THURSDAY, Oct. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Though most U.S. dentists say non-opioid painkillers effectively manage dental pain, nearly half still prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, a new survey reveals. In all, 84% of the 269 respondents said NSAID-acetaminophen combos are as effective as opioids or even more so, butContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Oct. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — While they’re helping to ease reflux, some heartburn drugs may also be reducing the severity of gum disease, new research suggests. For the study, researchers assessed probing depth in the gums (the gap between teeth and gums) in more than 1,000 patients withContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Sept. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Very few privately insured young children get recommended dental fluoride treatments at health wellness visits, even though insurance typically covers them, a new study finds. “Medical providers are not required to do this; it’s like a mammogram,” said lead author Kimberley Geissler, anContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — New research offers further evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease. The ongoing Swedish study previously found that gum disease (“periodontitis”) was much more common in first-time heart attack patients than in a group of healthy people. In this follow-upContinue Reading