Dental disease is nearly 100 percent preventable yet fewer then 30 percent of people follow their dentist’s advice to brush and floss twice a day. People are dropping the ball with their at home dental care habits. In some state nearly 40 percent of people with dental insurance still do not regularly see their dentist. Early education about oral health care habits are important, and should be reinforced by parents, teachers and the community.

New resources from NIH cut the confusion on dietary supplements.

The new year is a time to set new goals, and for many people this means losing weight and improving fitness. Although these goals are best met with a nutritious diet and regular physical activity, many people may turn to dietary supplements for a boost to their routines. To help cut the confusion, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health has two new resources to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss.

Rising tooth decay in young children. The number of preschoolers with serious dental tooth decay is on the rise, across all income levels. Some young children have six to ten cavities. Some of the reasons for the increased rise in tooth decay among young children, is mainly snacking and juices or other sweet drinks t bedtime. But other reasons includes children drinking bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water. As well as parents who have simply grown lax about making their kids have proper dental care habits such as brushing and flossing daily.

Too many American, particularly kids are showing up in emergency rooms with rotten teeth issues. According to surveys done by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 10 state within the past three years, the percentage of third graders with untreated tooth decay running as high as 40 percent in Arizona, to just under 15 percent in Washington State. A study by the Pew Center for the States found that preventable dental conditions were the primary reason for more than 830,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. in 2009, up 16 percent from just three years before.

It is important to keep in mind that by having proper dental care habits at home and seeing a dentist regularly, not only helps to reduces the risk or tooth decay and gum disease, but save you money in the long run. Preventive dental care services such as, office visits, X-rays and cleanings are much more affordable then filling, root canals and crowns. Take into account that even lower cost dental insurance plans offer free to very low cost preventive dental care, it makes no sense not to maintain your dental health. By taking care of your teeth with good dental habits and seeing your dentist you decrease your chances of developing larger more costly dental issues.

NIH launches partnership to improve success of clinical trials for patients with Parkinson’s disease
Effort is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership to speed development of disease-altering treatments.

The National Institutes of Health is teaming with government, biopharmaceutical, life science and non-profit organizations to overcome obstacles and increase success for advancing promising treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Part of the NIH Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), AMP PD will focus on identifying and validating promising markers of disease called biomarkers that may be useful in tracking the progression of PD and could serve as biological targets for the development of new drugs.

Many parent do encourage their children to practice proper dental care habits at home. But having the right dental health care products for your children to use is important as well. For children who do not brush their teeth on their own yet, you may want to avoid toothpaste with fluoride until they know not to swallow. However for older children, the Center for Disease Control recommends that parents get their children toothpaste that contains fluoride in order to protect their teeth.

Also with regards to using mouthwash parents may want to avoid using mouthwash that contain alcohol. There are many kid friendly mouthwashes that do not contain alcohol just read the label to make sure. Flossing is an important part of dental care, however your child needs to know how to floss correctly. Make sure you or your dentist correctly shows your child how to floss. A parent should floss their child teeth until they are able to do so on their own.

More then 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance. Those that are lacking insurance tend to put of dental care due to cost. Even though early childhood is a critical time period for kids to learn effective dental health care habits, many parents can not afford their needed dental care. Many schools in effort to help children build strong dental health care habits, reach out to volunteer dental hygienists and dentist that are willing to visit their school and provide dental education and free dental screenings. See if your child school is active in having such programs available.

Having good dental care habits established early on could help avoid dental issues in the future. Good oral health care is more the just having healthy teeth. According to the Surgeon General oral health is integral to general health care. However, sadly many parents may not realize proper dental care, like traditional medical care should begin in infancy to prevent the development of disease.

The American Dental Association advise new parent to have the first dental visit before the child first birthday. Pediatric dentist are specialist in treating children dental care needs. The dentist has the same goal in mind for your child dental health care “Prevention” With maintenance, routine check-ups and cleanings on a regular basis it will help prevent larger dental care needs.

