||Last Updated: Nov 17th, 2006 - 22:35:04
Common Antacids Could Help Keep Gingivitis at Bay
Chemicals commonly used to treat heartburn also display fighting power against the oral bacteria linked with gum disease, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Göteborg University in Sweden.
Nov 7, 2006, 22:07
Tetracycline plus teeth equal gray smile
Many adults over age 35 cover their mouth to avoid smiling in public in order to hide their teeth darkened by tetracycline stains. Typically, invasive as well as costly treatment options, such as veneers, crowns and bonding, served as the only treatment options to help these individuals hide such stains and boost their self-esteem.
Aug 1, 2006, 14:52
Periodontal bacteria may be linked to acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
The presence of specific bacteria and combinations of bacteria in periodontal pockets might be an explanation for the relationship between periodontal disease and acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a new study published in the Journal of Periodontology.
Jul 20, 2006, 20:34
Ultrasound may help regrow teeth
Hockey players, rejoice! A team of University of Alberta researchers has created technology to regrow teeth--the first time scientists have been able to reform human dental tissue. Using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS), Dr. Tarak El-Bialy from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Jie Chen and Dr. Ying Tsui from the Faculty of Engineering have created a miniaturized system-on-a-chip that offers a non-invasive and novel way to stimulate jaw growth and dental tissue healing.
Jun 30, 2006, 02:28
Effects of stress, depression and cortisol on periodontal disease
Caregivers of people under psychological or physical stress, as well as those with the conditions themselves, should not overlook their oral health, according to a new study printed in the Journal of Periodontology.
Jun 1, 2006, 12:51
Roasted vegetables could cause dental erosion
Eating leafy green vegetables may be good for health, but if roasted they may cause dental erosion, according to scientists in Scotland.
May 7, 2006, 18:43
Periodontal therapy may help diabetic patients improve sugar control
The results suggest that periodontal therapy may reduce a diabetic patient's HbA1c count by as much as 20 percent at three and six months following treatment. According to the American Diabetes Association, HbA1c provides patients with a picture of their average blood sugar changes in the past two to three months and gives them a good idea of how well their diabetes treatment plan is working. A healthy HbA1c count is between the ranges of 4.0 to 6.0.
Apr 18, 2006, 01:24
Archaea Identified As Possible Human Pathogen
For the first time German researchers have linked Archaea to infectious diseases in humans by identifying it as a possible cause of endodontic infections. They report their findings in the April 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Apr 15, 2006, 18:43
Cimetidine Inhibits Gum Disease in Rabbits
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have discovered that topical application of an ulcer drug to teeth may help prevent gum disease. Their findings appear in the April 2006 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity.
Apr 15, 2006, 18:39
Dentistry in vogue 9,000 years ago in Balochistan
Dentistry may have been practised in what is now western Pakistan as far back as 7,000 BC, say researchers who have found some Neolithic skulls with holes drilled into their molars.
Apr 14, 2006, 22:23
First link of oral bacteria and preterm birth found in human
A 37-year-old-mother, who gave birth to a low-weight preemie at 24 weeks, exhibited the first-found link in a human between bacteria found in the mouth and the amniotic fluid of a woman in preterm labor.
Apr 12, 2006, 01:09
Salivary Biomarkers as Diagnostic Tools in Existing Periodontal Disease
A University of Kentucky research study featured on the cover of the March issue of the Journal of American Dental Association could help change the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.
Apr 7, 2006, 13:48
Kids with Carries Overweight, Not Underweight
New evidence from pediatric dentists at the University at Buffalo has shown that, contrary to previous findings, most young children with decayed "baby" teeth are not underweight, and actually may be overweight or at risk of being overweight.
Apr 6, 2006, 02:34
Red wine components modulate tissue damage in gums
Researchers are finding that components found in red wine can help in preventing and treating inflammatory periodontal diseases. Periodontitis is a progressive infectious disease affecting the gums and bone that surround and support teeth, often causing tooth movement and leading to permanent tooth loss. About 15% of adults between 21 and 50 years of age and 65% of adults over 50 are affected by this disease.
Mar 11, 2006, 00:55
PDT Kills Drug-Resistant Bacteria of oral cavity
Photodynamic therapy may be an effective treatment for fungal infections and certain bacterial infections of the oral cavity, including some that are resistant to antibiotics, research from the University at Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine has shown.
Mar 10, 2006, 21:17
Resolvin E1 protects against inflammation and bone loss
Gum disease is initiated by bacteria populating dental plaque and may eventually result in tissue and tooth loss. Gum disease is similar to other chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, where inflammation causes tissue damage and is responsible for the disease. To date, the prevention of gum disease is limited to successful oral hygiene and regular professional care. However, despite these preventive actions, plaque control is not enough to prevent disease in susceptible individuals with a high inflammatory response.
Mar 10, 2006, 21:15
Dentists in research network do not discriminate
Regardless of race, private practice dentists do not discriminate in services they provide their patients, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine.
