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Tips Provided To Address Dry Mouth

KTVI-TV St. Louis (2/3) spoke with a local dentist about how treat dry mouth, stating that dry mouth treatment generally focuses on three areas: “managing underlying medical conditions causing the dry mouth, preventing tooth decay,” and “increasing the flow of saliva, if possible.”

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

In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, several sources are continuing to discuss the importance of preventive dental care, providing tips to promote oral health.

        PRNewswire (2/3) hosted a Georgia Dental Association release stating that “during Children’s Dental Health Month in February, the Georgia Dental Association reminds parents about the importance of oral health for both children and adults alike.” President of the Georgia Dental Association, Dr. Tom Broderick, said, “Establishing a dental home and seeing your dentist twice a year, along with brushing twice a day, could help prevent many of the problems faced by people with poor dental care.”

        The Charlotte (NC) Observer (2/3) provided tips for selecting a toothbrush and toothpaste, and brushing and flossing children’s teeth. The article notes that “the American Dental Association recommends your child starts visiting the dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth.”

        The Sanford (FL) Herald (2/3) reported that “February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an important time to promote the benefits of good oral health to children.” According to the article, the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is encouraging “parents and caregivers to teach children proper oral care at a young age to reduce risk of getting cavities.”

        The Mountain View Telegraph (2/4) reports that the New Mexico Department of Health is also encouraging parents to help their children reduce the risk of tooth decay by developing “good oral health and eating habits.” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH, said, “A healthy mouth is an important part of disease prevention, not just for oral health but our overall health as well.”

Subscription Electric Toothbrush Reviewed

Business Insider (2/2) carries a Tech Insider (2/2, Letzter) review of Quip, an electric toothbrush subscription company, which offers an “electric toothbrush for $25, with $5 head replacements every three months.” Noting “the American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months,” the review states that the replacement heads, “scarcely more expensive than a new brush,” help ensure toothbrushes are replaced in the recommended time-frame. The review adds that the electric toothbrush vibrates and pulses at different intervals to ensure “you cover your whole mouth in two minutes.”

Interview: Using Scientific Evidence To Improve Oral Health

While at AEEDC Dubai 2016, Dental Tribune (2/3, Chalupsky) spoke with Dr Marcelo W.B. Araujo, vice president of the Science Institute for the American Dental Association, about evidence-based dentistry and the focus and responsibilities of the ADA Science Institute. “In the past year ADA has had a stronger focus on our members, especially in terms of educating them based on science,” said Dr. Araujo. “The number one priority in our science department is evidence-based dentistry.” Dr. Araujo discussed the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program, calling it a “powerful instrument” that lets patients know a “product is trustworthy.” Dr. Araujo added that “the ADA is responsible for dental standards for practices and products in the US,” providing members with information on the “latest materials, dental instruments, and technologies suitable for dentistry” in the ADA Professional Product Review.

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.” MouthHealthy.org 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 MouthHealthy.org.

Impact of Sparkling Water On Dental Health Considered

The Atlantic (2/1, Khazan) considers the dental impact of consuming sparkling water, stating that “even when it’s unflavored, fizzy water contains an acid – carbonic acid – that gives it its bubbles.” According to the article, the acidity in sparkling water may “gradually wear away tooth enamel,” although, “unless they’re flavored with citric or other acids, seltzers tend to have more neutral pH values than soft drinks like Coke.” Damien Walmsley, a professor of dentistry at the University of Birmingham, said, “My advice is to keep acidic drinks to mealtimes, and if you have to sip drinks between meals, then plain water is the safest.”

 

Expert Says Medicaid Expansion Reaching “Tipping Point.”

CNBC (1/26, Mangan) reports that Louisiana recently became the 31st state to expand Medicaid, and three other states, “South Dakota, Wyoming and Virginia, are discussing such a move.” The addition of those states “would provide the program even more critical mass and complicate efforts at widespread repeal or a piecemeal undoing.” Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, said, “I do think we’ve reached the tipping point,” adding, “It’s part of the fabric of our health-care system now.”

Regular Dental Visits Advised At Intervals Determined By Dentist

The Huffington Post (1/26, Miller) discusses how frequently people should visit the dentist, noting the American Dental Association states, “Personalized oral care is a necessity for good dental health.” The article adds that the ADA recommends people receive regular dental care at intervals their dentist determines.

Labels On Sugary Beverages May Sway Parents’ Decision To Purchase Them, Study Finds

The Sacramento (CA) Bee (1/26, Caiola) reports that new research published in the journal Pediatrics found that labels on sugary beverages may sway parents’ decisions about buying such products. Researchers found that “about 40 percent of parents who were shown warning labels on beverages chose a sugary drink for their child, vs. 60 percent in the no-label group.” Parents “shown the labels believed that sugary beverages were less healthy for their child, and were less likely to purchase such beverages, the study found.”

Methamphetamine Use Can Cause “Destructive Dental Effects

In an opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle (1/14, Subscription Publication), Lola Giusti, DDS, an associate professor at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, discussed the “destructive dental effects” of methamphetamine abuse, stating that “dentists can recognize a distinctive and often severe pattern of decay that seems to spread through a mouth like wildfire.” In addition, Dr. Giusti stated that “the tooth decay meth unleashes is nearly impossible to reverse.” Dr. Giusti said that “the evidence is in” for how methamphetamine use affects dental health, pointing to JADA’s December cover storyexamining dental disease in methamphetamine users. “Researchers began studying the mechanisms behind this rapid dental destruction and found that even a year after quitting meth, the user’s saliva remains acidic,” Dr. Giusti said, adding that “when paired with poor oral hygiene, this biochemical phenomenon exerts a permanent effect on teeth and health.” Dr. Giusti recommended meth users receive help from a support program, and then visit a dentist right away.

        Visit MouthHealthy.org for additional information on “Meth Mouth.”

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