Health Buzz: How Stem Cells Could End Root Canals

From US News and World ReportBy David Oliver What if you could skip that visit to the dentist because your teeth could heal themselves? Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University developed new regenerative dental fillings that use the stem cells inside your teeth to repair tissue – potentially

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Tips to Prevent Tooth and Mouth Injuries

From Delta Dental Injuries to the teeth and mouth are common. Approximately 80% of dental injuries affect one or more of the front teeth and may cause damage to soft tissues – the tongue, lips, and inner cheeks. In the very young child, injuries to baby teeth usually result from learning to walk. There may

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I’m A Dentist. We Have To Talk About Flossing

From The Huffington Post I always hoped more people would talk about flossing — but never like this! By now, everyone has read or heard about the Associated Press article throwing shade at flossing. To summarize: Last year, the AP, under the Freedom of Information Act, asked the departments of Health and Human Services and

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Overbrushing: Watch out for too much of a good thing

From Delta Dental Brushing regularly is considered vital for healthy teeth and gums, but dental experts warn that you can overdo a good thing. Known as “toothbrush abrasion,” overbrushing can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. Vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push back the

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Marijuana use may raise risk of periodontal disease

From Medical News Today The risk of periodontal disease may be increased with long-term marijuana use, suggests a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. However, the study found no link between long-term use of the drug and greater risk of other physical health problems. Marijuana – also referred to as cannabis – is the most

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Dentistry’s role in preventing prescription opioid abuse

From American Dental AssociationA message from the ADA President Dear Colleagues: We have all heard the stories of celebrities who have died from overdosing on prescription painkillers. The stories are tragic, and they are not limited to the rich and famous. In 2014, over 47,000 people died from drug overdoses, and 40 percent of those

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7 cool dental hygiene products you should know about

From Modern Hygienist From toothbrushes to water flossers and more, here are seven must-see innovative products. A true high-tech oral health routine should treat the cause of oral health problems, not just the symptoms. In this roundup, we’ve compiled a great list of must-have products that fit the bill, including next-gen toothbrushes, space-age water picks,

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Avoid dental injuries during summer sports

From Delta Dental Summer is the time for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and softball – can expose your teeth to danger. Here are several seasonal activities that could lead to dental injuries and ways to keep your smile safe: Swimming Frequent swimmers may be at risk

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Oral bacteria linked to risk of stroke

From Science Daily From University of Louisville In a study of patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans). Robert P. Friedland, M.D., the Mason C. and Mary D. Rudd Endowed Chair and

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Don’t Fear the Dentist

From WebMDBy Richard Sine John Gamba was 9 years old when a dentist failed to anesthetize a back molar properly and hit a nerve dead-on. The result was a lifelong fear of dentists that reached a peak in his 20s, when he stopped going to the dentist entirely. “I couldn’t even drive by a dentist’s

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