Just the Facts-Feb. 3

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Oral health behavior change

Alexandria, Va.—The International Association for Dental Research will accept proposals until March 3 for Unilever-funded research on behavioral change to improve oral health.

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ADA issues disease prevention paper

The most cost-effective way to ensure optimal dental health in children and adults is through prevention, education and behavioral modifications, the Association said in a disease prevention paper posted online Jan. 24. This is the first of two newly named Action for Dental Health papers that will address the importance of disease prevention.

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Why Less Dental Coverage For Children?

Yellow TeethUnfortunately, less and less children are getting dental coverage this year.  See recent NJ article on the matter: Children In Dental News.

Going for regular dental exams and cleanings is important for a nicer smile, higher self esteem, for one’s overall better health. Here are a few more incentives.

3 Reasons For Getting Dental Cleanings

  1. To prevent gum disease
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque – the sticky, colorless, bacteria-filled film that adheres to your teeth. As plaque builds up on teeth, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can be difficult to remove. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation and gingivitis. If bacteria are not removed and the inflammation continues, the gum tissues can be destroyed and more advanced stages of gum disease may follow.
  2. To have a brighter smile
    Personal habits – such as tobacco use or drinking coffee, tea and other beverages – can cause tooth staining. Certain medications also can discolor teeth. Teeth cleaning by your dentist or hygienist, however, can often remove these external stains – and it promotes good oral health. In addition to removing plaque and tartar during your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!
  3. To prevent bad breath
    Persistent bad breath (halitosis) has oral causes such as poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, a coating on the surface of the tongue, food stuck between teeth, unclean dentures, oral carcinomas or throat infections. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing many of these conditions and can, in turn, prevent bad breath. Regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

There are of course many other reasons for one to go for regular, periodic exams. Taking preventative measures early prevents a whole lot of heart ache and trouble in the long run. You owe it to yourself, and to your children to keep up with regular oral exams and cleanings. You won’t regret it.

Article by: Mark J. Andrews, DDS  Click here => to view Dr. Andrews Google+ profile.

FDA issues acetaminophen safety recommendation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that dentists and other health care providers stop prescribing and dispensing combination drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.

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Surgeon General updates tobacco, oral health links

Washington—The U.S. Surgeon General’s 50th anniversary review of tobacco science since Dr. Luther Terry’s landmark report on smoking and health updates evidence on the implications for oral health from tobacco use and the “expanding use of multiple products or the replacement of conventional combustible cigarettes with other nicotine delivery systems.”

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Patients’ insurance may change under ACA

Washington—Dental plans are available in the new Affordable Care Act marketplace and dentists may want to verify patients’ insurance status.

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Dentists remain cautious about economy, ADA survey shows

Dentists are more optimistic about the economy than they were at this time last year, but they still are far from being fully confident, according to new survey results.

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Dr. Hehn, former ADA second vice president, dies at 91

St. Augustine, Fla.—Dr. Roger Hehn, a former ADA vice president (1982-83) and regarded humanitarian, died Nov. 20. He was 91 years old.

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Dr. Raymond Damazo named 2014 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient

Dr. Raymond S. Damazo, an ADA member from North Bend, Wash., has been named the 2014 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.

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