Gum Chewing Linked to Headaches in Children, Reasearchers Report

Chewing gum is often responsible for headaches in young children and teenagers, say researchers in the January issue of Pediatric Neurology.
A research team led by Nathan Watemberg, MD, chairman of the Child Development Institute and the Child Neurology Unit at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Israel, which is affiliated with Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, consecutively recruited 30 patients ranging in age from 6 to 19 years who had chronic migraine or tension headaches and chewed gum between one and six hours per day.
Researchers asked the participants to fill out a questionnaire pertaining headache characteristics, potential triggers, family history of headaches and gum-chewing habits. They then classified the participants into four groups depending on the number of hours they chewed gum daily.
Researchers had the participants discontinue chewing gum for one month and then interviewed them. Nineteen of the patients reported that their headaches went away entirely, and seven reported a decrease in the frequency and intensity of headaches. To test the results, researchers asked 26 of the participants to resume gum chewing for two weeks. All of the participants reported a return of their symptoms within days.
Dr. Watemberg says his team’s findings can be put to use immediately. By advising teenagers with chronic headaches who chew gum to simply stop chewing gum, doctors can provide many of them with quick and effective treatment without the need for diagnostic tests or medications

Dental Group Advises Fluoride Toothpaste Before Age 2

Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt, instead of waiting until children are older, according to new guidelines by the American Dental Association. That advice overturns the A.D.A.’s decades-old recommendation to start using a pea-size amount at 24 months. Once children are…

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Lighten Up By Dan Gordon UCLA Magazine October 2012

With two thirds of the country battling weight problems, putting our children on the path to a healthy diet has never been more important. Yet it can be a constant war of wills with kids. Here are some tips on raising healthy eaters. Give peace a chance: don’t use coercion, the goal should be to…

“Teach Me How to Brushy”

The Oregon Dental Assoication created this new public service announcement.It’s a one-minute 17-second hip hop video set to the tune of “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District. Do a Google search for “Teach Me How to Brushy” to view.

Poor Oral Health LInkied to Bad Grades

A recent study published by the American Journal of Public Health found a link between poor oral health and school performance. The researchers matched the children’s oral health status to their academic achievement and attendance records. The study, scheduled to be published in the American Journal of Public Health, found children who reported having recent…

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Take Two minutes to brush

Brushing for two minutes now can save your child from severe tooth pain later. Two minutes, tiwce a day. They have the time. For fun, 2-minute videos to watch while brushing, go to: