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Are Dentists Prescribing Unnecessary Antibiotics?

Infection is one of the biggest risks of any surgical procedure, and no dentist wants his or her patients to suffer from ongoing problems. But according to a study of Minnesota dental patients in five counties, prescribing antibiotics as a "just in case" measure may have repercussions that dentists don't see. The results of the 7-year study, shared with attendees...

New Study Shows Links Between Periodontal Disease and Esophageal Cancer

Gum disease runs the range of being mildly uncomfortable to downright painful. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half -- 47.2 percent -- of adults over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease. Caused by harmful oral bacteria that proliferate in our mouths, periodontal disease symptoms range from sensitive or bleeding gums to gums pulling...

Ground-breaking Perio Vaccine may Begin Trials in 2018

Chronic periodontitis is a chronic inflammation of the gum tissues, caused by an excess of dental plaque and the body's immune response to the harmful bacteria. Over time, it causes loss of bone and soft tissues, and evidence exists that links chronic periodontitis with an increased risk of certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and even Alzheimer's Disease. Periodontitis is a common health problem, affecting nearly half...

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...

Success Rates of Non‐Surgical Periodontal Therapy in Adult Perio Patients

The International Journal of Dental Hygiene recently released an article, "Success of non‐surgical periodontal therapy in adult periodontitis patients‐a retrospective analysis," that studied adult patients who had undergone periodontal treatment. About the Netherlands Study The study that was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene was led by G.A. Van der Weijden. Van der Weijden is a periodontist and works at the...

Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Combat Children’s Dental Anxiety

Evaluation of Self-Help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children's Dental Anxiety in General Dental Practice by Sarah Bux, Jenny Porritt, and Zoe Marshman, studies the effects that guided self-help cognitive behavior therapy has on children's dental-related anxieties at a dental office near low-income areas in London. No dentist nor hygienist will argue that some children are nervous when they come into a...

The Effectiveness of Toothpastes in Blocking Dentin Tubule Permeability

Dentin hypersensitivity (DH) is a prevalent complaint among dental patients. When patients complain of a sharp, transient toothache, especially when ingesting something hot or cold, dentin hypersensitivity may be the culprit. A 2018 study published in Nature published by Hiller et al. examined how effectively three kinds of toothpaste blocked the dentinal openings which lead to the symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity. The active substances...

Research Links Poor Dental Hygiene to Low Birth Weight & Preterm Babies

Studies show the oral bacteria present in a pregnant woman can impact the health of her baby. More recently, researchers have unearthed more evidence which links periodontitis with low birth weight and premature birth. A study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, "Association of periodontitis with preterm birth and low birth weight: a comprehensive review," and another titled,...

Study Concludes Poor Oral Health Increases the Risk of Liver Cancer

Patients have probably heard stories about the way poor oral health can lead to a variety of medical conditions, some of them serious. However, some patients may have doubts about the seriousness of the oral-systemic link. In June of this year, the Mayo Clinic put many people's doubts to rest when it published "Oral Health:  A Window to Your Overall Health." This analysis concluded...

Research: 26 Different Manual Toothbrushes Tested for Efficacy

Properties Of Manual Toothbrush That Influence On Plaque Removal Of Interproximal Surface In Vitro researched and written by Ryoko Otsuka, Yoshiaki Nomura, et al., investigates twenty-six types of manual toothbrushes to determine what attributes are best to clean between the teeth, or interproximal, to discover what values should all manual toothbrushes have to increase their effectiveness between the teeth. Dental Caries and Biofilm Dental...

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