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Clinician-patient Relationships Lessen Anxiety in Pediatric Patients

Children are inarguably the most sensitive and anxious type of patient for dental professionals (DP). They don't know what to expect from a visit, but many have fears of some sort of pain or other uncomfortable processes that they don't understand. Researchers and dental professionals want and need to know which approach to caries treatment on primary teeth is...

Research Questions the Accuracy of Oral Health Advice Given by Non-Professionals

Maternal oral health is a determining factor in a child's risk factor of decay. Many people don't realize that a mother's dental practices while pregnant and after the child's birth can affect a child's risk of caries as they age. Non-dental professionals offer advice every single day with mixed results. So, how can we further help our patients really understand...

Scientists Discover New Gene That Can Help Repair Teeth

Over 120 million people living in America are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontics. Meanwhile, an estimated 36 million U.S. citizens do not have any teeth at all due to an injury or complicated health issue. To combat this problem, scientists from the University of Plymouth decided to look for potential solutions that could...

Science Shows Surprising Dental Benefits from Drinking Red Wine

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Lovers of red wine the world over are encouraged to raise their collective glasses and cheer the latest positive news concerning the ongoing and expanding positive benefits of drinking the red fruit of the vine. It has already been acknowledged for years that drinking red wine benefits both hearts and colons, due to the concentrated presence of polyphenols. Now, thanks...

Study Suggests Periodontal Disease Bacteria May Be Linked to Depression

It's common knowledge that poor dental health may lead to serious systemic complications when left untreated. However, scientists have gathered groundbreaking evidence that suggests advanced stages of periodontal disease can also affect a patient's mental health. The Journal of Clinical Periodontology recently published an article titled "Periodontal diseases and depression: A pre‐clinical in vivo study" that further explored this theory. A Closer...

Science Confirms Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay in Children

Grand Rapids, Michigan made national headlines when they became the first city to add fluoride to their community's water in 1945. Since this landmark decision, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 42 out of 50 cities in the United States have decided to help fight tooth decay by adding fluoride to its drinking water. A new study published in the Journal...

Microbubbles & Biofilm: The Power of Cavitating Jets

Dental implants are an exciting alternative to bridges and dentures, eliminating many of the aesthetic and practical issues associated with removable dentures. The innovation doesn't stop there, however, as researchers devote resources to important studies, striving to make dental implants even easier to maintain and clean. Recently, researchers conducted a study on cavitating jets and their efficacy in cleaning...

Effects of Binge Drinking on Alveolar Bone Density

We all know how drinking alcohol affects your liver, kidneys, and perhaps even personal lives, but what about your mouth? Does drinking ethanol, or alcohol, negatively affect your teeth and jaw? A study, entitled Ethanol Binge Drinking Exposure Affects Alveolar Bone Quality And Aggravates Bone Loss In Experimentally-Induced Periodontitis, examines what damage sporadic or binge drinking cause on your...

Research Shows Tooth Loss May Lead to Cardiovascular Disease

Research reveals there may be a potential link between tooth loss and cardiovascular disease. Researchers presented data from a recent study at the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions during the 2018 American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention conference. According to the results of the preliminary study, middle-aged patients who lost two or more of their natural teeth had a higher chance...

Three-year Qualitative Study: A Life Was Changed by Dental Treatment

True pain of any kind is an immeasurable and incomparable phenomenon that affects everyone at various times of their lives. Pain comes from many sources, tangible or not, and when one of our patients comes into the office with pain, we must assume that said pain not only stems from actual physical pain but also from psychological problems and...

Regenerative Dentistry Research Reveals a New Way to Fix Dental Decay

A study published in Scientific Reports revealed an important advancement in the emerging field of regenerative dentistry. The researchers discovered certain drugs could help teeth regenerate and repair themselves. Dentists currently remove decay from a patient's tooth before restoring the tooth. However, dentists may be able to use this regenerative method to help patients’ teeth heal naturally instead of using synthetic materials to fill...

Proof of Concept: Shapeshifting Microbots Ability to Brush and Floss Teeth

Many of our patients find routine dental care burdensome, challenging, and time-consuming. It takes proper technique for oral home care to be efficacious, a technique that not all patients can achieve despite patients' best efforts and our best efforts with home care instruction. Even with the best technique, tooth morphology, deep grooves, furcation involvement, and crowding, among other factors,...

Better Dental Hygiene Linked to Improved Type 2 Diabetes Glycemic Levels

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Periodontology revealed a potential link between Type 2 diabetes and dental hygiene. The results of the study will have a significant impact in the medical community, especially because Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% of all diabetes cases and impacts over 30 million Americans according to the Center for Disease Control. A randomized clinical study...

Should Dental Hygienists Hand Out Halloween Candy?

Halloween is just around the corner, which is exciting for children, but concerning for many parents. Along with safety hazards to consider, there's the issue of excess sugar. Some families opt out of the holiday completely, and others put parameters in place, to mitigate sugar overload and tooth decay. So, where do dentists and hygienists fall on this spectrum?...

Down Syndrome: Parents’ Perspectives on Gaps in Training/Dental Treatment Needs

Decades of research show that children with Down syndrome have a higher prevalence of oral and dental conditions than children without intellectual and developmental disabilities. These kids also have a higher chance of developing medical problems associated with or that can lead to oral health consequences. As a result, health care providers recommend that they seek ongoing support from...

Chances for Chronic Periodontitis Increase with Various Common Skin Diseases

A study called The Association Between Oral Health and Skin Disease recently appeared in the June 2020 edition of The Journal Of Clinical And Aesthetic Dermatology. They ask a question about two subjects that many people may not put together. Does a person's oral health cause, or exacerbate, any dermatological issues that we know of, and if they do, why? We ask for our...