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May 5, 2016 - ADA Morning Huddle

 

Survey: Nearly A Third Of Americans Never Floss Their Teeth.

US News & World Report (5/2) reports that a new nationally representative analysis aimed to determine how often people floss their teeth, finding that 30 percent of the population floss daily, over 37 percent floss less than daily, and nearly 33 percent say they never floss. For the analysis, researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, looking at information from “9,056 US adults, age 30 and up, who participated from 2009 to 2012.” Among the findings, males and people 75 or older were more likely to report never flossing than females and those age 30 to 44, respectively. ADA spokesperson Dr. Matthew Messina said, “It’s nice to have a study that actually looks at [flossing] and gives us a big enough sample to work with,” observing that it is probably good news that two-thirds of patients are flossing daily or regularly. Lead author Duong T. Nguyen, a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “Something as simple as flossing is, to a lot of people, a bane. ... Yet, in the long run it can be so beneficial – it can prevent tooth loss and everything that comes with it.”

 

April 7, 2016 - ADA Morning Huddle

 

Oral Cancer Awareness Month Underway.

In a release on PRNewswire (4/1), American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons stated that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, adding that the ADA, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Academy of Periodontology, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association are joining “the Oral Cancer Foundation in its campaign to raise awareness of oral cancer screenings and the importance of early detection.” Listing several symptoms of oral cancer, the release stated that “regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages.”

 

March 16, 2016 - ADA Morning Huddle

 

Coffee, Tea, Red Wine Among Major Teeth-Staining Culprits.

Yahoo! News (3/12/16) provided a list of 15 foods and beverages that can stain teeth, including berries, coffee, tea, red wine, curry, hard candies, tomato sauce, cherry juice, soda, balsamic vinegar, beets, popsicles, sports drinks, grapes, and lemons. According to the article, coffee, tea, and red wine, for example, contain tannins that can contribute to staining and discoloration, and many of the items on the list are also acidic, which can erode the enamel on teeth. “You really want to minimize your teeth’s exposure to acidic foods. The acid will eat away at your teeth,” said Dr. Kim Harms, spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “Make sure you’re brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using fluoride,” Dr. Harms said. “Fluoride strengthens your teeth against those acid attacks caused by eating.”

 
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on what causes teeth to change color.
 
 
February 12, 2016 - ADA Morning Huddle 
 
Poll Shows Dental Hygiene Highly Correlated With Americans’ Well-Being.
The Washington Post (2/23, Chokshi) reports the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which “ranks 190 metropolitan areas by the well-being of their residents based on a survey of more than a quarter-million Americans,” was released Tuesday and found the most satisfied Americans “share at least one unintuitive characteristic: good dental hygiene.” The Post says “places where people have good dental health also tend to be places where they report being generally fulfilled.” The article goes on to list cities and states that rank highly in terms of well-being. At the top of the list for cities are Naples, FL, Salinas, CA, and Sarasota, FL. Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas were “home to many of the communities with the highest well-being scores.” Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, said dental care habits are a “surrogate” for well-being, adding, “People who take good care of their teeth generally think they have higher well-being lives.”
 
From Washington Post via ADA Morning Huddle (source) 2/23/16