Study Investigates Oral Health Awareness and Pregnant Women

Studies have found there is a strong correlation between pregnancy outcomes and a pregnant woman's oral health. The topic of how well health professionals know of this correlation was explored in a recent study titled "Evaluating Oral Health in Pregnant Women: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Health Professionals" which was published in the February 2019 edition of the Journal of...

A Study of Oral Practices of Medical Students: Results Aren’t Great

Oral health is an essential part of maintaining a healthy life. An infected tooth can lead to a blood infection, which can be deadly if not taken care of immediately. Routine dental visits with a dental hygienist can spot problem areas before an infection can invade. Oral and throat cancers can be spotted early and immediately referred to the...

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...

E-cigarettes May Increase Rate of Caries in Youth

Vaping e-cigarettes are fast becoming a popular alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. A recent study titled, "Cariogenic Potential of Sweet Flavors in Electronic-Cigarette Liquids," examined how the different e-cigarette flavors may affect a patient's oral health. The Rise of Vaping E-cigarettes E-cigarettes have various nicknames, including "e-cigs," "vapes" and "vape pens." E-cigarette devices come in many shapes and colors. Consumers can easily buy...

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...

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...

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...

Scientists Discover How to Regenerate Dental Pulp after Root Canal Treatment

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Scientists have recently engineered a biomaterial that can help preserve a patient's tooth and keep it alive after a root canal procedure. Researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) created a video and shared their groundbreaking findings with their peers at the 256th National Meeting and Exposition in Boston. The national exposition was hosted by the American Chemical Society which...

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...

Research Looks into Diet and Decreasing of Plaque and Bacteria

Educating patients on correct and effective oral hygiene practices is one of the main proponents of a career in the dental profession. If done correctly, it is also essential to discuss a patient's diet at the same time. This can be a tricky conversation for some and the subject may be sensitive to some patients. But, the fact remains...

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