International Study Displays Efficacy of Miswak Chewing Sticks

Miswak chewing sticks are a traditional teeth cleaning aid used predominantly by people living in African, Asian, Arabian, and Middle Eastern countries. A team of scientists from Kuwait decided to conduct a study to further examine their effectiveness. The results of their research, titled "A clinical investigation into the efficacy of miswak chewing sticks as an oral hygiene aid:...

Severe Periodontal Disease Linked to 21% Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Poor oral health is associated with a 21% increased risk of colorectal cancer, new research confirmed. The scientists came to this conclusion after evaluating the results of 14 studies that involved 634,744 participants. The study was published in the December 2020 edition of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Information About Colorectal Cancer According to statistics gathered by the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer...

Study: Periodontal Disease Increases Risk Esophageal and Gastric Cancer by 43%-52%

Scientists have long hypothesized that periodontal disease may increase someone's chances of developing cancer in the future. The topic was recently explored in an article titled, "Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and risk of esophageal and gastric adenocarcinoma: a prospective study." The piece was published in Gut, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal on gastroenterology and hepatology by the British Medical Journal.  About Esophageal...

Laser Treatment during Periodontal Surgery Shows Promising Results for Osteoporosis Patients

Scientists have made a recent discovery that could impact patients diagnosed with osteoporosis. The findings from the study were published in the FASEB Journal by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology under the title "Laser irradiation decreases sclerostin expression in bone and osteogenic cells." Researchers hope dentists may be able to use laser irradiation as a potential treatment for...

Study Shows Botox May Help TMJ Patients without Significant Bone Changes

Botulinum toxin (or Botox) injections is an innovative treatment for patients who suffer from intense pain in their jaw and facial muscles. A recent study published in the September 2020 edition of the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation titled, "Effect of multiple injections of botulinum toxin into painful masticatory muscles on bone density in the temporomandibular complex" examined the effects of the...

Porphyromonas Gingivalis Linked to Diabetes and Heart Disease

New evidence suggests that a common bacterium associated with periodontal disease can cause a metabolic syndrome to develop and eventually lead to diabetes and heart disease due to its ability to alter microbiomes in the gut. Metabolic syndrome involves a variety of conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure, altered lipid metabolism, systemic inflammation, and high blood glucose levels that...

Study Shows Dental Erosion from Beverages at Nanoscale Level Using Microscopy

According to data from 2019 compiled by Statista, Mexico and the United States lead the world with the highest carbonated soft drinks consumption. Millions of people suffer from tooth decay, heart disease, and other serious health issues as a result of their daily intake of sugary beverages. Now there is research detailing the mechanical and morphological changes that occur in...

Decreasing Pain and Infection of Third Molar Removal: 3 Irrigants Compared

Many of us remember what it was like to get our third molars extracted. Was it a simple extraction or surgical extraction? Had they erupted fully, or impacted causing havoc and pushing against other teeth, threatening thousands of dollars in orthodontic care? Did you receive sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia and then recorded by your mother on her phone while...

Global Study Unveils Breakthrough Discovery in Regenerative Dentistry

The scientific journal Nature Communications recently published a breakthrough study that is poised to further advance the field of regenerative dentistry. The study unveiled new information about the dental cell type atlas and other mechanisms necessary to reconstruct and engineer teeth. Based on their findings, it is highly likely the information provided by the research will likely encourage further studies of the...

Bacteria Found in Pickles Helps Improve Oral Health & Reduce Caries

It's long been established that there's a clear bidirectional relationship between the foods your patients eat and the state of their oral health. However, the exact specifics of this relationship is incredibly complex. For instance, we know that acidic foods increase the risks of erosive tooth wear. But a recent study has actually identified the benefits of one type of acidic food:...

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