Research Shows Possible Metabolic Links Between Periodontitis and a High-fat Diet

A study has found that a high-fat diet can have lasting implications on a person's oral health. The research findings were presented in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology under the title, "Untargeted and Targeted Gingival Metabolome in Rodents Reveal Metabolic Links Between High-Fat Diet-induced Obesity and Periodontitis." Information About High Fat Diets Your diet can have a lasting impact on your overall quality...

Troubled Relationship Between Periodontitis and COVID-19 May Further Exacerbate Disease Severity

COVID-19 is being studied by researchers all over the world. Where did it come from? How can we stop it? While we cannot answer these questions definitively, researchers are still tackling the pandemic and its relationship with other serious health problems. For example, researchers have been studying the effects that COVID-19 may have on common diseases, such as periodontitis. The...

Bactericidal Effects of Ultraviolet-C Light on Streptococcus mutans

Healthy teeth and gingiva impact our overall health and well-being. In a new study, researchers explored the use of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light in fighting Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium associated with tooth decay. Clinical Uses for Ultraviolet-C Light The sun emits UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C irradiation. Ultraviolet light intensity is measured in milliwatts per square centimeter per second (mW/cm² * seconds) and exists in...

Are Hygiene Programs Falling Behind on Teaching about Peri-implant Diseases?

Background on Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions Implant placement for adults has been increasing and is expected to reach 17% by 2026 for adults age 35 and older who have lost at least one permanent tooth due to periodontal disease or caries.1 Over the years, significant improvement with implant survival rate has been observed, which is predicted to be 95%.2,3 However,...

Can a Patient’s Baseline Periodontal Stage and Grade Predict Tooth Loss?

Good oral health is essential for overall health and if you want to enjoy a higher quality of life. Harmful dental conditions such as periodontitis can have a serious impact on the body and systemic health. A recent scientific study examined whether the baseline stage and grade could predict future tooth loss due to periodontitis. The study, "The influence...

Study Examines the Link Between Mental Health and Oral Health

Is the phrase mind over matter true? A group of scientists has decided to test this theory by evaluating whether a person's sense of coherence and other psychological factors can have a noticeable impact on their oral health-related quality of life after receiving periodontal treatment. Their study, "Do psychological factors predict changes in oral health-related quality of life and...

Researchers Build a Smart Dental Implant that Resists Bacterial Growth

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a smart dental implant. The implant will resist bacterial growth and generate electricity from its piezoelectric qualities. The electricity could power a light for phototherapy that will protect periodontal tissue from inflammation and disease. The Smart Dental Implant Millions of Americans have dental implants, which replace missing teeth due to decay, injury, or...

Tooth Loss May Be Linked to Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

A new study by New York University Rory Meyer College of Nursing researchers found that each tooth you lose increases your risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. In their findings, published in JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine, the researchers report a decreased risk of cognitive decline in older adults using dentures. These findings suggest that you...

Research Shows Panoramic Radiographs’ Ability to Diagnose Bruxism via Bone Remodeling

Patients who experience bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, often suffer from jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, headaches, and other symptoms. A diagnosis usually starts with a patient's self-report data, but bruxism may go unnoticed for those who grind their teeth unconsciously. A recent study from Switzerland shows promising results in using panoramic radiographs to diagnose bruxism by looking for changes in...

Study Looks at Oral Health Complications of Kidney Re-transplant Patients

Organ failure results from a variety of reasons, like genetic disorders, drug or alcohol abuse, or injury. In addition to treatments and medications, an organ transplant may increase the patient's quality of life, but sometimes an immune response causes the patient's body to reject the donor's organ. Immunosuppressive medications reduce this immune response, but with unfortunate side effects, like...

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