Study Looks at Congenital Heart Disease in Children & Oral Health

Congenital heart disease in children can be a devastating diagnosis for the parents, the entire family, and, especially, the children. Sometimes these defects need no attention, but these defects can often grow quickly into life-threatening problems that require many serious surgeries and long hospital stays. Many of these defects, if serious, are usually diagnosed when the patient is a baby....

Enamel Deficiencies Discovered in Pediatric Patients with Celiac Sensitivities

Celiac disease, or CD, is known to cause problems all over the body, but did you know that the disease can make itself known in the permanent teeth of affected children? According to The Difference in Symmetry of the Enamel Defects in Celiac Disease Versus Non-Celiac Pediatric Population, CD's effect on the enamel of the permanent teeth in children is both...

Research Looks into Internet Addiction and Detrimental Oral Hygiene Issues

Though the DSM-5 does not recognize internet addiction as a literal disease, we all know that it is a literal issue in many of our homes. Young children, teenagers, and adults of any age can all become addicted to online gaming and social media, for example, and this leads to neglect in other areas of their lives, including their dental hygiene....

Research Evaluates Oral Mucosal Health and Dental Care in Cirrhosis Patients

Cirrhosis of the liver is, unfortunately, a common immunosuppressive disease that may require transplantation in a medical setting. The immunosuppressive part of the disease affects dental health in both extreme and painful ways. Oro-Dental Health of Patients with Chronic Hepatic Failure is a study completed by a group of researchers in the International Journal Of Organ Transplantation Medicine who were interested in finding...

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...

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Universal Standards of Dental Care and Training is Key

Many dental professionals, regardless of their position, can agree that working with individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum can be both difficult and an adventure, especially if you have not completed any courses designed specifically to work with such a special population. The people who happen to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, are all unique in their...

Social Responsibility of Dental Professionals: LGBTQ+ Health & Substance Abuse

As healthcare providers, we take on many roles defined by our social responsibilities to our patients and our communities. The ethical treatment of our dental patients is usually included in the classes we take in order to get our degree. We know that we are to treat everyone with the same respect and at least tolerate each other's differences...

The Possible Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Periodontitis

On the surface, it may seem that psychological conditions and dental issues, such as periodontitis, haven't much to do with each other, but researchers in Taiwan beg to differ. Thanks to the Taiwan National Health Insurance (NHI), 99% of the Taiwanese population is routinely checked by a dentist, and any problems identified are appropriately addressed. The NHI program does...

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 new 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...

Oral Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

It is, of course, common knowledge to all of us in the dental profession that systemic diseases can be exacerbated or even caused by negligent dental hygiene and related oral health diseases. But, did you know that, as a dental professional, you may notice various side effects of certain diseases that the patient doesn't realize that they have? Ankylosing Spondylitis Dr....

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