The newest addition to your dentist’s grab bag of goodies might soon be gum. European scientists describe the development of a chewing gum that detects oral infections Tuesday in Nature Communications. The tech could prove particularly useful for diseases that present with minimal to no symptoms.
As the Baby Boomer generation gets older, many of us are helping to care for aging parents. Most people think of helping their parents with housing, choices about assisted living, and even health care.
However, one important area that is often overlooked is dental care. Many
Good dental health begins in infancy, and that early attention to oral hygiene and care can mean strong teeth and gums as children become young adults and seniors.
Dr. Thom Akins, a pediatric dentist in Aiken, said the earlier a child begins visits to the dentist, the better.
“We like to see
The videos are easily found on YouTube-- mostly kids and young people, showing how to make do-it-yourself, or DIY, braces using rubber bands, paper clips, bobby pins, or aluminum foil.
A video gave a Fresno girl an idea to make her own brackets with earring backs. Gabby, 12, is
When it comes to visiting the dentist, how do you know when enough is enough? Do you really need that filling replaced? What about that new treatment to prevent cavities?
Of course, every patient is different, and so it’s hard to say which treatments may or may not be strictly necessary.
No one really likes sitting in the dentist’s chair. It could mean hours of root canal, having cavities drilled and filled, getting implants or even gum surgery.
But if you’re nearing age 65, it may be time to man or woman up. Otherwise be prepared to pay up, according to the
Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job.
In dozens of countries and a handful of U.S. states, dental therapists also sometimes called advanced dental hygiene practitioners
If you thought February was only for love and exchanging valentines, think again. Take a look in the mirror and preen everybody for a family picture. Ta-da! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month!
The month showcases good dental care, which starts in pregnancy, becomes normal in childhood and teen years, and
A new study says that a drug clinically tested to treat Alzheimer’s also enhances the teeth’s natural ability to self-repair. While not completely replacing the dentist’s drill, such treatment could help get rid of fillings in favor of actual regeneration.
Scientists have already known that teeth can repair themselves through the
Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report.
Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost.
That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children
By Andy Jakson
One hundred billion dollars is a great deal of money, particularly when it leaves the United States. That amount of dental work is done in other countries, and it can put the U.S. dental patient at risk.
Many foreign dental prosthetics use materials that are not close to being
By Andrea Atkins (grandparents.com)
Smile! There’s good news from the world of dentistry: Older American are keeping their teeth longer than ever before and the average number of teeth people retain into old age
(HealthDay News) -- Regular dental checkups not only keep your smile bright, they may also keep your lungs healthy.
A new study suggests that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing levels of bacteria that cause the lung infection.
Each year, nearly 1 million Americans develop pneumonia, the
It is a fact that the healthy teeth are the factor with the greatest influence on anyone’s confidence. This is why we pay so much attention to our teeth. As we are slowly entering autumn the weather is gradually changing for the worse. Also, the temperature is dropping slowly and
Maintaining oral health means following advice so familiar it’s almost boring: Brush for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Clean between teeth once a day with floss, a small brush or pick. And visit your dentist regularly. (The American Dental Association, commenting on recent reports that evidence
As per the Pew Charitable Trusts, more than two-third of the American population face crucial challenges in getting access to dental care, lack of dental insurance policy, insufficient and limited dental care providers, prohibitive cost and transportation and mobility issues. As the policymakers throughout the country look forward to
There are a multitude of reasons why people need dentures and dental implants. Age, oral disease, injury, etc. all play a part. Thanks to modern technology, there are more choices for people today.
Typically, conventional dentures are used after all teeth are removed from the mouth. When the teeth are removed there can
Word on the street is you’ll keep your teeth longer as you enter old age, but with this good news comes an alarming warning that there are more problems likely to arise with your chompers and so you need to maintain those visits to your dentist.
In your 60s there are
For decades dentists have recommended flossing as an essential part of oral hygiene. But how useful is it really? An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed there is insufficient proof to back up this claim. The US Department for Health and Human Services and Agriculture admitted in a letter that the benefits