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Targeted Workouts May Strengthen Men's Bones in Middle Age
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Certain types of exercise improve bone health in middle-aged men with low bone mass and may lower their risk for osteoporosis, according to a small new study.
Men naturally lose bone mass as they age, which can put them at risk for osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. About 16 million American men have low bone mass, and nearly 2 million have osteoporosis. Read entire article...
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Cavities Between Teeth
Medical Author: Michael G. Sherman, DMD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
Cavities in between teeth are commonly referred to as interproximal cavities or decay by your general dentist. Cavities form when there is breakdown of the outer, calcified enamel of the tooth by bacteria commonly found in the human mouth. The bacteria stick to the teeth, embedded in a hard substance called dental plaque or calculus, which deposits on your teeth. Plaque often forms in between the teeth due to the inability of toothbrushes to properly clean these tough-to-reach areas of the mouth. These bacteria break down sugars and carbohydrates, resulting in an acid attack that breaks down the enamel of the tooth and causes the cavities.
The diagnosis of interproximal cavities is usually made by an X-ray called a bite wing. This type of X-ray allows the dentist to accurately assess the extent of the dental cavity. The depth of the cavity is usually deeper than it appears on the radiograph. Although a clinical assessment by visual inspection can be made by your dentist, bite wings are a crucial tool for early detection. A dental solution that visualizes the cavities can also be used in children instead of X-rays.
If the decay has only extended half way into the enamel of the tooth, these “incipient” cavities often can be recalcified with a fluoride gel. Once the cavity penetrates deeper into the enamel of the tooth, a filling is usually the appropriate treatment. The material of choice for dental fillings is either a white colored composite (synthetic material) or an amalgam containing silver. If these cavities go untreated, more extensive dentistry could be necessary such as a crown or root canal.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014