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WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dentists tend to be overeager when it comes to prescribing antibiotics, new research suggests.

The study authors found that antibiotics prescribed to prevent infection during dental procedures weren't necessary 81% of the time. That's important because 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions come from dentists, the researchers said.

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TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even amid an epidemic of abuse, opioid painkillers are still commonly prescribed to teenagers and young adults for conditions like tooth and back pain, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2005 and 2015, opioids were prescribed to teens and college-age adults at nearly 57 million visits to doctors' offices and emergency department...

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the nation's opioid epidemic, U.S. dentists are far more likely to prescribe addictive opioid painkillers than their British counterparts, a new study reveals.

In 2016, American dentists wrote 37 times as many opioid prescriptions as British dentists: 1.4 million versus 28,000.

And while 22% of all prescriptions fr...

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Bacteria commonly seen in the mouth has been found in the brains of people who have had a stroke, a new study shows.

The Finnish research group behind the new findings has been studying a possible association between bacterial infections and cardiovascular disease for more than 10 years. Their study, published May 23 in the ...

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not many children like going to the dentist, but minority kids may have some legitimate complaints, researchers suggest.

A new study finds that poor kids, and Hispanic and Asian children, may be more likely to have bad experiences during dental visits than whites and those from wealthier families, a new study finds.

In many cases, th...

TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having a pearly white smile may come with a significant cost -- the health of your teeth.

New research suggests that over-the-counter whitening strips may be eroding the structure of your choppers.

"This study shows that there is a loss of protein from the teeth with these whitening treatments," said senior author Kelly Keenan, an...

SUNDAY, April 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Regular brushing and flossing can save your teeth into old age.

Could it also save your brain?

The bacteria involved in gum disease might play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

DNA from the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis is more often found in the b...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people tend to show shrinkage in their brain tissue by middle age -- especially if the extra pounds are concentrated in the belly, a new study suggests.

The study, of more than 9,600 U.K. adults, found that those who were obese typically had a lower volume of gray matter in the brain than their normal-weight counterparts. Gray matter c...

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who are prescribed opioid painkillers after having their wisdom teeth removed are at increased risk for addiction, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers looked at nearly 15,000 patients, aged 16 to 25, who were prescribed opioids (such as Vicodin or Lortab) after wisdom tooth extraction in 2015. The median num...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggests.

Previous studies have found a link between heart disease and periodontal disease -- a condition marked by gum infection, gum inflammation and tooth damage.

The new study, scheduled for presentat...

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Gum disease may interfere with high blood pressure control, a new study suggests.

Researchers reviewed medical and dental records of more than 3,600 people diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Compared to people with good oral health, those with gum disease were less likely to respond to high blood pressure medications and 20 percent ...

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The list of health risks linked to smoking continues to grow.

A small study reports that, aside from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, cigarette smokers also have weakened immune systems affecting their dental health.

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that smoking reduces the ab...

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows.

More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did not have a severe condition requiring powerful pa...

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You might think a tongue piercing is sexy and cool, but these hip accessories do your oral health no good at all, researchers say.

People with a tongue piercing appear more likely to suffer from gum disease more often than those with a lip piercing, a Swiss study has concluded.

Researchers found more cases of bleeding, receding or in...

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say.

"What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's S...

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may harbor an unhealthy mix of bacteria in their mouths, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with nondrinkers, those who drank relatively heavily had fewer "good" bacteria in their mouths. They were also hosting more "bad" bacteria -- including bugs that have...

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. kids are plagued by tooth cavities compared to just a few years ago, but income disparities persist, according to a new U.S. government study.

Researchers found that in 2015-2016, about 43 percent of children ages 2 to 19 had cavities. That was down from 50 percent four years earlier.

This is the good news. On the other h...

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many adults with diabetes don't see the dentist often enough, even though they're at increased risk for gum disease, researchers say.

In a new study, investigators analyzed data from just over 2.5 million American adults who took part in an annual federal government health survey.

The survey results showed that people with diabet...

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- How your teeth are faring as you age can also indicate how your heart is doing.

The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century.

Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health, and some have found an impact. One study showed periodontal disease is as...

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Old Woman in the Shoe may have lost a tooth or two.

Nursery rhymes aside, a new study reports that the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she has in her later years.

Mothers of three had an average of four fewer teeth than moms with just two children, according to the team of European researchers.

"On the bas...

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds.

The poll of 790 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger found that one in six of those who did not receive dental advice from a health care provider thought children shoul...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the millions of people who grind and clench their teeth during sleep, an injection of Botox might be the answer, a small study suggests.

The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headaches, jaw problems and damaged teeth. However, the researchers reported that shots of Botox into the chewing muscles in the cheek can ...

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of esophageal cancer.

The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer.

The presence of one or...

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research.