Mar 8, 2006, 21:42
Oral and cardiovascular health are related - Study
New research is reinforcing the longstanding belief that a connection exists between periodontal disease, or severe gum inflammation, and cardiovascular disease. But according to Moise Desvarieux, MD, PhD, infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the nature of the relationship is still unclear and patients cannot rely only on good oral hygiene as a way to reduce their risk for heart disease--they must manage other risk factors for the disease as well.
Feb 23, 2006, 11:29
NHANES III Study - Obesity is a significant predictor of periodontal disease
People have a new reason to stick to their New Year's resolution to lose excess weight besides fitting into the latest fashion trends. Researchers from University at Buffalo found that obesity is a significant predictor for periodontal disease, independent of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and smoking. Furthermore, analysis of this national sample suggests that insulin resistance mediates the relationship between obesity and periodontal disease. It was found that the severity of periodontal attachment loss increased proportionally with increasing insulin resistance. In addition, the number of teeth lost increased significantly with increasing levels of insulin resistance. Individuals in the highest insulin resistance category lost 1.1 more teeth compared to individuals in the lowest category.
Feb 22, 2006, 16:17
Fluoride varnish helps prevent tooth decay
Fluoride varnish, a dental preventive treatment, reduces the incidence of early childhood tooth decay in combination with dental health counseling for parents, according to a study by investigators at the UCSF School of Dentistry.
Jan 28, 2006, 12:52
Licorice compounds may help fight tooth decay
Compounds isolated from licorice root may help prevent cavities, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. In test tube studies, the scientists showed that an extract from a plant root that is used to make licorice candy and other products contains at least two compounds that appear to be potent inhibitors of Streptococcus mutans, a major cause of dental caries. Their study is scheduled to appear in the Feb. 24 print version of the Journal of Natural Products, a monthly peer-reviewed joint publication of the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Pharmacognosy.
Jan 24, 2006, 16:02
Removing gaps depends on overall health
Dental implants, an artificial tooth root surgically anchored into a jaw to hold a replacement tooth or several teeth in place, offer a permanent solution to replace lost or extracted teeth. Implants have become a treatment of choice for some patients to eliminate the need for removable partial or complete dentures. Other patients choose implants for esthetic purposes or to conserve tooth structure in an otherwise cavity-free mouth.
Jan 22, 2006, 22:01
Severe periodontal disease frequent among socioeconomically disadvantaged
Socioeconomic disadvantage at the individual and neighborhood level is associated with severe periodontitis among African-Americans and Whites, according to research conducted at the Mailman School of Public Health and reported in the American Journal of Public Health.
Jan 22, 2006, 21:57
Treating gum disease may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
The Journal of Dental Research has just published the results of a study showing that treatment of gum disease may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers from Australia (Sydney Dental Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital) and Norway (University of Oslo) collaborated in the PERICAR clinical trial, providing strong evidence linking periodontal (gum) disease to an increased risk of developing blood clots, which could lead to the onset of heart attack and stroke.
Jan 22, 2006, 21:32
New Link Between Severe Periodontitis and Cardiovascular Disease
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have found that changes in the plasma lipoprotein profile of patients with severe periodontitis – a condition characterized by chronic infection and inflammation of the gums - may contribute to these patients’ elevated risk for heart disease and stroke.
Dec 4, 2005, 10:18
Cranberry juice acts like Teflon for teeth
A team led by oral biologist Hyun (Michel) Koo, D.D.S., Ph.D., at the University of Rochester Medical Center has discovered that the same traits that make cranberry juice a powerful weapon against bladder infections also hold promise for protecting teeth against cavities. Koo found that cranberry juice acts like Teflon® for teeth, making it difficult for the bacteria that causes cavities to cling to tooth surfaces. Stickiness is everything for the microbe Streptococcus mutans, which creates most cavities by eating sugars and then excreting acids that cause dental decay.
Nov 25, 2005, 06:13
Sunlight help prevent periodontal disease
As the days get shorter and colder, it gets harder to spend time in the sun, and that's probably bad for your teeth. According to an article in the Journal of Periodontology from a researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, our teeth may be light-sensitive, at least indirectly.
Oct 13, 2005, 15:11
Amoxicillin use in infancy may be linked to tooth enamel defects
Use of the antibiotic amoxicillin during infancy appears to be linked to tooth enamel defects in permanent teeth, according to a study in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Oct 6, 2005, 21:10
Research Finds it Wise to Remove Wisdom Teeth
Keeping wisdom teeth intact has long been the traditional approach of dentists, but research is now showing even unproblematic wisdom teeth may need to come out to avoid snags later in life.
Sep 23, 2005, 17:46
Implant-placed overdentures lock the denture in place
The enticing aroma of a thick, juicy steak was a temptation Marvin Goodwin oftentimes avoided because his dentures made the meat difficult to chew. Now that he's had implants placed to support his denture, he is no longer cautious of the foods he eats.
Sep 22, 2005, 04:57