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National Poll Finds Parents Lack Education on Early Childhood Dental Care

Lack of guidance by professionals may mean children are missing crucial early visits to the dentist, according to a new national poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.

The survey found that one in six parents who did not receive advice from their pediatrician or dentist regarding when to begin dental visits believed that they should wait to take their child for their first dental checkup until age 4 or older.

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Best and Worst U.S. States for Dental Health

A recent investigation into the nation’s dental health by the personal finance website WalletHub revealed that some states are doing better than others when it comes to taking care of teeth.

Minnesota tops the chart as the best overall state for dental care with a 79.13 (of 100) ranking. Wisconsin and Connecticut follow at 76.30 and 75.33 respectively. Illinois and North Dakota come in at fourth and fifth place with 74.11 and 73.33.

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Augmented Reality Allows Patients to Test New Smile

Dental patients may soon be able to “try on” a new smile thanks to a recently unveiled device that uses augmented reality to help patients visualize how different dental procedures could change the look of their teeth.

The device, called the Kapanu Augmented Reality Engine, is a product of the Swiss company Kapanu. The developers hope to make smile restorations easier for dentists and patients alike.

“Many patients looking for smile restoration have a hard time visualizing what they would look like with veneers, implants or other restorations,” Dr. Stefania Caracioni, D.D.S., L.V.I.F., said.

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Sleep Apnea: Beyond Snoring

A new brain imaging study from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing shows the impact of obstructive sleep apnea on the structure of the brain.

The study also reveals noticeable differences in the brains of both men and women affected with the sleep disorder.

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Losing Teeth When Middle-Aged May Mean Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Losing two or more teeth during middle age may mean an increased risk of heart disease, according to research performed by the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The research, presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2018, expands on earlier studies regarding the connection between oral health and cardiovascular concerns.

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Are Antibiotics Really Necessary for Dental Implant Patients? Some Say No.

According to a new study in Australia, prophylactic antibiotics for dental implant surgery are no longer necessary and may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Dental implants are an increasingly popular dental treatment because of their high success rate and durability. Many patients also choose dental implants because they function and are cared for just like regular teeth. Over 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and this number grows by half a million implants each year.

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Gum Disease May Increase Risk of Lung and Colorectal Cancer

Gum disease is not just a problem of the mouth – it can also mean a nearly 25 percent increase in the risk of developing cancer, according to a new study from Tufts University.

The study, performed by Tufts University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kimmel Cancer Center, is just one of many recent research projects that connect gum disease to a heightened risk of cancer and explore the relationship between gum disease and higher chances of developing lung and colorectal cancer.

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TMJD Treatment Can Help Ease Meniere’s Disease

Neuromuscular dental treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder has recently been shown to relieve the effects of Meniere’s disease.

Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ringing in the ear, pain and the feeling of pressure in the ear. Some patients even experience hearing loss. According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, Meniere’s disease affects over 615,000 Americans, with more than 45,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

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Green Tea Extract Could Fight Tooth Sensitivity

Green tea extract shows promise in preventing tooth sensitivity, according to a study headed by researchers at the American Chemical Society and Wuhan University.

The study details the benefits of green tea in protecting teeth from enamel erosion, the primary cause of tooth sensitivity.

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Skipping Dental Checkups has Serious Consequences for Millennials

Tooth loss and dental problems are typically thought of as issues associated with older people, but a new report shows that millennials have more problems with their mouths than any other age group.

Dental Concerns in This Demographic

A study by the American Dental Association reports that over 30 percent of millennials have untreated tooth decay.

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