Chances for Chronic Periodontitis Increase with Various Common Skin Diseases

A study called The Association Between Oral Health and Skin Disease recently appeared in the June 2020 edition of The Journal Of Clinical And Aesthetic Dermatology. They ask a question about two subjects that many people may not put together. Does a person's oral health cause, or exacerbate, any dermatological issues that we know of, and if they do, why? We ask for our...

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...

Social Responsibility of Dental Professionals: LGBTQ+ Health & Substance Abuse

As healthcare providers, we take on many roles defined by our social responsibilities to our patients and our communities. The ethical treatment of our dental patients is usually included in the classes we take in order to get our degree. We know that we are to treat everyone with the same respect and at least tolerate each other's differences...

The Possible Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Periodontitis

On the surface, it may seem that psychological conditions and dental issues, such as periodontitis, haven't much to do with each other, but researchers in Taiwan beg to differ. Thanks to the Taiwan National Health Insurance (NHI), 99% of the Taiwanese population is routinely checked by a dentist, and any problems identified are appropriately addressed. The NHI program does...

Effects of Binge Drinking on Alveolar Bone Density

We all know how drinking alcohol affects your liver, kidneys, and perhaps even personal lives, but what about your mouth? Does drinking ethanol, or alcohol, negatively affect your teeth and jaw? A new study, entitled Ethanol Binge Drinking Exposure Affects Alveolar Bone Quality And Aggravates Bone Loss In Experimentally-Induced Periodontitis, examines what damage sporadic or binge drinking cause on your...

Oral Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

It is, of course, common knowledge to all of us in the dental profession that systemic diseases can be exacerbated or even caused by negligent dental hygiene and related oral health diseases. But, did you know that, as a dental professional, you may notice various side effects of certain diseases that the patient doesn't realize that they have? Ankylosing Spondylitis Dr....

Study: Periodontitis in Older Iranian Adults Due to Insufficient Hygiene Education

Periodontitis is a damaging and even dangerous oral disease created by virulent bacteria infecting the gingival tissue and weakening the periodontium which can damage the supporting structures of teeth. Periodontitis can cause an increased chance for tooth infections, loss of teeth, and affect other systems of the body. As in many countries, periodontitis is prevalent in Iranian adults over...

Does Motivational Interviewing Work on Decreasing ECC In Lower Income Areas?

Native Americans and Alaskan Natives have a high risk for early childhood caries (ECC). The pilot study Using Motivational Interviewing To Reduce Parental Risk-Related Behaviors For Early Childhood Caries: A Pilot Study by Christine M. Blue, Michelle C. Arnett, et al. investigates whether motivational interviewing intervention involving the parents and the children together will be effective toward improved oral self-care behaviors...

Using Pre-cooling Procedures during Injections Will Decrease Pain Levels in Children

A recent study entitled Effect Of Precooling On Pain During Local Anesthesia Administration In Children: A Systematic Review addresses the use of lidocaine in children before injections of anesthesia to lessen both anxiety or pain and suggests an alternative and more natural method, if applicable, to anesthtize the tissue of children at injection sites. What effect does pre-cooling have on the pain...

Study Shows Natural Tooth Whiteners as Effective as Peroxide Whiteners

Tooth whitening is growing ever more popular, not to mention lucrative, in the dental industry. According to statistics, 38.29 million Americans used tooth whiteners in 2019, and that number is predicted to increase by 2023. Whether whitening occurs in-office or out-of-office, applied whitening gels contain varying concentrations of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide as active agents (concentrations commonly used for in-office whitening...

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