27Sep, 2018

9 Reasons You Have a Metallic Taste in Your Mouth

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Metal mouth could be linked to what you eat, but it could also have to do with any of these other health issues or conditions. You’re taking certain medications The most common cause of a metallic taste in the mouth is medications. Antibiotics, antihistamines, over-the-counter supplements, and blood pressure medications are all known for causing this taste side effect, according to Medical News Today. Lisa Lewis, MD, a pediatrician in Fort Worth, Texas, says that when bodies ingest and absorb medication, the substances are released and excreted in the saliva. […]
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20Sep, 2017

Do charcoal toothpastes live up to their advertising?

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Do your patients use or ask you about charcoal toothpastes? Maybe they’ve asked if these products have health and cosmetic benefits not available from other toothpastes, as the manufacturers of these products sometimes claim. However, researchers were unable to find scientific evidence to back up these statements in a literature review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (September 2017, Vol. 148:9, pp. 661-670). “We hope our manuscript serves to prepare the dental clinicians to caution patients about the unproven health benefits of charcoal-based toothpastes and dentifrices, as well as […]
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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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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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1Sep, 2016

Should You Save Baby Teeth for Stem Cells?

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Stem Sells We look into the recommendation that parents preserve their kids’ baby teeth so stem cells can be harvested from them for future use in treating disease. CLAIM: Stem cells can be harvested from baby teeth, so it’s a good idea to preserve them in private stem cell banks for future use in medical treatments. MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE: Research shows that stem cells can be harvested from baby teeth and have potential dental and medical uses in repairing and regenerating tissues, and commercial facilities exist for the preservation and storage of […]
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23Aug, 2016

Colorectal tumors exacerbated by mouth microbes

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Mouth microbes called fusobacteria may use the bloodstream to reach and worsen colorectal tumors through a special sugar-binding protein, study finds. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. While the death rate from colorectal cancer has decreased in both males and females – due to colorectal polyps being found by screening and removed before they can develop into cancer – not enough people are getting screened for colorectal […]
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18Jul, 2016

Study: Gum disease may increase lung cancer risk

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Chinese researchers have found that individuals with periodontal disease might be at an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The report, published ahead-of-print in the Journal of Periodontology, found that individuals with periodontal disease have a 1.24-fold increased risk of developing lung cancer. In the report, titled “Periodontal Disease and Incident Lung Cancer Risk: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies,” the authors assess the findings of five cohort studies that evaluated 321,420 participants.  The analysis notes an increased risk even after adjusting for participants’ alcohol consumption and smoking habits, both of […]
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9Jun, 2016

Chemicals in food packaging, fungicides might damage children’s teeth

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Early exposure to two chemicals often found in food packaging and fungicides may cause damage to children’s teeth that can never be reversed, a new study finds. Lead study author Dr. Katia Jedeon, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), and colleagues found exposure to the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and vinclozolin may interfere with hormones responsible for the growth of dental enamel. The researchers recently presented their findings at the 2016 European Congress of Endocrinology in Munich, Germany. BPA and vinclozolin have been identified as endocrine disruptors […]
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20Apr, 2016

Pancreatic cancer risk linked to changes in mouth bacteria

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The presence of certain bacteria in the mouth may indicate a raised risk for pancreatic cancer – a disease that often begins with no symptoms and for which there is no routine screening test. This was the main conclusion of a study led by NYU Langone in New York, NY, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, April 16-20, 2016. The researchers suggest the finding may lead to earlier, more precise treatments for pancreatic cancer, a disease with a pitifully low survival rate as […]
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4Apr, 2016

Take Heed: April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month-A Good Time To Visit Your Dentist For A Screening

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More than 21,000 men and 9,000 women in the United States annually receive oral cancer diagnoses, according to the National Cancer Institute. In 2013, there will be 41,380 new cases of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx in the U.S., resulting in 7,890 deaths, according to NCI. Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells—squamous cells—that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue and lips. Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol […]
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