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Are Dentists Prescribing Unnecessary Antibiotics?

Infection is one of the biggest risks of any surgical procedure, and no dentist wants his or her patients to suffer from ongoing problems. But according to a study of Minnesota dental patients in five counties, prescribing antibiotics as a "just in case" measure may have repercussions that dentists don't see. The results of the 7-year study, shared with attendees...

Poor Dental Hygiene Linked to Active Disease Activity in Lupus

The results of a recent study highlight how periodontal disease and oral hygiene can impact the health of patients with lupus. The research, which was published in the Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology journal, is titled "Antibodies to periodontogenic bacteria are associated with higher disease activity in lupus patients." About Lupus An estimated 1.5 million people in the United States have the chronic...

Test Your Powered Toothbrush Knowledge!

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Further Evidence Shows Smoking May Impact Healing Rate after Dental Treatment

Researchers show further evidence that smoking can have a negative impact on a person's ability to heal after non-surgical periodontal treatment. The data was presented at the EuroPerio9 conference in Amsterdam. The EuroPerio9 is considered one of the largest events for people who work in the field of Periodontology. Thousands of people from all over the world attend the event every year,...

Nano-Dentistry: Squid Ink and Mini-Robots In Your Mouth

The field of nanodentistry is progressing rapidly from theory to practice as dental researchers seek ever more precise methods for dentists to maintain and improve oral health. Nanotechnology has been at the forefront of scientific advances for decades. It has not had, until recently, viable clinical applications. Nanotechnology is based on manipulating matter at the cellular level. The term nano is...

Dental Start-Up Quip Raises $40 Million for Oral Health Products & Services

quip, a dental health start-up which has sold over a million of its electric toothbrushes since 2015, has recently received $40 million in funding. With equity financing from Sherpa Capital and debt financing from TriplePoint Capital, this latest round brings quip's total funding to around $60 million. Their hope is that this new round of funding will allow them...

Research Links Poor Dental Hygiene to Low Birth Weight & Preterm Babies

Studies show the oral bacteria present in a pregnant woman can impact the health of her baby. More recently, researchers have unearthed more evidence which links periodontitis with low birth weight and premature birth. A study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, "Association of periodontitis with preterm birth and low birth weight: a comprehensive review," and another titled,...

Stem Cells from Baby Teeth Make it Possible to Treat Injuries in Children

A large percentage of children suffer some form of injury or trauma to a tooth at some point during childhood. When this happens, the immature permanent tooth can be affected by poor blood supply and development of the root. For a long time, standard protocol for treating this has included a procedure that helps the root develop better, but...

Introducing the Next Generation of Colgate Total® Toothpaste

Colgate® recently unveiled the Next Generation of Colgate Total® at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during this year’s Greater New York dental meeting, providing an exclusive first look for dental professionals well before the scheduled consumer launch set for early 2019. The professional introduction was designed to thoroughly educate dental professionals about the added benefits of new Colgate Total®SF....

Do Genetics Play a Role in the Failure of Composite Fillings?

Should amalgam fillings be completely banned? While there's no scientific proof that the metals in amalgam can negatively impact human health, patient request and concern has made composite resin fillings more popular in recent years. But amalgam may be tougher and a better choice for a subset of people who have genetic or environmental factors that negatively influence their ability...