Oral Health

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

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Researchers identify new risk factors for caries in young children.

Salivary duct stone

Salivary duct stone

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After 36 hours, a patient with a salivary duct stone shows limited improvement.

Periodontal disease associated with elevated breast cancer risk

Periodontal disease associated with elevated breast cancer risk

Postmenopausal women especially former smokers who quit within the last 20 years have an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer associated with periodontal disease.

Oral health care, training necessary in primary care practice

Oral health care, training necessary in primary care practice

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There were 33.3 million underserved persons living in areas where there was a shortage of dental health professionals, according to the CDC.

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

Expanding physician assistant oral health curricula could help bridge gaps in care

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Better integrating oral health into PA training has the potential to improve oral health outcomes.

Preventing and treating periodontitis

Preventing and treating periodontitis

NPs and PAs must work in collaboration with oral health clinicians to effectively educate patients in the prevention of periodontal disease.

Risk-assessment tool aids dental caries prevention

Risk-assessment tool aids dental caries prevention

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An oral health screening tool helps identify children that need dental interventions during routine primary care visits.

Stopping oral bleeding


Stopping oral bleeding


When rinsing doesn't stop oral bleeding, a pantry staple can do the trick.

Diagnostic criteria for jaw problems issued

Diagnostic criteria for jaw problems issued

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New criteria for diagnosing temporomandibular disorders released.

Dental caries may protect against certain cancers

Dental caries may protect against certain cancers

People with cavities had lower incidence of head and neck cancers, possibly due to heightened immune activity.

Poor oral health raises HPV risk

Poor oral health raises HPV risk

Promoting oral health and hygiene important in public health interventions to prevent HPV-related oral cancers.

Pain-relief cocktail for stomatitis

Pain-relief cocktail for stomatitis

A simple remedy can help relieve pain from stomatitis.

USPSTF backs primary care dental screening

USPSTF backs primary care dental screening

The task force has issued a Grade B recommendation for use of oral fluoride supplementation and fluoride varnish among children younger than 5 years.

Brush up on oral-health screening

Brush up on oral-health screening

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Dental care is often cited among the greatest unmet health need of children. Primary care providers can help solve this problem.

Oral involvement of ­systemic diseases

Oral involvement of ­systemic diseases

Oral manifestations are often an early signal of systemic disease, so ­recognizing them can point the way to a prompt diagnosis.

Primary care providers often first defense against dental decay

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Dental caries are the number one infectious disease in U.S. children. Are you doing your part to encourage good oral hygiene?

Overcoming barriers to quality oral healthcare

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Transforming the perfect smile from an American status symbol to the status quo begins with primary care health providers.

Evaluating salivary gland tumors and diseases

Evaluating salivary gland tumors and diseases

When diagnosing, consider the location and duration of the lesion, patient age, underlying systemic disorders and clinical appearance.

Primary care clinicians the missing link in oral health disparities

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Early childhood caries disproportionately affect low-income children without access to a dentist. A speaker at the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 39th Annual PA meeting offers clinicians in primary care pediatrics tips for recognizing and preventing oral health problems.

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