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Dentist Warns Against Using Charcoal Toothpaste The Detroit Free Press (6/24, Shamus) reports on the dangers of charcoal toothpaste and powders, “which claim to brighten smiles using activated charcoal.” However, Dr. Amanda Sheehan, a dentist with Oakland Family Dental in Waterford, said, “The American Dental Association came out with a statement warning people not to […]

New Technologies

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New Technologies, Fluoridation Affects Future Of Denture Industry The Lima (OH) News (6/22) reported on how the industry of denture makers is changing, as well as how “dentures as a medical device are starting to phase out as both technology and standards shift.” The American College of Prosthodontists “estimates the total number of people dealing […]

Snoring and Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Tied To Higher Risk For Type 2 Diabetes, Study Indicates Healio (6/17, Southall) reports researchers found that “patients with untreated moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea were at higher risk for incident type 2 diabetes that was nonlinear along the continuum of apnea-hypopnea index.” The findings were published in the journal CHEST. […]

Benefits of Fresh Air

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Study Shows Two Hours Per Week In Nature Recommended To Improve Health The New York Times (6/13, Sheikh) reported that “a wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk […]

Sleep Disorders

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Irregular Sleep Schedule May Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Metabolic Disorders, Study Suggests The Houston Chronicle (6/6, Weber) reported a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “a division of the National Institutes of Health,” indicates “that each hour that bedtime and sleep duration varies can create as much as […]

More evidence on the oral systemic connection.

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Studies Find Association Between Oral Health, Systemic Health The New York Post (6/4, Sparks) reports on recent studies that have found an association between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s disease, ischemic stroke, and high blood pressure, among other health issues. For instance, the article reports a study by researchers in Norway found Porphyromonas gingivalis may […]

Charcoal Products for Teeth

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Despite Activated Charcoal Trend, No Evidence It Is Safe, Effective WBBH-TV Fort Myers, FL (5/30, Polansky) stated that although “activated charcoal has been dubbed ‘black magic’ for skin care, makeup, and even toothpaste,” dentists, like Dr. Phillip Kraver of Cape Dental Care, are “saying that charcoal toothpaste can actually do more harm than good to […]

When to Brush Teeth

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ADA Spokesperson Encourages Waiting To Brush Teeth After Eating In an updated article, PopSugar (5/31, Shiffer) stated that it’s best not to brush teeth immediately after eating, especially after consuming something acidic, according to American Dental Association spokesperson Julius N. Manz, DDS. The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide additional information on toothbrushing […]

Diabetes

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Despite Decline In New Diabetes Cases, Overall Numbers Remain High, Research Suggests Medscape (5/30, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reported in continuing coverage that new research suggests “rates of diagnosed diabetes in the United States may finally be declining but overall numbers remain high.” The research found that “after nearly a two-decade increase in both prevalence and […]

Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Becoming More Common And Is Often Undiagnosed Jane E. Brody writes in her “Personal Health” column for the New York Times (5/27) that obstructive sleep apnea “is on the rise because the most frequent cause is obesity, which continues its unrelenting climb among American adults.” Brody adds that “obstructive sleep apnea […]