Category Archives: Dental News

Poll Finds Teens Could Brush Up on Flossing

By Jenifer Dorsey A recent Gallup Youth Survey asked teens about their oral hygiene habits, and the findings were mixed. The majority of teens said they brushed at least twice a day and saw a dentist annually, while very few … Continue reading

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ADA: More Young Adults Have Dental Insurance Due to Obamacare ‘Spillover’ Effect

By Jenifer Dorsey While the Affordable Care Act may not require a parent’s dental insurance plan benefits extend to dependents age 19 and older, it seems more young adults have dental insurance benefits—and are using them—since the law took effect. … Continue reading

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Is Oil Pulling Good for Oral Health?

By Jenifer Dorsey Oil pulling might be the latest alternative oral health craze. It’s appearing in blog posts and news stories with increasing frequency as people rave about and question the oral health benefits of oil pulling. Even celebrities are … Continue reading

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Delta Dental Survey Results: Dental Insurance Increases Dentist Visits, Dentist Visits Increase Well-Being

By Jenifer Dorsey People who visit the dentist more often report better oral health and overall well-being. Results from the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, which were released in May, showed that Americans who visit the dentist at … Continue reading

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Whitening Your Teeth? Visit the Dentist First

By Jenifer Dorsey The toothpaste aisle contains many at-home teeth whitening options these days—gels, strips, trays, rinses and toothpastes. Americans spend millions, if not billions on these products—$1.4 billion on over-the-counter teeth whiteners annually, according to the latest widely circulating … Continue reading

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Health Systems Scorecard Ranks Dental Visits

By Jenifer Dorsey Which state’s residents visit the dentist most? According to The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2014, it’s New Hampshire. Ten percent of adults in the northeastern state did not visit a dentist or dental clinic … Continue reading

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Gallup: One-Third of Americans Skipped the Dentist Last Year

By Jenifer Dorsey If you are a married woman who lives in the eastern United States, there is a good chance you’ve been to the dentist in the past 12 months. However, 1 in 3 of us is skipped this … Continue reading

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Study: Dental Conditions Treated More Effectively in Dental Office

By Jenifer Dorsey In recent years, an increasing number of Americans have taken their dental problems to the emergency room. Dental emergency room visits nearly doubled from 2000 (1.1 million) to 2010 (2.1 million), according to the latest National Hospital … Continue reading

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ADA Updates Fluoride Recommendation

By Jenifer Dorsey The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) earlier this year updated its guidance on fluoride toothpaste use in young children. To fight childhood cavities, caregivers should now begin brushing children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as … Continue reading

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Does Mouthwash Cause Oral Cancer?

By Jenifer Dorsey A new study published in Oral Oncology showed that heavy use of alcohol-containing mouthwash, along with poor oral health and dental care, may increase one’s risk of oral cancer. If you saw the headlines earlier this week, … Continue reading

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