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Dental students warn about hidden sugar in energy drinks and snacks
University of Plymouth via Medical Xpress
A team of dental students from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have been working with sport students from the University of St. Mark and St. John, to raise awareness of the hidden dangers to teeth of sugary energy drinks and snacks. The project is part of the dental students' Inter Professional Engagement scheme, which is part of their studies, and which sees them interact with a variety of groups within the wider community.
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Study finds how T cells cause inflammation with oral candidiasis
Ohio dental researchers have found a method to study how T cells cause inflammation during oral candidiasis infections, according to a new study in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The discovery could lead to new therapies or drugs that may improve the functioning of weakened immune systems. Dr. Pushpa Pandiyan, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine, and colleagues worked on mice to find a new way to model how T cells, the white blood cells critical for the body's immune system, cause inflammation.
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ADA disputes HRSA's projection of dentist shortage in 2025
An overall shortage of more than 15,000 dentists is projected in the U.S. by 2025, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration. However, the reverse is projected to be true for dental hygienists, as the supply will be greater than the demand.
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CDC: 'Disparities in caries continue'
American Dental Association
Tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the United States despite significant improvements since the first national assessment of oral health in the 1960s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Disparities in caries continue to persist for some race and ethnic groups in the United States," the CDC National Center for Health Statistics said in a data brief on tooth decay and dental sealant prevalence in U.S. children and adolescents for 2011-2012.
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    14 surprising foods for brighter smiles
    Fox News
    Aside from brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, eating certain foods can strengthen tooth enamel, prevent cavities, ward off gum disease and even whiten your teeth. Here are 14 healthy options, and find out which ones you can actually stop avoiding.
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    7 terrible foods for your teeth (that aren't candy)
    It's not exactly a startling revelation that candies and other sticky, sugary treats are bad for teeth. But it's not just the most obvious foods — say, caramels, taffy or lollipops — that can wreak havoc on your chompers. According to Dr. Matthew Messina, a Cleveland-based dentist and consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, problems can arise when foods are sugary, sticky, starchy or hard.
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    5 overlooked aspects of good oral care
    Even if you make a point of brushing your teeth twice a day, you may be overlooking some of the most important aspects of good oral care. For many, oral hygiene becomes a redundant routine that can feel somewhat like a chore. However, when you start looking at cleaning your teeth as something you're obligated to do, it encourages bad habits that can end up causing problems such as halitosis, tooth decay and gingivitis in the long term.
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    1/3 of the world's population suffers from untreated tooth decay
    Untreated tooth decay is a problem for more than 2.4 billion people worldwide, with some 190 million new cases forecast each year, finds a new study in the Journal of Dental Research. Experts say this is a worryingly large number for a problem that is both well known and highly preventable.
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