Archive for June 2016

CEO Touts Benefits Of Daily Flossing

On its website and during a broadcast, AOL (6/29, DesMarais) shares the “simple daily habits” that “24 successful executives” say help them both in their careers and in life. Damon Brown, CEO of Dentovations, the makers of a Boston-based oral beauty brand, recommends flossing daily. “It is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” says Brown.

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on flossing for patients

Dental Myths Debunked.

In an article in the Huffington Post (6/28, Cohen), freelance writer and blogger Sam Cohen debunks several dental myths, stating “if you believe in the myths associated with tooth decay, you will probably not be able to take the right steps to take care of them.” One myth Cohen discusses is that cavities are caused only by sugar. Cohen notes the acid produced by oral bacteria attack tooth enamel and can lead to dental decay, according to the American Dental Association.

        MouthHealthy.org and the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provide additional information on caries for dental professionals and for patients.

Young Teens Consuming Sports Drinks For “Social Reasons,” Study Finds.

BBC News (UK) (6/27) reports that “89% of Welsh 12 to 14-year-olds” consume high-sugar sports drinks, with 68% consuming these drinks “at least once a week,” according to research from the Cardiff University School of Dentistry. The researchers said many parents and children are unaware these drinks are not suitable for children. Maria Morgan, senior lecturer in dental public health, said, “The purpose of sports drinks are being misunderstood and this study clearly shows evidence of high school age children being attracted to these high sugar and low pH level drinks, leading to an increased risk of dental cavities, enamel erosion and obesity.”

        The Daily Mail (6/27, Spencer) reports the researchers found about half of the teenagers are consuming these drinks for “social reasons” rather than performance-enhancing results. “If consumed socially and in large quantities, sports drinks can lead to serious problems, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and gout, as well as poor oral health,” the researchers said. “Non-athletes are consuming these drinks simply because of their nice taste.”

        In a release on EurekAlert (6/27), Cardiff University also announces the findings, which are published in the British Dental Journal.

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on foods that affect dental health, and includes sports drinks in its list of the “Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth.”

Colorado Offers Dental Coverage To Adult Medicaid Recipients

KMGH-TV Denver (6/25, Allen) reported on its website and during a broadcast that “Colorado is one of just 16 states to approve an extensive adult dental benefit for Medicaid recipients,” noting state legislators voted to extend dental coverage to adults in 2014. Since the state expanded Medicaid coverage, 70 percent of Coloradans now have dental coverage, up from about 61 percent two years ago. Still, some people are unaware they now have dental coverage, KMGH reported.

Burwell Announces Millions In Funding To Help Health Centers Expand Access To Oral Health Services

In continuing coverage, the AP (6/20) reported that HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell has announced $156 million in funding to help hundreds of health centers in the US expand access to oral health services. In West Virginia, 10 health centers will receive a combined “$3.3 million in funding to improve oral health” in the state.

        The Daily Inter Lake (MT) (6/20) reported Burwell announced the Lincoln County Community Health Center in Montana will receive $350,000 to help increase access to oral health services. In all, three health centers in Montana were awarded $1,050,000.

        The Norwich (CT) Bulletin (6/20) reported Burwell said the Health Center Program at United Community & Family Services in Connecticut will receive $338,803 in funding to help expand access to oral health services.

        The Wenatchee (WA) World (6/20, Cieslak) reported that 12 health centers in Washington state, including Columbia Valley Community Health, will receive more than $4.2 million to help increase access to oral health services.

        The Bend (OR) Bulletin (6/21), El Paso (TX) Inc. (6/20), the Pittsburg (KS) Morning Sun (6/20), and the Western News (MT) (6/21) also provide local coverage.

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Dental Decay Is Five Times More Common In Children Than Asthma, But Preventable.

In an article for The Inquirer (6/17), Dr. Daniel Taylor, an associate professor at Drexel College of Medicine and a pediatrician with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, discussed early childhood caries, stating the condition is “five times more common” than asthma, yet preventable. Early childhood caries can cause a variety of problems, Dr. Taylor said, such as “pain, loss of teeth, infections in a child’s head and neck, cavities later in life, impaired growth and weight gain, missed school days, speech problems, and a poorer quality of life.” Dr. Taylor noted that the American Dental Association offers caries risk assessment forms to help evaluate a child’s risk of developing caries. Several risk factors for dental caries include not having a dental home, not having exposure to fluoride, and having a mother with recent caries.

        MouthHealthy.org and the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provide additional information on caries for dental professionals and for patients.

Man Alerted To Heart Condition During Dentist Visit.

KYW-TV Philadelphia (6/15, Hoff) reported on its website and during a broadcast that a South Jersey native, now 25, credits a New Jersey dentist with saving his life. Alex Kasprowitz has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a potentially life threatening heart condition, which had gone undiagnosed until his dentist checked his blood pressure and pulse, discovering his heart rate was at 35. The dental staff “urged immediate medical attention,” and Kasprowitz has since been “equipped with a pacemaker and a defibrillator.”

Preventive Care Among Tips To Keep Dental Costs Low.

Reporting that some people may avoid the dentist due to costs and limits on dental coverage, WOAI-TV San Antonio (6/14, Nichols) shared several tips on its website for keeping dental costs low. “Prevention is key,” WOAI reported, adding that brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental visits “help you avoid costly problems in the future.”

Benefits Of Oil Pulling Not Supported By Scientific Evidence.

UPI (6/14, Feller) states that “coconut oil keeps coming back as a non-pharmaceutical remedy for just about everything,” adding that “there is disagreement, however,” on the reported benefits of the oil. Although some studies suggest “possible benefits” from adding coconut oil to the diet, “concepts like oil pulling and oil detoxes are based less on evidence than on traditional practices and beliefs.” The article states that “oil pulling is a traditional folk remedy” that involves swishing coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil in the mouth, and the purported benefits do not have “much scientific support.” In addition, “studies have shown oil pulling to be far less effective at cleaning the mouth than mouthwash.” The American Dental Association observes oil pulling also has “the risk for adverse health effects.”

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on oil pulling, noting that “based on the lack of scientific evidence, the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a dental hygiene practice.”

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