Study Examines Home Care and Healing after Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal disease has been linked to a wide range of systemic diseases when left untreated. Researchers are working to prevent this by conducting several experiments to determine which home care aids dental professionals can recommend to help with healthier outcomes. An article, titled "Effect of two post‐surgical cleansing protocols on early periodontal wound healing and cytokine levels following osseous...

Study Shows How Dental Professionals Can Help Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

The Journal of Dental Hygiene recently published a study that focused on a major occupational hazard commonly associated with dental professionals. The article, titled "Magnification and Coaxial Illumination in Dental Hygiene Education: Experience and Attitudes of Clinical Educators," discussed how dental professionals are more at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders and two potential prevention methods. About Musculoskeletal Disorders According to the World...

Research Reveals Good Dental Hygiene Can Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists at the School of Medicine at the University of Buffalo have conducted research which appears to prove patients who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can improve their health by taking better care of their oral hygiene. Their findings, "Benefits of Non‐Surgical Periodontal Treatment in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Chronic Periodontitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial," was...

Clinical Trial Shines Spotlight on Dental Hygiene and Desquamative Gingivitis

The result of a recent study highlights how a structured plaque control intervention can help patients who have desquamative gingivitis. The research, which was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, is titled "Effect of sonic versus manual supervised toothbrushing on both clinical and biochemical profiles of patients with desquamative gingivitis associated with oral lichen planus: A randomized controlled...

Dental Hygienists and Oral Rapid HIV Testing Study

Scientists at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York recently examined the facilitators and potential barriers to implementing Oral Rapid HIV testing in the dental setting. The test is very helpful for patients who are unaware of their positive HIV status. The study, "Oral Rapid HIV Testing: Implementation experiences of dental hygiene faculty and students," was published in the Journal...

Pancreatic Cancer and the Dental Health Link

There is perhaps nothing more unsettling than being diagnosed with cancer. It is often a frightening and stressful time in one's life, but survival rates are increasing. Over the years huge strides have been made in cancer research and medicine has found more effective cancer treatments. Also, cancer screenings have become more successful at detecting cancers in the body...

New Research Shows Frequent Cannabis Use Can Harm Geriatric Patients’ Oral Health

Several states have made it legal for patients to use cannabis for medical purposes and recreational use. As a result, the rate of cannabis use has risen significantly across the nation. New research suggests that frequent cannabis use can have a negative impact on a person's oral health. The study, which was published in the Journal of Substance Abuse, revealed...

Link between Tongue Microbiota and Pneumonia in Geriatric Patients

A study titled, "Tongue Microbiota and Oral Health Status in Community-Dwelling Elderly Adults," sheds light on research about geriatric dentistry. The study was published in the American Society for Microbiology and closely examined whether older patients with dental caries were more likely to develop future respiratory issues like pneumonia. A Closer Look at Pneumonia and the Geriatric Population Pneumonia occurs when a virus,...

Tooth Loss in Postmenopausal Women Linked to Hypertension

New research has revealed that postmenopausal women who have experienced tooth loss are more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension by their physician in the future. The study, "Association of Periodontal Disease and Edentulism with Hypertension Risk in Postmenopausal Women," was reported in the January 2019 edition of the American Journal of Hypertension. About Hypertension The heart circulates blood throughout the body...

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...

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