Decade-long Study: Periodontal Disease and It’s Link to Esophageal Cancer

Cancer Research, a journal by the American Association for Cancer Research, published an article which revealed a potential link between periodontal disease and esophageal cancer. Dr. Jiyoung Ahn, an Associate Professor and Associate Director for Population Science at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Center at New York University Langone Health, conducted a decade-long study focused on how oral bacteria can lead to...

A Standardized Periodontal Classification System Could Help with Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

The American Dental Hygienists' Association recently published an article, "Variations in Periodontal Diagnosis Among Clinicians: dental hygienists' experiences and perceived barriers," in their June 2018 edition. The purpose of the study was to investigate how different clinicians face barriers when they try to use evidence-based protocols to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. The researchers wanted to understand how the dental hygienists'...

Bisphosphonate Continues to be Linked to Dental Implant Failure

Research suggests there is a correlation between the failure of dental implants and certain osteoporosis medications. Ongoing research seems to confirm this correlation such as the study in the Journal of Oral Implantology titled, "Influence of Bisphosphonates on Implant Failure Rates and Characteristics of Postmenopausal Woman Mandibular Jawbone." The research provides more information on how the osteoporosis medication, bisphosphonate, can affect...

Research Indicates Good Oral Health Might Prevent Pancreatic Cancer

Good oral health might help prevent pancreatic cancer, according to an academic study published in the British Journal of Cancer. The study, which was led by Professor Timo Sorsa from the University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institute, showed certain types of bacteria associated with periodontitis might play a role in patients developing cancer later on. Professor Sorsa also collaborated with Docent Jari...

Research Indicates Good Dental Hygiene May Help Patients Recover from Heart Attacks

Presenters at Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology, a conference hosted by the European Society of Cardiology, revealed their ongoing preclinical research into the link between good oral hygiene and heart attack recovery. The study, which used mice as test subjects, found that bacteria from periodontitis can prohibit blood vessels from healing properly. Over 700 participants from 40 different countries attended the Frontiers in...

Study Reveals Periodontal Diseases and Coronary Artery Disease Share Genetic Basis

According to research presented at the EuroPerio9 conference, coronary artery disease and periodontal disease share a mutual epidemiological relationship. The conference, which ran from June 20-23 in Amsterdam, was held by the European Federation of Periodontology. The non-profit organization focuses on sharing and promoting research related to periodontal health. Thirty individual national scientific societies of periodontology make up the European Federation of Periodontology. The lead researcher,...

Science Confirms Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay in Children

Grand Rapids, Michigan made national headlines when they became the first city to add fluoride to their community's water in 1945. Since this landmark decision, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 42 out of 50 cities in the United States have decided to help fight tooth decay by adding fluoride to its drinking water. A new study published in the Journal...

Study Reveals Drug-Filled 3D Printed Dentures Can Prevent Fungal Infection

Fungal infection is a common threat to patients who wear dentures or other dental prostheses. When left untreated, it can lead to stomatitis and other serious infections which can negatively impact a patient's oral health. To address this issue, researchers at the University at Buffalo created a study to determine if 3D printed dentures filled with antifungal medication could prevent...

Better Dental Hygiene Linked to Improved Type 2 Diabetes Glycemic Levels

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Periodontology revealed a potential link between Type 2 diabetes and dental hygiene. The results of the study will have a significant impact in the medical community, especially because Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% of all diabetes cases and impacts over 30 million Americans according to the Center for Disease Control. A randomized clinical study...

Periodontal Inflammation Linked to Vision Loss

Researchers recently presented a poster titled, "Investigating the Enigmatic Link Between Periodontal Inflammation and Retinal Degeneration," at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. The results of the study revealed how chronic periodontitis could lead to macular degeneration or irreversible vision loss in elderly patients. The American Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization with over 3,000 members...

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