Research Reveals Good Dental Hygiene Can Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists at the School of Medicine at the University of Buffalo have conducted research which appears to prove patients who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can improve their health by taking better care of their oral hygiene. Their findings, "Benefits of Non‐Surgical Periodontal Treatment in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Chronic Periodontitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial," was...

E-cigarettes May Increase Rate of Caries in Youth

Vaping e-cigarettes are fast becoming a popular alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. A recent study titled, "Cariogenic Potential of Sweet Flavors in Electronic-Cigarette Liquids," examined how the different e-cigarette flavors may affect a patient's oral health. The Rise of Vaping E-cigarettes E-cigarettes have various nicknames, including "e-cigs," "vapes" and "vape pens." E-cigarette devices come in many shapes and colors. Consumers can easily buy...

Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s: Neurodegenerative Links

According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, with someone in America developing the disease every 65 seconds. Periodontal disease attacks approximately half of United States adults over age 30, with prevalence rates rising to around 70% in adults 65 and older. When we look at the stats on Alzheimer's and...

Periodontal Disease Link to Rheumatoid Arthritis

A recent study showed there might be a possible link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which were presented at the 2018 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, revealed periodontal diseases might be a key initiator for the chronic disease. The event was organized by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), a non-profit dedicated to sharing the latest news and scientific...

New Genetic Mapping May Help Prevent Dental Caries

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois Bioengineering department has helped advance the field of dentistry with their latest groundbreaking research. The scientists successfully sequenced the genomes of three different strains of Streptococcus sobrinus, a bacteria which is known to contribute to tooth decay. Their work was featured in the journal Microbial Resource Announcements, which is published by...

Human-Made Mineral Material Mimics Tooth Enamel

An exciting study from the Queen Mary University of London demonstrates the possibility to create a mineral substance that mimics tooth enamel. The study, which was published in the Nature Communications journal, could help push dental technology to a new height by replacing enamel in human teeth and help decrease dentinal hypersensitivity. Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the...

Geriatric Patients with Poor Dental Health Linked To Respiratory Issues

The American Society for Microbiology recently published an article in the journal mSphere titled, "Tongue Microbiota and Oral Health Status in Community-Dwelling Elderly Adults" that discusses in detail how a patient's poor dental health can lead to respiratory issues. Scientists arrived at those conclusions after examining the results of a large study conducted on geriatric patients living in Japan. The American Society for...

Decade-long Study: Periodontal Disease and It’s Link to Esophageal Cancer

Cancer Research, a journal by the American Association for Cancer Research, published an article which revealed a potential link between periodontal disease and esophageal cancer. Dr. Jiyoung Ahn, an Associate Professor and Associate Director for Population Science at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Center at New York University Langone Health, conducted a decade-long study focused on how oral bacteria can lead to...

A Standardized Periodontal Classification System Could Help with Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

The American Dental Hygienists' Association recently published an article, "Variations in Periodontal Diagnosis Among Clinicians: dental hygienists' experiences and perceived barriers," in their June 2018 edition. The purpose of the study was to investigate how different clinicians face barriers when they try to use evidence-based protocols to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. The researchers wanted to understand how the dental hygienists'...

Bisphosphonate Continues to be Linked to Dental Implant Failure

Research suggests there is a correlation between the failure of dental implants and certain osteoporosis medications. Ongoing research seems to confirm this correlation such as the study in the Journal of Oral Implantology titled, "Influence of Bisphosphonates on Implant Failure Rates and Characteristics of Postmenopausal Woman Mandibular Jawbone." The research provides more information on how the osteoporosis medication, bisphosphonate, can affect...

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