The study involved 107 Chinese women and men, aged 18 and older, who had pre-hypertension (blood pressure on the high end of normal) and moderate to severe gum disease. Half received intensive treatment fo...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Triclosan -- a potentially harmful antibacterial agent used in some toothpastes -- accumulates in toothbrush bristles, researchers report.

This means your exposure to the chemical can continue even if you switch to a triclosan-free toothpaste, the investigators warned.

Triclosan is now banned in over-the-counter antiseptic soaps, ...

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows.

The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says.

ER visits could be re...

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nobody loves a trip to the dentist, but for many middle-aged Americans even basic dental care is now financially out of reach, a new poll finds.

In fact, 28 percent don't have dental insurance, while 56 percent don't get dental care except for serious dental problems, researchers said.

Even more troubling is that 51 percent of peo...

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Going to the dentist might not be a favorite on your to-do list, but these check-ups are important not only for your teeth, but also for your gums.

Gum disease, or gingivitis, can be difficult to catch. And it can lead to the more severe problem of periodontitis.

Of concern, periodontitis has been associated with more serious health ...

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dental care isn't always as risk-free as you might think.

Wire from dental braces showed up in a woman's intestines a decade after her orthodontia work ended, Australian doctors report.

And in a separate case, long-term use of an adhesive for ill-fitting false teeth caused a 62-year-old in Scotland to permanently lose feeling in his...

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot? You may have sensitive teeth, a common problem caused by a number of factors.

Gum recession is the most common cause. When the gum starts to recede, the tooth's root becomes exposed, resulting in sensitivity, explained Jane Cotter, assistant professor at the Texas A&M Co...

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links gum disease with an increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never smoked.

So-called periodontal disease was tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type of cancer, the investigators found. But the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times m...

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Braces have long been a kind of geeky right-of-passage -- something that must be endured for a few years to ensure a lifelong smile with straight teeth.

Fortunately, braces have evolved over the years. They've gotten smaller and more options are available for those who need them, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

St...

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new discovery could give root canal patients a reason to smile. Researchers say they've found a way to create new blood vessels that could help these teeth last longer.

Though root canals can save teeth that are infected or decayed, those teeth can become brittle and break over time, the Oregon Health & Science University team said....

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests.

"It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal [gum] disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis [pot] users may also be at risk," said study lead author Jaffer Shariff. He is a postdoctoral resident ...

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums.

One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn't have any at all before their first birthday.

Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup of juice...

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does the mere thought of a dentist's drill make you cringe in fear? Be forewarned: Dental phobia can damage more than your teeth, a new British report indicates.

"This phobia can have a major impact on a person's quality of life, including on their physiological, psychological, social and emotional well-being," said study author Dr. Ellie Hei...

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you have a wisdom tooth removed, the pain should quickly recede from memory. But some people develop a painful complication known as dry socket.

Allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket, said Dr. Michael Ellis, an associate professor with Texas A&M College of Dentistry.

When a tooth is removed...

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American children without dental insurance are far less likely to receive necessary care for their teeth than kids with coverage, a new survey finds.

Toothaches and other dental problems that interfere with eating, sleeping or school performance are twice as common for kids without dental coverage, researchers found.

The findings we...

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Kaye Wellborn* will never forget her first -- and last -- abscessed tooth. The San Francisco Forty 49ers had just won the Superbowl, and a huge, exuberant crowd was celebrating in the street where she was house-sitting. "I was already in so much pain I had tears running down my face," she says. "People were honking horns and beating drums, and with every drumbeat the throbbing pain in my tooth bec...

With all of the difficulties facing people with Alzheimer's disease -- not to mention their caregivers -- oral hygiene may seem like a trivial issue. Getting a person clean and dressed is hard enough. Who has time to worry about a few cavities or slipping dentures? As it turns out, you do. Investing that time can be one of the most important things you do for your loved one. Dental hygiene cruci...

As a dentist for more than 30 years, Mike Downing, DDS, of Billings, Montana, has seen human fear in all its forms, from nervous twitches and darting eyes to outright crying -- and not just from kids, either. But when Downing puts on his mask and picks up a drill, he feels calm and confident. In the end, most patients relax after a little small talk. And while dentistry can be a tricky and stress...

With all the changes brought on by pregnancy, you may not be thinking about routine things like getting your teeth cleaned. But new research suggests that it is more important than ever to keep that date with your dental hygienist -- gum disease, perhaps surprisingly, may affect your pregnancy. To keep your gums in good shape during pregnancy, have your teeth cleaned professionally every six mont...

If you have diabetes, you're probably already committed to protecting your feet, your eyes, and your heart. But how much thought do you give to your teeth and gums? Dental problems are a serious and very common complication of diabetes. Without proper dental care, you could suffer pain and discomfort. You could even lose your teeth. Fortunately, everyone with diabetes can take steps to help preven...

