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E-cigarettes join traditional cigarettes and cigars as a danger to oral health, researchers say.
More dentists are finding patients high on marijuana, often forcing a delay in treatment, according to the American Dental Association.
Poor periodontal health may up the odds of cognitive decline and dementia, researchers say.
When babies start teething, the pain and discomfort can be hard on them. In this short guide, we'll explain what teething is, when you can expect it to occur and its most common symptoms.
Plus, you'll discover several safe and effective strategies recommended by pediatricians to help your baby find relief from teething pain.
What is teething?
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Diabetes is a known risk factor for mental decline and dementia. Paired with total tooth loss, the potential harm to the brain is even more significant, new research indicates.
The findings highlight the importance of good dental care and diabetes control in aging adults, said
Raiding the cookie jar or candy dish at grandma's house may be a treat, but it can also help ruin children's teeth.
And a new survey found more than two-thirds of mothers reporting that their kids' grandparents gave youngsters sugary foods and beverages, with no limits on consumption.
"I have many happy memories of raiding the candy jar at my own grandparents' house and, as a paren...
Without dental coverage, many American seniors on Medicare stop getting the fillings and crowns they may need, a new study finds.
The result isn't pretty.
“Without dental coverage for adults who are eligible [for] Medicare, we are seeing a rise in loss of teeth after age 65 among nearly 1 in 20 adults, which represents millions of Americans,” said
Even the tiniest teeth can decay, which is why it's important to take care of them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers some tips for caring for those little teeth, starting before the first one even arrives.
"There are habits you can start now to keep your baby's teeth healthy,”
Taking good care of your teeth -- brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups -- is, of course, important for good health. Now researchers say it's also vital for brain health.
While it was already clear that poor dental health could increase stroke and heart disease risk, a new study funds that adults who are genetically prone to have cavities, dentures and missing teeth are also more li...
People who have sleep apnea may have another issue to worry about — weaker bones and teeth.
Known as low bone-mineral density, the condition is an indicator of osteoporosis and can increase the risk of fractures and cause teeth to become loose and dental implants to fail, according to new research from the University at Buffalo (UB) in New York.
To study this, researchers used co...
Treatments for gum disease may have little benefit for heavy smokers, new research shows.
The study findings suggest the need to rethink treatment of the common gum disease periodontitis, according to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark.
“To our surprise, we could see that the diseas...
Red may be a traditional holiday color, but no one wants to wear it on their teeth.
An expert offers some tips for keeping “wine teeth” at bay during your holiday parties.
“When you drink red wine, you're encountering a triple threat to your teeth's whiteness: anthocyanins, which are the pigments in grapes that give red wine its rich color; tannins, which help bind the pigment...
For those who care about their teeth, a new study sounds a pretty clear alarm: using tobacco in any form — including the increasingly popular practice of vaping — is a recipe for a dental nightmare.
The warning comes from the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), after scientists analyzed several years of tracking data that looked at associations between...
On top of their other health hazards, electronic cigarettes may help rot your teeth, a new study suggests.
Vaping appears to promote cavities, which can result in tooth loss if not treated quickly, experts say.
"If you are vaping, be aware that there are potentially some detrimental oral health effects," said lead researcher
More and more nervous patients are showing up stoned for dental appointments, often forcing dentists to postpone treatment until the patient sobers up, new survey data shows.
As more states are legalizing marijuana, more than half of dentists (52%) report seeing patients high on weed or other drugs, a new
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that a number of U.S. children have picked up a serious infection from contaminated water lines at the dentist's office.
Although rare, outbreaks of nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections have been reported in kids treated at the dentist, one cluster in 2015 and another in 2016, the CDC says. A third cluster ide...
Dental coverage under Medicare could soon start expanding for seniors under a new proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Still, the proposed rules would not provide full coverage for regular dental care, which has been explicitly excluded from Medicare since...
While dental and medical care are thought to be related, researchers wondered what impact oral care might have on a serious heart condition.
A University of Michigan team studied more than 2,000 patients who had a heart attack in 2017. The patients had either received periodontal care, dental cleanings or no or...
Gum disease has far-reaching effects and may increase your odds of developing dementia, a new study suggests.
In a review of 47 previously published studies, researchers in Finland found that tooth loss, deep pockets around teeth in the gums, or bone loss in the tooth sockets was tied to a 21% higher risk of dementia and a 23% higher risk of
If you're planning to have oral surgery, be prepared, not scared, an expert suggests — and stay off YouTube.
