Osteosarcoma in the Jaw: A “Diagnostic Dilemma” for Dental Clinicians

Have you come across a patient with osteosarcoma in your clinical dentistry experience? Pre-teens and young adults have the largest potential of developing this cancer in various places on the body, but it is pretty rare. Only an average of 400 of these kids are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, which means even fewer adults and toddlers happen to...

Topical Steroid Treatment for Oral Lichen Planus: Does It Cause Candidiasis?

Oral lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects mucous membranes. Patients with oral lichen planus may be at risk for oral cancer in affected areas. Lesions are most often seen on the buccal mucosa, tongue, gingiva, and palate. Lichen planus can appear as lacey white raised patches, red swollen patches, or ulcers. White lacey patches may not cause...

Bariatric Surgery: Research Shows Surgeons Lack Basic Knowledge of Dental Erosion

Obesity-related surgeries are becoming more and more popular and widespread every year worldwide. These surgeries' side effects and complications are usually presented to the patients repeatedly, both before and after surgery. When a patient chooses to undergo this type of surgery, their entire life must change, and it's a life-changing and life-saving opportunity that one must be prepared for...

Research Looks at Oral Health of Children with Down’s Syndrome

A high number of individuals with cognitive disabilities and physical limitations have a difficult time maintaining a healthy dental hygiene routine. The level of help that an individual needs is based upon the type of disability they have and where they happen to land on that particular spectrum. Children with Down's Syndrome are unique, and our approach to their...

Marijuana Use Increases Periodontitis Sooner Than Expected in Young Adults

Note: The study's objective in this summary is on marijuana and the possible adverse effects. We realize that CBD has potential beneficial uses in dentistry and beyond; however, the benefits are not the objective of this research piece. As more and more states in the U.S. legalize marijuana, either medically or recreationally, people feel more comfortable sharing information about...

Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Bone Loss in Dental Implant Patients

Dental implants help our patients to smile with confidence and chew their food properly, thus improving their quality of life. But unfortunately, dental implants can lead to bone loss if not properly taken care of. This may happen for a variety of reasons, like from infection and inflammation due to peri-implantitis or even from the type of implant itself....

Periodontitis May Affect Conception: Further Study Is Necessary

Periodontitis is chronic, degenerative, and, unfortunately, a common disease that affects a large population. It's the cause of most of the common and serious dental problems that we have to address every day as dental hygienists and has been exhaustively studied without end. We know how to prevent it, and we can treat it to an extent, but we...

A Cross-sectional Study on Hemodialysis Patients and Periodontal Disease

Healthy kidneys filter out metabolic wastes from our blood, which then pass through the urine, but renal failure patients may need the help of medical procedures, like hemodialysis, to remove this toxic buildup. Unfortunately, hemodialysis is also linked to higher rates of periodontal disease. A recent study from Egypt looked at the periodontal health of end-stage renal failure patients on hemodialysis...

Losing Teeth: Social Isolation Associated with Tooth Loss Among Older Adults

Several studies link social isolation and loneliness to various health conditions, including high blood pressure, anxiety, mental health disorders, heart disease, depression, cognitive decline, and early death. With the rise of the COVID-19 global pandemic, these issues might be more salient, especially among the geriatric population. People who have no meaningful interaction and connection with those around them are at...

The Effects of Menopause on Oral Health: Xerostomia Risk Is High

As women age, their chances of developing an oral mucosal disorder or xerostomia increase, especially with the onset of menopause. Statistical differences caused several researchers to study what other effects menopause will have on your oral health. The Assessment of Effect of Menopause on Saliva and Oral Health Status studies the dental health of 80 women, broken up into two groups of...

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