Study Finds Replacement for Oral Surgery Blades

In nearly all oral surgeries, blades are common tools. But these tools cannot distinguish between diseased and healthy tissues. And that's why they may result in unnecessary damage, pain and longer recovery times. It is also one of the reasons why a dental appointment often instills fear in most patients. Add the fear of surgery to that appointment, and most...

Research Questions the Accuracy of Oral Health Advice Given by Non-Professionals

Maternal oral health is a determining factor in a child's risk factor of decay. Many people don't realize that a mother's dental practices while pregnant and after the child's birth can affect a child's risk of caries as they age. Non-dental professionals offer advice every single day with mixed results. So, how can we further help our patients really understand...

Adolescent Responsibility Toward Hygiene and Dental Care in Sweden

Children and adolescents in Sweden are given free dental care and routine cleaning and check-ups with a hygienist. Teens start to feel more and more self-sufficient as they age, and some feel a little more independent than they actually are. This attitude doesn't come as a surprise to any parent in the world. It can also lead to unintentional...

Research Looks at Tooth Brushing and Heart Disease

Lifestyle factors play a significant role in the development of heart disease. Most people realize that they can reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy weight and getting plenty of exercise, but recent research shows that oral health can also be vital. The study looked at a cohort of more than 160,000 participants in Korea to track the link between oral...

A Study of Oral Practices of Medical Students: Results Aren’t Great

Oral health is an essential part of maintaining a healthy life. An infected tooth can lead to a blood infection, which can be deadly if not taken care of immediately. Routine dental visits with a dental hygienist can spot problem areas before an infection can invade. Oral and throat cancers can be spotted early and immediately referred to the...

The Great Recession and Demand for Oral Health Care

The economic troubles during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 have had a statistical impact on both dentistry and orthodontics in several different ways. The Effect of the Great Recession on the Demand for General Oral Health Care and Orthodontic Care, an article researched and written by Albert H. Guay, DMD, and Andrew Blatz, MS., is a study of how professional...

Future of Dental Care with a “Tooth-on-a-chip” Device

As the second decade of the 21st century has ended, we are seeing an increasing number of "organ-on-a-chip" devices allowing scientists to observe and analyze organ cells using a variety of instruments. Recently, researchers have started experimenting with "tooth-on-a-chip." "On-a-chip" devices recreate the natural physiology and mechanical forces that affect the cells in the human body. Researchers use them to...

Recent Research Illustrates the Link between Periodontal Disease and Obesity

Periodontal disease and obesity may seem unrelated, but they share one important feature. They are both extremely common in the United States. The two diseases may also have a deeper connection than anyone realized in the past. The British Dental Journal recently published a review of many studies that explores the connection between the two diseases. While their findings are not...

Research Shows Tooth Loss May Lead to Cardiovascular Disease

New research reveals there may be a potential link between tooth loss and cardiovascular disease. Researchers presented data from a recent study at the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions during the 2018 American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention conference. According to the results of the preliminary study, middle-aged patients who lost two or more of their natural teeth had a higher chance...

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...

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