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External capsule protects gum disease-causing bacteria from immune response
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The capsule of Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bacterium that causes gum disease, provides stealth, boosting the bacterium's virulence, according to a paper published in the November Infection and Immunity. Call it a sugar coating, if you will, for in fact, the capsule is made from sugar molecules, which do not ordinarily elicit immunity. Thus it hides the bacterium's proteins within, preventing immune response. More

New mouthwash targeting harmful bacteria may render tooth decay a thing of the past
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A new mouthwash developed by a microbiologist at the UCLA School of Dentistry is highly successful in targeting the harmful Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is the principal cause tooth decay and cavities. In a recent clinical study, 12 subjects who rinsed just one time with the experimental mouthwash experienced a nearly complete elimination of the S. mutans bacteria over the entire four-day testing period. More

Dental health: Periodontitis
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Experts believe that oral health can offer clues about one's overall health, as problems in one's mouth can affect the rest of your body. The mouth is filled with bacteria, which are mostly innocuous. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, form a sticky plaque on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. The body's natural defenses, coupled with a solid oral healthcare regimen serves to keep these bacteria under control. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form "tartar", which brushing doesn't clean. More

PBS NewsHour coverage
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Millions of Americans face life without dental care

Program brings dental care to remote Alaskans, dentists skeptical

At tipping point of dental pain, mother makes tough choice

Second Quintessence Bone Symposium Planned

The Second Bone Symposium will take place on May 18–19, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. Dr Myron Nevins is program chairman.

Beyond practice management: Dealing with a down economy
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As written by Don Deems, DDS, FAGD, "I used to teach my team that people chose not to complete treatment because they didn't understand their needs and what was happening to their dental health. We worked on communication and relationship skills, distinguishing ourselves from our fellow dentists in the way we cared for our clients and developed systems and protocols that wowed them. Did their ability to pay for treatment matter? Sure it did!" More

National dental health coalition urges water fluoridation
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A national coalition of dental health groups launched a new effort to expand the fluoridation of municipal water supplies in America as a way to improve oral health. Wichita is among the largest cities in the nation that doesn't add fluoride to its water supply, according to state and local health officials. It has rejected several fluoridation efforts over the years. More
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Oral bacteria linked with pneumonia risk
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Oral microbiota could play a role in identifying patients at risk for health care-associated pneumonia, according to a study presented Oct. 22 at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting in Boston. "The bodies of healthy individuals are cohabited by an incredible number of bacteria, where bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to one," said study author Samit Joshi, DO, MPH, from the department of internal medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. More

A new cancer causing virus confirmed
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U.S. researchers confirmed cytomegalovirus as a cause of the most common salivary gland cancers and it may be involved with more cancers. Lead author Michael Melnick of the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California and colleagues said designating cytomegalovirus as an oncovirus — cancer-causing virus — came after rigorous study of both human salivary gland tumors and salivary glands of postnatal mice. More

3 questions to answer before you choose new dental material
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As written by Lee Ann Brady, DMD, "The landscape of dental materials is vast, and it is an ever-increasing challenge as a practitioner to know what materials to use in my office. The goals are clear: I want to maximize my clinical success, minimize technique challenges and minimize my clinical supplies budget. OK, so realistically I know I am looking for perfection, and these goals will need to be prioritized." More

Consumers with affordable dental care are more likely to associate good teeth with good health
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Although most consumers claim to be aware of the connection between dental health and overall health, those with dental benefits, or access to affordable dental care, are 28 percent more likely to rate their oral health as excellent or very good. And even more revealing: Those without dental benefits — dental insurance or discount dental plans — were 2.5 times less likely to visit the dentist than those with dental benefits. Even among people with periodontal disease, which has been linked to numerous health complications including heart disease, 48 percent of those without dental benefits had not received treatment, according to a survey. More

Some unexpected foods may harm teeth
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There may be more food and drinks to add to the list of things that could damage your teeth. Researchers discovered that herbal teas may stain teeth and they can erode the enamel as well, according to information from the University Dental Hospital in England. There are some fruits, particularly ones high in citrus, that will harm your teeth as well. The acidity levels from the citrus are what cause the problems for the enamel. More

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