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Does gum disease have a link to cancer, dementia, stroke?

By Suzanne Allard Levingston<p>Open wide. There’s a host of researchers peering inside your mouth, and you may be surprised at what they hope to find. They’re looking for a connection between gum disease and illnesses such as breast cancer and even dementia.<p>What they’re seeing in there is intriguing: …

Dental Care

The Ads Say ‘Get Your Flu Shot Today,’ But It May Be Wiser To Wait

The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot.<p>Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off …

How Virtual Doctor Visits Could Rehumanize Health Care

It’s plain to anyone who has visited the doctor that medicine’s relationship with information technology is tenuous at best. Merely hoping to have a …

25 kids now sickened in California dental outbreak

The county’s Health Care Agency on Friday put the number of children who contracted serious dental infections at an Anaheim clinic at 25.<p>The agency …

Dental sealants prevent cavities, but many poor kids don't get them

<i>; Credit: Finizio via Flickr Creative Commons</i>Rebecca PlevinDental sealants are an effective and inexpensive way to prevent kids from getting …

A Dentist At A VA Hospital May Have Infected Hundreds Of Veterans With HIV

A Veterans Affairs hospital has come under fire in Tomah, WI for potentially exposing nearly 600 patients with HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C. The culprit, one of four dentists at the facility, has been removed from treating patients after it was revealed that he wasn’t cleaning instruments …

The people who can’t go numb at the dentist’s

Some people are resistant to local anaesthetic, meaning they must endure dental and medical procedures without such pain relief. And we’re only beginning to understand why.<p>To Lori Lemon, the doctors all seemed flabbergasted. She had come in to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, to have a …

Anesthesiology

San Jose begins community water fluoridation

After years of advocating for community water fluoridation in the largest U.S. city without it, San Jose residents have finally begun receiving the …

Santa Clara County

Why Don't We Treat Teeth Like the Rest of Our Bodies?

Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result.<p>COLLEGE PARK, Maryland—Kira Adam was tired of waiting. When she first noticed the cavity about six months ago, she tried to book a dentist’s appointment, but she had …

How to avoid getting ripped off by the dentist

There are plenty of excellent, trustworthy dentists out there who make their patients' interests their top priority.<p>But there are also some unethical dentists who provide unnecessary treatments and products simply for profit.<p>I've discovered this after growing up having dental work done by my …