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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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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30Jul, 2018

Elite Athletes’ Poor Oral Health Affects Their Performance

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Elite Athletes’ Poor Oral Health Affects Their Performance Elite athletes across a wide range of sports exhibit high levels of oral disease, according to the University College London (UCL) Eastman Dental Institute. Researchers there screened more than 350 male and female athletes from 11 Olympic and professional sports, making the study the largest and most comprehensive ever conducted, UCL reports. “This is the most methodologically robust study to ever evaluate oral health and associated performance impacts in elite athletes. Every sport examined revealed significant levels of oral ill health with […]
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26Feb, 2018

5 Unexpected Things That Are Giving You Bad Breath

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Got a bad case of stank mouth? This might be the culprit. You probably already know that it’s not a good idea to eat garlic aioli fries before a big date. But what else can give you a bad case of stank breath? Aside from the obvious culprits, like smoking, dry mouth, or halitosis, there are actually a few other, less obvious causes for bad breath. The good news? Once you ID the cause, there are a few quick things you can do to get rid of bad breath. The […]
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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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25Aug, 2017

Long-Term Gum Disease Tied to Alzheimer’s

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Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers from Taiwan report. Chronic periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss, is also associated with increases in markers of inflammation throughout the body. Some recent studies have suggested that chronic periodontitis might contribute to a decline in thinking ability, the authors note in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. Dr. Yu-Chao Chang’s team from Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung City used data from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database to examine whether patients age 50 […]
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16Aug, 2017

4 oral healthcare points for your pregnant patients

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What is the most important information to communicate to your pregnant patients? In observance of National Women’s Health Week, DrBicuspid.com spoke to dentists and obstetricians about how pregnant women can best take care of the oral health of themselves and their children. Some recommendations have evolved and may surprise you. CE This article is eligible for CE credit. Learn more here. In the not-so-distant past, dentists weren’t encouraged to treat pregnant patients. But guidelines published in recent years, such as those released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists […]
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21Apr, 2017

What Our Gums Say About Our Overall Health

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Having all our teeth is a very good sign. Don’t think your oral health is as important as the health of the rest of your body? Think again. Researchers have turned to 57,000 women over age 55 in the Women’s Health Initiative program to conduct the largest study of its kind on the relationship between oral health and mortality, and, reporting in the Journal of the American Heart Association, they note that “how many teeth you have in your mouth at a given point in time” is a pretty good indication […]
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4Apr, 2017

How dentists can help fix America’s opioid epidemic

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid-related drug overdoses have tripled from 1999 to 2014. Additionally, opioids were present in 60.9 percent of overdose deaths in 2014. It is increasingly apparent the United States has an opioid abuse epidemic on its hands, and dentists may be surprised to find themselves in the middle of this rapidly-growing problem. Opioids are powerful painkillers that range from legal prescriptions including Oxycodone and Vicodin to illegal narcotics like heroin. Unfortunately, many patients are unaware of the proper ways to discard […]
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22Mar, 2017

3 lesser-known benefits of flashing your amazing smile

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The Consumer Guide to Dentistry lists eight different components of a smile, practically from ear to ear, beginning with the frame (lips) and ending with the buccal corridor (that’s the dark space between the corners of the mouth and the upper teeth, for those who might not know). While smiling might seem like a complicated process, especially when you consider that it takes anywhere from 11 to 17 muscles just to prop up both sides of your lips, the life benefits that smiling provides are immeasurable. “A beautiful smile is […]
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