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Also termed caries, tooth decay refers to the destruction of the hard white enamel on the surface of teeth that protects the inner pulp and nerves inside from the elements. This causes exposure of the inner nerves to hot and cold food or drink which leads to pain.
Study: Poor oral health remains major problem in Navajo Nation

Study: Poor oral health remains major problem in Navajo Nation

A new study from Colorado School of Public Health shows that despite some modest improvements, poor oral health remains a major problem in the Navajo Nation and among American Indians overall. [More]
State highlights: Illinois Medicaid digital shift delayed; N.C. hospitals fight cuts; heroin in New England

State highlights: Illinois Medicaid digital shift delayed; N.C. hospitals fight cuts; heroin in New England

Alexian Brothers Health System is suspending its effort to launch a new Medicaid program, blaming the difficulty of connecting physicians using different electronic records systems. The Arlington Heights, Ill.-based health system was spearheading a so-called accountable care entity (ACE) to coordinate the care of about 46,000 patients on Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. The ACEs are a form of managed care, one of Gov. Pat Quinn's initiatives to focus on preventative treatment to keep patients healthy and reduce health care costs (Schorsch, 6/17). [More]
First Edition: June 18, 2014

First Edition: June 18, 2014

Today's headlines include a report that the cost of health law subsidies may push the measure's overall price tag beyond projections. [More]
Innovative device boosts tooth's natural repair process

Innovative device boosts tooth's natural repair process

Dentists could soon be giving your teeth a mild 'time warp' to encourage them to self-repair, thanks to a new device being developed by dental researchers. [More]

Preventive oral health services by nDPCPs may reduce tooth decay related treatment

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published a paper titled "Preventive Services by Medical and Dental Providers and Treatment Outcomes." [More]
Fluoridating water does not affect children's mental development and adult IQ

Fluoridating water does not affect children's mental development and adult IQ

New research out of New Zealand's world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children's mental development and adult IQ. [More]
Bacterium and fungus partner to cause painful form of tooth decay in preschool children

Bacterium and fungus partner to cause painful form of tooth decay in preschool children

Early childhood caries, a highly aggressive and painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, especially from backgrounds of poverty, may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a paper published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity. [More]
Some "junk foods" can help child's oral health

Some "junk foods" can help child's oral health

If there's one thing that all dentists have in common, it's that they regularly see young patients with tooth decay. Roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth, while approximately 32 percent of children ages 9-11 have decay in their permanent teeth. [More]
Study: Tooth decay may have detrimental effect on child's quality of life and success in life

Study: Tooth decay may have detrimental effect on child's quality of life and success in life

Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. [More]
State highlights: Kan. eyes health law opt-out; Calif. voters could set malpractice cap

State highlights: Kan. eyes health law opt-out; Calif. voters could set malpractice cap

A selection of health policy stories from Kansas, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Florida, Maryland and Georgia. [More]
Highlights: N.D. hospital and abortion docs; Calif. sugary beverage bill; aging home care workers in Texas

Highlights: N.D. hospital and abortion docs; Calif. sugary beverage bill; aging home care workers in Texas

A Democratic candidate who has explicitly defended Obamacare holds a slight lead in a special congressional election in Florida that both parties are eyeing as a test of the political impact of the healthcare law. A poll released Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times shows Democrat Alex Sink leading her Republican opponent, David Jolly, 42% to 35% among people considered likely to vote in the March 11 special election. [More]
Calcivis Caries Activity Imaging System receives CE Mark in Europe

Calcivis Caries Activity Imaging System receives CE Mark in Europe

Calcivis, a medical devices company focused on revolutionising the management of tooth decay, today announces that its Calcivis Caries Activity Imaging System has been granted a CE Mark in Europe. A CE Mark is required before a medical device can be marketed in the EU and a number of other countries and signifies that the manufacturer meets the requirements of European legislation. [More]

Henry Schein and ADA join forces to celebrate annual Give Kids A Smile Day

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, together with 26 of the Company's valued supplier partners, join the American Dental Association (ADA) today to celebrate the ADA's annual Give Kids A Smile Day. [More]

Fluoridation fails as America's cavity crisis escalates

Today is the 69th birthday of water fluoridation – the top public health blunder of all time, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF) [More]
Study recommends cutting down on sweet additive to reduce tooth decay

Study recommends cutting down on sweet additive to reduce tooth decay

A study by Newcastle University researchers into the effects of sugars on our oral health recommends cutting down on the sweet additive as part of a global initiative to reduce tooth decay. [More]
Sugar is not direct cause of tooth decay

Sugar is not direct cause of tooth decay

The effects of sugar on teeth are widely talked about. How many times have you been told that if you eat sugar, you will damage your teeth and develop cavities? [More]
One painful experience at the dentist can lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety

One painful experience at the dentist can lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety

One painful experience at the dentist in childhood can lead to a lifetime of dental anxiety and tooth decay. "Every week we see patients that are older, in their 30s, 40s and 50s who complain that at a much younger age such as in childhood, their previous dentist was rough, did not explain what was happening, carelessly drilled or poked and prodded and the memory is so fresh that they still feel anxiety as an adult," says Martin Hogan, DDS, Loyola University Health System. [More]

Expert warns about serious consequences associated with tooth loss

Los Angeles dental implants expert, Dr. Bijan Afar, warns that there are serious consequences associated with tooth loss. Nearly 5 percent of American adults under 64 have lost all their teeth, and about a third of retired adults are missing at least one arch. Most adults over 35 have lost at least one tooth. [More]
Olympic athletes lose to poor dental health

Olympic athletes lose to poor dental health

Olympic athletes appear to be at an increased risk of poor dental health, an outcome that may negatively impact on their well being and also on their ability to train and perform, research shows. [More]
PRSA-NCC presents PRR with 2013 Thoth Best in Show Award

PRSA-NCC presents PRR with 2013 Thoth Best in Show Award

The Public Relations Society of America, National Capital Chapter, presented PRR with its 2013 Thoth Best in Show Award Wednesday, the evening's top honor for Washington D.C.-area industry professionals. [More]