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Japanese scientists develop ultra-thin teeth wrap that prevents cavities, tooth decay
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Japanese scientists have developed an ultra-thin material that can protect teeth from decay and restore tooth enamel. The material can be wrapped around the teeth to prevent the growth of bacteria, Agence France-Presse reports. Previous research on preventing tooth decay was based on reducing plaque, pale yellow bacterial biofilm, on the teeth, but this new material will stop bacteria from growing on the teeth by acting as a barrier. More

Oral bacteria may signal pancreatic cancer risk
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A new study finds significant associations between antibodies for multiple oral bacteria and the risk of pancreatic cancer, adding support for the emerging idea that the ostensibly distant medical conditions are related. The study of blood samples from more than 800 European adults found that high antibody levels for one of the more infectious periodontal bacterium strains of Porphyromonas gingivalis were associated with a twofold risk for pancreatic cancer. Meanwhile, study subjects with high levels of antibodies for some kinds of harmless "commensal" oral bacteria were associated with a 45 percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer. More

Oral-systemic link offers dental hygienists great opportunity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If dental hygienists do not integrate the growing evidence on the oral-systemic link into their practices, they will have forfeited a great opportunity to define themselves as healers rather than mechanics, according to Casey Hein, BSDH, during the recent Pacific Dental Hygiene Conference at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. "I want to see this evidence base that we have accumulated really come full circle," said Hein, the president of Casey Hein & Associates and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Study links rapid weight gain with perio disease risk in men    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several studies have shown that obese patients are at an increased risk for periodontal disease. Now a new study has found that tracking adiposity changes in men may help predict their risk of periodontitis progression. The study found that males who rapidly gain weight, waist circumference, and arm fat had more periodontitis and periodontitis progression compared with those who had smaller gains. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Experts: Dental health key to good physical health
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"Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health? Or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?" So says the Mayo Clinic. In a paper titled "Oral health: A window to your overall health," the Mayo Clinic advises that all of the following physical conditions may be linked to oral and dental health. More

Group urges pregnant women to maintain good dental care
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With so many things to think about, expectant mothers sometimes neglect their teeth, but this can have implications for their unborn babies. In response, the advocacy group Maryland Dental Action Coalition is educating women about proper oral hygiene and dietary habits through an effort called Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids. The group's aim is to develop good habits by mothers and children and to reduce early childhood cavities, said Dr. Winifred J. Booker, an Owings Mills pediatric dentist who has served on several state committees and professional organizations and is currently a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. More

Temporary dental crowns and bridges aftercare
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The temporary dental bridges or crowns are placed in order to give protection to your gums and teeth up until your dentist creates the permanent dental appliance for you. Moreover, the role of the temporary crown or bridge is to make sure that your adjacent teeth will not shift from place, so that when the dentist places the final dental appliance this will fit perfectly in place. You may need to go to several appointments until the final crown or bridge is fitted, and all this time you will need to wear the temporary appliance. This should normally stay in place quite well, but you might have to make some changes in your eating or oral hygiene habits in the meantime. More

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A beeswax dental filling that lasted 6,500 years
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Ancient dentistry has been discovered in a 6,500-year-old human jawbone: a lump of beeswax that appears to be the earliest evidence of a dental filling. The beeswax was probably applied to ease pain from a crack in the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth, said Claudio Tuniz, a nuclear paleoanthropologist at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy. He and his colleagues report their findings in the journal PLoS One. More

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Adult dental care is first to go
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Tazewell County Health Department's dental clinic already was losing more than $100,000 a year when the Illinois Medicaid program stopped reimbursing dental providers for routine adult care. But the oral health of many of Tazewell's adult Medicaid recipients could worsen now that the clinic is limited to treating them only in emergencies. When it comes to Medicaid-funded dental care, the people who need it most are always the first to lose it, advocates say. More

Revolutionary Treatment for Peri-implantitis

Learn more at Morita’s Corporate Forum lecture during the American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Join us at 1:00pm as we dive into new treatment procedures for peri-implantitis and furcation involvement. FREE for all meeting registrants. View the presentation overview and the full lecture schedule here.

Patient wins cash for tooth damage
Northcliffe Media via DentistryIQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A patient has been awarded £17,500 ($28,415) in an out-of-court settlement after receiving poor dental treatment from the dentist he had used since he was a child. Mike Watts, from Maidenbower, took action against Dr. William Clinton, of Gossops Drive Dental Surgery, after a visit to another dentist three years ago showed he was suffering extensive tooth decay. "I had been going to the same dentist since I was a child. As I got older, I found that I was going to the dentist quite a lot due to getting infections, abscesses and bits of fillings coming off," he said. "The final straw was when I had a filling in one of my front teeth and it didn't turn out how I hoped, it didn't look right, and I was conscious of it all the time." More

Tooth and Consequences: Dentist gets to the root of the problem
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Writer Anne W. Semmes makes her recent trip to the dentist sound like something out of the aptly named (and wickedly funny) W.C. Fields short, "The Dentist." More

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Brushing your teeth could save your life
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How well and how often do you brush your teeth? Your long-term health, and your chance of dying from cancer, could depend on your answer. A study from Stockholm, Sweden, following the health of 1,390 people for 24 years, found that high levels of dental plaque are linked to your chance of dying from any cause, but particularly cancer, 13 years earlier than expected. Plaque is the hard chalky stuff that collects on and between your teeth. It's impregnated with bacteria. If you're careless about dental hygiene, it loosens the gum margins then burrows underneath setting up low-grade chronic inflammation. More

Periodontal Inflammatory Reactions

The highly complex processes of intercellular interaction during an inflammatory periodontal reaction detail the dramatic story of how cells work to destroy bacterial invaders. MORE

'You Docs' tips to keep your heart healthy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Moonwalker Neil Armstrong, who recently passed away at the age of 82 following heart bypass surgery, vastly increased our knowledge of outer space. It's too bad he was not aware of insights into the role of C-reactive protein in heart disease. These days, if you know your CRP level, you can take steps to cool down bodywide, blood-vessel-damaging inflammation that triggers heart attacks and many other ailments. More

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