What should I do if my child bumps or chips a tooth? If the tooth was merely jarred or loosened slightly, you probably won't need to do anything, though it's a good idea to call your child's dentist to get her opinion. If you see some bleeding from the gums, pat the area with a cold damp washcloth or gauze. The injury will heal in a few days. If the tooth was pushed in or out of its usual positi...

There are two basic ways to have a tooth removed: You can go to the dentist for a careful extraction, or you can take a serious blow to the face. Unfortunately, many people end up going with option number two. They catch a stray elbow during a basketball game, fall face-first on the sidewalk, or -- in rare cases -- get in a fistfight. What should I do if I lose a permanent tooth? A knocked-out (...

Does my child need braces? Strictly speaking, no child really "needs" braces. Crooked teeth are a cosmetic problem, not a health problem. But since teeth are so important to a person's appearance, braces are often worth the investment. There are lots of reasons why an orthodontist might recommend braces for your child, including severe overbite, crowded or crooked teeth. Braces will help teeth gr...

Most dental problems respond well to a take-it-slow approach. Brushing, flossing, and dental appointments every six months will take you far. But every once in awhile, the mouth can become an emergency. Without immediate treatment, a problem with your teeth or gums could quickly become a major threat to your overall health. How do you know if you're facing a dental emergency? Here are some common...

Considering all of the chewing we do on a daily basis -- including the occasional ice chip or peach pit -- it's remarkable that our teeth last as long as they do. And considering how easy it is to accidentally bite yourself, we should all be grateful if our lips, tongue and cheek aren't constantly sore. The mouth can be an especially sturdy and resilient part of the body. But when injuries do hap...

Do you fear your breath is strong enough to scare small children? You might be mistaken. People are notoriously inept at assessing the odor of their own exhalations. A breath-mint addict who constantly worries about his breath may never have had a problem. At the same time, a person with truly noxious breath may be baffled when friends start offering mints or backing away during a conversation. I...

Am I too old for braces? Although teeth can be moved more easily while the jaw is still growing, it's never too late for braces. In fact, about 20 percent of orthodontic patients these days are adults, many of them on their second set of tinsel teeth. Braces now come in a range of colors, including gold. For just a few hundred dollars more, you can get clear or tooth-colored ones made of ceramic ...

Kaye Wellborn* will never forget her first -- and last -- abscessed tooth. The San Francisco 49ers had just won the Superbowl, and a huge, exuberant crowd was celebrating in the street where she was house-sitting. "I was already in so much pain, I had tears running down my face," she says. "People were honking horns and beating drums, and with every drumbeat the throbbing pain in my tooth became m...

After years of dodging bullets and taking on bad guys, the fictitious NYPD Blue character Detective Bobby Simone finally died -- after a visit to his dentist. He caught a bacterial infection from an oral treatment in the dentist's chair, and the germ went straight to his heart. Within a few episodes, Andy Sipowicz had a new partner. The story may seem incredible, but similar dramas unfold in real ...

If your child is old enough to have teeth, he's old enough to have tooth problems. For infants and toddlers, the biggest threat to dental health is baby bottle tooth decay. Here's what you need to know about this common -- but largely preventable -- problem. What is baby bottle tooth decay? Milk, apple juice, formula -- just about everything young children drink contains sugar. When a child drin...

What are canker sores? They're small, painful, crater-like nuisances that sprout on the tongue or on the inside of the cheeks. The sores are usually white, gray, or yellowish with a red rim and last up to two weeks. (Some people confuse them with cold sores, which form blisters instead of craters and usually show up on or around the lips.) Canker sores are most common in teenagers and women, but ...

You know you need to brush your teeth and floss every day. But do you know how to get the most out of it? Even if you think you mastered brushing and flossing in grade school, you may still have a few things to learn. What kind of toothbrush should I buy? America is a world leader in toothbrush technology. Walk through the oral hygiene aisle of a grocery store, and you'll discover many innovatio...

What's the treatment for a broken tooth? Tooth enamel is made of the hardest substances in the human body, but teeth still have their breaking point. Any sharp blow to the mouth -- whether it's from a door, the sidewalk, or a baseball -- can damage a tooth. Breaks range all the way from minor chips to major fractures. Some are just cosmetic problems, but others are true emergencies. Here's what y...

Imagine a movie promo -- scary music in the background. In a low voice full of dread, the announcer intones, "It had been a long time. Longer than I liked to admit. But I knew the time had come. I couldn't put it off any longer. I had to face the dentist!" Dun-dun-DUH! Ok, so maybe it wasn't as dramatic as that, but when I realized it had been far too long since I'd seen a dentist, and an unpleasa...

Got 30 down at the bottom, 30 mo at the top All invisible set in little ice cube blocks If I could call it a drink, call it a smile on da rocks -- Nelly From Grillz I got my mouth lookin' something like a disco ball. -- Rapper Paul Wall from Grillz When a rapper starts bragging about his teeth, he's probably talking about diamonds, gold, or platinum -- not veneers. Paul Wall's smile on the cove...

