26May, 2016

Getting straight A’s in smiles. Invisalign corrects crooked teeth without metal or wires

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Canfield Middle School counselor Leigh Sales understands what many of her students are going through each day. That awkward transformation from gawky middle schooler to sophisticated teen can be painful. While Sales, 45, may no longer be in the throes of puberty, she knows all too well the transitions today’s teens endure. She’s going through one of those transitions herself – the quest for perfect teeth.Thankfully, that process is much easier than it was when Sales was in her teens. Instead of cumbersome metal braces and uncomfortable headgear this time […]
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17May, 2016

Baby Teeth Deserve Care While They’re There

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Misconception: Baby teeth don’t matter because they are going to fall out anyway. Actually: Neglecting baby teeth can set a child up for lifelong dental trouble. Nearly a quarter of all children between the ages of 2 and 5 have cavities, a study at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfound. What’s the big deal? some parents ask. Those teeth are going to fall out anyway. It may be tempting to skip brushing if a toddler puts up a fuss, or allow a picky eater to snack nonstop on their favorite carbohydrates […]
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11May, 2016

An apple a day may keep the dentist away

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Dietary habits of schoolchildren encourage an increase in sugar intake leading to a greater risk of cavities, reports the Academy of General Dentistry. Over a 15-month period, researchers tracked the dietary habits and monitored the teeth of preschool children before and after the start of school. Results show that decayed, missing or filled teeth and initial cavities of the children jumped from 9.7 (at age five) to 15.3 cavities (at age six), an increase of 5.6 cavities within one year. Over the length of the study, the percentage of cavity-free […]
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5May, 2016

How Many Americans Floss Their Teeth?

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A new analysis shows most of us are ignoring our dentists’ advice. Americans can now be scientifically divided into three categories: Those who floss daily, those who never floss and those who fall somewhere in between. The first nationally representative analysis designed to determine how many people floss their teeth found that those who floss daily amount to 30 percent of the population. Just over 37 percent report less than daily flossing; slightly over 32 percent say they never floss. Lead author Duong T. Nguyen, a medical epidemiologist, said the […]
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3May, 2016

Cigarette smoking alters the mouth microbiota

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Smoking significantly changes the mouth’s microbiome, with potential implications for tooth decay and the ability to break down toxins, according to results published in the ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology) Journal. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and mortality in the US, leading to 480,000 deaths annually, or 20% of all deaths. Over 16 million people live with a smoking-related illness in the US, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2014, the CDC estimated that 16.8% of Americans aged […]
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