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Proper Brushing Technique Reviewed.

Proper brushing is so very important, all surfaces, at least two minutes per day, soft bristled brush, fluoridated toothpaste, infield and between the teeth.

Although people may think they are brushing their teeth correctly, the Huffington Post (8/8, Ledbetter) stated that this is not always the case. The article shared several tips to ensure people are using the proper brushing technique, such as recommending people brush all surfaces of their teeth, brush for at least two minutes twice a day, and use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing the tongue and cleaning between teeth daily is also encouraged to maintain oral health. The article linked to MouthHealthy.org for additional information on the proper brushing technique.

The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provides additional information on brushing teeth for dental professionals. The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org also provide additional information on interdental cleaners, including floss, for dental professionals and patients.

Reference

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reminder-the-way-you-brush-your-teeth-could-damage-your-gums_us_5988a6e9e4b07e7f21510f7d

Working Together Against Oropharyngeal Cancer.

Oropharyngeal cancer is an epidemic on the rise. It is found in middle aged men and is related to the human papilloma virus. 

In a piece in the New Dentist Now blog on August 9, 2017, Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH, a professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses how the center and the American Dental Association are collaborating to prevent oropharyngeal cancers, to include hosting a symposium on the topic on Wednesday, Oct. 18, preceding ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting in Atlanta.

The American Dental Association (ADA) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have joined together to combine their efforts to prevent oropharyngeal cancers through educational outreach to increase HPV vaccination rates.

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of cancers of the oropharynx (throat: the tonsils, base of tongue/lingual tonsil) related to human papillomavirus (HPV) particularly among middle-aged men. These cancers typically cause no symptoms in the throat and patients are usually made aware of the problem by feeling a painless mass in the neck, which represents spread of the cancer from the throat. Because these patients already have an advanced staged cancer at presentation, they typically require extensive treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy which results in multiple major oral and throat acute and long-term side effects.

Read the rest of the piece at New Dentist Now.

Reference

http://newdentistblog.ada.org/wordpress/working-together-against-oropharyngeal-cancer/

Reader’s Digest: Sleep Disorders May Contribute To Bruxism.

Sleep disorder leads to many different medical and dental issues. Bruxism, jaw soreness, grinding teeth, and breathing and heart issues. Ask us at the Smile Center in Terryville. We can help. 

As part of a broader piece discussing sleep disorders, Reader’s Digest (8/9, Tigar) states that people who wake up with jaw soreness may be grinding their teeth, which could stem from a sleep disorder. Reader’s Digest encourages speaking to a dentist, noting a mouthguard can help protect teeth.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on bruxism. In addition, a study in the November 2016 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that teeth grinding is associated with alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use.

Reference

http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/sleep-disorders-know-about/

 

Survey: “More Than Half Of Retirees Would Return To Work.”

An interesting article shows that many retirees would return to work because they find meaningful work.

The RAND Corporation (8/14) reports that “more than half of retirees would return to work,” according to the new American Working Conditions Survey. The article reports that the survey also shows that “more older workers report having meaningful work and a fair amount of workplace flexibility compared with their prime-age counterparts.”

Reference

https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9973.html

Oral Health Essential To Overall Health, Well-Being.

Another article showing the connection between oral health and overall health.

The Times of Northwest Indiana (8/13, Bruce) discusses how oral health affects overall well-being, sharing the experience of a woman who had stopped smiling, became withdrawn, and changed her diet after cracking her front teeth. After also discussing how research suggests an association exists between oral health and heart disease, diabetes, and more, the article stresses the importance of proper oral hygiene, while pointing to the benefits of integrating dental and medical care.

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on heart disease and oral health and diabetes and oral health.
Reference
http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/get-healthy/health-care/smile-northwest-indiana-experts-say-good-oral-health-means-good/article_93d7a41d-42b1-570b-b29a-d0341e7d685e.html

Many Seniors Face Unique Oral Health Challenges.

Many seniors face unique oral health challenges. Some medicines dry the mouth and this can lead to increased cavities. 

The New Hampshire Union Leader (8/14, Grosky) discusses the unique oral health challenges many seniors face. For example, medications may cause dry mouth, receding gums may lead to dental decay, and lack of transportation or dental coverage may make it difficult for seniors to maintain regular dental visits. The article reports that in New Hampshire, “a 2014 state study of 610 Granite Staters over the age of 60 showed 15.9 percent had lost all their natural teeth,” and “almost 19 percent reported they were in need of early or urgent dental care that they couldn’t get because of the cost or the inability to get a ride to the dentist.” The article reports that at the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics last month, oral health professionals “issued a call to action to help older Americans with their teeth and gums,” urging Medicare coverage for dental care, among additional changes.

