Should Dental Hygienists Hand Out Halloween Candy?

Halloween is just around the corner, which is exciting for children, but concerning for many parents. Along with safety hazards to consider, there's the issue of excess sugar. Some families opt out of the holiday completely, and others put parameters in place, to mitigate sugar overload and tooth decay. So, where do dentists and hygienists fall on this spectrum?...

Data Reveals Elite Athletes Tend to Have Poor Oral Health

It's not uncommon for professional athletes to treat their body like a temple. From meticulous diet plans to vigorous exercise routines, elite athletes understand what it takes to keep their bodies in optimal condition so that they are more likely to achieve their goals. Based on the above assumptions, it was surprising to learn that this was not necessarily the...

Lip Tattoos: Help Dental Patients Think before They Ink

Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years, and these permanent designs are always personal, serving as status symbols, signs of religious beliefs, amulets, declarations of love, adornments, and even as forms of punishment. People tattoo every part of their bodies, including their inner labial mucosa, gingiva, and hard palate as a form of self-expression. Celebrities such...

Scientists Discover New Gene That Can Help Repair Teeth

Over 120 million people living in America are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontics. Meanwhile, an estimated 36 million U.S. citizens do not have any teeth at all due to an injury or complicated health issue. To combat this problem, scientists from the University of Plymouth decided to look for potential solutions that could...

Research Looks at the Efficacy of Fluoride Concentration in Toothpaste

Dental caries is a ubiquitous problem around the globe for people of all ages. Cavities not only cause discomfort, though. They also consume time and money. In the US, 92% of adults have experienced the pain and expense associated with dental cavities. After years of scientific research demonstrated the effectiveness of fluoride in preventing dental decay, fluoride-fortified toothpaste hit the American market in...

Research Shows Oral Piercings May Impact Dental Health

A recent study based in Switzerland, titled "On the association between oral piercings and periodontal conditions—A case series," sheds new light on how popular trends like oral piercings can affect someone's long term dental health. The research paper was published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene and closely examined whether oral piercings had a negative effect on the periodontal conditions...

Scientists Discover that Antibacterial Fillings Can Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Oral bacteria can have a negative impact on a patient's overall health. As a result, scientists are continuously trying to find new ways to stop oral bacteria from spreading to other parts of the body. A recent study suggests that dental restoratives and other filling materials can help fight tooth decay when antibacterial ingredients are added. An article published in the...

Research Shows Teeth Whitening Products May Harm Underlying Dentin

Teeth whitening is a billion-dollar industry. People from all over the globe routinely buy teeth whitening products with the hopes that it will remove stains and make their teeth appear brighter. Now there is new research that suggests teeth whitening products can potentially damage a patient's smile. The study, titled "Teeth whitening products can harm protein-rich tooth layer: Researchers...

Research Reveals Insights into Head and Neck Infections Caused by Tooth Abscesses

Over 90% of all head and neck infections develop from tooth abscesses. In rare cases, these infections may develop into potentially life-threatening sepsis. Other serious complications from odontogenic infections include obstructed airways, endocarditis, and tissue necrosis. To understand the causes and progress of serious odontogenic infections, a German research team examined the characteristics that caused these infections to progress. The...

Research Examines Whether People Are Genetically Predisposed to Tooth Decay

A recent study published in Pediatrics, "Genetic and Early-Life Environmental Influences on Dental Caries Risk: A Twin Study," revealed that a person's genetics does not affect their chances of developing tooth decay. However, their data did suggest that young children with overweight mothers were more likely to develop cavities at a young age.  About the Dental Study The lead researcher of the...

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