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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

  • Oil-Swishing Craze: Snake Oil or All-Purpose Remedy?

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes. Like Bennett, plenty of consumers are discovering an ancient practice called oil pulling, or [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Dentists’ Group Expands Recommended Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids

    TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth, according to updated American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. To help prevent cavities, parents should use a smear (an amount about the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste for children younger than [...]

  • Dental Insurance Doesn’t Guarantee People Will Care for Their Teeth

    THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having dental insurance doesn’t mean people will actually take care of their teeth, a new study indicates. The findings suggest patient outreach and education are needed to ensure that people understand the importance of good dental health and that they use their insurance coverage to get care, the University [...]

  • Many Americans Don’t Receive Preventive Dental Care: Survey

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups. For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly 650,000 middle-aged and older adults between 1999 and 2008. The investigators found that the number who [...]

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