Recently the FDA released information about mercury amalgams for tooth fillings. The FDA stated that mercury amalgams were safe for adults and children aged 6 and older. The FDA put the amalgams in a Class II, meaning that they have moderate risk. However, it is important to understand that even though this came up from a Class I, which is low risk, the new classification allows the FDA to have some special controls. Many dentists still use the mercury amalgams and insurance companies love them because they are cheap, especially compared to alternatives.
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In response to a reported case of potassium bromide poisoning in an infant, associated with the use of a locally purchased teething product called Monell's Teething Cordial or "Cordial de Monell para la Denticion," the Health Department is urging all parents to beware of the product and other illegal health remedies. Immediate effects from potassium bromide ingestion may include sedation, trouble breathing, low blood pressure and coma.
Research finds new benefits of aloe vera on dental health. The benefits of aloe vera on health are known since antiquity. However, this plant, much used for the skin, would also be good for teeth, and help fight cavities, according to a study published in the May-June issue of General Dentistry.
This study compared the results of dental gels made from aloe vera, and two conventional toothpastes in the fight against the bacteria in the mouth that cause caries. The gels made aloe vera have proven as effective as the commercial toothpastes, if not better, shows the study.
The Broome County Health Department is offering a special summer program where children between the ages of 4 and 16 can have their teeth cleaned, dental sealants applied and a comprehensive dental exam to determine their dental needs. Upon completion of the examination, a dental health certificate will be issued for school purposes.
Ninety percent of dentists say that patients with dry mouth are taking multiple medications, linking the causes of dry mouth to medication.
There is some good news in the battle to prevent cavities in children. Peter Milgrom, DDS, and colleagues have published research in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine which shows the use of xylitol helps prevent tooth decay by acting as an antibacterial agent.
Maintenance is always needed for a good oral health. Dental care requires regular maintenance, as negligence will cause problems to develop with your teeth. Here is a five point plan from the Canadian Dental Association that can help to prevent dental problems and keep your teeth and gum healthy.
Dental care and gum disease prevention plan in five points:
Brush your teeth carefully at least once every 24 hours. It takes between 2 and a half minutes and 3 minutes to do so.
Let's say you go to see your dentist for a wisdom teeth removal. The patient already knows that the cost is very high and think that his or her dental insurance covers the cost of wisdom teeth removal. But then because of dentist's poor performance you get a dental infection.
Treating gum disease has been found by researchers to ease inflammation and pain associated with a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. The study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland supports previous findings that gum disease promotes systemic inflammation. The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, shows the importance of treating dental disease for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
A spokesman for the Hong Kong Department of Health said that Prowin Laboratories Ltd had initiated a voluntary recall of two batches of gels for mouth ulcer.
The spokesman said the recall was made after Prowin Laboratories Ltd reported to DH today that two products, Jalogel-1 Gel (batch number LX0699) and Jelaplexin Gel (batch number JW1969), had failed the limit level of bacteria and moulds in a recent review by the company. However, no pathogen was found.