American Dental Association's San Antonio conference economic impact

American Dental Association's San Antonio conference economic impact
According to American Dental Association officials, more than 75 million Americans won't visit a dentist this year, even though nearly half of people over 30 suffer from some form of gum disease and an estimated 25 percent of children under the age of …
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Hinsdale Dentist to Speak on Cancer Treatments and Oral Health at Local
He has lectured at a host of international and regional meetings, including for the California Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Chicago MidWinter. Dr. Morgan is considered an expert on …
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Looking a Dangerous Disease in the Mouth
The American Dental Association has resisted the idea for decades, arguing that it doesn't make economic sense and will consign some people to second-class care. “I always smile when I hear the term 'simple extraction,' ” said Maxine Feinberg, the …
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Asthmatic Kids Are At Higher Dental Risks

Asthma is one of the most common problems affecting people of all ages. It is a disease of the airways characterized by obstruction in breathing and bronchospasm. Asthmatics may experience shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness and wheezing. Many people don’t realize however that asthma can have an adverse effect on the overall oral health of a person.

In order to trace the connection of asthma to producing other oral anxiety, a study was conducted comparing asthma patients aging 3 to 24 years old of the same age group who are not asthma sufferers. Results showed that people with asthma had more cavities as compared to their healthy counterparts.

This is so because since most asthma patients have the tendency to use their mouth to breathe rather than their nose, it results to a dry mouth condition. Observations also indicated that asthmatic people would likely prefer drinking sugary beverages more often. With this, accompanied by the dry mouth condition which is the cause of bad breath due to the absence of saliva, tendency for oral bacterial action is a lot higher for these people. Hence, the development of more caries for the people under the group classified to have asthma.

It is also noteworthy to mention that studies have been conducted according to age groups and the results led to the same conclusion. People with bronchial problems have more cavities as compared to the non-asthmatic group. This further solidified the campaigns for appropriate treatments for asthma that won’t endanger the overall oral health of children. Today, many drug manufacturers are doubling their efforts to ensure that medications for asthma and other respiratory ailments are not going to pose harm on the teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth. On the other hand, would-be parents are highly encouraged to ensure good respiratory health and conditions of their children.

Aside from dental caries, it was noted in similar studies that there is high prevalence of dental problems like such as teeth l erosion, oral candidiasis and periodontal disease. These were among the distinguishing characteristics of people who had serious asthma conditions during childhood and even up to early teens. Because of this, people with asthma need special dental care to prevent from developing cavities and other oral health problems. They should brush and floss regularly or as often as possible because they are at high risk of developing oral health problems. Also, instead of eating sugary foods, they need to change their diet into high protein rich foods. This food group tends to produce a calming effect on asthma patients.

If you are an asthma sufferer, it will do you more good to let your dentist know of your condition and tell him about your medication also. There are asthma medicines that can dramatically decrease saliva flow thus resulting to a dry mouth condition. Make sure to rinse your mouth after using the inhaler. Water or fluoride mouthwash can do. If you have asthma or one member of your family does, just be vigilant in safeguarding yourself to reduce the risk of developing oral health problems. Don’t be afraid to consult a dentist and be honest with him in order to receive proper guidance.

American Dental Association's San Antonio conference economic impact

American Dental Association's San Antonio conference economic impact
According to American Dental Association officials, more than 75 million Americans won't visit a dentist this year, even though nearly half of people over 30 suffer from some form of gum disease and an estimated 25 percent of children under the age of …
Read more on San Antonio Business Journal

To improve oral health of adults with developmental disabilities, support
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Do DIY Teeth Whitening Methods Really Work?
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Dental laboratory technology program closing
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Video hopes to reward community after year of health battles, tragedies

Video hopes to reward community after year of health battles, tragedies
"If it wasn't for the community and football here with Troutman, the youth association and the middle school and the high school, I'm not sure that we would have been able to get through this and be where we are today," coach Scott Miller says in the …
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Chamber launches new coalition
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Arthritis Pain—How to Avoid Accidental Acetaminophen Poisoning

Accidental Poisoning from Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is the most popular painkiller in the US. It is best known by the brand name Tylenol but is sold under 97 different brand names. It is known as paracetamol in many parts of the world. It is also sold in combination with other drugs in more than 100 products.

During cold and flu season, people who take acetaminophen for arthritis are at risk for acetaminophen poisoning. Taking just twice the recommended dose of acetaminophen can cause acute liver failure. Unfortunately, this has already happened to an alarming number of people because it isn’t hard to do. Two years ago, more than 56,000 people visited the emergency room due to accidental acetaminophen overdoses and 100 people died from unintentionally taking too much. Worse yet, the numbers appear to be growing.

How Can This Happen?

This happens so easily because acetaminophen is found in many different products. If you are taking the maximum recommended dose of just two acetaminophen-containing products, you can easily take an overdose.

For example, the maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen per day is 4000 mg. That equals 8 extra strength acetaminophen pills per day. You might easily take that much for arthritis pain.

Now let’s say you get the flu and decide to take a Cold & Flu product for your aches and stuffiness. Many of them include acetaminophen as the primary ingredient for reducing fevers and aches and pains. So, that will dose you with 1000 mg of acetaminophen every 6 hours or another 4000 mg a day.

By taking both products at the maximum recommend dose, you put yourself at risk for acute liver failure.

The problem doesn’t end there. You might get a head ache and pop some Excedrin. That’s 500 mg more acetaminophen per dose. Maybe you are in a car accident or have some dental work done. Prescription narcotics like Vicodin and Percocet contain from 325 mg to 750 mg of acetaminophen inside each pill. That can quickly add up.

Other Acetaminophen Complications for People with Arthritis

For some people, arthritis is caused by suboptimal detoxification pathways. Such people do not have the level of enzymes necessary to carry out the sulfoxidation necessary for a body to properly process and detoxify acetaminophen. In these circumstances, even the recommended level of acetaminophen may cause acetaminophen poisoning.

Furthermore, this same pathway is necessary for detoxifying many of the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment and through our food. This means that our detoxification system can also be weakened through chemical exposure. Similarly, if we swamp our system with acetaminophen, we don’t have enough detoxification power left to fully deal with all the other assaults in our daily environment.

If you have any known food sensitivities or chemical sensitivities, it is best to assume that your sulfoxidation pathways are already challenged enough, without adding the extra burden of acetaminophen in your system.

How to Avoid Acetaminophen Poisoning

Carefully read the label of any cold or flu medicine or painkiller that you are considering to ascertain how much acetaminophen it contains.

Healthy young adults should never exceed 4000 mg/day total from all sources for short term use. For long-term use healthy young adults should never exceed 3250 mg/day, according to clinical pharmacist Sandra Dawson, RPh, MSHA who lectures on pain management in long term care.

People who are vulnerable to damage from acetaminophen should take no more than 2000 to 3000 mg per day, according to Dr William Lee of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This lower maximum dose includes the healthy elderly since liver and kidney function generally decline with age. Of course, for vulnerable populations, long-term use this maximum dose will also need to be even lower.