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...

Study Reveals Toothpaste Can’t Prevent Dental Erosion or Improve Dentin Hypersensitivity

The toothpaste aisle is stocked with multiple brands that claim to prevent enamel erosion and improve dentin hypersensitivity. However, a study published in the Scientific Reports reveals that toothpaste cannot protect dental enamel from erosion or abrasion alone. The full study, titled "Chemical and physical factors of desensitizing and/or anti-erosive toothpastes associated with lower erosive tooth wear," was conducted by researchers at the...

A New Possibility for Preventing Bacterial Overgrowth in Plastic Dental Appliances

Dental technology has advanced tremendously in the past few decades, and it continues to move forward at a rapid pace as new materials and techniques are constantly being introduced. A wide variety of appliances are now being used in the treatment of countless conditions, and many of these innovative devices are manufactured from plastics. While plastics offer numerous advantages to...

Research Looks at the Efficacy of Fluoride Concentration in Toothpaste

Dental caries is a ubiquitous problem around the globe for people of all ages. Cavities not only cause discomfort, though. They also consume time and money. In the US, 92% of adults have experienced the pain and expense associated with dental cavities. After years of scientific research demonstrated the effectiveness of fluoride in preventing dental decay, fluoride-fortified toothpaste hit the American market in...

New Research: Could Microbots Replace the Need for Scalers?

Researchers have found a new and exciting application for "magnetically driven" robots: to clean teeth. The Penn State scientists developed and examined two methods for using this technology to remove biofilm. One was through a tray that a patient would put in their mouth. The tray would be 3D printed, allowing the microbots to get in between the teeth. A patient would...

The Relationship Between Poor Dental Hygiene and Cancer

In a study released January 16, 2018, from the Health Sciences Campus at Tufts University, researchers are reporting a noticeable connection between gum disease and incidents of cancer. Connecting the Dots This study came about through the collaborative efforts between two epidemiologists, Dominique Michaud (Tufts University School of Medicine) and Elizabeth Platz (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center)....

Advances in Endodontic Diagnostics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Dentistry

Emerging research into the diagnostic phase of endodontics has exciting implications for emergency care, structural restoration, function, aesthetics, and most importantly--interdisciplinary care. Multidisciplinary dentistry has become essential for optimizing the patient outcome as well as the comfort and confidence of the clinician. The advances in technology afforded by thoughtful research allow for enhanced endodontic predictability. Learning endodontics techniques is an important method for...

Povidone Iodine and Fluconazole in Treating Early Childhood Dental Caries

Early childhood dental caries is a particularly harsh form of tooth decay, as it can cause severe damage to teeth. Treatment is often challenging, and more-invasive modalities such as surgery are sometimes necessary to achieve a resolution; in fact, surgery for caries is one of the most common day surgery procedures performed in children under five years of age for any...

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Universal Standards of Dental Care and Training is Key

Many dental professionals, regardless of their position, can agree that working with individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum can be both difficult and an adventure, especially if you have not completed any courses designed specifically to work with such a special population. The people who happen to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, are all unique in their...

The Use of Amelogenin in Dental Caries Prevention and Treatment

Dental caries - tooth decay - is hardly a glamorous condition and may seem insignificant in light of other more complex, dental conditions and diseases. However, its impact on humanity is practically immeasurable, as dental caries is a persistent problem that continues to affect billions of people globally. Treatment options continue to be fairly straightforward, but somewhat limited, and...

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