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Study Says Oral Hygiene Impacts One’s Attractiveness

If you’re thinking about being romantic tonight, you might want to make sure your oral hygiene is in check. Based on a new survey, oral hygiene is significantly preferred over the traditional romantic overtures to set the mood, such as dimming the lights, lighting candles, wearing perfume or playing romantic music.

The national survey, which was fielded by Kelton Research, examined Americans’ views on oral healthcare and revealed that a clean mouth was most important in maintaining a healthy relationship. Close to six in 10, or 59 percent, would be most disturbed by their partner not brushing or flossing his or her teeth for a week, as compared to only 24 percent who would be most perturbed if their significant other passed on wearing deodorant. Far fewer were bothered by their partner skipping shaving, hair combing or trimming toe nails for a week, at 9 percent, 6 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

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Women Who Receive Dental Care Lower Risk of Heart Disease

A new study led by a University of California, Berkeley, researcher could give women a little extra motivation to visit their dentist more regularly. The study suggests that women who get dental care reduce their risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems by at least one third.

The analysis, which used data from nearly 7,000 people ages 44 to 88 enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study, did not find a similar benefit for men.

Published online Sept. 29 in the journal Health Economics, the study compared people who went to the dentist during the previous two years with those who did not. The findings add to a growing body of research linking oral and cardiovascular health.

“Many studies have found associations between dental care and cardiovascular disease, but our study is the first to show that general dental care leads to fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes in a causal way,” said study lead author Timothy Brown, assistant adjunct professor of health policy and management at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

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Not Just a Load of Old Dentistry Junk

Dentaid’s mission is to improve the oral health of disadvantaged communities around the world. It does this primarily by inviting donations of dental equipment from dentists in the United Kingdom and redistributing them in the countries in need.

Since the charity began, Dentaid has helped establish almost 200 charitable dental treatment clinics in more than 50 countries around the world.

For the last five years, one complete dental surgery has left Dentaid’s workshops for overseas every 10 working days. Hundreds of smaller shipments have also been dispatched, including instrument kits to equip health workers to provide dental care in remote rural communities. The flipside of this is that, at times, the dental equipment donations are worth more as collectables or antiques than as equipment that can be recycled and used out in the field.

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Research Report: Insights to Improved Practice Success

Advances in technology and communications mean that patients are reachable almost anywhere. Patient communication tools are giving practices the means to engage and activate patients in entirely new ways. Combined, they help increase patient loyalty, encourage patients to follow treatment paths, attend appointments on time, pay their bills promptly and even encourage them to refer their friends. These tools solve many of the challenges practices are experiencing and offer patient engagement and business growth opportunities.

A holy grail of practice management is found in successfully maintaining the highest quality of patient care while keeping a strong hand on operational and financial performance, another hand on bringing in new patients and another hand on making timely and relevant new products and services available.

If only we had three sets of hands.

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New Treatment Offers Help for Gum Disease Sufferers

A new treatment claims to end gum disease for sufferers in just five hours using a gentle gum stretching technique.

BOST—Bone one session treatment—lasts four to five hours and involves pushing back the gums to reach the root of the tooth.

Gum disease, the primary cause of tooth loss, affects up to 50 percent of the population with often irreversible consequences.

Early signs of infection are swollen or bleeding gums, bad breath and sensitivity. Known as gingivitis, if caught early the condition is easily treated with professional cleaning.

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