Archive for December 2015

ADA Recommendations For Children’s Dental Health Highlighted.

The Michigan City (IN) News Dispatch (12/31, Henderson) reports on how to keep children’s teeth healthy over the holidays. The article says that “children are never too young to practice good dental hygiene.” For infants, “pocked, pitted, or discolored front teeth are signs of bottle mouth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).” The article says to follow ADA recommendations “to help your toddlers and older children keep their pearly whites looking pearly after indulging in those holiday sweets.” These recommendations and more information on dental health for babies and children can be found at

Dental Care Advised Before, During, And After Cancer Treatment.

The About (12/29) website states that “mouth complications...can and do occur in more than one-third of those being treated for breast cancer,” adding that untreated dental problems may impact treatment. Given this, the article recommends seeing “your dentist as soon as you know you will be having chemotherapy,” adding, “Consider your dentist a part of your care team as you will be seeing him or her during treatment, as needed, and after treatment is completed.”

Athletes Encouraged To Use Mouthguards To Protect Teeth, Jaws.

In an op-ed for the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times (12/29), Dr. Jessica Peele, with MAHEC, an Area Health Education Center in North Carolina, states that “safeguarding your teeth, gums and jaws should be a priority for any athlete.” Dr. Peele notes that the ADA has “a list of about 30 sports, which range from gymnastics to skiing, for which it recommends the use of a mouthguard,” saying athletes should select a mouthguard that is tear resistant, fits properly, can be cleaned easily, and “does not impair speech or breathing.”

        The ADA News (11/2, Manchir) previously reported that CustMbite MVP Athletic Mouthguard has become the first athletic mouthguard to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA provides additional information on mouthguards online.

Group Supports New Model Integrating Oral Health, Primary Care.

AAFP News Now (12/24, Crawford) reported that the American Academy of Family Physicians is supporting “a new model for delivering preventive oral health care as a component of routine medical care and enhancing partnerships between primary care and dentistry.” Population healthcare consultant Qualis Health released a white paper earlier this year outlining the model, called the Oral Health Delivery Framework, which “consists of five actionable steps primary care teams can take to protect and promote oral health, including offering preventive interventions and structured referrals to dentistry.” Qualis Health president and CEO Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, said, “Engaging primary care teams in oral health is a critical strategy for reducing the impact of oral diseases and improving population health.”


Surgeon General Praises Community Water Fluoridation Efforts.

The ADA News (12/23, Garvin) reports that ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays and ADA Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin sent a letter to US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD on Dec. 22, thanking Dr. Murthy for his efforts in commemorating the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation. According to the article, “In a video posted to the Office of the Surgeon General’s YouTube channel, Dr. Murthy credited community water fluoridation with contributing to dramatic declines in the prevalence and severity of tooth decay, and praised advocates and community leaders for their efforts in fighting to make water fluoridation a reality in communities across the county.” Drs. Summerhays and O’Loughlin said in the letter, “We applaud you for commemorating the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation with a statement acknowledging the practice as a safe, beneficial, and cost-effective public health measure for preventing tooth decay.”

        Dr Bicuspid (12/23) reports that Dr. Murthy called fluoridation “one of the most cost effective, equitable, and safe measures communities can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.” Dr. Murthy added that community water fluoridation “is the best method for delivering fluoride to all members of the community,” and its “effectiveness in preventing tooth decay extends throughout one’s life, resulting in fewer – and less severe – cavities.”

Proper Tooth Brushing Techniques listed.

Women’s Health (12/17, Mackenzie) listed five ways people are brushing their teeth incorrectly, providing solutions to ensure oral health. For example, the article stated that although some people may not be using a toothpaste with fluoride, it’s “important to make sure your toothpaste and mouthwash have fluoride in them, which helps to strengthen tooth enamel, according to the American Dental Association.” For additional tips on brushing teeth, visit

Tips Provided For Dental Health During The Holidays.

In an article for the Chester (PA) Times (12/15), a Pennsylvania dentist provides dental health tips “to make the season enjoyable and healthy,” recommending people limit soda consumption, avoid sugary treats as stocking stuffers, and consume healthy snacks, such as cheese, among other tips. In addition, the dentist recommends children “visit Hermey the Elf for more dental fun facts” at

Consumer Reports Provides 10 Tips For Affordable Dental Care.

Consumer Reports (12/15, Byrne) states that although “about 40 percent of people in the U.S.” are without dental coverage, “ignoring dental problems or skipping preventive care can harm you.” The article provides 10 strategies for maintaining oral health at a reduced cost, recommending, for example, that people enroll in dental coverage through their employer if it is available and ensure dental health through preventive care.

Scheduling Dental Visits Before Year’s End Advised For Maximizing Tax Savings.

In a broader piece providing tips for consumers “to garner additional savings before tax season next spring,” The Street (12/14) states that “scheduling dentist or eye doctor appointments before the end of the year could be a benefit because hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses, hospital fees for nursing, most dental expenses, physical therapy, lab tests and X-rays are all deductible, said Brian Ashcraft, a director for Liberty Tax Service based in Virginia Beach, Va.”


Employers Advised To Maintain Dental, Vision Benefits.

HR Morning (12/11, Bilski) stated that as some employers consider benefits they can cut to save on rising health care costs, they should avoid cutting dental and vision benefits. The article explained that not only are employees increasingly seeking dental and vision benefits, but “routine eye and dental exams can be instrumental in diagnosing underlying health issues before they spiral into long-term problems.”

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