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    High-Sugar Diets Costing Billions in Dental Treatments

    It’s no surprise that experts say Americans consume far too much sugar each day. New research from a study conducted by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG says it’s a worldwide problem. According to their research, the cost of dental treatments globally are approximately $172 billion U.S., or 128 billion euros. The research teams looked at data on tooth decay, gum inflammation and tooth loss. They also evaluated the consumption of white household sugar and the hidden sugars found in nearly all processed foods, drinks and condiments. Finally, they looked at the cost of treatments in relation to dental concerns commonly caused by sugar consumption. Just How Much Sugar Are We Consuming? According to the results of the study, every 25 grams of sugar consumed per person per day caused an increase of $100 U.S. per person per year. To put that into perspective, 25...
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    Study: Some Kids at High Risk for Tooth Decay Regardless of Lifestyle

    New research published in the journal EBioMedicine reports that some children may have a higher risk than others for developing caries, also known as tooth decay or cavity, because they carry particularly severe and destructive variants of the Streptococcus mutans bacterium that is responsible for decay. The research team from Umea University in Sweden conducted a five-year study that monitored the oral health and saliva from a large number of children.  These children were much more likely to develop decay regardless of their lifestyle in regards to diet and oral hygiene. These variants are particularly concerning because of their unique adhesive capabilities that help them survive longer than normal, even against the antibacterial properties of saliva. Of the study sample, one in five children were high risk and did not respond to traditional preventative or treatment methods for tooth decay.  Childhood Caries a Common Chronic Disease Worldwide The American Dental Association defines...
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    Middle-Aged Americans Experiencing Troubled Teeth

    Untitled design (1)A new national poll shows that one in three Americans aged 50 to 64 years old are embarrassed by the condition of their teeth. In addition, they report dental issues have caused them problems and/or pain over the course of the last two years.   Problems accessing or paying for dental care are not new to Americans, but studies usually report on children or the elderly. The University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging took a look at middle-aged people and how their oral health is faring. Insurance was identified by the survey as one of the potential reasons for lack of care -- 28 percent of those surveyed reported not having any dental insurance. Among the respondents who reported only seeking dental care when a serious problem arises, 56 percent had no dental insurance. Things don’t look up for this demographic as they age, either -- 13 percent of...
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