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...

Future of Dental Care with a “Tooth-on-a-chip” Device

As the second decade of the 21st century has ended, we are seeing an increasing number of "organ-on-a-chip" devices allowing scientists to observe and analyze organ cells using a variety of instruments. Recently, researchers have started experimenting with "tooth-on-a-chip." "On-a-chip" devices recreate the natural physiology and mechanical forces that affect the cells in the human body. Researchers use them to...

Dental Outreach Necessary in Caries Prevention: A Study of Sealants in New Caledonia

In 2016, a sample of 459 six-year-old school children was given dental sealants in New Caledonia, a French territory and island in the South Pacific. Implementation And Impact Of A Dental Preventive Intervention Conducted Within A Health Promotion Program On Health Inequalities: A Retrospective Study by H. Pichot, B. Periera, et al. studies the revisitation of the children a year later...

Poor Dental Hygiene Linked to Active Disease Activity in Lupus

The results of a recent study highlight how periodontal disease and oral hygiene can impact the health of patients with lupus. The research, which was published in the Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology journal, is titled "Antibodies to periodontogenic bacteria are associated with higher disease activity in lupus patients." About Lupus An estimated 1.5 million people in the United States have the chronic...

Research Shows Oral Piercings May Impact Dental Health

A recent study based in Switzerland, titled "On the association between oral piercings and periodontal conditions—A case series," sheds new light on how popular trends like oral piercings can affect someone's long term dental health. The research paper was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene and closely examined whether oral piercings had a negative effect on the periodontal conditions...

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...

DNA Proves Causation, Not Just Correlation, to Oral Hygiene and Alzheimer’s

Oral health is a component of overall health. Previously, oral health and overall physical health were seen as separate. Dental hygiene was not often thought of as something that could make a person healthy or unhealthy. If anything, good dental hygiene has often been seen as cosmetic. New studies have emerged that prove how important oral health is to overall health....

Adolescent Responsibility Toward Hygiene and Dental Care in Sweden

Children and adolescents in Sweden are given free dental care and routine cleaning and check-ups with a hygienist. Teens start to feel more and more self-sufficient as they age, and some feel a little more independent than they actually are. This attitude doesn't come as a surprise to any parent in the world. It can also lead to unintentional...

Research Examines Whether People Are Genetically Predisposed to Tooth Decay

A recent study published in Pediatrics, "Genetic and Early-Life Environmental Influences on Dental Caries Risk: A Twin Study," revealed that a person's genetics does not affect their chances of developing tooth decay. However, their data did suggest that young children with overweight mothers were more likely to develop cavities at a young age.  About the Dental Study The lead researcher of the...

Battling Children’s Obesity Through Dental Health Awareness

A recent thesis out of Sahlgrenska Academy (of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden) is convincingly positing the importance of proper dental hygiene education in battling rising obesity levels among children. Studying the Diets of Children Specifically, one of the sub-studies presented in the paper "Diets of European Children, With Focus on BMI, Well-being, and Families" looked into eating behaviors in addition...

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