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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...

The Scientific Links Between Periodontitis and Maternity Outcomes

Every year, advances in medical and dental research uncover new ways in which a healthy oral cavity contributes to overall health and vice versa. Many of the bacteria we once thought were limited to the mouth and throat have been discovered to play important roles in health or disease conditions throughout the body. For decades, periodontitis has been positively linked...

Mail-Order Orthodontics: Are They Worth the Risk?

The world in which we live in is centered around convenience and appearance more than ever. Take these two said factors and mix them together, and you have a booming business of mail-in orthodontics. While this may sound like the perfect combination, it is actually one to seriously contemplate. In 2013, the first mail-in orthodontics to straighten consumers teeth was...

A More Cautious Approach to Oral Pain Management In Young People

Recently, Governor Mike Parson of Missouri signed a new law that restricts the ability of dentists to prescribe opioids. Under the new law, dentists cannot prescribe more than the equivalent of 10 Vicodin pills per day, and can't write prescriptions for time-released opioids like OxyContin at all. The bill was crafted in cooperation with the Missouri Dental Association, who welcomed...

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...

Regenerative Dentistry Research Reveals a New Way to Fix Dental Decay

A study published in Scientific Reports revealed an important advancement in the emerging field of regenerative dentistry. The researchers discovered certain drugs could help teeth regenerate and repair themselves. Dentists currently remove decay from a patient's tooth before restoring the tooth. However, dentists may be able to use this regenerative method to help patients’ teeth heal naturally instead of using synthetic materials to fill...

Pancreatic Cancer and the Dental Health Link

There is perhaps nothing more unsettling than being diagnosed with cancer. It is often a frightening and stressful time in one's life, but survival rates are increasing. Over the years huge strides have been made in cancer research and medicine has found more effective cancer treatments. Also, cancer screenings have become more successful at detecting cancers in the body...

Research Shows Elevated Glucose Levels Linked to Periodontitis and Myocardial Infarctions

An estimated 10 percent of the population, or roughly 100 million Americans, have diabetes or prediabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Due to this alarming trend, research institutions are making a serious effort to learn more about the chronic condition and find a cure. Now there may be evidence that people with undetected glucose disorders run a...

Does Motivational Interviewing Work on Decreasing ECC In Lower Income Areas?

Native Americans and Alaskan Natives have a high risk for early childhood caries (ECC). The pilot study Using Motivational Interviewing To Reduce Parental Risk-Related Behaviors For Early Childhood Caries: A Pilot Study by Christine M. Blue, Michelle C. Arnett, et al. investigates whether motivational interviewing intervention involving the parents and the children together will be effective toward improved oral self-care behaviors...

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