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Dental health is about more than just pretty white teeth. Poor dental health—in particular gum disease—is linked to a greater risk of heart disease and early labor in pregnancy. The first step to having healthy teeth and gums is to floss and brush your teeth regularly.

Dental Care News

  • Ancient Teeth Show Signs of Indoor Air Pollution

    FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Tartar from 400,000-year-old human teeth reveals the earliest evidence of man-made air pollution, according to a new study. The tartar — hardened dental plaque that is also known as calculus — on teeth found at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, Israel, contains possible respiratory irritants, including traces of charcoal [...]

  • How Breastfeeding Could Improve Babies’ Dental Health

    The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows.

  • Sharing a Bathroom With Many Others? Your Toothbrush Likely Has ‘Fecal Matter’

    THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of poop on your toothbrush. So finds a study by researchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. The researchers analyzed toothbrushes from Quinnipiac students who used communal bathrooms with an average of more than nine users per [...]

  • Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation — called prostatitis. The study included 27 men, age 21 and older, who had prostatitis and moderate to severe [...]

  • U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

    The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride.

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