Study Reveals that Link Between Healthy Heart and Oral Health in Women May Exist

A team of researchers at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health shows that a link between heart health and oral health in women may be possible.

According to the study, women who regularly visited the dentist have a higher chance of having a healthy heart. The regular dentist visits also decreased the chances of suffering a heart attack.

Heart disease is a top cause for death among women, so this study could be important. The reason is it demonstrates that good oral hygiene may reduce any possible heart problems.

Dentists in France Begin to Minimize Use of Mercury Fillings

French dentists are starting to choose tooth-colored ceramic restorations as opposed to mercury fillings.

The dentists in France are making the switch partially because the patients prefer the tooth-colored ceramic restorations because they are not as noticeable. The dentists also are trying to limit the usage of mercury because of the recent mercury debate, though mercury is not banned in France.

Mercury, however, is banned in some European countries, including Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The usage of mercury throughout Europe is going down in countries where it is legal.

Home Oral Care First Line in Battle Against Cavities, Gum Disease

Disease prevention should be the prime focus of individuals eager to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health, says Hamilton dental hygienist Sandy Lawlor.

It’s vital for healthy teeth and gums and the practice will save consumers money.

Preventive care “saves you dollars,” says Lawlor, a member of the board of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. “If we can get people to take on the prevention message and practice good oral care at home, they are going to keep themselves healthier from a total healthcare perspective. They will probably have less decay and need less intervention in terms of dental work and less interaction with the healthcare system in general.”

Infant Tooth Decay Can be Avoided by Following Certain Steps

There has been a rise in infant tooth decay recently, most notably in Australia. The only cause of infant tooth decay is bottle feeding, according to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead, Australia.

Bottle feeding, however, is not the actual cause of the tooth decay. Instead, the reason is the amount of sweet drinks inside an infant’s mouth, which obviously come from the bottle. If there’s a constant presence of a sweet drink, that could be a big problem because there are times when a baby falls asleep with the bottle in his or her mouth.

As a result, there’s a high level of sugar in the infant’s mouth. This allows bacteria to remain present, which can eventually lead to holes in the teeth, tooth decay, and finally the baby teeth can then fall out prematurely.

New Way to Teach Children About Good Oral Hygiene

If you’ve lost all hope trying to convince patients about the importance of good oral hygiene, do not despair. Help has finally arrived in the form of a 17-minute short film that really packs a punch in the brushing and flossing department. Now available on DVD, “CROOKED” is designed with “dentists in mind” and is starting to play on waiting room flat screens and patient chair monitors all over the country.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Todd Thompson, “CROOKED” is told through the eyes of Samantha, a young girl obsessed with losing her last “crooked” baby tooth in order to obtain the perfect smile and win the heart of the new boy at school. The film stars Kendall Ganey (The Little Princess, Ace Ventura Pet Detective) and Bo Mitchell (October Road, Eastbound and Down) and introduces the talents of Sarah Grace Ackerman and Justin Garcia.

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