Mouthwash possibly linked to oral cancers Earlier this month, a group of dental researchers in Glasgow, Scotland reported a link between frequent use of alcohol-based mouthwash (3 times per day) and oral cancers , such as mouth, throat, tongue and vocal cords.
similar study came out of Australia in 2009. The theory is that alcohol “increases the permeability of the mucosa” to carcinogens, such as nicotine or acetylaldehyde (a … read on Dentist shopping made simple
A few weeks ago I posted that I was in the market for a new family dentist. Because I don’t have dental insurance,
I am always looking for ways to keep my dental care within budget.
Friends have recommended several dentists to me, and I have been calling these offices and asking about cash discounts. It’s such a hassle and, frankly, a bit embarrassing. I’m …
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If, like me, you buy an individual health plan, most likely it doesn’t cover dental (or vision) care.
I have priced buying separate dental coverage, but over an average year the premiums exceed any savings, so I have always chosen not to buy it.
Also, like me, if you are going to be faced with
a steep rate hike for your medical insurance … read on Dental health is important, isn’t it?
Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that all insurance plans cover
“essential health benefits,” including vision and dental benefits for children.
Obviously pediatric eye and dental health are important to the crafters of the ACA; but what about adults? We have eyes and teeth, too!
Even though many preventive services, such as annual exams, mammograms, and even
breast pumps are covered, … read on A common tale of knocked out teeth
A friend of mine was stepping out of her car onto the sidewalk when she tripped on the curb and, unable to catch herself in time, fell face first onto the concrete.
She sat up and immediately put her hand to her mouth; her hand came away covered in blood and she felt her front teeth hanging in their sockets. Although not hurt …
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As often happens on the internet, while looking for information about one thing, I stumbled across something else I found interesting.
In 2011, a
class-action lawsuit was filed against Procter & Gamble for “false labels” on one of their toothpastes. The toothpaste, Crest Sensitivity Treatment & Protection, advertised “relief within minutes” from sensitive tooth pain.
The label promised that users did not “have to wait to …
The other day I was in Target shopping for toothpaste, and I thought, “Wow, do Americans really need this many toothpastes?”
At first glance I couldn’t even find the toothpaste I normally use, no doubt because the packaging had changed. It’s probably “new and improved.” Aren’t they all?
Ignoring the hyperbole of “advanced”, “intense” and “extreme”, I started looking at the ingredient lists on the backs of the boxes. I …