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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we get morning breath?

The microbes feed on leftover bits of food in your mouth. They not only help break down your food, but they also get energy from it. As they eat, grow, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 3:54 a.m.

Mike Baker: Restoring dental health care services should be a priority

Waking up in the middle of the night with a horrible toothache is never a good thing. If you’re poor and you can’t afford to see a dentist, you’re likely …


The downside to drinking flavored water: It can be bad for your teeth

Hydration is great. But the problem is that these drinks’ flavor essences, mostly citric and other fruit acids, cause significant tooth erosion


House Call: Taking care of your teeth is important to your health

Aside from the obvious social and functional aspects of having an attractive-looking mouth, healthy teeth and gums are linked to better overall health. It’s hard to get good nutrition if …


Free dental, vision screenings offered for Kootenai County teens

Panhandle Health District is offering free dental and vision screening for Kootenai County teenagers from 3 to 6:30 p.m. March 17 at Lakes Middle School Cafeteria, 930 N. 15th St.,Coeur …


Dental care gap problem for adults

Health officials have made strides in getting low-income kids in Spokane County to the dentist, but regular dental care remains beyond the reach of many adults. More than 30 percent …


Flossing key to putting plaque in its place

‘You’ll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.” I can still hear that jingle from the 1950s. My mom taught me, like your mom did, …


Studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease

When periodontist Dr. Lauralee Nygaard had a stroke at age 37, she didn’t think to blame her gums. She didn’t know what to blame. Nygaard thought she was in good …


Filling the dental divide

The proof is in the emergency rooms, they say: There’s a dental access problem, and it’s growing. Pointing to the number of costly ER visits by people in dental distress, …


Tooth in fiction

If you’ve ever tried to get a 2-year-old to brush her teeth or a 4-year-old to climb into a dentist’s chair, here’s a story for you. Or your problem child. …


Dental clinic offers affordable relief for Medicaid users, uninsured

The quiet at the Riverstone Family Dental Clinic on a recent Monday morning was like the quiet before a storm. At least that’s what the people behind the IDEA Clinic, …


Report: Some dietary supplements illegally labeled

Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended type of scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims, government …


Lunch workers study how to get kids to eat healthy

There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children …


Police investigating Medicaid ‘recruitment’ claims

Police in Dallas are investigating allegations that a dentist is running a scheme to offer cash and gifts to have children come in for dental work funded by Medicaid.


Investigation dampens Monster’s energy buzz

As energy drinks continue to surge in popularity, the disclosure by Monster Beverage Corp. that it’s being investigated is the latest signal that the high-octane industry is coming under sharper …


A push is on to fluoridate Portland water

A coalition of more than 50 health and other organizations is quietly lobbying the Portland City Council to fluoridate Portland’s water.


FDA bans BPA in baby bottles, cups

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is banning the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, a move critics said did not go far enough and …


Often overlooked, dentists say mother’s oral health connected to baby’s health

For many pregnant women, bumping up their flossing routine – much less scheduling their first dental visit in years – may fall last on their to-do lists. But for dentists …


Reason to smile

Ashley Leon, 20, hadn’t seen a dentist for a couple of years before last week. She probably wouldn’t have seen one last week, either, if she weren’t pregnant, she said. …


Dentists: Step up plaque efforts

McALLEN, Texas – Perla Mendoza, 37, has had her teeth cleaned by a dentist just three times in her life because she doesn’t have insurance. But she is good about …


NYC ban on big sodas could face legal test

If New York City bans big sodas, what’s next on the list? Large slices of pizza? Double-scoop ice cream cones? Tubs of movie-theater popcorn? The 16-ounce strip steak?


St. Louis-area town to drop fluoride

Times are so hard for the St. Louis-area town of Pevely that the community hopes to save money by no longer topping up its public water with fluoride, which occurs …


Brace yourself

James Hill, a cyclotron engineer in Spokane, was driving his car and “chomping on nuts” when his tooth fell apart in his mouth. He pulled over. A fast call to …


Downside of braces? Obviously, the cost

No matter the route of treatment, braces are never cheap – which is why many adults missed out as kids. Depending on the type of hardware, who’s installing it and …