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  1. Sodas, Canned Teas Attack Tooth Enamel

    June 11, 2004 -- Soft drinks, especially light-colored drinks, and canned iced tea appear to "aggressively" harm teeth, new research shows. The list includes many different sodas -- Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Canada Dry ginger ale -- and canned iced tea, specifically Arizona Iced
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  2. Smile: Women Have Better Dental Habits

    May 14, 2004 -- Brush up on your oral hygiene, guys. A new survey shows that women take better care of their teeth than men. They brush teeth more frequently. They even have a dentist. The nationwide survey, from the American Dental Association, is based on telephone interviews with 1,014 adults con
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  3. Flavored Gum Kills Bad-Breath Germs

    April 6, 2004 -- Gum chewing kills off bad-breath germs. But only if it's flavored with "breath freshening" oils, a new study shows. Natural germ killers are a particular interest of University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Christine Wu, PhD. Wu has found that several plant essential oils kill t
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  4. Oral Health Score May Reveal Heart Risks

    Feb. 18, 2004 -- Your smile may speak volumes about your heart. New research shows that poor scores in five different areas of oral health may serve as a red flag for heart disease risk. A small study shows that poor oral health was a stronger predictor of heart disease than other commonly used risk
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  5. Sign of Heart Trouble -- or Gum Disease?

    Jan. 22, 2004 -- If your blood test says you're at high risk of heart disease, it might be wise to call your dentist. CRP -- C-reactive protein -- is a marker for low-grade inflammation in the blood vessels, a mechanism in the development of hardening of the arteries. It's also an early warning of g
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  6. Angry, Lonely Men Prone to Gum Disease

    Dec. 22, 2003 -- If you're angry, this may make you mad. And if you're lonely, it may make you want to shun others. Here's the news: Anger and social isolation are linked to gum disease -- particularly in men. The findings come from a survey of more than 42,500 health professionals. Nearly 60% are d
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  7. More Elderly Keeping Their Natural Teeth

    Dec. 18, 2003 -- The numbers of older people retaining their natural teeth has increased steadily over past decades, the CDC says. That trend is likely to continue, vastly improving quality of life for seniors, the new report shows. But elderly Americans need greater help from community sources for
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  8. Oral Piercing Causes Long-Term Damage

    July 21, 2003 -- Piercing is a hot fashion trend but you may not be smiling pretty for long if you get one in your mouth. A new study shows oral piercing -- such as on the tongue or lip -- may cause tooth loss. "Wearing oral piercing ornaments, even over relatively short periods, may result in signi
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  9. Painless Root Canal Alternatives

    July 18, 2003 - Nashville, Tenn. -- Painless root canal may sound like an oxymoron, but new techniques are making it a reality for many dental patients. One such technique involves avoiding the root canal altogether by sealing the exposed nerve with newly developed adhesives. The procedure takes jus
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  10. Go Easy on Your Toothbrush; Less is More

    June 20, 2003 -- Less may be more when it comes to brushing your teeth. A new study shows that applying more than a light amount of pressure to your teeth or brushing longer than two minutes doesn't make them any cleaner and may increase the risk of oral health problems. Experts say many people beli
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