“I tell all of my patients, ‘The more you know, the better it's going to be.' As health professionals, we're not trying to scare patients with information; it's just that when you're prepared for something, when you know what's going to happen, it reduces the anxiety level, a...
Many opioid abusers cite short-term, legitimate use of an opioid for relief of joint or dental pain as their "gateway" into addiction.
Now, research done at one New York State clinic finds that dentists can cut their use of opioids down to zero, using other painkillers for patients instead.
A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother's gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth.
The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, considered
Getting your tongue or lips pierced? Don't be surprised when your dentist is unhappy about it.
These piercings can do damage to your teeth and gums, a new study warns.
"Our study found that many people with oral piercings had deep pockets and gaps around their teeth, and recedi...
Rapid access to a patient's medical records could help dentists provide better care, but that rarely happens, a new study finds.
"Oral health practitioners may need to confirm a list of medical considerations; for example, that there is no contraindication to a patient sitting in a chair for a lengthy procedure or whether a patient is taking any medication that could put them at risk for ...
If you've had a root canal, you can expect your tooth to survive for about 11 years, researchers say.
For a time, root canals can maintain teeth affected by cavities or other problems, but the tooth eventually becomes brittle and dies. To learn more about just how long that process might take, ...
Dentures may take a bite out of your nutrition, a new study warns.
"They do not provide the same chewing efficiency, which may alter eating habits," said senior author Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath, director of the Regenstrief Institute and the School of Dentistry Dental Informatics program at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "Dentists need to be aware of this and provide advice or a refer...
While the vast majority of dental implant procedures go smoothly, related infections can up the risk for implant failure.
Antibiotics can keep that risk at bay, with penicillin the typical go-to choice. But new research warns that when patients are given an alternative antibiotic due to concerns over
Nearly 60 million Americans live in "dental deserts," while many more can't afford basic dental care even if it is available.
Enter dental therapists.
New research suggests these newly minted health care professionals could help more people get the oral hea...
A new study offers more evidence that oral health is connected to heart health: Older women who harbor certain bacteria in their mouths might be at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.
The study, which followed 1,200 women for a decade, found that 15 types of mouth bacteria were linked to the odds of developing
It might be harder to get your teeth cleaned this year, with a new study showing a shortage of dental hygienists in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Not unlike many other professions in the United States, challenges persist in dental hygienist employment," said study first author Rachel Morrissey, a senior research analyst with the American Dental Association.
Cigarette smoking is infamous for promoting gum disease, and now a new study adds to evidence that vaping also exacts a toll on the teeth and gums.
Researchers found that people who use e-cigarettes have a unique bacterial composition in their mouths that likely spells trouble for their dental health. In fact, their oral microbes were more similar to that of cigarette smokers than to nons...
Kids with heart conditions are more likely than their peers to have frequent cavities, toothaches or bleeding gums, a new U.S. government study finds.
Researchers found that of U.S. children and teenagers with heart conditions, 10% had only "poor" to "fair" dental health, as rated by their parents. That was twice the figure of kids without heart problems.
It's a concern in part, the...
The type of drill your dentist uses just might determine your chances of catching COVID-19 while in the chair.
So claims new research that suggests dentists can significantly improve patient safety during the pandemic by switching the type of drill they use.
British researchers used a harmless virus s...
Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for preterm birth, and now new research suggests that chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol during pregnancy may lower this risk.
The study took place in Malawi, Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of preterm delivery. Experts are quick t...
Worried your kid isn't brushing his or her teeth properly? You might want to try the Oreo test.
"If the child eats an Oreo and brushes their teeth and the parent can still see the Oreos, they need to be checking and helping them brush," said Elise Sarvas, a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry with the University of Minnesota.
Sarvas offers up the Oreo test and other ...
If the sound of a dental drill sends shivers up your spine, you're likely in good company: Finnish researchers say that one of every two adults fear the dentist at least a little, while one in 10 are very afraid.
But the researchers added that a local dentistry program has found a novel way to turn screams into smiles, by exposing patients as young as 2 to a series of desensitizing exams ...
Gum disease isn't just a threat to your teeth. It also increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, mental woes and more, British researchers report.
"The study reinforces the importance of prevention, early identification and treatment of periodontal disease, and the need for members of th...
Researchers who say they have discovered what causes kids to have "chalky teeth" predict it could lead to new ways to fight it and cut cavities by half.
