NYC Doorman Suspended for Having Bad Breath

Neglect Your Oral Health – Get Suspended from Your Job?Bad Breath is a big problem

Like so many other New York City apartment buildings, Gracie Garden Apartments has a doorman to greet and assist residents and guests. But 60-year-old Jonah Seeman was recently suspended without pay on account of his bad breath.

The realty company that manages the building claims that “severe breath odor” has been a recurring problem for Seeman, a fact the doorman denies. “What are you putting me through?” asked Seeman, who supports his elderly mother. “It’s the holiday season.”

For now, Seeman is taking a double-pronged approach. He’s filed a complaint with his union, and he’s also started brushing more and avoiding onions and garlic.

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Kids’ Dental Health Related to Mom’s

Mothers with untreated tooth decay are twice as likely to have children who do too.

That’s according to a new study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco looked at the oral health of 179 mothers and 389 children.

This highlights the role of parental dental health in pediatric dentistry. In addition, parents may be more likely to treat tooth decay and gum disease if they realize it may negatively impact their children’s dental health.

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Oral Cancer Linked to HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Vaccine, Designed for Cervical Cancer, May Fight Oral Cancer Too

Cervical cancer has made headlines recently with the introduction of a vaccine against the most vicious strains of the virus. A new study finds that these same strains are also linked to oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Though the vaccine is being marketed to young women as a way to fight cervical cancer, it may also decrease the risk of oral cancer.

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Your Tongue Piercing Could Kill You, Cautions IDA

Tongue and Lip Jewelry Provides Avenue for Potentially Deadly Infections

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) warns that lip and tongue piercings can lead to serious health problems, potentially even death. With no regulations governing body piercings, young people getting pierced run the risk of contracting hepatitis or other blood-borne diseases from Lip Piercing unhygienic piercing needles. The risk is especially high for people with heart murmurs, as the piercing provides an avenue for bacteria to enter the bloodstream , which could possibly lead to infective endocarditis, a potentially fatal heart condition.

Additionally, oral piercings can lead to dental problems. Though a pierced tongue or a lip piercing may appeal to a young person, they should realize the risks: infections can occur, gums can recede, and the metal jewelry can abrade the tooth enamel, even chipping or cracking the tooth. “If you get an oral piercing, you must accept that you will damage your oral health, and, in many cases, what damage you do will be irreversible,” cautions Dr. Kevin O’Boyle of the IDA. (That’s the Irish Dental Association, not the dental marketing company Internet Dental Alliance.)

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Dental Device May Fight Obesity

Overweight? Maybe Flexible, Removable Jaw Wiring Will Help

Given that one-third of American adults are obese, and another third are overweight, it’s no wonder that weight-loss treatments are big business. One company is addressing the market with a dental device that uses rubber bands to restrict opening of the jaw. (It’s rather like getting your jaw wired shut, but easily reversible.)

The concept started in Europe. An overweight Dutch man was unwilling to get his jaw wired shut since he’s a singer in a band. He worked with an orthodontist to develop the original prototype. Initial tests in Europe have been promising, and the company (Small Bite Inc.) hopes to begin US trials soon.

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