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What You Need to Know About Dental X-rays

What You Need to Know About Dental X-rays

Dental X-rays are often part of a regular dental checkup. Learn how they help your dentist to monitor your oral health. By Krisha McCoy, MS | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Depending on your oral health history and your dentist’s preferences, you will probably need to have dental X-rays taken from […]

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The Dental Checkup

The Dental Checkup

Maintaining good oral health is important to your overall health as well. Learn what to expect from a basic dental checkup. By Krisha McCoy Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you can help protect your oral health by seeing your dentist regularly for checkups. It’s […]

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Many Americans Don’t Receive Preventive Dental Care

Many Americans Don’t Receive Preventive Dental Care

10-year study found some improvement, but continued gaps among racial groups. By HealthDay News Staff WEDNESDAY, December 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups. For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly […]

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Dental Care Safe for Pregnant Women: Experts

Dental Care Safe for Pregnant Women: Experts

Cleanings, dental X-rays don’t pose a hazard, medical group says. By Robert Preidt, HealthDay News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Dental cleanings and X-rays are safe for pregnant women, a U.S. obstetrician/gynecologist group says. The group also advised ob-gyns to perform routine dental health assessments at women’s first prenatal visit and to encourage […]

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Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Reason for link between teeth, gums and heart health is still unclear, researcher says. By Robert Preidt, HealthDay News THURSDAY, March 7, 2013 (HealthDay News) — For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests. These heart disease-related risk […]

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Dental Plaque Linked to Cancer Risk

Dental Plaque Linked to Cancer Risk

Dental plaque appears to be a significant predictor of death from cancer, study shows. By Cole Petrochko, Associate Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Medically Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD TUESDAY, June 12, 2012 (MedPage Today) — Poor oral hygiene may be associated with increased risk of cancer and premature death, researchers found. Among healthy […]

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

The last teeth to develop can cause havoc for the rest of your healthy mouth. Yet there’s growing controversy about whether we really need to have them taken out. By Regina Boyle Wheeler | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Just as you enter adulthood, your wisdom teeth make their presence known […]

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Dentists Play Key Role in Detecting Oral Cancer

Dentists Play Key Role in Detecting Oral Cancer

Ask for screening as part of your general checkup, experts say. By Robert Preidt, HealthDay News SATURDAY, April 7, 2012 (HealthDay News) — Not only do regular dental exams help keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can help detect oral cancer, the Academy of General Dentistry says. As part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month […]

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

The last teeth to develop can cause havoc for the rest of your healthy mouth. Yet there’s growing controversy about whether we really need to have them taken out. By Regina Boyle Wheeler | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Just as you enter adulthood, your wisdom teeth make their presence known […]