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CDC: Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste

Fluoride in toothpaste is causing white streaks from dental fluorosis

(Newser) - If you're the parent of young kids, think about how big a grain of rice is, or a pea, before you help them brush their teeth. That's because that's how big the drop of toothpaste on their toothbrush should be, depending on their age—kids up to... More »

How Bacteria in Your Mouth Make Colon Cancer Worse

Study looks at how common oral bacteria travel to colorectal tissue

(Newser) - Of cancers that strike both men and women, colorectal cancer is the No. 2 killer in the US, reports the CDC , claiming more than 50,000 lives in 2013. Previous studies out of Harvard found that a common oral bacteria accelerates the cancer's growth in animals, but since the... More »

Never Floss? You're Not Alone

32% of US adults don't either, says CDC study

(Newser) - If you never floss your teeth, you're in good company among a third of US adults. CDC researchers looked at data on more than 9,000 Americans aged 30 and over about the number of days in which they flossed during the previous week. In news that probably won'... More »

Soon, Your Cavities May Fill Themselves

Scientists discover replacement for fillings

(Newser) - What if instead of having a dentist drill and fill your cavities, you could have your teeth painlessly heal themselves? A team of scientists says it has developed a technique that does precisely that, the Guardian reports. The process, called "Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization," uses a tiny... More »

Teen Mysteriously Dies After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Autopsy inconclusive on Benjamin Edward LaMontagne

(Newser) - A Maine island town is in mourning, after an 18-year-old boy died three days after getting his wisdom teeth removed. Benjamin Edward LaMontagne died in his mother's arms on Saturday, the Portland Press Herald reports. An autopsy Wednesday was unable to determine a cause of death, but his parents... More »

Inmates Sue Sheriff for Dental Floss

But he says it could be used as a weapon

(Newser) - Just because you're a criminal doesn't mean you should neglect your gums. Four inmates at the Palm Beach County Jail have filed a lawsuit demanding that the jail commissary stock dental floss, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. They also want monetary damages for their plaque-related "pain and... More »

To Fend Off Dementia, Brush Your Teeth

New study finds link between dental health, dementia

(Newser) - Brushing your teeth at least once a day is a good idea for many reasons, but a new study reveals one that you may not have guessed: Regular brushing may shrink your risk of developing dementia, Reuters reports. Researchers followed thousands of elderly people for 18 years, and found that... More »

Cavities Are Contagious

Sharing bacteria can spread tooth decay

(Newser) - Candy and cookies aren’t the only cavity culprits: tooth decay can actually be contagious, scientists have found. That’s because cavities result from bacteria hanging around in your mouth—and these germs can be passed from person to person, the New York Times reports. It’s a noted problem... More »

Midnight Snacks Hurt Your Teeth

If you must, brush afterward

(Newser) - Beware, night eaters: indulging in midnight snacks may make your teeth fall out. Researchers analyzed data from 2,436 people and found a strong correlation between a preference for night eating and missing teeth some years down the road, LiveScience reports. In fact, midnight snackers lost 4 times as many... More »

Dentist Dropoff Leaves a Cavity

Fewer new grads, more real teeth mean spiking costs could drill consumers

(Newser) - The number of dentists graduating from dental school is plummeting just as the first generation of Americans with their full set of real teeth hit their golden years. And those graduates are much more likely now than in the past to be specialists in things like orthodontics and oral surgery.... More »

Coke Must Run Corrected Ads in Australia

(Newser) - Coke has to run a series of we-goofed ads in Australia after asserting in a recent campaign that the soft drink doesn’t rot teeth, make you fat, or contain much caffeine, the Australian reports. “The moment we saw the ad our eyebrows were raised and that turned to... More »

6 Ways to Avoid Yellow Teeth

Keep your smile form scaring small children by avoiding these six dental mishaps

(Newser) - Nothing ruins a smile more then a set of filmy yellow teeth. Newsweek says you can keep your set sparkling by avoiding these habits:
  1. Constant coffee or tea sipping—stains teeth.
  2. Frequent snacking on sweets—increases the decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
  3. Not drinking water after a meal—water washes
... More »

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