Few methamphetamine users fit the stereotype of the gaunt, twitchy addict. Some users take the drug in plush offices or lavish houses. Some wear suits or even the white coats of the medical profession. But whether a user looks like a CEO, a vagrant, or a soccer mom, there's a chance that the addiction is on display when he or she smiles. As methamphetamine use became rampant over the past decade ...

Braces (orthodontic treatment) -- once nicknamed "railroad tracks," braces are metal, ceramic, or synthetic brackets and wires attached to the teeth, and adjusted regularly in order to move teeth into their proper places in the mouth. Braces are used on both adolescents and adults, and worn for six months to three years. Bridge -- nonremovable replacement for two or more missing teeth, anchored b...

Abscess -- pus-filled, inflamed area around a tooth. Amalgam -- silver-mercury alloy used to fill cavities. Bicuspid -- adult type of tooth located between the front teeth (incisors and canines) and the back teeth (molars). These teeth are used for crushing and mashing food, with two on the top and two on the bottom of each side of the mouth. Bonding -- process that first etches the tooth's ena...

Whether you're moving to a new city or working up the courage to schedule your first checkup in years, you don't want to trust your teeth to just anyone. Here's how to find a dentist who's right for you.

  • Get advice from family and friends. A recommendation from someone you know and trust is the best qualification a dentist can have, says Manuel Cordero, DDS, MAGD, a New Jersey dentist a...

In the 1700s, Pierre Fauchard, the father of modern dentistry, overturned an ancient belief that the throbbing pain of a toothache was caused by a worm -- a toothworm, to be exact. A popular illustrated history of dentistry explains that people of ancient times believed that the toothworm "had appeared spontaneously or had bored its way into the mouth." If the pain was unbearable, author Loretta...

When should my child start brushing? Clean your child's very first teeth by rubbing them gently with a damp piece of gauze. But when the first molars come in, usually by the age of ten months, it's time to start daily brushing. Use a soft-bristled brush and water. Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes, making sure you reach the front, back, and chewing surfaces of all teeth. Be ex...

What's so smart about teeth that only cause trouble? "Wisdom teeth" may seem like a misnomer, especially since people often have to have them removed. But these teeth -- also known as third molars -- usually arrive in the late teen years, a time traditionally seen as the passage to adulthood and an age of wisdom, hence the optimistic name. The main problem is that wisdom teeth usually try to grow...

Most of us have been there: What starts as a dull ache or uncomfortable jolt when you sip your ice tea signals the onset of tooth decay. Soon the pain becomes so unbearable that you can't call the dentist fast enough. The good news is that you can prevent this all-too-common ailment with regular checkups and good oral hygiene. What causes toothache? Tooth decay is the most likely cause. Bacter...

1. You should start brushing your child's teeth as soon as the first one appears. ____True ____False 2. According to the American Dental Association, when should you schedule your child's first dental appointment? a. At 1 year b. Before the child's first birthday c. Soon after the child's second birthday d. Soon after the child's third birthday 3. It doesn't matter if a child gets cavities in ...

Are some snacks better for my teeth than others? Yes. The best snacks for a healthy mouth are low in starches and sugar. That's because sugars and starches mingle with bacteria in your mouth to create an acidic environment. Over time, the acid eats away at the teeth, leading to tooth decay and cavities. Some foods, such as soft drinks, are also acidic, something many baby boomers learned in scie...

What makes teeth turn yellow? If coffee doesn't get to them, age will. Dark pigments in foods, beverages, and cigarette smoke can bind to your enamel, staining the surface of your teeth. If you're concerned, you might try using a straw when you drink dark-colored juice or cola to minimize its contact with your teeth. Tannic acid, the bitter compound in coffee, tea, and wine, can also cause yellow...

Stand in enough lines at the grocery store or ride in enough crowded buses, and you're bound to catch a whiff of breath that's strong enough to peel paint. And, if you're honest, you'd have to admit there have been times when your own breath has been less than rosy. Bad breath -- also known as halitosis -- isn't a trivial problem. Severe cases can strain relationships and sap confidence. Fortunate...

Approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, and just over half will be alive five years later. These startling statistics from the Oral Cancer Foundation tell a warning tale, but there is some good news, too. If caught early, oral cancer is highly treatable. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the high death rate of oral cancer is due to its usually being discover...

Tim Day is a master sergeant in the Air Force. When the Gulf War erupted in the early 1990s, he was one of the first to volunteer for Operation Desert Storm. He also runs three miles a day and plays full contact football, often emerging from games bloodied and bruised. But he is so terrified of seeing a dentist that he refused to get his teeth cleaned for nine years. Now when it's time for a routi...

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