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Hip, knee joint failures may be caused by oral bacteria
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Researchers at Case Western Reserve University may have found a potential link between gum disease and joint health, with particular implications for failing joint replacements. Working collaboratively, dental, orthopedic and arthritis specialists tested the DNA in synovial fluid in 36 patients with both native and replacement joints. Some samples showed the presence of oral bacteria in the fluid, which the scientists suggest could be contributing to aseptic loosening or excessive wear in joint replacement patients when no infection is present. More

Gum disease linked to heart health
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New research linking gum disease and heart problems are leaving some doctors with a bad taste in their mouth. Donald Ledwin is having some dental work done at the University of Buffalo Dental School. He recently heard about an association between gum disease and heart disease and stroke. "I think it is important to take care of your teeth, and now maybe more important because of the relationship with heart disease," Ledwin said. But what is that relationship? A recent report by the American Heart Association made it sound insignificant. More

Good teeth, gums integral to overall health
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Many people try to eat right, exercise, and even take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. But they may be overlooking something that could give them a stroke or heart attack. Research studies have linked poor dental health to heart attack and stroke, according to Dr. Derek Chang, who specializes in general dentistry. Periodontal disease causes bacteria to spread from the gums to the blood. This can cause or worsen diseases that affect the body's vascular system. In addition, Chang warns that periodontal disease can worsen problems like asthma and COPD. More

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WHO releases fact sheet on oral health
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Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual's capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial well-being. More

Does inflammatory protein CD36 link gum, heart disease?
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Atherosclerosis associated with periodontal disease might be mediated by cellular inflammatory responses that involve the inflammatory protein CD36 and Toll-like receptors. Maria Febbraio, Ph.D., from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, presented the results of a study of knockout mice at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2012 Scientific Sessions. She explained to Medscape Medical News via email that "the major implication is that physicians evaluating heart patients need to consider their patients' oral health, as this is an important potential risk factor." (May require free registration to view article.) More

Handheld probe shows promise for oral cancer detection
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A team of University of Texas researchers have created a portable, miniature microscope in the hope of reducing the time taken to diagnose oral cancer. The probe, which is around 20 centimeters long and 1 centimeter wide at its tip, could be used by doctors to diagnose oral cancer in real time or as a surgical guidance tool; dentists could also use it to screen for early-stage cancer cells. The probe has been presented in IOP Publishing's Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, and has shown good agreement with images of oral cancers obtained using conventional, much slower techniques at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. More

ER doctors face quandary on painkillers
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Dr. Bruce Lobitz, an attending physician in the emergency department at Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney, S.C., sees about 10 patients a week complaining of toothaches. "The bane of our existence," he calls them. It's not just that doctors like him lack the training and tools to solve their dental problems. Many of these patients, he fears, complain of tooth pain simply as a ruse to get prescriptions for narcotics. More

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Periodontal disease could be treated with fish oil supplements
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Periodontitis, inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth, affects more than half of adults and is linked to an increased risk of stroke and other heart problems. To evaluate whether fish oil supplementation could be an adjunct therapy for periodontitis, Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia and colleagues from the School of Dentistry at University of Adelaide in Australia reviewed evidence from eight unique studies that involved humans. Their review of these studies showed that improvements in clinical measures were common in all studies, but were scientifically significant in two that used a combination of fish oil and aspirin. More

Smoking aggravates periodontal disease
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Q: Our dentist has advised both my husband and me that we have periodontal disease. He is treating both of us, and although my gums are improving, my husband is still going downhill. Our dentist said smoking can cause gum disease and attributes the lack of improvement to my husband's chain-smoking. There is seldom a time when at home he doesn't have a cigarette burning. The inside of our house smells of smoke. I would like to give him another reason to give up the dirty habit. Does cigarette smoking cause periodontal disease, and is secondhand smoke making my gum disease worse? More

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No settlement in lawsuit over inmate's teeth, gums
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An inmate who blames prison officials for his gum disease is going to trial after the state of Michigan rejected his request to be released early as a way to settle the case. Jerry Flanory is suing over his time at an Upper Peninsula prison. The 60-year-old says he was denied toothpaste, and as a result developed gum disease that led to the removal of a tooth. More

New implant coating could prevent early failures    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a coating for hip implants that could help them better adhere to the patient's bone, preventing premature failure Advanced Materials. The coating, which induces the body's own cells to produce bone that fixes the implant in place, could also be used to help heal fractures and improve dental implants, according to senior author Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering at MIT, and lead author Nisarg Shah, a graduate student in Hammond's lab. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Oral health more than brushing, flossing
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Brushing and flossing are great, but they're not the only things everyone should be doing to ensure health teeth, gums and mouths. According to, brushing and flossing are just the cornerstones in over all dental health. What else should prevents gum disease? Here's the list. More

Children take gum disease to heart
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Teaching your children to care for their teeth will do more than ensure a healthy smile. It also may help them avoid health problems later in life. Many parents consider cavities a normal part of childhood — after all, children eat more sweet foods than adults and often neglect brushing and flossing. But research links cavities and gum disease with serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease. Research suggests there is a relationship between gum disease and heart health. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. More

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