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ADA Spokespeople Provide Tips For Oral Health.

In an article titled, “10 Surprising Habits Killing Your Teeth,” US News & World Report (1/27, Costa) provides oral health information and tips from several ADA spokespeople. For example, discussing how insufficient water intake can impact oral health, Dr. Ruchi Sahota says, “A dry mouth can be an environment where it’s easier for bacteria to cause cavities.” Dr. Sahota also discusses the importance of limiting sugary foods and drinks, brushing teeth gently, and avoiding using teeth as tools, among other topics. Dr. Genaro Romo discusses the importance of caring for baby teeth and also mentions that having acid reflux or consuming acidic food can damage enamel. In addition, Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty provides the following advice: “Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, regularly visit your dentist and have a good, balanced diet. All of those things are going to protect you from damaging your teeth and enamel.” The ADA provides additional information and tips for oral health at

JADA Study Finds Association Between Sugary Drinks, Erosive Tooth Wear.

PRNewswire (1/25) hosts a release from the American Dental Association stating “new research from The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that sugary drinks are associated with erosive tooth wear among teenagers in Mexico.” After providing a food questionnaire to teenagers living in Mexico, the study authors examined the teenagers for “erosive tooth wear,” finding “the overall prevalence of erosive tooth wear was 31.7 percent, with sweet carbonated drinks – soda – causing the most erosion.” JADA editor Michael Glick, D.M.D., said, “The oral health of children is always top of mind, and we’ve seen recently that sugar is a leading problem when it comes to their overall health and dental health.” Glick adds, “This study shows an association between high intake of sweet drinks and poor oral health. This issue needs to be taken seriously.” provides additional information on how nutrition affects children’s teeth.

Periodontitis May Be Linked To Elevated Risk Of First MI.

Medscape (1/20, Busko) reports that research published in Circulation indicated individuals “who had a first MI were more likely to have periodontitis than matched controls.” Investigators found that “43% of MI patients vs 33% of matched controls had mild to severe periodontitis (P<0.001), in the Periodontitis and Its Relation to Coronary Artery Disease (PAROKRANK) study.” After controlling “for smoking, diabetes, education, and marital status, individuals with periodontitis had a 28% increased risk of MI.”


Oral Hygiene Tips Provided.

The Craig (CO) Daily Press (1/15) provided oral hygiene tips from to “help keep your smile beautiful,” recommending brushing teeth twice daily for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush, flossing daily, and regular dentist visits.

Editorial: Dental Care Should Not Come From The Emergency Room.

In an editorial, the Bangor (ME) Daily News states that “dental problems are a top reason for emergency department visits among poor residents in Maine,” adding that the emergency department is not only the “wrong place” to receive such care, but also more expensive than preventive dental care. The Daily News supports a bill that would “take a modest step to address this by providing preventative dental care through MaineCare to pregnant women,” stating that the bill would help promote oral health during pregnancy. The Daily News concludes that although “there’s a strong case for extending dental coverage to all adult MaineCare recipients,” this bill represents a positive “modest step.”

        The ADA Health Policy Institute also published a research brief finding the number of patients seeking dental care from emergency departments is continuing to rise.

        Meanwhile, provides additional information on dental health during pregnancy.

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.

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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