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Dental Care

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

  • Low-Power Laser May Trigger Tooth Repair

    WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A low-power laser can trigger stem cells in the body to repair teeth in mice, researchers report. The laser prompted dental stem cells to form dentin, the hard material that is similar to bone and provides most of a tooth’s structure. The findings appear in the May 28 issue of [...]

  • Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — How newborns receive the colonies of helpful bacteria that reside in all people and make human life possible has been a mystery. A new study suggests that the placenta — long thought a sterile environment — actually contains a small but diverse bacterial community (a “microbiome”) [...]

  • Doctors Should Give Toddlers Fluoride Treatments: U.S. Task Force

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Specifically, the task force suggested Monday that primary care physicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation, such as drops, tablets or [...]

  • Does Oil Pulling REALLY Whiten Your Teeth?

    People are discovering an ancient practice called oil pulling, or oil swishing. Some report the practice sweetens their breath; others say it treats gum disease, prevents tooth decay and even improves arthritis and asthma.

  • Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a heart patient, you might be wise to wait to have any infected teeth pulled if you’re about to have cardiac surgery, a new study suggests. In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that 8 percent of heart patients who did not [...]

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