30Nov, 2016

Study Links Shorter Sleep and Sugar-Sweetened Drink Consumption

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People who sleep five or fewer hours a night are likely to also drink significantly more sugary caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, according to a new study of more than 18,000 adults led by UC San Francisco scientists. The authors emphasize that it’s not yet clear whether drinking sugar-sweetened beverages causes people to sleep less, or whether sleep deprivation makes people seek out more sugar and caffeine to stay awake, though previous research suggests both could be true. “We think there may be a positive feedback loop […]
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23Nov, 2016

E-cigarettes ‘just as harmful as tobacco’ for oral health

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Electronic cigarettes are often marketed as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. When it comes to oral health, however, new research suggests vaping may be just as harmful as smoking. Researchers suggest vaping may be equally – if not more – harmful for oral health than smoking. In a study published in the journal Oncotarget, researchers found that the chemicals present in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) vapor were equally as damaging – in some cases, more damaging – to mouth cells as tobacco smoke. Such damage can lead to an array of oral health […]
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16Nov, 2016

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia

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Good oral hygiene can reduce bad bacteria that cause the lung infection. That twice-yearly trip to the dentist could do more than keep teeth and gums healthy: It may decrease the risk of pneumonia by reducing bacteria in the mouth, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2016™. Nearly one million Americans become ill with the infection every year and 50,000 die. While it is more common among older people and those with conditions such as AIDS or lung disease, anyone can get pneumonia. Based on an analysis of a national […]
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14Nov, 2016

Research: Treating gingivitis reduces risk of preterm low-weight births

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DENVER, Colo., USA: A recent study by Procter and Gamble, building on a decade-long research effort, confirms an ever-strengthening correlation between successful treatment of gingivitis during pregnancy and dramatically reducing the chances of a premature, low-weight birth. Dr. Robert Gerlach, a research fellow in worldwide clinical investigations at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, describes data from the study as “provocative and insightful.” Gerlach went through a summary of the findings Oct. 20 with a number of dentists, hygienists and other dental professionals attending ADA 2016. The Oral Hygiene and Maternity […]
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7Nov, 2016

How a Teeth Cleaning Might Protect You From Pneumonia

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Dentist appointments are good for more than just a pretty smile Aside from protecting your pearly whites, here’s more motivation to squeeze in that twice-a-year teeth cleaning: It could keep you from getting sick. A new study suggests that regular dental visits may protect against pneumonia by reducing levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth. The study’s findings—based on the health records of more than 26,000 people nationwide—suggest that people who never get dental checkups have a far greater risk of getting bacterial pneumonia than those who keep up with […]
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2Nov, 2016

5 pathologies most likely to affect the tongue: Importance of proper examination and diagnosis

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Although the technology that can identify oral pathology has greatly improved in the past decade, dental professionals should still understand the importance of conducting a visual dental examination and be able to accurately diagnose disease when present. As dental professionals, we are trained to identify routine ailments that involve the teeth and periodontium. Caries, gingivitis or periodontitis, ulcerations, erythroplakias/leukoplakias, etc., are all disease entities that we should be familiar with when performing initial or recare examinations. Unfortunately, one of the most important oral structures that is often overlooked and can […]
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