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Chewing Sugar-Free Gum May Contribute To Oral Health.

In article titled, “This $1 Habit Could Save You Hundreds In Dental Bills,” Men’s Health (7/9, Brabaw) stated chewing sugar-free gum is “a simple (and incredibly cheap!) trick” to help promote oral health and reduce dental costs. “Anything we can do to reduce the amount of acid and bacteria in your mouth will help prevent tooth decay,” said Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “And that means less dental work over time.” According to the article, chewing gum increases saliva production, which helps remove food and neutralizes acids that wear away at enamel. Dr. Messina recommends chewing sugar-free gum after eating for at least 20 minutes, adding that gum does not replace brushing and flossing. “There’s no better way to take care of your teeth than the usual brushing, flossing, and occasional check in with your dentist,” said Dr. Messina.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on chewing gum to prevent dental caries. The ADA also provides a list of sugar-free gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.


Federal Government, ADA Emphasize Importance Of Flossing.

The ADA News (8/2, Manchir) reported the US Department of Health and Human Services has released a statement calling flossing “an important oral hygiene practice” and not mentioning it in the federal dietary guidelines released in 2015 does not imply otherwise. The article added, “Although dental floss — along with brushing teeth and using fluoridated water — was mentioned in past editions of the guidelines (in both 2005 and 2010), the statement said ‘it was most likely identified as a supporting recommendation along with brushing teeth, with the primary emphasis being on the nutrition-based recommendation to reduce added sugars.’” The Associated Press had noted the omission in a story questioning the benefits of using dental floss. In response to the news story, the Association also released a statement, emphasizing the federal government and the ADA stand behind reiterating its recommendations to clean between teeth with an interdental cleaner once a day. The ADA stated, “The bottom line for dentists and patients is that a lack of strong evidence doesn’t equate to a lack of effectiveness. As doctors of oral health, dentists are in the best position to advise their patients on oral hygiene practices because they know their patient’s oral health status and health history.”

ADA members can direct patients with questions to the Association’s consumer friendly website, MouthHealthy.org, for additional information about flossing.


Muhammad Ali “Battled Child Tooth Decay” In 1976 Album.

Rolling Stone (6/6, Heller) reported that by 1976 Muhammad Ali was “a household name, a superstar, an icon,” and adding to his list of accomplishments, he also “battled child tooth decay” in a children’s album. Released in 1976, The Adventures of Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decayfeatured “the voice talents of Ali,” Frank Sinatra, Howard Cosell, and Ossie Davis, combining “music, narration and PSA preachiness.” According to the article, not only did the album receive an endorsement from the American Dental Association, “it was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Recording for Children category.” The ADA endorsement from the album cover reads: “The information on dental health contained in this children’s record is considered by the American Dental Association to be in accord with current scientific knowledge—1976.” The article added, “The album’s heart is in the right and noble place, something that could always be said of the late champ himself.”

An article in the ADA News from December 10, 1979, Ali KOs Tooth Decay, featured a story regarding the promotional event presented in connection with this recording, which took place in Washington, DC and included Muhammad Ali boxing with another heavyweight boxing champion Chuck Wepner masquerading as Mr. Tooth Decay.


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

Yahoo! News 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.


Thousands Of Children In England Require Teeth Removal Due To Decay.

The Guardian (UK) (2/27, Elgot) reported that official statistics show the number of child hospital admissions in England for severe tooth decay has increased nearly 10 percent over a four-year period. According to the article, “More than 128,000 children aged 10 and under” have required at least one tooth extraction since 2011, “often in cases where the decay may have been preventable.”

The Daily Mail (2/26, Spencer) reported the statistics, compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, show “nearly 33,800 children under the age of ten had at least one tooth extracted in English hospitals last year,” with 14,400 of these children under the age of five. According to the article, “Experts say children are eating too much sugary food and drinks, and not visiting dentists enough.”

BBC News (UK) (2/26, Howell) reported the Chief Dental Officer for NHS England, Sara Hurley, said, “Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay – a highly preventable disease.” Hurley added, “If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key.” Prof Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons said that “the need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital.”

The Press Association (UK) (2/26) also reported the story.

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