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Lead in Teeth Can Tell a Body’s Tale, UF Study Finds

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Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss.

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Adults with Special Needs See Gains, Challenges with Long Term Oral Care

A study from researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine reports that among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the likelihood of having cavities decreased as the number of years receiving dental care increased. The findings were published in the July/August issue of Special Care in Dentistry.

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New Chocolate-Flavored Soft Chews Good for Your Teeth

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A dream come “chew” for your teeth? Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., have developed a chocolate-flavored soft chew that is actually beneficial for your teeth. BasicBites™ is a sugar-free chewy that helps maintain healthy teeth by supporting the normal acid-base (pH) levels that exist on tooth surfaces while coating the teeth with a mineral source.

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Take Care of Your Gums During Pregnancy

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Nutrition is Key to Oral and Overall Health: Practice Paper from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition is vital to a person’s oral health – and therefore to their overall health. Collaboration between registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and oral health-care professionals is recommended for health promotion, disease prevention and intervention, according to a new practice paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Dentists’ Knowledge, Confidence Tied to Care for Scleroderma Patients

A survey of dentists in Massachusetts suggests that their confidence in treating patients with scleroderma may be related to their familiarity with the autoimmune disease. Providing education to dentists may improve patient satisfaction and access to care, while simultaneously increasing dentists’ knowledge and comfort.

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Dentist Appointment “Do’s and Don’t’s” For Best Results

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Many dread a trip to the dentist but there are important things you need to do, and not do, in advance to have a successful visit. Communicating with your dentist before the visit is often critical. “If you have experienced a serious health condition such as a surgery or been diagnosed with a chronic condition, you need to tell your dentist before you come for your appointment,” says Martin Hogan, DDS, division director of dentistry at Loyola University Medical Center. “Depending on the illness, you may need to be premedicated with antibiotics to prevent infection.”

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Clean Before You Clean — What’s on Your Toothbrush Just Might Surprise You

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Do you know Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and — yes — even fecal germs may be on your toothbrush? Appropriate toothbrush storage and care are important to achieving personal oral hygiene and optimally effective plaque removal.

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“Silent Airway Connection” Conference to Focus on Multidisciplinary Approach for Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric and Adult Breathing and Sleep Disorders

AAPMD will bring together leading medical, dental and research experts at its 2014 conference “The Silent Airway Connection,” April 25-27 in Chicago at the Westin North Shore.

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Gene Expression Signature Reveals New Way to Classify Gum Disease

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Researchers have devised a new system for classifying periodontal disease based on the genetic signature of affected tissue, rather than on clinical signs and symptoms. The new classification system, the first of its kind, may allow for earlier detection and more individualized treatment of severe periodontitis, before loss of teeth and supportive bone occurs. The findings were published recently in the online edition of the Journal of Dental Research.

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