Archive for January 2016

New Dental Plans Designed For Self-Employed Workers Announced.

MarketWired (CAN) (1/12) hosts a release announcing a partnership between Stride Health and Beam Dental to offer “affordable and personalized” dental coverage to self-employed workers. According to the release, “Together with Beam, Stride has custom designed a new set of dental plans built uniquely for self-employed Americans, and exclusively available via Stride.”

Tips Discussed For Treating Halitosis.

The Thrillist (1/11, Ciccarelli) states that “halitosis can be caused by food, tobacco use, gum disease, dry mouth, or even underlying medical conditions.” To help treat halitosis, the article recommends people brush twice a day and floss daily, use a tongue scraper, have sufficient water intake, quit smoking, and visit the dentist.

ADA Provides Tips To Help Children Have A Successful Dental Visit.

HealthDay (1/10) reports that the American Dental Association provides tips to prepare a child for a dental appointment, recommending, for example, that children see the dentist at a time when they are not tired or hungry. The ADA provides additional tips to help prepare children for a dentist visit on

Excessive Home Tooth Whitening Can Cause Permanent Damage, Professor Says.

The Vancouver (CAN) Sun (1/7, Ellis) reports that “the craze for whiter teeth is leading some people to overuse home bleaching kits and cause permanent tooth damage, says a University of British Columbia dentistry professor.” Adriana Manso, a clinical assistant professor in the faculty of dentistry, says that, under supervision, a dentist can control the bleaching process, but “if you do it yourself you can overdo it.” Manso “says there have been documented reports of serious and permanent damage to tooth enamel from over-the-counter home bleaching kits as hydrogen peroxide starts to break down proteins in the teeth after initial discoloration has been removed.” Other research has found “that enamel structure changes with exposure to bleach – whether it’s hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.” Interestingly, the article adds that this craze “has literally pushed whiteness off the charts,” as “shade guides that dentists use to gauge the color of a patient’s teeth now have added entries brighter than the previous lightest shade.” These new additions, the article points out, are “all bleached colors.” The ADA provides more information on teeth whitening at and provides considerations for patients and dentists.

People With Dental Phobia May Benefit From Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

HealthDay (1/6, Doheny) reports that “new research shows that talk therapy can help when” a patient’s anxiety over a visit to the dentist “becomes a crippling phobia.” After sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which “focused on replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, the patients took away a set of skills to help tackle their anxiety.” The study included 130 adults, about three-quarters of which “were so fearful they had full-fledged dental phobia,” while “the others had anxiety about some aspect of dentistry.” After CBT, “79 percent of the patients went on to have dental treatment without the need for sedation.” The study was published in November in the British Dental Journal. Additional information on managing dental anxiety is available at

Flossing Among 16 Resolutions Recommended For Overall Health.

Lindsay Holmes, the healthy living editor for the Huffington Post (1/4), includes flossing among 16 resolutions for those seeking “to adopt better habits” to improve overall health. Holmes states, “Healthy gums can protect you against gingivitis and even heart disease,” which “sounds like a pretty good reason to get out that floss.”

Binging On Sugar Can Lead To Tooth Decay.

Fox News (1/1, Marturana) said that binging on sugar negatively impacts the entire body “in both the short term and especially the long term.” The article described how the body responds to an abundance of sugar, stating, for example, that “eating a lot of sugar leads to tooth decay.” A dentist in Chicago explained, “We have bacteria in our mouths that feed on the sugars that we eat; when this takes place it creates acids that can destroy tooth enamel. Once the tooth enamel is weakened, you’re more susceptible to tooth decay.” The ADA provides additional information on nutrition and dental health on

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