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Growth factor regenerates tooth supporting structures: Results of a large randomized clinical trial
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It is well known that oral infection progressively destroys periodontal tissues and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. A major goal of periodontal treatment is regeneration of the tissues lost to periodontitis. Unfortunately, most current therapies cannot predictably promote repair of tooth-supporting defects. A variety of regenerative approaches have been used clinically using bone grafts and guiding tissue membranes with limited success. In an article titled "FGF-2 Stimulates Periodontal Regeneration: Results of a Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial," which is published in the International and American Associations for Dental Research's Journal of Dental Research, M. Kitamura, from Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry, Japan, and a team of researchers conducted a human clinical trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of fibroblast growth factor-2 for clinical application. More


Boston University School of Dental Medicine researchers' tooth regeneration could eliminate root canals, more
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Mey Alhabib's mice just might put the Tooth Fairy out of business. Alhabib, a postdoctoral student and endodontic resident at Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and her research supervisor, George Huang, the Herbert Schilder Chair in Endodontics and director of the school's postdoctoral program in endodontics, have begun regenerating two major human tooth components — dental pulp and dentin — using fresh stem cells from baby teeth, which often are tossed after being placed under children's pillows, as well as from third molars. Those components could then be used to regrow damaged or decayed parts of a mature tooth, one day eliminating the need for invasive procedures like root canals and dental implants, as well as expensive crowns. More

Clinical trial to examine link between diabetes, gum disease
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is one of four sites recruiting patients for a clinical trial to test whether the treatment of chronic periodontitis improves control of Type 2 diabetes. This study is the largest clinical trial of diabetes and periodontitis to date, and the hope is that its results will lead to improvements in diabetes patient care. "Research clearly shows an association between chronic periodontitis and Type 2 diabetes, and there is early evidence that treating periodontal infection and inflammation can improve glycemic control," says Dr. Michael Reddy, co-principal investigator. More

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Prevention, management of nerve injury during dental implant surgery
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Although implant dentistry has become widely accepted to restore aesthetics and function of teeth, it is not without risks. One serious complication that can occur is alteration of sensation because of nerve injury. Some reports place this occurrence as high as 13 percent. For dental practitioners, thorough understanding of anatomy, surgical procedures and implant systems along with proper planning of treatment are essential to reduce this complication. An article in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology provides an overview of causes, prevention and management of inferior alveolar nerve injury. This nerve is a branch of the nerve in the jaw that contains both sensory and motor fibers. More

Periodontists cap off 'perfect blend'
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AAP capped off its four-day annual meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on Nov. 2 — a meeting the organization itself billed as "the perfect blend of professional development and personal relaxation." The last time this group of periodontists was in Hawaii was 10 years ago. That was a fruitful meeting in which the 8,000-member AAP entered into its first joint venture with the Japanese Society of Periodontology, according to a convention center spokeswoman. Since then, the two groups have been meeting once every three years and the AAP also has gone on to expand its relationships with several other professional dental societies in Japan as well as with Taiwan. More


Historic resolution adopted by Costa Mesa, Calif.: Official position taken to ban dental mercury fillings
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The Costa Mesa (Calif.) City Council adopted an historic resolution regarding the ban of dental amalgam filling, also known as the silver-mercury filling. In response to the need for more public education regarding the dangers of the mercury filling, Dr. James Rota is speaking at a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 regarding the safe removal of the toxic dental amalgam filling, detoxification and biological dentistry. The resolution was sponsored by Gary Monahan, former mayor of Costa Mesa and sitting council member. "This is way overdue here in the United States, and especially California," Monahan said. More

Infection control to become part of state oral health programs
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The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention is assisting the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors in incorporating infection prevention and control efforts, as well as patient and staff safety into state oral health program activities. "Several recent reports of actual and potential cross-contamination in dental settings underscore the need for strong, integrated infection prevention policies and continuous vigilance," said Therese Long, OSAP executive director. "As the leading non-governmental organization focusing exclusively on infection prevention and safety programs for dentistry, OSAP is uniquely positioned to partner with ASTDD in this important endeavor." More
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Study: Women who drink large quantities of alcohol are more at risk for mouth cancer, especially if folate consumption is low
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Women who consume large amounts of alcoholic beverages and have low consumption of folates have three-times greater risk of developing mouth cancers than women who also drink a lot but have high folate intake, according to research by Columbia University Medical Center and Harvard published in the October issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. While the number of women diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers is expected to surpass the number of women affected with cervical cancer, the authors said, very little information currently exists about oral and pharyngeal cancer in women because most studies have focused on males. More

HPV predicts survival in tonsil, tongue cancers
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When the human papillomavirus is found in cancer tumors of the tonsil and base of the tongue, patients are more likely to survive following treatment. The new research, published in the British Journal of Cancer and during Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, followed 198 patients in Australia for an average of two years after they had had surgery or radiotherapy for the disease. The researchers found that patients with HPV positive cancer were four times less likely to die than patients whose cancers weren't caused by the HPV infection. The cancer was also three times less likely to recur at the primary site in patients with HPV positive cancers. More

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American Dental Association apology reinforces commitment to diversity
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The American Dental Association has acknowledged that it deeply regrets not taking a stronger stand against discriminatory membership practices during the pre-civil rights era. ADA President Dr. Raymond Gist said making the announcement public reinforces the ADA's commitment to a diverse and inclusive profession, moving us forward in a new spirit of collaboration to advance the dental profession and the oral health of the public. "In looking forward, we also must look back," stated Gist, the first African American to serve as ADA president. More

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DentalEZ launches weekly 'vlog' for hygienists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
DentalEZ has introduced DEZiree the Dental Hygienist, the star of a new video blog called the the DEZiree Show. DentalEZ hopes to make the host a familiar face in the dental community, the company said. DEZiree will star in a weekly video blog that interested hygienists and dental professionals can opt in to view through weekly e-mails. The blog provides weekly updates of information and news regarding topics geared solely toward the dental hygiene profession. (May require free registration to view article.) More releases dentistry iPhone app    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article announced the release of its free iPhone application, Find A Dentist. The iPhone app enables users to find the nearest 20 dentists based on their iPhone's GPS location wherever they go. If you prefer managing your oral health whenever and wherever you want to, need an urgent dental help away from home, or just feel secured when everything is at your fingertips, Find A Dentist provides a tool for you. "In the weeks before a major holiday many patients express concern if anything could happen to their teeth whilst on holiday away from their regular dentist," said Rune Skou, dentist. More

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What the newly elected Congress means for business
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One area where President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans could find common ground is trade. Obama wants to submit a revised South Korea free-trade agreement for congressional approval in January, and hopes to unveil new terms addressing U.S. auto and beef exports during the Group of 20 meeting of global leaders in Seoul. Obama has said he wants to boost U.S. exports by 50 percent during the next five years. Trade skeptics in the Democratic caucus have blocked movement on trade-opening deals such as the South Korea treaty. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said trade is one area where his caucus and the White House could work together. More

Dr. Raymond G. Hatland: Kinesiology and dentistry
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One of the most important discoveries and arguably the most important discovery made in the 1960s that has profoundly affected the growth of alternative and holistic professional health care worldwide is that touching various weaknesses in the body can make any muscle weaker. Also, if the area or point of the weakness is corrected or strengthened, the same test will make that same muscle stronger. This way of testing has many names: energy testing, muscle testing, contact energy testing or kinesiology. Whatever the name of the system, kinesiology has had a profoundly positive effect on my personal and professional life. It would be difficult for me to practice dentistry and safely help my patients the way I want to without its aid. More

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