Decreasing Pain and Infection of Third Molar Removal: 3 Irrigants Compared

Many of us remember what it was like to get our third molars extracted. Was it a simple extraction or surgical extraction? Had they erupted fully, or impacted causing havoc and pushing against other teeth, threatening thousands of dollars in orthodontic care? Did you receive sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia and then recorded by your mother on her phone while...

Global Study Unveils Breakthrough Discovery in Regenerative Dentistry

The scientific journal Nature Communications recently published a breakthrough study that is poised to further advance the field of regenerative dentistry. The study unveiled new information about the dental cell type atlas and other mechanisms necessary to reconstruct and engineer teeth. Based on their findings, it is highly likely the information provided by the research will likely encourage further studies of the...

Bacteria Found in Pickles Helps Improve Oral Health & Reduce Caries

It's long been established that there's a clear bidirectional relationship between the foods your patients eat and the state of their oral health. However, the exact specifics of this relationship is incredibly complex. For instance, we know that acidic foods increase the risks of erosive tooth wear. But a recent study has actually identified the benefits of one type of acidic food:...

Science Shows Early Signs of Eating Disorders Present in the Mouth

Many systemic disorders have symptoms present in the mouth, sometimes before symptoms are present elsewhere in the body. Cardiovascular, psychosomatic, gastrointestinal, renal, and endocrine disorders are a few that can make themselves known in the mouth before showing up in the traditional ways. We may observe oral symptoms of eating disorders before our patients have been diagnosed, or in...

Research Looks at Parent’s Prenatal Smoking and Caries Risk in Children

Smoking while pregnant can cause all types of problems in utero and long after the child's birth. Doctors warn newly pregnant women that smoking cigarettes can cause your child to have respiratory problems, attention difficulties, low birth weight, and even death. But smoking may cause more problems than we currently know. How about your teeth? Do prenatal smoking and the...

New Research Finally Explains Link Between Periodontal Disease and Overall Health

We've long known that there was a correlation between chronic health risks, such as arthritis and diabetes, and periodontal disease rates; however, the reasons why have always eluded researchers. But a team of University of Toronto researchers may have finally established the missing link, and their latest study published in the Journal of Dental Research reveals it's all due to your body's natural responses to...

Visual Aids Showing Severe Periodontitis Shown to Motivate Periodontally-involved Patients

Do you remember your health and sex education classes in middle and high school? Some of us might remember the images we were shown of sexually transmitted diseases, the stuff of nightmares, and can’t erase those images from our brains. What if we, dental practitioners, had a memorable way to show our patients what they are doing to their teeth...

Study Looks at Congenital Heart Disease in Children & Oral Health

Congenital heart disease in children can be a devastating diagnosis for the parents, the entire family, and, especially, the children. Sometimes these defects need no attention, but these defects can often grow quickly into life-threatening problems that require many serious surgeries and long hospital stays. Many of these defects, if serious, are usually diagnosed when the patient is a baby....

Enamel Deficiencies Discovered in Pediatric Patients with Celiac Sensitivities

Celiac disease, or CD, is known to cause problems all over the body, but did you know that the disease can make itself known in the permanent teeth of affected children? According to The Difference in Symmetry of the Enamel Defects in Celiac Disease Versus Non-Celiac Pediatric Population, CD's effect on the enamel of the permanent teeth in children is both...

Research Looks into Internet Addiction and Detrimental Oral Hygiene Issues

Though the DSM-5 does not recognize internet addiction as a literal disease, we all know that it is a literal issue in many of our homes. Young children, teenagers, and adults of any age can all become addicted to online gaming and social media, for example, and this leads to neglect in other areas of their lives, including their dental hygiene....

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