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Oral Health Results Vary Based on Age

Parents are finally paying attention to a particularly important part of their children’s well-being—their oral health.

A comprehensive study showed that nearly 72 percent of the 90,555 parents indicated that they believed their children were in good oral health. In 2003, only 67.7 percent of the 96,510 parents studied made that same claim.

That portion of this study appeared in the December 5 issue of Preventing Oral Disease and was conducted by the College of Dental Medicine and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

In 2003, 71.5 percent of parents stated that their child had visited a dentist in the past year. The number jumped to 77 percent in 2011 through 2012.

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Study Will Review Result of Ending Water Fluoridation in Canadian City

People in Calgary, Alberta will soon find out how a controversial vote is affecting residents of the city.

The information from a study will soon be revealed after people voted to end water fluoridation in May 2011. The study will show the results based on data from children in grades 1 and 2.

The information will be beneficial to people in Calgary and even more beneficial to future cities, states or countries that vote to end water fluoridation.

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Tooth Loss Could Prove to be Health Disaster

A recent study showed tooth loss could be disastrous for a person’s overall health.

Researchers from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom determined that participants in a recent study (all of whom suffered tooth loss) had major complications, similar to people who lose a limb. The consequences were so severe that they were life-changing in many cases.

The study appears in the journal Sociology of Health and Illness.

Some people who were part of the study often didn’t even want to leave their house. There were others who were upset because they needed dentures.

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Junk Food, Bad Oral Health Produce Higher Risk of Premature Heart Disease

There is increasing evidence that the combination of eating bad food and poor oral health result in a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

That’s why consuming sugar, something that appears in most fizzy drinks, should be something people consume less frequently, according to a report in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Large amounts of sugar consumption can result in periodontal disease when combined with poor oral health. The supporting bone around the teeth can also be destroyed. Chronic infection thanks to gum disease can produce an inflammatory response, leading to heart disease.

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Maine Group Looks to Add Dental Hygiene Therapists

A coalition in Maine is hoping to insert a new category of dental hygienists.

Dental Access for Me aims to provide affordable dental care for many more people in Maine. The group is looking to gain support of a bill that would create dental licenses for dental hygiene therapists, who would have the ability to perform some of the more routine dental procedures, like pulling teeth or filling cavities.

Dental hygienists advance to the level of dental hygiene therapists after schooling, 1,000 clinical hours and then taking an exam.

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