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Proper Oral Hygiene Stressed During The Holidays.

The Manteca (CA) Bulletin (11/27) stated that with extra sugar intake during the holidays, it is important to “practice good oral hygiene in order to maintain good oral health.” A Manteca dentist recommends people “practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes and flossing once a day, making sure to clean all surfaces of each tooth.”

Association Between Diabetes, Periodontal Disease Discussed.

New Jersey Local News (11/28, Elmore) spoke to Dr. Keith Libou, chief clinical officer at Delta Dental of New Jersey, about the association between diabetes and periodontal disease. “Diabetes is a chronic disease that increases the risk for many serious health problems including gum disease,” said Dr. Libou. “And if you have gum disease, you may be at greater risk for a chronic health problem like diabetes.” Dr. Libou discussed the role of dentists in early diagnosis of diabetes, noting that Delta Dental of New Jersey is “piloting a program where dentists can perform an in-office blood test for those patients with periodontal disease who are at risk for diabetes.”

ADA Provides Tips For Effective Flossing.

HealthDay (11/23) reported that “flossing is an essential part of good dental health,” stating that the American Dental Association recommends flossing daily whether before or after brushing, and flossing children’s teeth “as soon as two teeth touch.”

ADA Recommends Replacing Toothbrush Every Three To Four Months.

The Christian Science Monitor (11/21, Thompson) considered when the appropriate time is to replace eight common household items, including a toothbrush. The article reports that toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, adding that “according to the American Dental Association, this is more about the state of your bristles than anything else.”

        Test Tube (11/22, Garcia-Vargas) also reports that the ADA recommends replacing toothbrushes often.


Study Finds Association Between Heart-Healthy Diet, Better Overall Dental Health.

Harvard University (MA) (11/19) reports that a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds an association between eating a heart-healthy diet and better overall dental health, although the research “does not conclusively demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship.” According to the article, researchers with the Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study found that men whose food consumption matched the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet “scored 30% lower on a scale that assessed the chance of developing new or repeat root cavities.”


Kid-Friendly Snacks Listed To Promote Oral Health.

The Huffington Post (11/17, Rendón) states that “carbonated drinks, processed snacks and sweet treats can seriously affect a child’s oral health,” recommending alternatives that have less sugar and may help promote oral health. For example, the article recommends children consume raw fresh fruits rather than dried fruits, which may result in sugar adhering “directly to the tooth’s surface.”

Expert Discusses Benefits Of Quitting Smoking.

Wayne Tormala, the Chief of the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease for the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses the multiple health benefits that come from quitting smoking on KTAR-FM’s Glendale, AZ (11/14, Tormala) website. Among these benefits are getting rid of “yellow teeth, a stained tongue and ashtray breath.” Tormala says “the American Dental Association notes smoking causes gum disease, oral cancer and slow healing after dental procedures like implants or extractions,” and “after you quit, those issues disappear.” The ADA provides more information on smoking and oral health at

Flossing Teeth Listed As One Way To Have A Healthier Life.

In an article titled, “50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms,” the New York Observer (11/9, Hardy) included flossing teeth. The article stated that “the benefits of flossing are incredible,” adding that flossing daily helps prevent tooth loss and gum disease.

Sugary Treats Promoted To Parents As Nutritious On Children’s TV, Study Reveals.

Reuters (11/9, Rapaport) reports that a new study revealed that children’s television ads not only make sugary snacks and drinks look appealing to kids but also promote these products to parents as nutritious and family-friendly. Overall, the study showed that 42 percent of total airtime is dedicated to ads targeted at parents. The findings were published in Pediatrics.

        CNN (11/9, Storrs) reports that for the study, researchers analyzed “a database of all the TV advertisements for packaged foods and beverages in the United States between 2013 and 2014.” They specifically looked at advertisements for products on “Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and other kids’ channels, and then looked for ads for these products that aired on other channels.” The analysis revealed that these ads often feature scenes of family togetherness with “parental figures and children playing, hugging or kissing.” HealthDay(11/9, Preidt) also reports the story.

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