New Antimicrobial Dental Fillings May Kill Harmful Oral Bacteria

The composite resin materials that are used in fillings and other dental restorations are durable and easy to match to the tooth's enamel color, but they don't do anything special to repel the bacteria that led to decay in the first place. Further, they don't help eradicate harmful bacteria from forming on and around the new filling. Now, researchers...

Research Looks at Tooth Brushing and Heart Disease

Lifestyle factors play a significant role in the development of heart disease. Most people realize that they can reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy weight and getting plenty of exercise, but recent research shows that oral health can also be vital. The study looked at a cohort of more than 160,000 participants in Korea to track the link between oral...

Research Shows Dental Work Can Help People Recover from Drug Abuse

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. There's a lot of research out there about how people become addicted and how to stop them from becoming users. There's also research on how to help addicts. Beating an addiction of any kind is incredibly difficult. A dental school in Utah has found a new, creative way to help people kick...

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...

Using the Big Bang to Improve Dental Care in Australian Indigenous Children

Sanjeewa Kularatna and Ratilal Lalloo, along with a large number of respected colleagues, studied dental hygiene in a certain indigenous tribe in Australia, culminating in their study: Demonstration Of High-Value Care To Improve Oral Health  Of  Remote Indigenous Community In Australia. The colleagues studied the children in a remote community in Far North Queensland, Australia, to find out how oral health...

Research Looks into Intraoral Piercings and the Damage They Cause

It is no surprise that oral piercings cause damage to your teeth and gingiva, but people continue to support the practice and actively seek out these particular piercings every day. Oral piercings, such as a tongue ring, were once thought a fad but have overstayed their welcome when it comes to our hygiene and dental structure. Piercing and Oral Health:...

New Study Identifies Specific Streptococcus Variant as Causing Dental Caries

Researchers at Umea University in Sweden have recently released the results of a study that links highly virulent types of the Streptococcus mutans bacterium to children with increased risk of dental caries. The study, conducted over five years, sampled saliva from 452 children at 12 years of age and then reviewed their dental health again at 17 after five years of ordinary dental and...

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...

Research Indicates Good Oral Health Might Prevent Pancreatic Cancer

Good oral health might help prevent pancreatic cancer, according to an academic study published in the British Journal of Cancer. The study, which was led by Professor Timo Sorsa from the University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institute, showed certain types of bacteria associated with periodontitis might play a role in patients developing cancer later on. Professor Sorsa also collaborated with Docent Jari...

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...

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