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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

  • More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers

    FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Dental cavities are more common among kids whose mothers suffer from chronic stress, according to a new study. A mother’s chronic stress is also associated with lower odds of breast-feeding and fewer dental visits for their children, the researchers found. “Policy that aims to improve dental health, particularly the prevalence [...]

  • Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

    TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t be surprised if your next dental checkup includes questions about illicit drug use. A new survey has found that more than three out of every four U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use. The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct [...]

  • Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

    SUNDAY, Aug. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The beginning of a new school year is usually a big transition, as lazy summer mornings are quickly replaced by mad dashes to the bus stop. But a pediatric dental expert warns that your children’s tooth care shouldn’t be lost in the mix. “In the hustle and bustle of [...]

  • What Parents Can Do to Promote Good Dental Health

    FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents can take several steps to make sure their kids maintain healthy dental habits when they head back to school, an expert says. Eat healthy foods at home, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and protein. Most natural foods have lower amounts of sugar than processed [...]

  • 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 [...]

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