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Study: Healthy gums may lead to healthy lungs
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Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. These infections, which are caused when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled into the lower respiratory tract, can be severely debilitating and are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The study included 200 participants between the ages of 20 and 60 with at least 20 natural teeth. Half of the participants were hospitalized patients with a respiratory disease such as pneumonia, COPD or acute bronchitis, and the other half were healthy control subjects with no history of respiratory disease. Each participant underwent a comprehensive oral evaluation to measure periodontal health status. More

Relationship between periodontal disease, mortality in patients treated with maintenance hemodialysis
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The relationship between periodontitis and outcomes in patients treated with long-term hemodialysis is controversial. Previous work suggests that periodontitis is associated with malnutrition and inflammation. Here, it is hypothesized that periodontitis is associated with mortality in hemodialysis patients. During the six-year follow-up, 102 patients died. Death occurred in 70.6 percent, 41.8 percent and 24.0 percent of patients with severe, moderate and mild/no periodontitis, respectively. More

Possible role for bacteria in atherosclerosis
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Dr. Emil Kozarov and a team of researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis. Fully understanding the role of infections in cardiovascular diseases has been challenging because researchers have previously been unable to isolate live bacteria from atherosclerotic tissue. Using tissue specimens from the Department of Surgery and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University, Dr. Kozarov and his team, however, were able to isolate plaques from a 78-year-old male who previously had suffered a heart attack. Their findings are explained in the latest Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis. More

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Hard data: Disciplined dentists feel the pain
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The Minnesota Board of Dentistry found stunning missteps by some of the 10 dentists disciplined in 2010, but most were penalized for more conventional faults: inadequate care, poor quality X-rays and spotty clinical notes. The board handles up to 300 complaints each year. The state has about 16,000 licensed dentists, hygienists and assistants. Except for Dr. Robert Bodin, the dentists disciplined agreed to the board's orders. The list that follows is ranked in order by the size of the fine and the severity of the licensing action. More

US Marshals seize dental devices from Florida manufacturer
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U.S. Marshals, acting under a court order sought by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on Jan. 5 and 6, seized all dental devices from Rite-Dent Manufacturing Corporation, located in Hialeah, Fla. The seizure of dentistry products valued at $208,910 follows an FDA inspection that found significant deficiencies in the company's manufacturing processes that may affect the safety and effectiveness of the products. The seized products include Alginate Impression Material, Ultra Impression Material, Enamel Bonding System, Pit and Fissure Chemical Curing Sealant, Tooth Shade Resin Material, Cavity Varnish, Polycarboxylate Cement and Zinc Phosphate Cement — all used in the practice of dentistry. More

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The effect of periodontal therapy on preterm low birth weight: A meta-analysis
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The stated objective was to systematically review the randomized controlled trials that evaluated the effect of periodontal therapy on preterm birth and low birth weight. Only randomized controlled trials on the effect of periodontal therapy on preterm birth and LBW were included. The Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials statement was used in quality assessment and meta-analysis was carried out using random-effects methods. The search resulted in 14 clinical studies. Ten articles met the inclusion criteria for preterm birth and four for LBW. Five meta-analyses on preterm birth were performed according to different criteria. More

Georgia dental board tables hygienist proposal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The George Board of Dentistry has decided not to adopt a controversial proposal that would have changed the level of supervision of hygienists who provide basic preventive dental services in schools, community health centers and prisons. The board voted to send the proposed rule back for further discussion during its Jan. 7 meeting after hearing extensive testimony opposing the change from the Federal Trade Commission, the department of community health, district health directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Georgia chapter and other community groups. The Georgia Dental Hygienists' Association and the FTC argued that the proposal would limit access to care, especially for children in rural and low-income communities. (May require free registration to view article.) More
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Paul Ruffin: Dental implants fill the gap
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I would dare suggest that when most people hear the term "dental implant," they assume that the reference is to a very new and revolutionary procedure for replacing missing teeth. Whereas it is true that this amazing solution to one of life's most persistent problems has enjoyed increasing popularity over only the past few decades as the procedure essentially has been perfected, evidence has been unearthed that suggests dental implants were used thousands of years ago. During an archaeological expedition to a Mayan burial site in Honduras in the 1930s, Dr. Wilson Popenoe and his team discovered a most unusual piece of jawbone from a woman judged to be in her 20s at time of death. Three pieces of shell carved into the shape of teeth had been inserted into sockets in the bone. More

Dr. Gott: Is 'oil pulling' a cure for gum disease?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Q: I read your column about the woman with mouth ulcers. I have come across a little-known cure for diseases of the mouth: oil pulling. It works and is not bad tasting, depending on the type of oil you use. I was diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease many years ago. I was told to prepare for dentures because my teeth couldn't be saved. I read about oil pulling and did some research. I started doing it every day, sometimes twice. In less than a year, my periodontal disease disappeared, my gums are healthy and my teeth are clean and white. My dentist said he never has seen anything like it. More

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New device set to combat fear of dentist's drill
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An innovative device that cancels out the noise of the dental drill could spell the end of people's anxiety about trips to the dentist, according to experts at King's College London, Brunel University and London South Bank University, which pioneered the invention. It is widely known that the sound of the dental drill is the prime cause of anxiety about dental treatment, and some patients avoid trips to the dentist because of it. This new device could help address people's fears and encourage them to seek the oral health care treatment they need. More

5 ways to save money on dental work
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One of the reasons why people dislike going to the dentist is because it costs so much to have dental work done. It is particularly true in western countries that dental work is very expensive. You will wind up paying a lot or your hard earned money for dental work because you can't ignore the problems that you are having with your teeth. The reason why dental work is so expensive is the result of many factors. These factors include the cost associated with the instruments that are used as well as the materials that are used during the dental procedures. In addition, dental work usually requires multiple appointments and is frequently very time consuming. Another important factor that contributes to the high costs of dental work is the cost of the expertise of the dentist. More


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Time to 'sleep' over your dental problems
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Do you have a phobia of visiting a dentist? Does your child scream away when you take him or her for a dental checkup. Not to worry. Medical science has come up with a new solution. Sleep dentistry or conscious sedation could be the solution that could save the face of the dentist — the scenario of a patient running with fright out of a dental clinic. Also, for the patient who will come out happy and blissfully content after the visit. A team of dentists attending a two-day conference on the recent advances in dentistry used sleep dentistry as a technique to complete their dental implant surgery. More

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