent to Parent: All You Need to Know About Your Child’s Teeth

  By: Humairah Shah, www.huffingtonpost.com Whether you’re a parent in the US or anywhere else in the world, raising your first child is invariably a steep learning curve. With so much on our plates, it’s easy for parents to overlook caring for baby’s teeth, but a few useful tips will keep us on track. Aww…the First Tooth A baby’s first tooth erupts between four to eight months of age and typically by the time he or she is two-and-a-half to three-years old, every baby tooth should have erupted. Some children have a difficult time during teething, while others sprout teeth effortlessly. When babies are teething, they tend to be droolers and often refuse to eat because their gums hurt. Excessive…