27Dec, 2016

Mything Teeth

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We cannot tell a lie: George Washington’s false teeth weren’t made out of wood, though the materials actually used weren’t all that appealing, either. CLAIM: U.S. President George Washington had wooden teeth. FALSE ORIGIN:One of the most popular historical exhibits at Mount Vernon, originally the estate of the first President of the United States and now a monument to his life and legacy, is a set of the great man’s dentures. The crude, handmade prosthesis, comprising both upper and lower teeth, is displayed in a circular glass case permitting a 360-degree view. The majority of Mount Vernon’s one […]
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22Dec, 2016

Use of E-Cigarettes by Young People Is Major Concern, Surgeon General Declares

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Soaring use of e-cigarettes among young people “is now a major public health concern,” according to a report published Thursday from the United States Surgeon General. It is the first comprehensive look on the subject from the nation’s highest public-health authority, and it finds that e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youths, surpassing tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes, which turn nicotine into inhalable vapor, can harm developing brains of teenagers who use them, and also can create harmful aerosol for people around the user, the report said, citing studies in […]
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15Dec, 2016

Flossing and the Art of Scientific Investigation

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It’s bad enough that expertise is under attack these days from populist political movements that dismiss specialist opinion as just another establishment ruse. But lately expertise is being criticized from another direction, too — from would-be defenders of science. Consider the recent controversy over flossing. In August, a widely read Associated Press report suggested that, contrary to the advice of dentists everywhere, flossing didn’t necessarily foster good oral health. The report looked at 25 studies that had generally compared toothbrushing and flossing with toothbrushing alone and concluded that the evidence […]
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8Dec, 2016

Your mouth can reveal serious health issues

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Want to prevent heart disease? Take a look at your teeth. A study published in October in the American Journal of Medicine found that those who used toothpaste that targeted plaque, and therefore were more diligent in brushing their teeth, lowered their levels of heart-attack-triggering inflammation. The study’s authors found that keeping up the habit could lead to a decreased risk of future heart attacks. But heart disease isn’t the only health issue linked to the mouth — dentists say opening wide can reveal health woes ranging from digestive troubles to […]
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