One in five children have chalky teeth -- visible as discolored enamel spots -- which can cause severe toothache and decay, sometimes resulting in abscesses, extractions and other problems.
"We can't yet prevent chalky teeth from de...
It is likely a connection few have considered, but new research in mice suggests that obesity may up your risk of gum disease.
Specifically, chronic inflammation caused by obesity may trigger the development of cells called osteoclasts that break down bone tissue -- including alveolar bone that holds teeth in place.
“Although there is a clear relationship between the degree of obe...
Most people who've had a root canal say they don't regret it, even though many still have pain and discomfort in the affected tooth, a new Swedish study finds.
Root canals are commonly done when the soft tissue (pulp) inside the tooth is inflamed or infected. The soft parts are removed and replaced with a rubber-like material and a kind of cement.
"The studies show that the patients...
Though most U.S. dentists say non-opioid painkillers effectively manage dental pain, nearly half still prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, a new survey reveals.
In all, 84% of the 269 respondents said NSAID-acetaminophen combos are as effective as opioids or even more so, but 43% also said they regularly prescribe opioid medications.
The findings were published Oct. ...
While they're helping to ease reflux, some heartburn drugs may also be reducing the severity of gum disease, new research suggests.
For the study, researchers assessed probing depth in the gums (the gap between teeth and gums) in more than 1,000 patients with gum disease who were or weren't using drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of drugs widely prescribed to treat heart...
Good dental hygiene may well be a weapon against severe COVID-19: A new study shows that taking care of your teeth and gums may lower your risk of serious infection, especially if you have heart disease.
Previous research has found an association between poor oral hygiene and increased inflammation and heart disease, and COVID-19 severity has also been linked to an inflammatory response, ...
Very few privately insured young children get recommended dental fluoride treatments at health wellness visits, even though insurance typically covers them, a new study finds.
"Medical providers are not required to do this; it's like a mammogram," said lead author Kimberley Geissler, an associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "It's r...
A lost or altered sense of taste, dry mouth and sores are common among COVID-19 patients and those symptoms may last long after others disappear, Brazilian researchers report.
Nearly 4 in 10 COVID patients experience impaired taste or total loss of taste, but dry mouth affects even more -- up to 43%, according to their broad review of more than 180 published studies.
It looked at or...
New research offers further evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease.
The ongoing Swedish study previously found that gum disease ("periodontitis") was much more common in first-time heart attack patients than in a group of healthy people.
In this follow-up study, the researchers examined whether gum disease was associated with an increased risk of new heart problems...
Dental care should be a required part of Medicaid coverage for adults in every state, the American Dental Association and nearly 130 other organizations urge in a letter to Congress.
The groups called on lawmakers to support and advance a bill called the Medicaid Dental Benefit Act.
"Poor oral health hurts more than our mouths," the
The U.S. medical field is less dominated by white men than it used to be, but there are still few Black and Hispanic doctors, dentists and pharmacists, a new study finds.
The study, which looked at trends over the past 20 years, found that white men no longer make up the majority of physicians and surgeons in the United States.
By 2019, they accounted for about 44% of those position...
Millions of American adults haven't seen a dentist in at least a year, a new U.S. government health survey reveals.
In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic made dental visits difficult, a third of adults under 65 hadn't had a dental exam or cleaning in the past 12 months, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And the problem was worse in ...
Brushing and flossing is good not only for your teeth: It might also benefit your brain, a new study suggests.
The findings showed that tooth loss is tied to an increased risk of dementia, though getting dentures may help reduce that risk.
For the study, New York University researchers analyzed 14 studies that included more than 34,000 older adults and nearly 4,700 with diminished t...
Having your wisdom teeth yanked could have one culinary up side: Heightening your sense of taste.
So claims a new study that challenges previous research on the issue.
"Prior studies have only pointed to adverse effects on taste after extraction, and it has been generally believed that those effects dissipate over time," said study senior author Richard Doty. He is director of the S...
Do yon need to have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled?
Dental treatment won't put you at risk for contracting COVID-19, a new study affirms.
"Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does," said lead author Purnima Kumar, a professor of periodontology at O...
Getting a prescription for an opioid painkiller from your dentist could put you or your family at risk for an overdose, a new study warns.
The finding is based on an analysis of data from 8.5 million Americans who had teeth pulled or 119 other types of dental work between 2011 and 2018. All had Medicaid or private dental insurance.
"Our paper shows that when patients fill dental opi...