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ADA Urges MLB to Ban Tobacco Use at Ballparks

baseball parkThe American Dental Association is ready to take a stand against tobacco use. The ADA recently joined eight other major medical and public health organizations in urging Major League Baseball to ban the use of tobacco at ballparks across the nation.

Along with the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Medical Association, the ADA wrote a letter to MLB commissioner Bud Selig petitioning the change. Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, was also addressed in the letter. You can view the letter here.

The letter mentions the tragic death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who passed away earlier this year as a result of cancer that he attributed to his longtime use of chewing tobacco.

Tony Gwynn was just 54 years old when he passed away. The ADA and other organizations are urging the MLB to honor Gwynn’s memory by “agreeing to a complete prohibition on tobacco use at ballparks and on camera.”

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Keep the Acidity Away from Your Family

soda drinksWhen buying drinks for your family, it’s not just the sugar content you have to worry about: it’s the acidity.

Dental researchers in Adelaide, Australia, recently published a report linking the high acidity in drinks to dental erosion.

The researchers demonstrated that lifelong damage could occur to teeth within just 30 seconds of drinking an acidic beverage.

Soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, and other beverages were all classified as acidic drinks.

The tooth erosion problem is particularly prevalent in young people, who often grind their teeth at night. This grinding, combined with reflux, can cause irreversible damage to young people’s teeth.

The research team was able to demonstrate that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. In other words, even one drink of an acidic beverage can cause serious lifelong dental problems.

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Rethinking Free Sugars Intake

White and brown sugar on wooden spoons on rustic wooden surfaceFree sugars make up a large part of our diet. For years, doctors and dentists have warned us about the devastating effects of sugar on the diet. Today, some of those effects are starting to emerge:

A new report from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine indicates that sugars in the diet should make up “no more than 3% of total energy intake.”

Those whose diet involves more than 3% sugar intake are at a substantially higher risk for all sorts of dental and health problems.

Here are some of the significant findings from the report:

60% to 90% of school-age children and the “vast majority” of adults are affected by tooth decay

92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have experienced tooth decay in at least one of their permanent teeth

-Industrialized countries spend 5% to 10% of their total health expenditure on treating dental diseases

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Top 5 Greatest Dental Issues for People Over 50

dental healthAs we get older, our teeth tend to develop more and more problems. Fortunately, Americans are keeping their teeth longer today than they ever have before. We’re developing fewer dental problems as we age and holding on to our teeth far longer than our grandparents.

But it’s not all happy smiles: those over 50 are at a serious risk for several major dental issues. Here are the top 5 most serious dental problems plaguing people over 50 today:

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Maybe It’s Time to Become Familiar with Your Toothbrush

brushing teethYou use your toothbrush every day. But have you ever stopped to wonder what makes your toothbrush special? Probably not.

Today, we’re going to help you become more familiar with your toothbrush by understanding several essential features of modern toothbrushes:

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Coffee May Actually Be Beneficial for Your Teeth

Young woman drinking coffee in urban cafeFor years, we’ve all known that coffee is bad for our teeth.

But according to a recent report from Boston University, that may not be entirely true. That report shows that coffee may actually be good for your teeth because it prevents gum disease.

The study was led by Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman at the School of Dental Medicine. Goldman and his team of researchers showed that drinking coffee on a regular basis “did not have a negative impact on periodontal health.”

Furthermore, drinking coffee on a regular basis had a “minimal impact” on the number of teeth affected by bone loss.

The study tracked 1,100 adult males between the ages 26 and 84. Additionally, 98% of the subjects were white and factors like alcohol consumption, smoking, body mass index, overall health and overall oral health were all considered. It was the first study to examine the link between drinking coffee and periodontal health.

Goldman’s report was published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology.

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New Technology Allows Scientists to Grow Teeth from Stem Cells

microscopeStem cells have led to some amazing medical benefits.

Now, stem cells have allowed scientists to grow new teeth. At this year’s Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, researchers announced a new technology that allows stem cells to grow into new teeth.

The technology is expected to be an effective way to replace missing teeth without the high costs of implants and other surgeries.

Today, dentists struggle with implants for a number of different reasons. First, the cost of implants is prohibitively expensive for some patients, and second, the implants must be designed to last for long periods of time.

Unfortunately for those who need new teeth today, the technology isn’t particularly close to being completed. The researchers claim that they should be able to implement stem cells in mice within five years. If those tests are successful, then human tests could be a few years further down the road.

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3 Ways to Fix Crooked Teeth as an Adult

photodune-7599670-invisible-braces--xsWhen you’re young, fixing crooked teeth is easy: you get braces.

But not everybody had braces when they were young. Some people didn’t need them. Others didn’t develop crooked teeth until they were older, and for many families, braces were simply too expensive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good ways to fix your crooked teeth as an adult. Here are the top 3 easiest and most popular options for today’s adults:

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Take Control of Your Oral Health with Smart Snacking

Did you know your pantry could be the leading cause of your tooth decay? Many people keep their pantry loaded with chips, candies, cookies and sugary snacks that don’t provide any true nutritional value or benefit for our oral health.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a few snacks you enjoy from time to time, but don’t let your pantry become the headquarters of snacks that reduce your oral health.

Take a moment to learn how you can make smart snacking decisions.

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New Dental Profession Gathering More Notice in U.S.

Dental therapists are soon becoming a thing. How do they differ from your regular dentist?

Well, first, here’s a bit of background as to why dental therapists are even a matter of consideration at this time. Journey back into time to the year of 2009 when 830,000 emergency room visits were reported that could have been prevented if patients had seen a dentist earlier.

Two years later in 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. A seventh-grader in Maryland died in 2007 from a preventable infection in his mouth when it spread to his brain. This raised major concerns regarding the health of the mouth and guaranteeing greater oral health for all Americans.

So, now discussion has sparked concerning “dental therapists” and the role they could play in the oral health landscape of the U.S.

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