        The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide information on xerostomia for dental professionals and for patients. MouthHealthy.org provides information oral health information by life stages, including for adults over 60.
Reference
http://www.unionleader.com/silver-linings/Dentists-make-urgent-call-to-get-seniors-help-with-oral-care-08132017

NPR: Tooth Discoloration May Occur For Several Reasons.

Tooth discoloration can come from many differing sources. Common stainers are coffee, tea, and red wine . Removing deeper stains may require whitening to improve color.

The NPR (8/14, Neighmond) “Shots” blog notes that consuming coffee, tea, and red wine may stain teeth, although tooth discoloration may also stem from tobacco use, age, and trauma. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits can help with surface stains, but bleaching may be necessary to address deeper stains. When selecting an over-the-counter whitening product, NPR points to the ADA Seal of Acceptance, noting Dr. Jamie Spomer, director of the ADA Seal of Acceptance program, states “the seal is rooted in science,” and it is a “symbol that an independent panel reviewed and approved the product for its safety and effectiveness.” ADA spokesperson Dr. Ada Cooper advises consulting with a dentist before whitening teeth, since “tooth discoloration can be caused by cavities and other oral problems.”

        Dental professionals can direct their patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for evidence-based information about teeth whitening. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with stain removal attributes. In addition, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Reference
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/14/542830158/navigating-the-aisle-of-confusion-to-whiten-your-teeth

Jaw Pain May Occur With Bruxism, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Jaw pain is not something you have to live with. It can begin with teeth grinding (bruxism). Ask us at Smile Center in Terryville, CT. We have helped many others.

The American Grandparents Association (7/27, Levine) considers potential causes of jaw pain, noting that it may occur with bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorders.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on bruxism and TMJ disorders.

Reference

http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/why-does-my-jaw-hurt

Over Whitening Teeth May Harm Enamel.

Beware of over whitening teeth. Being excessive in this matter can actually harm teeth enamel.

In a piece discussing “myths about the human body” that may be detrimental to health, Reader’s Digest (7/20, Donvito) stated one myth is that “healthy teeth are bright white.” The article stated, “The natural color of our teeth is darker than you might think, and a quest for pearly whites may lead you to overuse bleaching products to correct your ‘yellow’ chompers.” The article reported that whitening products are safe when used properly and in consultation with a dentist, but overusing whitening products may harm enamel. The article linked to an ADA News article, which had reported ANSI/ADA Standard No. 136 is a new resource for dental professionals who whiten patients’ teeth.

Meanwhile, Men’s Health (7/24, Huguenin) included whitening teeth among several potential options for people concerned with the appearance of their teeth. The article mentioned that “certain types of stains,” such as those due to tobacco use or drinking coffee or wine, may “respond better to whitening than others.”

Dental professionals can direct their patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for evidence-based information about teeth whitening. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with stain removal attributes. In addition, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Reference

http://www.menshealth.com/style/smile-fixes/slide/8

Sugary Beverages, Dried Fruit, Chips Among Foods That May Harm Teeth.

Beware of sugary beverages, dried fruit, and chips. They can harm our teeth. Make sure to clean your teeth following the ingestion of these foods.

Health (7/28, Ferguson) listed several foods that may harm dental health if consumed on regular basis. For example, the article stated that sugary drinks and dried fruit can contribute to decay, and ADA Spokesperson Dr. Alice Boghosian says chips also adhere to teeth. According to the article, “The starch in the potatoes turns to sugar, and the sugar gets metabolized into acid.”

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information for patients on nutrition and dental health.

Reference

http://www.health.com/oral-health/foods-cavities-stains

 

Study Finds Association Between Bruxism And Teenagers Experiencing Bullying.

There is a connection between nocturnal bruxism, or teeth grinding, in teenagers and verbal bullying.

The Dentistry UK (7/13, Evans) reports a study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation found that “teenagers experiencing verbal bullying in school were four times as likely to suffer from sleep bruxism (65%) compared to those who were not (17%).”

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on bruxism.

Reference

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/2017/07/13/bruxism-teenagers-sign-bullying/

Major Teeth-Staining Culprits Include Coffee, Tea, Red Wine

The major teeth stainers are coffee, tea and wine.

After providing a brief overview of the differences between extrinsic, intrinsic, and age-related tooth discoloration, Business Insider (7/12, Hwang) notes that coffee, tea, and wine are among the beverages that contribute to extrinsic staining.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on what causes teeth to change color. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with stain removal attributes. In addition, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Reference

http://www.businessinsider.com/8-foods-that-seriously-stain-your-teeth-2017-7

 

Importance Of Dental Care During Pregnancy Discussed.

