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Dental Health

More vitamin D may mean healthier gums

Fri Oct 14, 2005

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with higher blood levels of vitamin D may be less likely to develop gum disease, a new study suggests.

Using data from a national U.S. health survey, researchers found that teenagers and adults with the highest blood levels of vitamin D were 20 percent less likely than those with the lowest levels to show signs of gingivitis -- a milder form of gum disease in which the gums become swollen and bleed easily.


More than wisdom in those wisdom teeth

Fri Sep 23, 2005

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults in their 20s and 30s who can't part with their third molars (a.k.a., wisdom teeth) may be at risk for chronic oral inflammation, increasing the risk of inflammation in other areas of the body as well.

That's according to a long-term study presented this week at the opening of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual meeting in Boston.


A Natural Remedy for Gingivitis, Toothaches, and Mouth Sores

Everyone has a variety of bacteria in their mouth. Some have more than others. This bacterium helps you by beginning the digestive process.

Excess bacteria in your mouth have now been found to cause more than tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease. So, you need to know, even though you might not have gingivitis, how to control these plaque-building bacteria in your mouth.


Tooth decay in US falls sharply in kids, teens - CDC

By Paul Simao

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tooth decay declined sharply in the United States among children and teenagers and dipped among adults during the past decade, the government reported on Thursday.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 42 percent of kids aged 6 to 19 had had a cavity or filling in their permanent teeth when examined between 1999 and 2002, a 15-percent decrease from the 1988-1994 period.


Raisins may fight cavities and gum disease - study

Wed Jun 8, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They may be sweet and sticky but raisins contain compounds that suppress bacteria responsible for cavities and gum disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

While the researchers have not shown that people who eat raisins have healthier mouths, they identified five compounds known as phytochemicals in raisins that can be beneficial for teeth and gums.


Forget the Breath Mints, Eat Yogurt Instead

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New study findings suggest that yogurt may be another weapon in the battle against bad breath.

"Yogurt intake may improve oral hygiene, namely tongue-coating bacteria and halitosis," study author Dr. Kenichi Hojo of Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan told Reuters Health.

He and his colleagues found that study participants who consumed 90 grams of yogurt twice a day for six weeks tended to have lower levels of hydrogen sulfide and other volatile sulfide compounds that contribute to bad breath.


Coral White Toothpaste

Coral White Toothpaste combines coral calcium with Xylitol - well known for its cavity fighting and re-mineralizing activities. Hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate not only have a gentle whitening effect, but along with Tea Tree oil, the antiseptic, antimicrobial and antioxidant botanicals of Echinacea, Golden Seal, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginseng and Ginkgo help to fight infections in the mouth. It does not have fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate or any toxic preservatives, artificial flavors, colors or other additives.


Periodontal Bacteria Linked to Heart Disease

By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who test positive for bacteria that cause periodontal disease also have increased thickness of the carotid artery, which suggests there is a direct relationship between periodontal infection and atherosclerosis, investigators report.

However, "there is no guarantee that treating periodontal disease would reverse it, because the damage might be preventable but not reversible," Dr. Moise Desvarieux told Reuters Health.


Dirty Teeth Can Kill You, U.S. Study Shows

Tue Nov 30, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Germs found in dental plaque can make their way into the lungs and cause potentially fatal pneumonia in elderly nursing home patients, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

Though the study was small, the researchers said they found clear evidence in eight patients who developed pneumonia while in the hospital that had originated from their own dental plaque.


The Truth About Amalgam

Updated version of a peer-reviewed paper, ref. (7), sent to FDA on May 31st, 2003 after the Congressional Hearing on May 8, organized by Congress Members Diane Watson and Dan Burton due to their proposal to ban amalgam and vaccines containing thiomersal.