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CDC Airing New Anti-Tobacco Ads

The ADA News (2/8) reported that on Jan. 25 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began airing new ads as part of its “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign, designed to educate the public about the negative health impact of tobacco use. The most recent campaign features personal stories of “people living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities,” including “loss of teeth due to severe periodontal disease.” The CDC offers tips to help people quit smoking online.

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.

Survey Finds Some Parents Miss Work Due To Oral Health Issues

AZ Business Magazine (2/24) reports that a new survey from Delta Dental of Arizona examines why parents miss work during winter, finding 9 percent of working parents surveyed are “likely to miss work during the winter months due to their own oral health issues,” while 17 percent say they are likely to miss work due to their children’s oral health issues.

Millennials Encouraged To Receive Regular Dental Care

USA Today (2/7, Higdon) advised millennials to take care of their health now, stating, “Think of your body like a car, it’s an investment that requires routine check ups, maintenance and care.” In addition to seeing a primary care doctor on a regular basis, the article recommends “maintaining regular dental health with a dentist, visiting an eye doctor and having skin checked by a dermatologist will also make sure no other issues can creep up.”

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.


Delta Dental Releases Key Findings Of The Children’s Oral Health Survey

PRNewswire (2/7) hosts a Delta Dental Plans Association release announcing the key findings from The Children’s Oral Health Survey, a “survey of parents with children ages 12 and under.” The survey finds “92% of parents say their children are brushing at least once a day,” and “67% are brushing at least twice a day.” In addition, the survey finds “90% of children have dental coverage, either public or private,” although “40% of children 3 years old or younger have never been to a dentist.” Bill Kohn, DDS, vice president for dental science and policy for Delta Dental Plans Association, said, “While many of the nation’s children are on the right track to good oral health and overall health, clearly there is much work to be done when it comes to helping parents understand the importance of getting an early start on dental care.”


No Scientific Evidence Charcoal Teeth Whitening Method Works.

The Daily Beast (4/6, Yu) stated that some health and beauty products now contain activated charcoal, a substance traditionally used in air filters and by hospitals and poison control centers to treat “poisoning or a drug overdose.” With some bloggers and vloggers touting the benefits of using the powdery black substance to whiten teeth, the Daily Beast spoke with dental professionals, including American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Kim Harms, to determine whether using activated charcoal is safe and effective. “There’s no evidence at all that activated charcoal does any good for your teeth,” Dr. Harms said, adding that it is unclear whether using activated charcoal is safe, and the concern with using abrasives to brush teeth is the effect they can have on gums and enamel. Noting that activated charcoal also does not deliver fluoride, Dr. Harms said that “there are better options out there that do work,” recommending people consult with a dentist about teeth whitening options. provides additional information on teeth whitening. In addition, several whitening toothpastes and a whitening product have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Pediatric Fevers Not Caused By Teething, Analysis Concludes

CNN (2/19, Kounang) reported online on a new study in the journal Pediatrics that confirmed “high-grade fevers are not a sign of teething,” but could be a sign of another illness. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center director Dr. Paul Casamassimo said, “If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won’t eat or drink anything for days, that’s a red flag for concern.” CNN provided tips for managing teething, including use of infant pain relievers, while cautioning regular use thereof could lead to tooth decay.

Dentists “Uniquely Positioned” To Screen For Pediatric Obesity, JADA Study Suggests.

Dr Bicuspid (2/2, Domino) reported that dental professionals are “uniquely positioned” to provide screenings for obesity in children, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The authors of the study said, “Dentists, hygienists, and other oral healthcare professionals often have more frequent and regular contact with children than pediatricians.” While acknowledging there is no link between dental caries and body mass index in children, the researchers say “the role of diet in dental caries and overall pediatric health is indisputable and could indicate that there is a role for the [oral healthcare professional] to provide diet and weight screening interventions.” Oral health practitioners “should measure weight and height during the patient’s first visit and at each six-month dental recall visit to assess weight status over time, the study authors recommended.”

        The JADA study is available online.

JADA Looks At Effectiveness Of Fluoride Varnish Treatment For Carious Lesions

According to research in the February 2016 Journal of the American Dental Association, “fluoride varnish may be an effective treatment for the reversal of incipient carious lesions in primary and permanent dentition.” An article at ADA News (1/29, Manchir) reported that after a “systematic review and meta-analysis,” the researchers “found a significant trend of effectiveness of fluoride varnish on the reversal of the lesions,” although “further clinical trials concerning efficacy of topical fluorides for treating those lesions are still required, mainly regarding fluoride gel, researchers noted.” Tathiane Larissa Lenzi, PhD, the study’s lead author, said, “There is no clear evidence supporting the additional benefit of fluoride gel on reversal of active enamel caries lesions subjected to weekly supervised tooth brushing. However, there is an association between the number of inactive enamel lesions and the number of gel applications.” Read the full article here.

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