While you are pregnant, it is very important to maintain good oral health and regular dental check-ups.

The Huffington Post (UK) (7/18, Jorner) emphasizes the importance of ensuring good oral health during pregnancy, noting hormonal changes during this time may contribute to oral health changes, such as swollen and bleeding gums and “pregnancy tumors.” The article encourages women who are pregnant to manage their oral health and visit the dentist regularly.
        MouthHealthy.org offers additional information on pregnancy and oral health.
Reference
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/james-jorner/why-your-dental-health-is_b_17508270.html

 

Study: Some With Dental Coverage Still Skip Dentist Due To Cost.

Skipping dental visits is not a wise idea. Costs are higher in the long run.

The Society For Human Resource Management (7/18, Miller) reports that a studyconducted by Lincoln Financial Group found that roughly 1 in 4 employees with dental coverage have not visited a dentist for routine visits in the past year due to cost. The article states that the findings suggest “employees may lack adequate understanding about their dental benefits, because dental plans typically cover preventive care, outside of any deductible.” The article adds that “skipping preventive care can lead to greater expense later on.”

Reference

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/dental-benefits-underused.aspx

CDC Report: More Than 100 Million US Adults Have Diabetes Or Prediabetes.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control)  report that more than 100 million US adults suffer from diabetes or are pre-diabetic. There are serious consequences that are avoidable if the disease is controlled.

CDC Report: More Than 100 Million US Adults Have Diabetes Or Prediabetes.

HealthDay (7/18, Preidt) reported that officials with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that more than 100 million US adults have diabetes or prediabetes. The article added the CDC “report found that nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes didn’t even know they had the disease, and less than 12 percent with prediabetes knew they had that condition.” The article discussed the importance of preventing diabetes, stating that “by focusing on prevention, it may be possible to avoid the numerous complications of diabetes and obesity, which include not only eye, kidney and nerve problems but also dental disease, dementia and depression.”

The Los Angeles Times (7/18, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog also reported that if diabetes is not controlled, people with the disease may “wind up with heart disease, nerve damage, kidney problems, eye damage and other serious health problems.”

The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide additional information on diabetes for dental professionals and patients.

Reference

https://consumer.healthday.com/diabetes-information-10/type-ii-diabetes-news-183/more-than-100-million-americans-have-diabetes-or-prediabetes-cdc-724703.html

Role Of Genetics In Cavity Development Discussed.

Genetics plays a role in some people being more prone to decay. It’s the role of the dice.

On its website and in a broadcast, KREM-TV Spokane, WA (7/21) considered the role genetics may play in cavities, sharing information from Professor Linda Niessen. “Dental research is showing us that in fact, some people are much more prone to tooth decay or dental cavities than others,” said Professor Niessen, who recommended regular checkups and dental sealants among several tips to help prevent cavities.
        The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org offers additional information on genetics and oral health for dental professionals. MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on sealants for patients. The ADA Catalog offers three illustrated handouts to help explain sealant benefits to patients: the brochure “Dental Sealants: Protecting Teeth, Preventing Decay,” (W291); the mini-brochure “Seal Out Decay” (W191); and the “Sealants Quick Reference,” a two-sided card (W276).
Reference
http://www.krem.com/news/health/do-you-have-the-cavity-gene/458610241

Gum Recession Among Possible Causes Of Sensitive Teeth.

Some of the causes of sensitive teeth include; gum recession, tooth decay, worn fillings, teeth grinding (bruxism), and excessive bleaching. 

In a release hosted on Newswise (7/21), the Texas A&M College of Dentistry stated that gum recession is “the most common factor related to sensitive teeth,” and other potential causes include tooth decay, worn fillings, bruxism, and excessive bleaching.
        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on sensitive teeth
Reference
https://www.newswise.com/articles/what-causes-sensitive-teeth

Prolonged Pacifier Use May Affect Dental Health.

Prolonged pacifier use may lead teeth to be misaligned or not come in properly.

In a broader piece discussing pros and cons of pacifier use, the Mayo Clinic (7/22) mentioned that “prolonged pacifier use might cause a child’s teeth to be misaligned or not come in properly.”
        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on pacifier use.
Reference
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/pacifiers/art-20048140

Reader’s Digest Cautions Against Over Whitening Teeth.

Reader’s Digest points out some common myths about our teeth and health. One myth is that teeth are bright white. Being excessive about this can lead to sensitive teeth.

