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Straightening teeth? AI Can Help

AI

A new tool being developed by the University of Copenhagen and 3Shape will help orthodontists correctly fit braces onto teeth. Using AI and virtual patients, the tool predicts how teeth will move, so as to ensure that braces are neither too loose nor too tight. Many of us remember the feeling of having our braces regularly […]

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Are Kids Getting More Cavities?

Kid Cavities

The Care Quest Institute for Oral Health reports that “early childhood caries remains the most common, preventable infectious disease among children in the United States.”Every year during the month, I visit preschools and kindergartens to get kids excited about brushing, cleaning in between their teeth, making healthy choices with what they eat and drink, and visiting the […]

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Using A Water Flosser for Oral Health

Water Flosser

The notion of water flossing is one that swirled around me for years—most loudly touted by my sister who is self-admittedly lazy with string flossing. But oral irrigators (as they are also known) weren’t a part of my family’s teeth-cleaning regimen until my 11-year-old got her braces. After she was outfitted with her bright turquoise […]

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Experts Don’t Recommend Rinsing Your Teeth After Brushing

Rinsing

Have you always rinsed your teeth with water after brushing them? If so, we recommend taking that step out of your routine because there are actually some benefits to leaving that extra bit of toothpaste on your teeth. I used to rinse after brushing my teeth — even going back over them with a wet […]

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Sleepers Grind Their Teeth Here’s Why And How To Stop

Teeth Grinding

Nearly a third of U.S. adults experience anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. And anxiety is frequently connected to sleep related problems, keeping people from falling asleep, and creating a cycle of insomnia, stress, and worry, according to research from the Sleep Foundation. But what’s less discussed is teeth grinding, a growing and silent public health issue […]

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The Long Battle Over Fluoride Comes to A Head

Fluoride

Around 210 million Americans today have access to artificially fluoridated tap water, and the policy has had a pronounced effect on oral health by reducing tooth decay. It’s widely hailed as a public health success story. In the current lawsuit, plaintiffs are taking a long-standing and, to many experts, provocative stance, arguing that water fluoridation […]

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A Cheaper Way to Protect Kids’ Teeth From Cavities

Dental

A cheap cavity-fighting liquid typically used to treat sensitive teeth appears to work as well as dental sealants in preventing tooth decay, a new study finds. A single treatment of either silver diamine fluoride (SDF) or a typical dental sealant prevented 80% of cavities for four years among thousands of New York City elementary schoolchildren, […]

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One More Reason To Brush Your Teeth?

Toothbrushing

Maybe we should add toothbrushes to the bouquet of flowers we bring to friends and family members in the hospital — and make sure to pack one if we wind up there ourselves.New Harvard-led research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests seriously ill hospitalized patients are far less likely to develop hospital-acquired pneumonia if their teeth are brushed twice daily. […]

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