12Oct, 2016

Selfies While Brushing Your Teeth Lead To Better Dental Hygiene

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The “selfie” fad may be causing a number of unfortunate incidents across the globe but it also has its upside. According to a new study, recording video “selfies” while brushing teeth can help improve a person’s oral health. The study’s participants used stands to hold their smartphones and film themselves as they brushed their teeth. Even though the period of time for which the participants brushed did not change, the researchers found an overall eight percent improvement in their skill. The brush strokes were noted to be more accurate and […]
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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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12Jul, 2016

Children acquire cariogenic bacteria from inside and outside the family

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BOSTON, USA: Previous studies have shown that children acquire cariogenic pathogens, like Streptococcus mutans, mainly from their mothers through interpersonal contact, such as the sharing of cutlery or kissing each other on the lips. However, new research has now suggested that intra- and extra-familial sources other than maternal also play a part in the transmission of S. mutans, the primary bacterium associated with dental caries. S. mutans is considered to be transferred between humans. Children typically have more than one strain of the pathogen and share at least one of these strains with […]
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5May, 2016

How Many Americans Floss Their Teeth?

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A new analysis shows most of us are ignoring our dentists’ advice. Americans can now be scientifically divided into three categories: Those who floss daily, those who never floss and those who fall somewhere in between. The first nationally representative analysis designed to determine how many people floss their teeth found that those who floss daily amount to 30 percent of the population. Just over 37 percent report less than daily flossing; slightly over 32 percent say they never floss. Lead author Duong T. Nguyen, a medical epidemiologist, said the […]
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30Mar, 2016

Goldfish with missing jawbone fitted with $150 braces

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ALLENTOWN, PA (WCMH)– A veterinarian in Pennsylvania is creating some smiles over social media after he created fish braces. A pet is a pet. Whether it’s a dog, a cat or a goldfish, people usually want what’s best for their animals and in this case, what was best was braces for Mr. Hot Wing. Mr. Hot Wing is a standard goldfish, but he had trouble breathing and had an inability to eat. According to the Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology, Mr. Hot Wing was born without a lower jaw bone and his […]
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10Mar, 2016

6 Habits That Wreck Your Teeth

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We all have nasty habits that can damage our teeth. Some are fairly obvious, like chewing on ice, grinding our teeth (either while awake or asleep), or chewing hard candy, but some are more subtle. Here are a few things you may be doing that could send you to the dentist more often than necessary. Tongue Piercings Tongue piercings may be all the rage, but accidentally biting down on the metal stud can chip or crack your teeth. WebMD notes that oral piercings — especially long-stem tongue jewelry (barbells) – can increase […]
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3Dec, 2015

Invisalign is a great option for teens!

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Invisalign is not just for adults! When it comes to wearing metal braces, an overwhelming 92% of teens feel that it would keep them from fitting in with their peers.* It turns out that standing out in the crowd isn’t always a good thing. Teens wearing Invisalign® clear aligners are 2X more likely to have a boost in self-esteem while in treatment than teens treated with metal braces.* It’s hard to show confidence with a mouth full of metal. In the hands of a trained professional, Invisalign clear aligners can be just as effective as metal braces. The patented […]
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