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Possible link between gum disease and bowel cancer    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The bacteria associated with the most common cause of tooth loss in adults could be a precursor for the development of bowel cancer, according to a team of scientists. The link comes as scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute in America found an abnormally large number of Fusobacterium — a bacterium associated with the development of periodontal disease — in nine colorectal tumor samples, pointing to the possibility the two could be associated. Bowel cancer, also known as colon cancer, is one of the top three deadly cancers in the U.K. Around 35,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year and around half of them die. More

Journal of Periodontology: Injectable progesterone contraceptives may be associated with poor periodontal health
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Injectable progesterone contraceptives may be associated with poor periodontal health, according to research in the Journal of Periodontology. The study found that women who currently are taking depotmedroxyprogesterone acetate injectable contraceptive, or have taken DMPA in the past, are more likely to have indicators of poor periodontal health, including gingivitis and periodontitis, than women who never have taken the injectable contraceptive. The group said DMPA is a long-lasting progestin-only injectable contraceptive administered intermuscularly every three months. More

Blood from periodontal disease can be used to screen for diabetes
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Hemoglobin A1c is widely used to test for diabetes. According to guidelines established by the American Diabetes Association, an A1c reading of 6.5 or more indicates a value in the diabetes range. New York University researchers compared hemoglobin A1c levels in paired samples of oral and finger-stick blood taken from 75 patients with periodontal disease at the NYU College of Dentistry. A reading of 6.3 or greater in the oral sample corresponded to a finger stick reading of 6.5 in identifying the diabetes range, with minimal false positive and false negative results. The findings were published in November 2011 in the Journal of Periodontology. More

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Endodontic therapy vs. implant maintenance: An evidence-based review
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Contemporary dental treatment has advanced to a point where clinicians demand aesthetic and predictable restorations for their dental patients. The advent of implant dentistry has provided a viable alternative to compromised teeth deemed unrestorable by conventional dental procedures. Implant dentistry has a long-term predictability and cost-effectiveness. When performed to the standard of care and under ideal circumstances, the surgical and prosthetic phases of the procedures can be done in an expeditious manner with a high level of satisfaction to the patient and the doctor. More

Smart at heart: How to protect your ticker
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Most people know that being overweight or smoking can negatively affect heart health, but what about lesser-known risk factors? There are many, including periodontal disease, migraines, and rheumatoid arthritis. We're still figuring out how big a role some of these risk factors play, but if you have one, it's even more important to learn where you stand on the basics, like cholesterol. More

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Tooth problems? Top signs you should see a dentist
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For some reason, most people get an unpleasant feeling at the thought of visiting their dentist. But staying on top of your dental health can save you from even worse unpleasantness later. Aside from the regular checkup appointments — which dentists stress are highly important and can prevent or catch problems early — there are several signs that it may be time to pay a visit to your dentist. Generally, anything out of the ordinary may indicate it's time to call your dentist, whether it be tooth pain, bleeding gums or discoloration. More

Wisdom teeth: To pull or not to pull
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The minor discomfort of having wisdom teeth removed seems minimal when compared to the negative implications of leaving them in. Dr. Fredric Bonine, a Brighton, Mich.-area oral and maxillofacial surgeon, said there is a connection between impacted third molars and silent infections that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other debilitating illness later in life. Bonine, who specializes in the study and science behind third molars and teaches at the University of Michigan Dental School, said science backs up his claim that removing up to 85 percent of wisdom teeth before age 17 is the best preventative action. More

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Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease
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Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. The study, published in the journal Microbiology suggests that this bacterial access key could be a drug target for people who are at high risk of developing gum disease. Oral bacteria called Treponema denticola frequently gang up in communities with other pathogenic oral bacteria to produce destructive dental plaque. This plaque, made up of bacteria, saliva and food debris, is a major cause of bleeding gums and gum disease. Later in life this can lead to periodontitis and loss of teeth. It is this interaction between different oral pathogens that is thought to be crucial to the development of periodontal disease. More

FDA shuts down New Jersey dental company due to manufacturing oversights
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Federal health officials say a New Jersey company has been legally barred from making and selling a variety of dental products due to violations at its manufacturing facility. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a court order against Accurate Set requires the company to discontinue operations until the agency has verified its dental implants meet federal standards. FDA inspectors found numerous quality control violations at the company's factory in Newark, N.J., during a recent inspection. More

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Salinas dentists: A healthy mouth may be key to a healthy heart
The Salinas Californian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To have a healthy mouth — and perhaps healthier heart — brush, floss and get regular checkups. It's a message many Salinas, Calif., dentists strive to get out, and Valentine's Day, the perfect "hearts and flowers day," seems a good occasion to re-emphasize it. In its crimson, stylized form, a strongly beating heart is, after all, a key metaphor for the life and love celebrated that day. Now some say that a mouth free of decay and disease also helps foster a healthy heart. "At least some scientific evidence is starting to support that idea, but it's not yet absolute," said Dr. Kevin O'Shea, a Salinas and Monterey periodontist. More

Is there any link between poor oral hygiene and heart disease?
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While nobody can make the claim that you're going to die from heart disease if you don't regularly brush your teeth, there have been a number of studies suggesting that people who have severe gum disease and loss of teeth are more likely to be at higher risk for suffering a heart attack. The reason appears to be that such patients are more likely to produce an inflammatory response which raises that risk. Reporting in a past issue of the Journal of Periodontology, researchers said they believe that patients with severe forms of periodontal disease have higher levels of C-reactive protein when compared to patients who don't have the gum disease. More

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Dental phobia: 7 common fears and how to conquer them
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The loud whirr of the dental tools. Your dentist's eyes, peeking out over the sterile (some may say ominous-looking) green mask. Leaning back in the seat, pinned down by the heavy protective bib that protects your body from radiation during dental X-rays. Scraping with sharp tools to chip away at the stains on your teeth. Then the dentists' toothbrush, followed by suctioning and sprays of water from the mini water jet. It sounds like a typical visit to the dentist. But for many people with some degree of dental phobia — technically called dentophobia or odontophobia — it's the worst experience in the world. More

Getting a dental implant from a dental school can save you money
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Marlene Cimons writes, "Talk about sticker shock. I'd just learned what it was going to cost to finish the work on a dental implant I had begun six months earlier, in May 2010. Back then, my periodontist had surgically placed a screw-like titanium post within the bone socket below my missing tooth. I had paid $1,750 out of pocket to have the device implanted because my insurance wouldn't cover it. I'd assumed that this was going to be the most expensive part of the procedure. I still needed a supportive abutment and the tooth-shaped crown, which would fit on top of the implant in the space where the natural tooth used to be. My regular dentist said she could do it. Great, I thought. Then she quoted a fee." More

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