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Don’t Brush Off Trips to the Dentist, Says Loyola Specialist

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One painful experience at the dentist in childhood can lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety and tooth decay. “Every week we see patients that are older, in their 30s, 40s and 50s who complain that at a much younger age such as in childhood, their previous dentist was rough, did not explain what was happening, carelessly drilled or poked and prodded and the memory is so fresh that they still feel anxiety as an adult,” says Martin Hogan, DDS, Loyola University Health System.

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A Toothy Grin Lasts After Halloween Says Loyola Dentist

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A big sack of candy is the top priority of children at Halloween but with some easy substitutions, adults can offers kids treats that preserve dental health and Halloween fun. "Every year right after Halloween I get emergency visits from parents with kids who have damaged teeth caused by Halloween candy," says Martin Hogan, DDS, division director of dentistry, Loyola University Health System.

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Want Whiter Teeth? Fruit Mixture Is Not the Answer

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It may seem like an all-natural way to whiten teeth, but a UI study shows that a strawberry and baking soda mixture does little beyond cleaning those choppers. The main reason: Strawberries lack the chemicals known to cause deeper, longer lasting teeth whitening. Results appear in the journal Operative Dentistry.

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To Improve Oral Health of Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Improve Support for Caregivers

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The first large-scale study in the U.S. to investigate at-home oral care for adults with developmental disabilities suggests that future policy initiatives should focus on improving sources of support for caregivers, in addition to addressing access to care. Led by researchers at Tufts University, the study is published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Responsible Use of X-Rays in Dentistry for Children Is Aim of New Education and Awareness Initiative

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University of Louisville School of Dentistry, along with an international team of dental and medical radiologists and dental specialists discuss the implications of the Image Gently campaign in an article published in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.

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Drugs for Depression Linked with Failure of Dental Implants

A team from McGill University has discovered that people who take the most common antidepressants (such as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft, the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) are twice as likely to have dental implants fail as those who are not taking SSRIs.

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How Bacteria Battle Fluoride

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Two studies from Christopher Miller's lab at Brandeis University provide new insights into the mechanisms that allow bacteria to resist fluoride toxicity, information that could eventually help inform new strategies for treating harmful bacterial diseases.

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Researchers Find Up to 3,000 Times the Bacterial Growth on Hollow-Head Toothbrushes

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Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry.

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Seniors Face Barriers to Critical Dental Care

Poor oral health can have a negative impact on seniors’ overall health and well-being, but for many, there are significant barriers to visiting a dentist, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

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Warning to Parents on High Acidity Drinks

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Dental researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple-threat" of permanent damage to young people's teeth.

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