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Many women are released from prison with untreated mental and physical health problems, and no access to a doctor. In pain, they seek solace in illicit drugs. Pictured here, women mourn those who have died of drug overdose in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Women need health and dental care to stay out of prison

A staggering 70 per cent of female inmates are back in prison within two years of their release. Basic health and dental care could help change this, according to new research.
Research calls for global regulation of dental tourism - to prevent poor working conditions for local populations serving a wealth North American elite. (Shutterstock)

Dental tourism industry exploits workers in Mexico

Thousands of North Americans travel to Mexico to eat, drink, shop and get cheap and fast dental care. Meanwhile, local populations suffer racism, poor working conditions and inadequate health care.
Adding fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay is one of our greatest public health achievements. Yet, myths persist about whether it’s safe and works. from www.shutterstock.com

Four myths about water fluoridation and why they’re wrong

Myths that fluoridated water isn't natural, safe, doesn't work and shouldn't be used to make up infant formula persist. Here's what the evidence says.
The edges of your lost tooth are sharp because when the root of the baby tooth is being eaten away, it tends to start from the middle of the root. That leaves a sharp edge behind when the tooth breaks off. Flickr/Stephanie Young

Curious Kids: My tooth fell out. Why is it so spiky on the bottom?

Nicholas, aged 6, was watching TV one day when his tooth fell out. He noticed that the bottom edge of the tooth was very spiky. Now he wants to know why.
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem. from www.shutterstock.com

The shocking state of oral health in our nursing homes, and how family members can help

Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
Toothpaste helps remove plaque to prevent decay and gum disease. kikovic/Shutterstock

Health Check: how to choose toothpaste

Choosing a toothbrush is relatively simple. But how on earth do you decide between the 50-odd toothpastes on the supermarket shelves?
While flossing may not be fun, it is still good for you. From www.shuttertock.com

The flossing flap: Mind your dentist, and floss every night

Millions smiled last week when it was reported that there's no evidence to support the flossing of teeth. A dentist sees it differently and suggests we continue the practice.
Be careful which gum you chews: some sugar-free gums are bad for your teeth thanks to acids that cause tooth erosion. Amy Messere/Flickr

Health Check: is chewing gum actually good for your teeth?

A recent study found sugar-free products can be just as damaging to your teeth as sugar because many of them contain acid that causes tooth erosion. But what about sugar free gum?
Good teeth often correlates with good health. But one in five over-65s have lost all their teeth. m01229/Flickr

How to fill the gaps in Australia’s dental health system

An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It’s also a predictor of physical health. So it’s shocking that Australians’ dental health has not improved…
Fluoridated water protects against the tooth decay from acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. T. Faltings

How fluoride in water helps prevent tooth decay

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply. Dental decay occurs…
You can save an adult tooth that has been knocked out, but you need to act quickly. Fotologic

Monday’s medical myth: knocked-out teeth are history

It’s common enough for a tooth to be knocked out on the footy field, in the playground, during a fight, or even a fall. The blood, shock and pain can easily cause you to panic but, as with most things…
The package should reduce waiting times for people who are eligible for publicly-funded dental care. Luke Siemens

The $4b dental care program will tackle inequity but funding still in question

Since the government announced its $4 billion dental care program, attention has focused on how it will be funded and whether it is affordable. But if and when it is funded and implemented, the package…
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says millions of Australians are still going without adequate dental care. AAP

Labor plugs the gap in dental health care

Dental and health policy experts have welcomed a $4 billion dental health package from the Federal Government, which specifically…

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