Poor Dental Hygiene Linked to Gastrointestinal Cancers

Scientists have discovered a link between poor oral health and several gastrointestinal cancers. The study, which was published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal, provides strong evidence that lackluster dental health can significantly increase someone's chances of developing liver cancer and other serious illnesses in their lifetime. About Liver Cancer The liver is a necessary organ that helps eliminate bacteria from the...

New Research: Could Microbots Replace the Need for Scalers?

Researchers have found a new and exciting application for "magnetically driven" robots: to clean teeth. The Penn State scientists developed and examined two methods for using this technology to remove biofilm. One was through a tray that a patient would put in their mouth. The tray would be 3D printed, allowing the microbots to get in between the teeth. A patient would...

Researchers Find Groundbreaking Connection between Oral Bacteria and Stroke

Finnish researchers at the University of Tampere have new findings that show the presence of common oral bacteria in cerebral emboli for the first time. The article that documents their findings, "Oral Bacterial Signatures in Cerebral Thrombi of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke Treated With Thrombectomy," focuses on the association between infection-causing oral bacteria and ischemic strokes. The Journal of the American Heart Association published...

Charcoal Toothpaste: Deactivates Fluoride, Abrasive, and Some May Contain Carcinogens

Charcoal toothpastes are gaining popularity across the globe. From Southeast Asia to the West Coast of the United States, a growing number of patients are asking their dental hygienists about charcoal toothpaste. Responding to these inquiries is not always easy because savvy marketing tactics and social media bloggers promote charcoal toothpaste as a natural toothpaste alternative that can effectively...

Research Shows Dental Work Can Help People Recover from Drug Abuse

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. There's a lot of research out there about how people become addicted and how to stop them from becoming users. There's also research on how to help addicts. Beating an addiction of any kind is incredibly difficult. A dental school in Utah has found a new, creative way to help people kick...

New Research Shows the Majority of Antibiotics Prescribed by Dentists Are Unnecessary

Antibiotic resistance is a hot topic, and for a good reason. The World Health Organization (WHO) sees antibiotic resistance as a huge threat to public health. As antibiotics are used, bacteria changes to resist the antibiotics. The bacteria becomes harder to get rid of, and the antibiotics become less effective. This is a global, timeless phenomenon. Anytime and any way...

DNA Proves Causation, Not Just Correlation, to Oral Hygiene and Alzheimer’s

Oral health is a component of overall health. Previously, oral health and overall physical health were seen as separate. Dental hygiene was not often thought of as something that could make a person healthy or unhealthy. If anything, good dental hygiene has often been seen as cosmetic. New studies have emerged that prove how important oral health is to overall health....

Success Rates of Non‐Surgical Periodontal Therapy in Adult Perio Patients

The International Journal of Dental Hygiene recently released an article, "Success of non‐surgical periodontal therapy in adult periodontitis patients‐a retrospective analysis," that studied adult patients who had undergone periodontal treatment. About the Netherlands Study The study that was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene was led by G.A. Van der Weijden. Van der Weijden is a periodontist and works at the...

Young Appalachian Girls More Likely to Suffer From Hypodontia than Male Peers

Researchers at the West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia have recently discovered a gender disparity among young dental patients. According to their research, female children were more likely to have at least one tooth missing than their male peers. The study was recently published in the April 2019 edition of the Journal of Dental Hygiene under the title, "Hypodontia,...

Research Reveals Dental Professionals Should Educate Patients about Vaping

Researchers have recently gathered more 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 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...

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