Periodontal Disease Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study has periodontists, experts in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of periodontal disease, encouraging patients to maintain gum health in an effort to reduce their Alzheimer’s disease risk. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, uncovered a potential link between P. gingivalis, the bacteria associated with periodontal disease (commonly known as gum disease) and Alzheimer’s. Researchers analyzed...

Study Shows Smoking Can Impact Dental Pulp’s Ability to Fight Bacteria

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have unearthed evidence that smoking can prevent dental pulp from performing its core function of combatting different diseases. The study, titled "Comparison of IL-1β, TNF-α, hBD-2, and hBD-3 Expression in the Dental Pulp of Smokers Versus Nonsmokers," was published in the Journal of Endodontics. How Dental Pulp Helps Fight Bacteria Dental pulp...

Study Shows Some Xerostomia Lozenges May Cause Dental Erosion

Researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville have discovered another factor that can cause tooth erosion. According to recent data from their study, dry mouth lozenges may lead to tooth erosion due to their high level of acidity. A Closer Look at Tooth Erosion According to the American Dental Association, dental erosion occurs when excessive acid in the mouth causes tooth enamel...

Are Dentists Prescribing Unnecessary Antibiotics?

Infection is one of the biggest risks of any surgical procedure, and no dentist wants his or her patients to suffer from ongoing problems. But according to a study of Minnesota dental patients in five counties, prescribing antibiotics as a "just in case" measure may have repercussions that dentists don't see. The results of the 7-year study, shared with attendees...

Poor Dental Hygiene Linked to Active Disease Activity in Lupus

The results of a recent study highlight how periodontal disease and oral hygiene can impact the health of patients with lupus. The research, which was published in the Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology journal, is titled "Antibodies to periodontogenic bacteria are associated with higher disease activity in lupus patients." About Lupus An estimated 1.5 million people in the United States have the chronic...

Further Evidence Shows Smoking May Impact Healing Rate after Dental Treatment

Researchers show further evidence that smoking can have a negative impact on a person's ability to heal after non-surgical periodontal treatment. The data was presented at the EuroPerio9 conference in Amsterdam. The EuroPerio9 is considered one of the largest events for people who work in the field of Periodontology. Thousands of people from all over the world attend the event every year,...

Nano-Dentistry: Squid Ink and Mini-Robots In Your Mouth

The field of nanodentistry is progressing rapidly from theory to practice as dental researchers seek ever more precise methods for dentists to maintain and improve oral health. Nanotechnology has been at the forefront of scientific advances for decades. It has not had, until recently, viable clinical applications. Nanotechnology is based on manipulating matter at the cellular level. The term nano is...

Research Links Poor Dental Hygiene to Low Birth Weight & Preterm Babies

Studies show the oral bacteria present in a pregnant woman can impact the health of her baby. More recently, researchers have unearthed more evidence which links periodontitis with low birth weight and premature birth. A study published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, "Association of periodontitis with preterm birth and low birth weight: a comprehensive review," and another titled,...

Mail-Order Orthodontics: Are They Worth the Risk?

The world in which we live in is centered around convenience and appearance more than ever. Take these two said factors and mix them together, and you have a booming business of mail-in orthodontics. While this may sound like the perfect combination, it is actually one to seriously contemplate. In 2013, the first mail-in orthodontics to straighten consumers teeth was...

Stem Cells from Baby Teeth Make it Possible to Treat Injuries in Children

A large percentage of children suffer some form of injury or trauma to a tooth at some point during childhood. When this happens, the immature permanent tooth can be affected by poor blood supply and development of the root. For a long time, standard protocol for treating this has included a procedure that helps the root develop better, but...

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