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Watch Your Mouth! 90.3 WCPN ideastream

- a new kind of partnership -

ideastream in collaboration with NetWellness and other multimedia partners presents Be Well:  Watch Your Mouth!

NetWellness and ideastream are partnering to bring more understanding to the health and medical issues you care about. Launched in 1995, NetWellness is a consumer information website from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the NetWellness.org. ideastream is a non-profit public broadcasting organization including WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV and other educational and public service media. Be Well: Watch Your Mouth! is part of ideastream’s ongoing multiple-media coverage on important health issues presented in collaboration with The Plain Dealer and NetWellness. Through this partnership, you will be able to explore ideastream’s programs as NetWellness puts in-depth information at your fingertips.

ideastream's series, Watch Your Mouth! explains how oral health not only affects your mouth but your whole body, with mounting evidence connecting gum disease to debilitating and costly problems including diabetes, heart disease, and premature birth.

Disparities in Dentistry
Links Between Oral Health and Overall Health
No-Drill Fillings
Drill, Baby, Drill
Oral Health Costs
Dental Dollars
Grinders on the Rise
Need a Tooth? Grow Your Own

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Friday, September 24, 2010
Disparities in Dentistry (reported by Eric Wellman)

Low-income families have higher rates of cavities and oral health problems than higher income populations. We give this topic a slightly different local public health spin by talking to CWRU dentist Suchitra Nelson. Suchitra has been conducting a study for the last three years on xylitol - a sugar substitute that has been shown to reduce cavities.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Links Between Oral Health and Overall Health (reported by Gretchen Cuda)

The damage poor oral health does to our teeth and how problems in the mouth like inflammation can contribute to other chronic illnesses.

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No-Drill Fillings (reported by Gretchen Cuda)

Developed in Germany this new resin/gel product is applied to teeth, penetrates them, and stops cavities. In essence, it's a "no-drill" alternative to getting a filling.  The only caveat is that it doesn't work for really large, advanced cavities, just for small ones.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Drill Baby, Drill - How to Overcome Fear of the Dentist (reported by Gretchen Cuda)

Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wrecking experience for millions of Americans each year. But dentists are working to make patients more comfortable and help reduce anxiety with a series of new techniques.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Sound of Ideas: The High Cost of a Dazzling Smile 

Even when people want to take good care of their teeth and gums, sometimes simple economics can stand in the way. Sound of Ideas explores the important issues of dental care and coverage from dental health experts.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Dental Dollars: Dental Insurance Leaves Consumers With A Financial Cavity (reported by Gretchen Cuda)

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Why can't more people afford going to the dentist and why is dental insurance often inadequate to pay for dental bills?

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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Grinders on the Rise (reported by Katie Baker)

This economy is a real headache for some. Dentists say stress is a key cause of teeth grinding and they are seeing more grinders as the economy has declined.

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Friday, October 1, 2010
Need a Tooth? Grow Your Own (reported by Gretchen Cuda)

How dentistry is changing from pull, drill, and fill to restore and regenerate.

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Last Reviewed: Feb 24, 2014