The New York Times (3/31, D7, Mcneil, Subscription Publication) reports that an Irish study has found that community water fluoridation, which was “long ago proved to protect children from cavities,” also helps adults over 50 retain their natural teeth. The study was part of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging and done by researchers at the dentistry school of Trinity College Dublin. It involved 5,000 adults older than 50 and found “those who lived in areas with fluoridated water were more likely to report having all their teeth.” The Times goes on to point to the safety of community water fluoridation, adding that good oral health has “long been linked to general well-being in older adults” and may be linked to specific health maladies such as heart disease.
CNBC (3/17) reported in an online video that data shows emergency dental visits spike the day after St. Patrick’s Day because “people are just plainly behaving badly” and are accidentally “getting their teeth knocked out.” According to CNBC, emergency dental visits increase by 64 percent the day after St. Patrick’s day, and “nearly 10 states have more than a 100 percent increase.” The only state in which emergency dental visits decline the day after St. Patrick’s is Vermont.
Are you one of those people who get busy in the morning and forget to take your medication before leaving the house? Or, forget to take the medication(s) you are supposed to take in the afternoon? Good news may be coming soon. AdhereTech makes smart, wireless pill bottles that collect and send data in real-time. If a patient misses a dose, it sends an alert like an automated phone call or text. The company wants to improve adherence to medications and also improve clinical trial efficiency and research in the pharmaceutical industry. Right now, the technology is still being tested and is not yet publicly available.