TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2024 (HealthDay News) — New guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) are cracking down on the use of opioids for tooth pain. The guidelines say that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) taken alone or alongside acetaminophen should be the first-line treatment for managing short-term dental pain inContinue Reading

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2024 (HealthDay News) — New research in mice is pointing to a surprising connection: Gum disease could exacerbate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Because gum disease (periodontitis) is a chronic, inflammatory infection, it’s long been linked to higher heart disease risks. Now, Chinese researchers believe it couldContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) – That heavy lead apron you wear at the dentist’s office when getting X-rays may no longer be necessary. While intended to shield patients from radiation exposure anywhere that isn’t the jaw, the X-ray equipment used in dental offices today is quite safe comparedContinue Reading

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Children having short-term dental pain from extractions or toothache should not be prescribed opioids but rather manage those aches with over-the-counter ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen, according to new guidelines. The guidelines detailing dental pain management strategies for kids was endorsed by the American DentalContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Damaged teeth could one day be repaired with “living fillings” created from stem cells, a new study reports. In the lab, researchers induced stem cells to form small, multicellular mini-organs that secrete the proteins that form tooth enamel, according to a report publishedContinue Reading