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August 2012

Smokers Have More Dental Problems but Visit Dentist Less

     U.S. smokers are more than twice as likely as nonsmokers to have oral health problems, but much less likely to visit the dentist.
 
     Those are the findings of a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looked at 2008 survey responses from more than 16,000 dentate adults ages 18 through 64.
 
     Although 35 percent of smokers reported having three or more dental problems – from stained teeth to jaw pain, toothaches, or infected gums – 20 percent said they had not been to a dentist in at least five years, the study found.

FDA Reissues Warning About Teething Medication

     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reissued a warning about the use of benzocaine gels or liquids torelieve teething pain for children under age 2.
 
     Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and can be found in such over-the-counter products as Anbesol, Hurricaine,Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.
 
    FDA is warning parents and caregivers that the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain canlead to a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which theamount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.

Tooth stain

Study Finds Teeth Stain More Permanently From Coffee Than Tobacco

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, evaluated the stain removal ability of toothbleaching and simulated toothbrushing after coffee and cigarette smoke staining. In addition, researchers determined the enamel susceptibility to restaining.

Using a colorimeter to determine the baseline color of 40 bovine labial enamel surfaces, researchers immersed half of the samples in coffee and exposed the other half to cigarette smoke in a smoking machine, then evaluated the stain removal ability of toothbleaching and simulated toothbrushing after the coffee and cigarette smoke staining.