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Flossing let me save my ailing mouth -- and spirit

By Robert Lipsyte

This is an ode to a piece of string, waxed or unwaxed. Flossing is my life. Don't snicker, tartar tooth. If you knew what I know, and soon you will, you would hop off your StairMaster, pour out the Merlot and sell the country place. You would take your mental health in your own two hands, a few inches apart, and floss your troubles away.

Like so many great discoveries, this one was accidental. I was seeking dental -- not mental -- health, when I first stumbled into the offices of Dr. Mark.

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Flossing let me save my ailing mouth -- and spirit

By Robert Lipsyte

This is an ode to a piece of string, waxed or unwaxed. Flossing is my life.
Don't snicker, tartar tooth. If you knew what I know, and soon you will, you
would hop off your StairMaster, pour out the Merlot and sell the country place.
You would take your mental health in your own two hands, a few inches apart, and
floss your troubles away.
Like so many great discoveries, this one was accidental. I was seeking dental
-- not mental -- health, when I first stumbled into the offices of Dr. Mark. As

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Flossing let me save my ailing mouth -- and spirit

By Robert Lipsyte

This is an ode to a piece of string, waxed or unwaxed. Flossing is my life. Don't snicker, tartar tooth. If you knew what I know, and soon you will, you would hop off your StairMaster, pour out the Merlot and sell the country place. You would take your mental health in your own two hands, a few inches apart, and floss your troubles away.

Like so many great discoveries, this one was accidental.

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Thumbs down for electric toothbrush

Most electric toothbrushes are no better for your teeth and gums than the

traditional type powered only by elbow grease, researchers have found.

Scientists from the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield found that only one type of electric toothbrush produced better results despite being many times more expensive.

They found that brushes with a rotation-oscillation action are more effective at reducing potentially harmful plaque from the surface of the teeth.

However, the long-term effect on dental health may still only be borderline.

There was som

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Poor teeth damage lungs

Bad teeth and gums may make existing lung problems worse, researchers have

found.

The scientists, from the University of Buffalo, say their findings show how important it is that people who suffer from chronic lung disease are fastidious about brushing and flossing their teeth.

The Buffalo team analysed data on 13,792 people collected from across the US for a study into health and nutrition.

They found a strong link between gum disease and long-term problems with the respiratory system.

Previous research has suggested that poor oral health is linked to a number of chronic

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Smoking 'causes 50% of gum disease'

Smoking may be responsible for more than half of the cases of gum disease among

adults in the US, say researchers.

The study found that current smokers are about four times more likely than people who have never smoked to have advanced periodontal (gum) disease.

However, 11 years after quitting, former smokers were no more likely than non-smokers to suffer from bad gums.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysed US government health data on 13,650 people aged 18 and older who had their own teeth.

Lead researcher Dr Scott Tomar said: "Cig

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Hypnotising the pain away

Hypnosis can help to cut down the use of general anaesthesia in surgery, a

hypnotherapy conference will hear.

On Sunday, Dr Robert Diaz an oral and facial surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary will tell the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis that hypnotherapy can give patients a more pleasant experience in surgery and could cut NHS spending.

He has conducted research on patients having their wisdom teeth extracted.

Twenty patients were given sedation with valium and another 20 were given sedation plus hypnosis.

Recovery time after surgery was almost halv

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Nervous dental patients denied treatment

Dentists' leaders are warning that thousands of patients may be being denied treatment because only a limited number of dentists and nurses are trained to provide sedation.

The British Dental Association is calling on the government to provide extra funding for training in sedation techniques.

It says too few dentists and dental nurses are being trained to sedate patients who are nervous about dental treatment, so that they can then receive local anaesthesia to control pain.

Sedation is given to nervous patients, either by injection or by inhalation of a mixture of gas and ai

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Gum disease pregnancy hazard

Mothers with severe gum disease are far more likely to give birth prematurely,

new research has found.

The link between the two is well-established, but experts from the US found that the worse the state of the pregnant woman's gums, the more likely a premature birth is.

The study of more than 2,000 pregnant women was presented at a periodontology conference in Washington DC on Saturday.

Women with any sort of periodontal disease may be up to seven times more likely to deliver a premature baby.

But those with "generalised periodontal disease" - meaning it affect

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