25Feb, 2016

Baby Teeth

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A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. When Do Baby Teeth Come In? A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year. Check out this baby teeth eruption chart to see the order in which teeth break through and at what ages you can expect specific teeth to appear. When teeth first come in, some babies may have sore or tender gums. Gently rubbing […]
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20Feb, 2016

How Mouth Bacteria Affects How Fast a Wound Will Heal

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Quite possibly nothing is more frustrating than accidentally chewing on your cheek. It’s painful and many times seems to take forever to heal. Part of that reason is due to bacteria. There may be billions covering the tongue, the teeth, the gums and the cheek. The number of actual species is far less, usually in the hundreds. With so many microbes present, they must play some role in wound healing. Yet, little had been done to determine what that might be. The problem lies in trying to observe the actions inside […]
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17Feb, 2016

How sharks could aid human tooth regeneration

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Just when you think it’s safe to go back to the dentist, out comes another tooth. This is the unfortunate reality for many Americans, with only 34% of those aged 40-64 possessing all of their own teeth. But a new study may bring us a step closer to human tooth regeneration, by shedding light on how sharks regrow their pearly whites. Sharks can have up to 3,000 teeth at any one time, spread over multiple rows. Unlike our teeth, sharks’ teeth are embedded in the gums rather than the jaw. […]
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3Feb, 2016

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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Starting your child off with good dental care can help protect their teeth for decades to come. A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth. Those baby teeth that begin coming through the gums around 6 months help set the stage for future smiles by keeping space in the jaw for adult teeth. How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth The ADA recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday. Here’s what you can do at home to start healthy habits: Begin […]
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3Feb, 2016

Not just a toothache: periodontal disease linked to breast cancer

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Postmenopausal women with periodontal disease are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Those with a history of smoking are particularly affected. Periodontal disease is a common condition that ranges from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease causing major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth, and loss of teeth. It has also been associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as oral, esophageal, head and neck, pancreatic and lung cancers. Previous studies have suggested that chronic inflammation could provide the […]
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