Reader’s Digest (7/20, Donvito) discussed “myths about the human body” that could damage health, stating one myth is that “healthy teeth are bright white.” The article stated, “The natural color of our teeth is darker than you might think, and a quest for pearly whites may lead you to overuse bleaching products to correct your ‘yellow’ chompers.” The article reported that whitening products are safe when used properly and in consultation with a dentist, but overusing whitening products may harm enamel. The article linked to an ADA News article, which had reported ANSI/ADA Standard No. 136 is a new resource for dental professionals who whiten patients’ teeth.
        Dental professionals can direct their patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for evidence-based information about teeth whitening. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with stain removal attributes. In addition, Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Reference
http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/myths-about-the-human-body/

Coverage Continues: Estrogen Therapy May Help Prevent Gum Disease In Women Over 50, Study Finds.

An added benefit for women over age fifty taking estrogen for osteoporosis is a reduction in the severity of periodontal disease while on the drug.

The University at Buffalo (NY) Reporter (7/17, Robinson) reports that “women over the age of 50 treated with estrogen for osteoporosis…are 44 percent less likely to have severe periodontitis than women who did not receive the treatment,” according to a study published in Menopause. Co-author Frank Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine, said, “These results help confirm the findings of previous studies that suggested that estrogen therapy to prevent osteoporosis could also play a role in the prevention of gum disease.”

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on women’s hormones and dental health.
Reference
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/07/018.html

Nail Biting May Crack Teeth, Cause Health Problems

Nail biting  is a very bad habit. It can cause tooth damage as well as lead to infections and crooked teeth. It is related to anxiety and should be avoided.

Reader’s Digest (7/9, Nowak) discusses nail biting, stating that it can “lead to health problems like infections and cracked teeth.” In addition to being a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety in some people, the article reports nail biting and other “body-focused repetitive disorders” may be sign that a person is a perfectionist, according to a study in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on nail biting for patients.
Reference
http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/nail-biting-perfectionist/

Periodontal Bacteria May Delay Conception In Women, Study Suggests.

Another reason to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Periodontal bacteria, (those that cause gum disease) have been shown to have a negative impact on conception. Depending on the type of bacteria, these bacteria have been shown to delay conception by as much as 3 or 4 times longer. The bacteria implicated are Porphyromonas gingivalis and porphyromonas gingivalis.

The Daily Mail (6/13) reports that a new study has found women with Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium associated with periodontal diseases, “take three times longer to get pregnant,” and those with P. gingivalis and signs of periodontitis “take four times longer.”

        In a release on EurekAlert (6/11), periodontist and researcher Dr. Susanna Paju, of the University of Helsinki, said, “Our study does not answer the question on possible reasons for infertility but it shows that periodontal bacteria may have a systemic effect even in lower amounts, and even before clear clinical signs of gum disease can be seen.” Dr. Paju added, “More studies are needed to explain the mechanisms behind this association.”
        MouthHealthy.org also provides information on gum disease.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4599816/Why-women-poor-gums-harder-conceive.html

 

 

Young Adults Encouraged To Schedule Their Own Medical, Dental Appointments.

Here’s a new twist. Have young adults be responsible and schedule their own dental and medical appointments.

The New York Times (6/7, Tugend, Subscription Publication) shares tips to help teenagers and young adults develop the skills needed in adulthood, which includes scheduling their own dentist and physician appointments.

Reference

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/education/preparing-emerging-adults-for-college-and-beyond.html?_r=0

SELF Magazine Shares ADA’s Teething Tips.

Children with teething issues can be a challenge. This can lead to trouble sleeping, irritability, and loss of appetite. To help baby, do the following; rub gum with a clean finger, cool spoon, moist gauze pad, or a clean teething ring.

SELF Magazine (6/7, Lanquist) states that “dealing with a teething baby can be a serious challenge,” noting some symptoms of teething include trouble sleeping, irritability, and loss of appetite, according to the American Dental Association. To help ease teething pain, the article states that caregivers can “rub a teething baby’s gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad, according to the ADA,” or offer the baby “a clean teething ring to chew on.”
        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information for patients on teething.

Reference

http://www.self.com/story/milksicle

FDA: “Braces Have Evolved Over The Years.”

Braces have changed and evolved over the years. Since we have been involved with orthodontics and continue to study the latest techniques, feel free to ask us at the Smile Center how best to correct your condition.

In an article on its website, the US Food and Drug Administration (6/8) states that “braces have evolved over the years,” noting that “new alternatives in both look and materials are available.” The FDA states that it reviews “these devices for safety and effectiveness,” and, as appropriate, grants “marketing authorization for the devices before they can be sold.” The article includes answers provided by FDA dental professionals to some of the most common questions about braces, such as why people may need braces, the types available, and whether certain foods should be avoided with them.

MouthHealthy.org offers additional information for patients on braces.

Reference

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm562215.htm?source=govdelivery

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