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Flabby Gums Are Worse Than Flabby Abs, Says Loyola Dentist

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“Gum health is measured by millimeters on a scale of 1 to about 9 with a calibrated dental instrument,” says Martin Hogan, DDS, Loyola University Medical Center. “The exposed space between the gum and the tooth or root is measured. The more space between the tooth and gum, the higher the number and the greater the likelihood of gum disease.”

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NYU Researchers Develop New Assessment Tool to Combat Oral-Systemic Disease Across the Lifespan

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NYU educators and clinicians have developed an educational and clinical innovation transitioning the traditional head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat (HEENT) examination to the addition of the teeth, gums, mucosa, tongue, and palate examination (HEENOT) for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of oral–systemic health problems.

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Many People with Missing Teeth Don't Need Dentures

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The latest research from the University of Adelaide challenges current thinking on whether many people with tooth loss really need dentures.

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Study Shows an Increase in the Use of Preventive Dental Care by Medicaid-Enrolled, School-Age US Children in Immigrant and Non-immigrant Families

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According to a new study from researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's PolicyLab, the proportion of US-born, Medicaid-enrolled children in Pennsylvania who utilized preventive dental care rose significantly for children ages 5-10 years from 2005-2010, with marked gains among Latino children.

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Don’t Brush Off Trips to the Dentist, Says Loyola Specialist

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One painful experience at the dentist in childhood can lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety and tooth decay. “Every week we see patients that are older, in their 30s, 40s and 50s who complain that at a much younger age such as in childhood, their previous dentist was rough, did not explain what was happening, carelessly drilled or poked and prodded and the memory is so fresh that they still feel anxiety as an adult,” says Martin Hogan, DDS, Loyola University Health System.

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A Toothy Grin Lasts After Halloween Says Loyola Dentist

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A big sack of candy is the top priority of children at Halloween but with some easy substitutions, adults can offers kids treats that preserve dental health and Halloween fun. "Every year right after Halloween I get emergency visits from parents with kids who have damaged teeth caused by Halloween candy," says Martin Hogan, DDS, division director of dentistry, Loyola University Health System.

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Want Whiter Teeth? Fruit Mixture Is Not the Answer

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It may seem like an all-natural way to whiten teeth, but a UI study shows that a strawberry and baking soda mixture does little beyond cleaning those choppers. The main reason: Strawberries lack the chemicals known to cause deeper, longer lasting teeth whitening. Results appear in the journal Operative Dentistry.

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To Improve Oral Health of Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Improve Support for Caregivers

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The first large-scale study in the U.S. to investigate at-home oral care for adults with developmental disabilities suggests that future policy initiatives should focus on improving sources of support for caregivers, in addition to addressing access to care. Led by researchers at Tufts University, the study is published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Responsible Use of X-Rays in Dentistry for Children Is Aim of New Education and Awareness Initiative

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University of Louisville School of Dentistry, along with an international team of dental and medical radiologists and dental specialists discuss the implications of the Image Gently campaign in an article published in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.

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Drugs for Depression Linked with Failure of Dental Implants

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A team from McGill University has discovered that people who take the most common antidepressants (such as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft, the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) are twice as likely to have dental implants fail as those who are not taking SSRIs.