20Feb, 2019

What can cause gum pain?

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The gums are soft, fleshy tissue that support and protect the teeth. Gum pain can be a sign of irritation, infection, or injury to the gums and teeth. Gum pain can often be a temporary symptom, but other times a person may require dental treatment to prevent further health complications. In this article, we discuss some of the possible causes of gum pain. We also cover treatment, home remedies, prevention of gum pain, and when to see a dentist. Causes Gum pain can range from a minor irritation to severe […]
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13Feb, 2019

DEMENTIA AND GUM DISEASE: ALZHEIMER’S LINKED TO GINGIVITIS

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A bacteria that causes gum disease has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in a study scientists believe could pave the way for new treatments targeting the debilitating condition. An enzyme called gingipains, which the Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) bacteria gives off, is the “main cause of Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Steve Dominy, study author and associate professor at University of California, told Newsweek. However, other experts in the field responded cautiously to the findings published in the journal Science Advances. Researchers first compared the brain tissue of patients with and without […]
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5Feb, 2019

The 4 Types of Teeth and How They Function

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Most of us take our teeth for granted — until something goes wrong. Not only do our teeth help us chew and digest food, they also play an important role in speech, and impact our health overall. By brushing up on your dental health knowledge, you’ll be taking the first step toward giving your teeth the attention they deserve. How much do you know about your pearly whites? The Development of Teeth Humans have two sets of teeth: primary (or baby) teeth and permanent (adult) teeth, which develop in stages. […]
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22Oct, 2018

Secrets to Dental Health

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Some rules to live by! The 6 steps that make a difference over the years I f you’re 65 or older, you might find that your dental health is iffy. Twenty percent of older adults have untreated tooth decay, more than two-thirds have gum disease, and almost 1 in 5 has lost all of his or her teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That can cause pain and affect the ability to eat, and gum disease has been linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and possibly certain cancers. “Dental […]
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3Oct, 2018

US Museum Shows History of Teeth and Dentist Tools

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Most people do not look forward to going to the dentist. But they might actually enjoy visiting an American museum that explores the history of teeth and dentistry. The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. It was the world’s first college to train dentists. A man named G.V. Black was one of the founders of modern U.S. dentistry in the 1800s. Visitors to the museum can look at a reproduction of Black’s dentist office. When he treated patients, he had […]
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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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4Sep, 2018

Goats Might Prefer A Smile To A Frown, Study Says

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As the editor of a blog called Goats and Soda (see this story for the explanation behind the name), I’m always interested in the latest goat research. So I was definitely hooked by a press release that declared, “Goats prefer happy people.” Alan McElligott, an associate professor in animal behavior at the University of Roehampton in London, led the study. He wanted to see whether animals besides dogs and horses can respond to human facial expression. So McElligott designed an experiment to see what would happen if goats were shown […]
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23Aug, 2018

Silver diamine for your patients’ golden years

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Caring for the teeth of your older patients requires an awareness of the issues and conditions that can affect the oral health of this older population. Dental conditions associated with aging include dry mouth (xerostomia), root and coronal caries, and periodontitis. Additionally, patients may show increased sensitivity to drugs used in dentistry, including local anesthetics and analgesics. If you are a dentist who treats an older population, read on. Applying silver diamine fluoride to exposed root surfaces of teeth in older adults can be an effective way to prevent cavities, […]
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21Aug, 2018

Five Ways Neglecting Your Teeth Could Cost You – In Money and In Health

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Here’s a hard fact to chew on: Adults between the ages of 20 and 64 average losing about seven permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Lost teeth are just one of the many costs that can be incurred by neglecting your oral health. Dental professionals say a lack of preventative care by patients is often at the root of dental problems; only 37 percent of adults participating in the NIDCR survey reported visiting a dentist in the previous year. You can eliminate a […]
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14Aug, 2018

Weed Prevented Cavities Thousands of Years Ago

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Weed Prevented Cavities Thousands of Years Ago While minty toothpaste is the norm today, ancient people had to get creative when it came to keeping their teeth clean. Some civilizations used abrasive ingredients like burnt eggshells and ox hoof ashes to scrub their teeth. But others turned to a natural, herbal solution to keep their teeth healthy. It was a weed with a distinctive smell…but likely not the “weed” you’re thinking of. It’s called purple nutsedge. The transition from a hunter-gatherer diet to grains It turns out that early humans […]
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