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Treating Gum Disease

Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis usually require lifelong maintenance therapy to ensure good oral health. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases, are usually caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque that inflames and infects the gums. Plaque is a clear film on […]

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Understanding Periodontitis: A Progressive Form of Gum Disease

Understanding Periodontitis: A Progressive Form of Gum Disease

Periodontitis is a gum infection that requires immediate dental treatment. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss and other serious health problems. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, exists in two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Both types of gum disease arise from […]

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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 […]