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The Relationship Between Poor Dental Hygiene and Cancer

In a study released January 16, 2018, from the Health Sciences Campus at Tufts University, researchers are reporting a noticeable connection between gum disease and incidents of cancer. Connecting the Dots This study came about through the collaborative efforts between two epidemiologists, Dominique Michaud (Tufts University School of Medicine) and Elizabeth Platz (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center)....

Research Reveals Dental Professionals Should Educate Patients about Vaping

Researchers have gathered information about the potential negative side effects of tobacco products with an Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). The results of the academic research were presented in the February 2019 edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene under the title, "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Current trends and patient education opportunities for dental hygienists." About Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Electronic Nicotine...

Tooth Loss in Postmenopausal Women Linked to Hypertension

Research has revealed that postmenopausal women who have experienced tooth loss are more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension by their physician in the future. The study, "Association of Periodontal Disease and Edentulism with Hypertension Risk in Postmenopausal Women," was reported in the January 2019 edition of the American Journal of Hypertension. About Hypertension The heart circulates blood throughout the body...

Using Primary Teeth to Identify Children’s Risk of Mental Health Disorders

According to a report by WHO, an average of one billion people globally suffer from mental health disorders. Factors such as war, climate crisis, and social and economic problems are the greatest threats to mental health. Mental Health Defined Mental health is related to your cognitive, psychological, and emotional well-being, and mental health largely contributes to physical health, social life, and relationships. Common...

Researchers Look at Tooth Longevity after Root Canal Therapy

Patients often ask dental hygienists about doctors' treatment recommendations, including further explaining the need for treatment, the procedure itself, and the outcome of said treatment recommendation. One of those treatment recommendations is root canal treatment (RCT) and the longevity of treated teeth. According to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research on the longevity of teeth after root canal treatment,...

NHANES Study: Over One in Five U.S. Adults Has Untreated Caries

The study, Update on The Prevalence of Untreated Caries in the U.S. Adult Population, 2017-2020, is the most recent, up-to-date study shining a light on the prevalence of untreated caries and the main reasons behind a patient's inability to secure care. From the beginning of our dental education, we have been told over and over that caries is the most...

How Expansions in Public Dental Coverage Affect Access to Dental Care

Physicians are excellent at keeping diseases at bay. Similarly, dental hygienists help prevent oral health diseases and screen for cancer and systemic disease. As we know, frequent visits to a dental health professional are one of the ways to keep a patient's mouth healthy and their entire body healthy too. However, recent research results reveal that most adults in the U.S. continue...

Test Your Oral Manifestations of Infectious Diseases Knowledge

Lets test your knowledge on oral manifestations of infectious diseases.

Kara RDH Chats with the Hygiene Edge Women

Kara Vavrosky, RDHEP, had a great conversation with Jessica & Shelley from Hygiene Edge, where they discussed how Hygiene Edge got started, the journey they've been on, and the great resources they have available to hygienists and hygiene educators. This is one you don't want to miss! Follow Hygiene Edge on all the socials: YouTube Facebook Instagram TikTok HygieneEdge.com

New Research Shows Surprising Results about Effectiveness of LISTERINE¬ģ Antiseptic

Disclosure: This article is sponsored content from LISTERINE¬ģ as part of our sponsored partner program. Hygienists are always working to improve patients‚Äô oral health, and this often includes very detailed oral hygiene instructions tailored for each patient ‚Äí brushing technique, interdental cleaning tools, and sometimes mouthrinses. Choosing the right tools for each patient can be difficult, but knowing the science...

More Research Showing Relationship Between Periodontitis, Cardiovascular Disease, and Myocardial Infarction

An average of 800,000 individuals in the United States suffer from myocardial infarction yearly. Due to spiking levels in occurrence, researchers are trying to determine the significant risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Several studies thus far have established a relationship between periodontitis and myocardial infarction. Myocardial Infarction Defined Myocardial infarction is also known as a heart attack and occurs when there is...

Test Your Ergonomics Knowledge

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Researchers Look at Oral Health of Patients with Combat-induced PTSD

When a person is clinically depressed, their dental hygiene may suffer; there is no doubt about that, but what about those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? While PTSD may accompany depression, it also encompasses various other medical conditions. PTSD is a mental condition that is triggered by a terrifying event and is one of the most common psychiatric...

New Technologies: Measuring Biofilm pH, Dentin in 4D, Natural Tooth Restoration

Acids can be introduced to the mouth from the beverages or foods a person eats, from gastric juices due to GERD or bulimia, and bacterial metabolites, among several other ways. Dental professionals are well aware of the effects of acid in the oral cavity and the importance of maintaining a neutral pH in the mouth. As a quick review, acids...

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...