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New liquid treatment stops tooth decay painlessly

By: WENCY LEUNG, www.theglobeandmail.com A few weeks ago, an Edmonton dentist received her first shipment of a new, non-invasive treatment for tooth decay called silver diamine fluoride. When applied to an affected tooth, the liquid treatment stops decay by killing cavity-causing bacteria, then remineralizes, or hardens, soft spots in the tooth, eliminating the need for drilling and filling. So far, Roche has tried it on about a dozen patients, some as young as five. But she already believes it “really revolutionizes the care” for children, seniors and other patients who don’t tolerate dental procedures well. “You just paint it on like a little bit of varnish … no freezing and drilling. It takes a minute to apply this material,” said…

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The truth about your toothbrush- It’s Ugly!

By: http://www.pamplinmedia.com You’ve heard it all before; replace your toothbrush every 3 months. That may be over simplifying things if you are trying to be healthy and avoid colds and infection. Did you know that some viruses and bacteria from an infected mouth can live for weeks on a toothbrush? Keeping it clean is the first thing to do. Wash it with soapy water, soak the head in your mouthwash or easiest yet, run it through the dishwasher like an eating utensil. The simple act of just rinsing it with tap water and letting it dry thoroughly will help a little, but if you have a systemic illness or immune disorder, you may want to take an extra step. If…

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Fighting cavities without a dentist drill

By: Melanie Falcon, www.wfmz.com Not many people look forward to going to the dentist, especially children. Now, there’s a new liquid doctors are using to fight cavities painlessly, without a drill. Just ask Uriah’s mom how much they both hate the dentist’s office. “Crying, screaming, running, don’t want you to look in his mouth,” said Andrea Webb. But those nightmarish appointments may be just a bad memory, even for someone with cavities, thanks to a new liquid called silver diamine fluoride. It’s been used in other countries for decades, but it was only recently approved by the FDA for the United States. It’s marketed as advantage arrest. Here’s how it works: The liquid desensitizes the tooth. The anti-microbial properties also…

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The dangers of sugary drinks

By: www.southcoasttoday.com Today children and even adults are consuming a large amount of sugary drinks. Some companies are able to camouflage the dangers by making them sound like they are good for us. Even some flavored waters that claim to contain vitamins in them have several teaspoons of sugar. Sugary drinks pose a serious health concern: childhood obesity. Children consume large amounts of sugar everyday through drinks, snacks, candy, and even in items such as ketchup. There is an epidemic today of overweight children. Some children carry their weight into adulthood. Obesity in children and adults carry hefty health dangers. It’s critical to try and keep our children from becoming obese. Cutting back their sugary drinks and paying close attention…

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Do you have the cavity gene?

By:  www.ksat.com You’ve heard it countless times: it runs in the family. But usually, people are talking about the color of your hair or problems with your heart. However, a dental decay gene may also be something your parents have passed along to you. Six-year-old Hoxie Flowers’ mom, Jennifer, figured out a fun way to teach her son how to take care of his teeth. “It was hard in the beginning to brush his teeth, very hard,” Jennifer told Ivanhoe. Jennifer worries because cavities seem to run in her family. “He’s possibly prone like I am,” said Jennifer. Professor and Dean of Nova Southeastern University Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, is increasingly convinced there is, in fact, a cavity gene. “Dental…

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BRUSH YOUR TEETH! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

By: Cheryl Critchley, University of Melbourne Next time you’re racing out of the house without cleaning your teeth, think again. Neglecting your pearly whites can lead to a lot more than the odd filling. It’s the simplest of actions, but brushing your teeth properly with a good fluoride toothpaste that produces plenty of white froth could save your life. The worst most of us expect when we forget to brush and floss is plaque build-up and decay. But poor oral hygiene has also been linked to a range of conditions including some cancers, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy complications. It seems incredible, but it’s quite logical when you think about it. A healthy mouth harbors small amounts of bacteria…

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Kids’ vitamin gummies—unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

By: Ken Harvey, Eliza Li, Rosemary Stanton, and Stuart Dashper, The Conversation, www.medicalxpress.com There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavored and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. The “active” ingredients are usually listed as vitamins, minerals and sometimes omega-3 fats and vegetable powders. They may say “contains sugars” or they may not. Rarely, some list an amount of sugar and other ingredients such as food acids like citric acid, lactic acid and ascorbic acid. In our opinion, these products are unhealthy and exploitative. Their high sugar content may appeal to young children, but they’re not a good introduction to a healthy diet….

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Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes daily can prevent cavities and tooth decay

By: Anonna Dutt, www.hindustantimes.com Want to prevent cavities and tooth decay? Chew gum for 20 minutes every day. Make sure it’s sugar-free though. A 25-country study published in the American Journal of Dentistry shows that increasing the consumption of sugar-free gum by just one-piece a day as part of the oral hygiene routine can reduce the global expenditure on treating tooth decays by $4.1 billion a year. “The study represents a solid and substantial approach to the accurate calculation of cost savings in industrial countries that would arise from increasing sugar-free gum consumption,” said professor Reinhard Rychlik, the study’s lead author. “Chewing sugar-free gum as a preventive measure for tooth decay has the potential to deliver significant dental care cost…