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THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine, a new study contends.
"You look at it side-to-side with 'meth mouth' or 'coke mouth,' it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less t...Full Article
TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Dentists, as it turns out, may have one more reason than the rest of us to be wary of alligators. The toothy reptiles may one day put those who install implants, bridges and dentures out of their jobs.
Alligators continually make new teeth to replace t...Full Article
I will answer this from a slightly different angle, as the other posters gave you a good idea of the clinical definition of emergency.
From the perspective of dental insurance companies root canal treatment is TREATED as a dental emergency, in this sense: Many dental insurance companies will require... Full Post
Many pregnant women are afraid to go to the dentist because they've heard that x-rays may hurt their child.
While it is always a good idea to take no more x-rays than necessary (and particularly so during pregnancy), this does NOT mean that you cannot get necessary dental treatment. Generally it's a good... Full Post
Erythema multiforme is a type of hypersensitivity reaction. It is usually divided into erythema multiforme major and minor forms. It can affect the skin and mucous membranes, and commonly affects the eyes and oral cavity.
The minor form of erythema multiforme can be triggered by stress, infection, or... Full Post
Oral lichen planus is a fairly common condition. Although the cause is not completely clear, it tends to be lumped in diagnostically and therapeutically with the autoimmune category of disorders.
Most cases of lichen planus in the mouth are asymptomatic, and are detected incidentally during a dental exam.... Full Post
ANY kind of exercise?
I would avoid any one-size-fits-all answers to this. There is the boilerplate recommendation that anyone should consult their doctor before starting an exercise program. That is particularly true if you haven't had yourself checked by your doctor in a while.
There are also e... Full Post
I think my Association and the previous 5 doctors answered this question well. What I would add is that patients have an absolute right to refuse x-rays. At the same time, dentists have the right to refuse treatment to a patient who does not allow x-rays that are thought to be necessary for treatment.... Full Post
As Dr. Curatola pointed out, infection with certain strains of HPV is now recognized as a cause of cancer in the mouth and oropharynx.
The CDC recently amended its recommendations for who to receive the HPV vaccine to include boys. See: