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Some Dentists are Unaware of Opioid Alternatives and Prescribing Best Practices

The Survey of Opioid Prescribing Among Dentists Indicates Need for More Effective Education Regarding Pain Management, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), suggests dentistry plays a role in the current opioid crisis. This survey found some dentists overprescribe the number of opioid pills given to patients and prescribe a relatively high number of prescriptions to patients. Of course,...

The Correlation Between Obesity and Periodontal Disease

Several studies have shown that there is a correlation between obesity and periodontitis. New research has been looking at what the two have in common - inflammation. What is Obesity? Obesity is often misunderstood. Obese and overweight is when the body has abnormal or excess fat accumulation that can affect one's health. By the calculation of BMI (Body Mass Index), one...

Study Emphasizes Patients Need Better Brushing Instruction with Powered Brushes

Educating patients on the importance of oral health and home care is a huge part of our job. However, sometimes, it can feel like we spend more time educating on the most basic things, such as teaching people the correct way to brush their teeth and, occasionally, almost pleading with them to do so. Though it's absolutely part of...

Oncological Treatment in Children May Alter the Development of Dental Occlusion

Cancer treatments in children have been tied casually to the development of malocclusion, but legitimate studies on the subject are rare. The Comparative Study of Malocclusions between Cancer Patients and Healthy Peers proves causality, which may lead other researchers to look into the subject further. The Teeth of a Young Cancer Survivor It's important to monitor a child's teeth alignment, pre-orthodontia, as some...

Congenital Hemophilia and Increased Caries Risk: Dental Treatment and Homecare Tips

Many studies have been conducted on how systemic diseases can increase the risk of dental disease, and research has been conducted on how poor oral health can be linked to systemic disease. It isn't easy combining the efforts of the medical and dental communities. The Assessment of Oral Health and Healthy Habits in Adult Patients with Congenital Hemophilia highlights the dental...

Systemic Review Investigates if Ramadan Intermittent Fasting Has Oral Effects

Several systematic reviews have studied the temporary general health effects of Ramadan intermittent fasting (RIF) on the body. However, reports on dental health mostly resemble casual mentions rather than actual in-depth studies. Some of the general health effects that have been studied include effects on the immune system, cardiovascular function, dietary intake and body composition or weight, glycemic control, kidney...

Asthma Inhalants: Higher Caries Rates, Periodontal Disease, Candidiasis, and Biofilm Accumulation

Last year, this writer took their child to the doctor for asthma medication. The doctor told the child to brush their teeth each time after using said medication. This writer asked why: What damage can such medication cause? The doctor said, "I don't know. Something to do with your teeth. Ask your dentist." So, dental professionals, would you know how...

16 Rare Systemic Diseases Correlated with Premature Loss of Deciduous Teeth

Deciduous teeth (baby teeth) are essential for a child to learn to eat, form sounds, communicate in words, and properly form the stomatognathic system. Formerly known as the stomognathic system, the stomatognathic system comprises the temporomandibular joints, bones forming the oral cavity, soft tissue (gingiva, mucosa, tongue, cheeks, lips, and glands), muscles involved in chewing and swallowing, and teeth....