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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

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

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — 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. The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams [...]

  • Get Checked for Diabetes While Getting Your Teeth Cleaned?

    THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The dentist’s office may be a good place to screen people for diabetes, a new study suggests. “In light of findings from the study, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct diabetes screening among at-risk, undiagnosed patients — an important first step in identifying those who [...]

  • Fluoride in Drinking Water Tied to Higher Rates of Underactive Thyroid

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A British study finds a correlation between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of underactive thyroid. While the study is only able to establish an association, not cause-and-effect, experts say the link deserves serious investigation. “Clinicians in the United States should emphasize to [...]

  • Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease

    FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone through menopause within the last 10 years, didn’t smoke and hadn’t taken [...]

  • Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Beavers don’t need to brush or floss because the presence of iron in their tooth enamel gives them superior protection against tooth decay, researchers report. Beavers’ enamel is harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including enamel treated with fluoride, according to the Northwestern University researchers. They said [...]

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