Can Vitamin D Deficiency Be Identified with Radiographs?

A particularly intriguing study from the field of anthropology may give modern dental practitioners a way to see if their patients are low on Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced by the human body in the presence of sunlight and is necessary for bone growth and health -- including teeth. The fat-soluble vitamin is also needed for cell growth, immune system function...

Stem Cells from Baby Teeth Make it Possible to Treat Injuries in Children

A large percentage of children suffer some form of injury or trauma to a tooth at some point during childhood. When this happens, the immature permanent tooth can be affected by poor blood supply and development of the root. For a long time, standard protocol for treating this has included a procedure that helps the root develop better, but...

New 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...

Periodontal Disease Link to Rheumatoid Arthritis

A recent study showed there might be a possible link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which were presented at the 2018 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, revealed periodontal diseases might be a key initiator for the chronic disease. The event was organized by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), a non-profit dedicated to sharing the latest news and scientific...

Periodontal Inflammation Linked to Vision Loss

Researchers recently presented a poster titled, "Investigating the Enigmatic Link Between Periodontal Inflammation and Retinal Degeneration," at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. The results of the study revealed how chronic periodontitis could lead to macular degeneration or irreversible vision loss in elderly patients. The American Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization with over 3,000 members...

Science Confirms Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay in Children

Grand Rapids, Michigan made national headlines when they became the first city to add fluoride to their community's water in 1945. Since this landmark decision, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 42 out of 50 cities in the United States have decided to help fight tooth decay by adding fluoride to its drinking water. A new study published in the Journal...

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...

Study Shows Smoking Can Impact Dental Pulp’s Ability to Fight Bacteria

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have unearthed evidence that smoking can prevent dental pulp from performing its core function of combatting different diseases. The study, titled "Comparison of IL-1β, TNF-α, hBD-2, and hBD-3 Expression in the Dental Pulp of Smokers Versus Nonsmokers," was published in the Journal of Endodontics. How Dental Pulp Helps Fight Bacteria Dental pulp...

Science Shows Genetics & Parent Example Affect Children’s Oral Health

Dental health problems, particularly the impact of various types of dental bacteria, is a complicated situation that is difficult to assess. Numerous studies have been taken to understand how genetics and environmental factors impact a child's dental development. The finding of one recent study is worth examining alongside that of similar reviews to get a feel for how parents...

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...

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