Dental care cost can be high even just preventive dental services without dental insurance can cost over $150. Where as most dental insurance plans provide preventive dental care for free. Keep in mind you have an obligation to pay as agreed to the dentist any dental service provided. If you can not afford dental treatment do not agree to have any dental care until you are able. Dental insurance helps in making dental care more affordable so you do not have to put of needed dental care services.

It is important to understand that your family dentist is not a mind reader. You have an obligation to be truthful with your dentist. What you do not reveal they can not know. If you have additional information tell them and do not hold back on your opinions and or feeling this go for positive as well as negative. Keep in mind most dentist want you to be happy. If you do not let them know you are displeased about something how can they tek measures to correct the issue.

When taking your child to see a dentist here are some tips that you should know. Make sure that the dentist provide you complete information about any dental care services being advised. Make that the dentist explains things to you in a language you can under stand. (Note Many dentist have their own language “dental talk” that many people may not completely understand)

Make sure the dentist is providing you with all available options. It is hard to make an informed choice unless you know all your available options. Ask you dentist to understand why they are suggesting one option over another. Don’t forget you always have the right for a second opinion any time you want additional information from another source. Do not be afraid to get a second opinion a good dentist will not get insulted. Make sure you have a dentist that treats you and your child with respect at all times.

A dentist should not be rude because you are asking questions about your child dental care and or dental treatments. Respect also includes the privacy and security of your records and the privacy of your discussions with the dentist and staff members. It should go without saying but the dental office that you choose to go to for you and your family dental care should be clean. Cleanliness and sterility is what you are looking for if you do not see that leave.

It is important that children’s dental and oral health care needs are met.  Having healthy teeth and gums is also important to a child over all health care. In order to meet a child dental care goals it is important to have proper preventive dental care habits at home, as well as a dental care provider. Seeing a dentist regularly is just as important as seeing your doctor regularly. Talk to your child dentist, go over some healthy dental care habits to have a maintain from home.

CHIP or Children’s Health Insurance Program helps to provide free or low-cost health coverage for more than 7 million children up to age 19. CHIP provides coverages to U.S. citizens and eligible immigrants. CHIP is Available in Every State and in general children in families with incomes up to $44,100 year (for a family of four) are likely to be eligible for coverage.

However, in many states, families can have higher incomes and their children can still qualify. Each state designs its own CHIP program, which includes eligibility, benefits, premiums and cost-sharing, and application and renewal procedures. States can decide on the benefits provided under CHIP, but all states cover routine check-ups, immunizations, hospital care, dental care, and lab and x-ray services. Children get free preventive care, but low premiums and other cost-sharing may be required for other services.

The Rising Concerns about Dental X Rays and X Rays Risks.

There are many people that have worries about dental x-rays being taken on an annual basis. This worries are compounded if they had recent medical x-rays also taken. It may help to understand that a complete series of dental X-rays emits as much radiation as does an hour in the sun.

Many dental offices now offer digital x-rays which produce 1/10 the radiation that the old style x-rays produced. However, if x-rays are not taken, the dentist can examine only about 50% of the tooth structure. It would be like asking the dentist to work with one hand tied behind their back. However, talk to your dentist about any X-rays worries you may have. If you have a history of good teeth they may be able to do X-rays less often.

A course it goes almost without saying that smoking or chewing tobacco is in no way good for your health. However with regards to oral health, if you smoke or chew you have a high risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Men are affected twice as often as women and 95 percent of oral cancers occur in those over 40 years of age. More then 8000 people die each year form oral an pharyngeal diseases. If you use tobacco it is very important to see a dentist frequently though out the year. Your dentist can perform a thorough screening for oral cancel to help ensure your mouth remains healthy.

Men oral health care is just as important as women oral health care however, men are less likely then women to take care of their oral health needs. Even though good oral health as been linked with longevity, the common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male. Men are less likely then women to seek preventive dental care from a dentist and often neglect their oral health for years. Only visiting a dentist when larger dental issues arises from neglect. According to oral health statistics men will lose 5.4 teeth by the age of 72 and are more likely to develop oral and throat cancer as well as periodontal disease.

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