More Research Shows Periodontal Disease May Lead to Alzheimer’s

To some, it may seem impossible that bad (virulent) bacteria in your mouth can affect memory cells in your brain. DNA researchers, however, discovered that bacteria in the mouth that cause periodontitis could move from the mouth to the brain. The most common periodontal bacteria found in patients with Alzheimer's is Porphyromonas gingivalis, also known as P. gingivalis. Data from...

Virus Prevention in the Dental Chair: Should Clinicians Give HPV Vaccines?

Have you ever thought about administering vaccines in a dental office? It sounds very unusual when most of the injections we give in our offices come in the form of local anesthesia but never a medication known to prevent an STD that can lead to cancer. HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer not only...

Can Type 2 Diabetes and Hyperglycemia Affect A Patient’s Dental Implants?

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the disease is so prevalent among adults and young children, scientists in the dental community are very focused on understanding how the disease may impact a patient's oral health or the effectiveness of treatment plans. Recently, a team of researchers located in Germany conducted...

How Dental Professionals Can Help Women Exiting the Criminal Justice System

Women who live under the poverty line tend to favor other responsibilities over dental care, which may seem like elective care to some individuals. Many studies have been completed on the reasons behind a lack of dental knowledge in poverty-stricken communities. The specific detriments to adequate dental care are the same all over the world. Perceptions of Access to Oral...

Systemic Review Reveals Green Tea Variants in Oral Rinses Show Efficacy

It's no secret that the number of people that seek out healthier options to increase the quality of their everyday lives is growing. Some choose to take the stairs instead of using an elevator. Some try to eat more natural foods. How do we approach herbal dental care with our patients if they should ask for our advice? We have previously...

Adjunctive Use of Experimental Calculus Disruption Solution Decreases Scaling Time

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota decided to organize a clinical trial last year to determine whether an experimental solution could help clinicians remove calculus deposits more quickly when using in conjunction with hand-held instruments. The article, titled "Efficacy of a Prototype Solution to Facilitate the Removal of Supragingival Dental Calculus: A Proof of Concept Study,"...

Effectiveness of Fluoride Varnish Combined with Silver Nitrate and Tricalcium Phosphate

People of all ages suffer from dental caries, but it can lead to disastrous effects for children because it can interrupt their school performance and quality of life. To remedy this, a group of Chinese researchers at the University of Hong Kong decided to investigate the effectiveness of two fluoride application protocols in arresting caries in the primary teeth...

Research: Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles May Stop Tooth Decay Before it Begins

Scientists have discovered a new nanoparticle solution that can prevent the formation of plaque and dental caries before it can damage the teeth. The initial proof of concept was presented online by an esteemed professor from the University of Illinois at Chicago during the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo. The meeting featured more than 6,000 presentations on...

Periodontitis Linked to Reduction in Renal Function Due to Oxidative Stress

A recent scientific breakthrough revealed a potential causal link between renal function and periodontal inflammation. A group of dental professionals at the University of Birmingham conducted a study with patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease to find more information. Due to their advanced tools and research methods, they were able to confirm that an imbalance of oxygen-producing free radicals due to...

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:...

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