Oral Cancer Survivors Share How Dental Visits Saved Their Lives

In an article for Dentistry IQ, Amber Young writes that at age 35 “my dentist saved my life,” explaining how having her dental team offer “a panoramic x-ray and an oral cancer screening” led to being diagnosed with clear cell odontogenic carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. “I would not →

Signs Of Increased Heart Disease Risk May Include Poor Oral Health

CNN  hosts an article from The Conversation that includes poor oral health among several signs a person may have an increased risk of heart disease. The article notes research suggests periodontitis and tooth loss are associated with heart disease, and says other signs may include creased earlobes; fatty bumps, known →

People With Diabetes Visit Dentist Less Often, Study Finds

In a news release on its website, New York University states that a new study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine found “adults with diabetes are less likely to visit the dentist than people with prediabetes or without diabetes.” →

Reducing post-op complications after cancer surgery

Improving patients’ oral hygiene is an option for preventing postoperative pneumonia that may be caused by aspiration of oral secretions. Whether preoperative oral care by a dentist can decrease postoperative complications remains controversial. A retrospective study was undertaken to assess the association between preoperative oral care and postoperative complications among →

Are fruit-flavored teas and flavored water OK for your teeth?

Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavored water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savoring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The →

Frequent Consumption Of Acidic Beverages Damage Teeth

Flavored waters and other acidic beverages may affect dental health. In fact, a recent study showed that 100% of the beverages purchased in grocery store (there were 379 different beverages purchased!) caused moderate to severe erosion of the teeth, since all of the beverages were acidic, meaning that they all →

5 Commonly Asked Questions About Tooth Whitening

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their →

Teeth May Hurt for Many Reasons

Why would a tooth hurt? If you’re like most, you understand the obvious causes, such as decay and tooth breakage. But there are many, many causes for tooth pain … and to make matters worse, not only is is not always a problem with a tooth, it can be referred →