Archive for February 2016

Humidifier Use May Have Oral Health Benefits.

The Huffington Post (2/8, Tollefsen) states that “winter dryness can affect everything from your teeth to your throat and even contribute to the onset of the flu virus,” adding that using a humidifier may “help combat winter’s negative impact by adding moisture to your living environment.” The article states that “humidifiers help support saliva production, a process that preserves the health of the oral cavity, gums and throat,” while staying hydrated also helps prevent “mouth-related soreness.” In addition, “adding moisture to your environment also keeps bacteria build-up at bay and fights dry mouth, a condition that makes you mouth feel constantly parched.” provides additional information on saliva and dry mouth.

Seven Tips Provided For Effective Mouthrinse Use.

Bustle (2/6, Borovic) recommended selecting the right mouthrinse among seven tips provided for how to properly use a mouthrinse. The article stated there are two types of mouthrinse available, according to the American Dental Association: cosmetic and therapeutic. For a therapeutic mouthrinse, the article recommended Listerine Soft Mint Antiseptic, a mouthrinse with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.


Tips Provided To Promote Successful Dental Visits, Proper Dental Habits.

The Tri-County Times (MI) (2/3) recommends parents help children acclimate to dental visits by demonstrating proper oral hygiene, bringing children to see the dentist by age one, reading books about dental visits, being supportive, and using positive words to “make the visit seem fun and positive rather than scary and alarming.” also provides tips for ensuring children have a successful dental visit.

        The Bristol (VA) Herald Courier (2/2, Spell) reports that Dr. Peter Vanstrom, a dental consultant for CNN medical and a member of the editorial board for WebMD, encourages parents to instill proper dental health habits in their children by using soft-bristled toothbrushes and not brushing too forcefully, having a positive attitude toward oral hygiene, and helping children avoid developing “bad oral habits,” such as chewing ice. Additional information on caring for children’s teeth is available at

Oral Health Tips Provided In Honor Of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Noting that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, several sources discuss the importance of preventive dental care, providing tips to promote oral health. Newswise (2/1) hosted a University of Alabama at Birmingham release stating that National Children’s Dental Health Month is “an opportunity for parents of toddlers, young children or teenagers to explore questions about keeping your child’s teeth clean, your child’s first dental visit or how to protect children’s smiles.”

        In celebration of National Children’s Dental Month, the Patrick Air Force Base (2/1, Jewell) provided several tips to help reduce the risk of tooth decay, recommending parents help their “children develop good brushing and flossing habits,” schedule regular dentist visits, limit snacks, and encourage water consumption in place of soft drinks and power drinks, among other tips.

        In a broadcast on its website, WGEM-TV Quincy, IL (2/1, Williams) shared tips from an Illinois dentist for National Children’s Dental Health Month, recommending children brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily, and that they begin visiting the dentist at an early age for preventive care.

        KAMR-TV Amarillo, TX (2/2) reported on its website and during a broadcast that in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, “the New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging parents to help their children develop good oral health and eating habits at an early age.”

        Meanwhile, the Lost Coast Outpost (CA) (2/1) stated that a new campaign in Humboldt County, California will begin in February in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Smile Humboldt aims “to educate the community that while tooth decay is the most common chronic disease found in children, it is largely preventable with regular access to a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss as well as access to important preventive measures like fluoride varnish, dental sealants and fluoridated water.”

        Additional information and resources for National Children’s Dental Health Month are available at

Congolese Boy Recovering After Receiving First Free Facial Reconstruction Surgery.

Reuters (2/1, Goldberg) reports that Dunia Sibomana, an eight-year-old African boy, is recovering after receiving the first of a series of surgeries at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to reconstruct both of his lips, which were ripped off two years ago when a group of chimpanzees attacked him in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. Although reconstructing both lips will involve several surgeries over about nine months, following his first surgery on Jan. 11, Dunia is already speaking more clearly, keeping food in his mouth, and no longer drooling constantly.

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