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Stress in pregnancy may raise risk for dental caries in offspring
Stress during pregnancy has been associated with a number of poor health implications for offspring, including low birthweight and increased risk of asthma and allergies. But for the first time, a new study suggests chronic stress in pregnancy may increase a child’s risk for dental caries.
Enamel evolved in the skin and colonized the teeth much later
When did the enamel that covers our teeth evolve? And where in the body did this tissue first appear? In a new study, researchers combined data from two very different research fields — paleontology and genomics — to arrive at a clear but unexpected answer to this question: enamel originated in the skin and colonized [...]
Oral mucosal cells help to cure blindness
Findings from the University of Oslo give hope to individuals suffering from impaired vision due to stem cell deficiency of the cornea. Using cells harvested from the patient’s mouth, researchers have been able to grow new tissue that, once transplanted into the damaged eye, helps to restore sight and eliminate pain from the cornea.
Interview: “We need to stay open-minded to new crazy ideas”
The concept of osseointegration has been applied to dental implants for several decades. As an orthopaedic surgeon and engineer, Dr Rickard Brånemark has continued the work of his father by adapting the concept to the treatment of amputees. In an interview with Dental Tribune Online, Brånemark explains the benefits and future possibilities of osseointegrated amputation [...]
Tiny silica particles could be used to repair damaged teeth, research shows
The study, published in the Journal of Dentistry, shows how sub-micron silica particles can be prepared to deliver important compounds into damaged teeth through tubules in the dentine.
The tiny particles can be bound to compounds ranging from calcium tooth building materials to antimicrobials that prevent infection.
Work absenteeism by parents because of oral conditions in preschool children
Other oral conditions that do not generally cause pain, such as dental caries with a low degree of severity or inactive dental caries and uncomplicated TDI, were not associated with parents’ or guardians’ work absenteeism of preschool children. It is concluded that toothache, avulsion, luxation and a low degree of mother’s schooling are associated with [...]
Study evaluates prosthetic rehabilitation in head and neck cancer patients
Radiation therapy and ablative surgery, the primary treatment for head and neck cancer, often leave patients’ orofacial functions majorly impaired and can have side-effects, such as salivary hypofunction, taste disturbances and pathology of the masticatory muscles. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have now analysed whether different prosthetic reconstructions improve oral function and therefore affect [...]
Success with Vital Pulp Therapy
With the advancement of pulpal regenerative therapies, we have come to appreciate and respect the healing capacity of the pulp. While MTA and new bioceramic materials are allowing us to create better coronal seals, we now have new treatment options to replace the traditional apexification and apexigenesis procedures. While pulpal regenerative procedures were first [...]
Dental research effort aims to stem India’s oral cancer problem
New work has resulted in innovative techniques that utilize some of the world’s most sophisticated lasers to noninvasively probe into mouth lesions to determine the growth of cancerous cells and eradicate them. Now, this focus is on stemming India’s oral cancer problem with a portable diagnostic device.
Can Stress Weaken your Teeth?
Have you ever wondered whether or not stress can weaken your teeth? The answer is yes. Too much stress can wreak havoc on your gums, teeth and mouth. You can take a few steps to keep your overall health under control while you are under stress, however, and this includes your mouth. By now you [...]
3 Ways to Help Keep Your Dental Office Staff Happy
Turnover is bad for your practice for a few reasons. First, it costs you money. You’ll have to recruit new staff and train them. You may even have to turn down appointments because you don’t have enough staff on hand.
Turnover also hurts morale in both your employees and your patients. Employees see the turnover and [...]
Tooth extraction- A Painful Procedure ?
Tooth extraction is one of the first things which comes to a patients mind when it comes to dentistry. If not the first, then it definitely is one of the things which patients come to dread the most. Tooth extraction is a procedure which is normally associated with pain. But is it really as painful [...]
How your nightly glass of wine can ruin your teeth
We’ve all been warned that sugary snacks and acidic fruit juice don’t do our teeth any favours. But now dentists are warning of another hidden source of damage to our molars: alcohol.
Mini implants supporting fixed partial dentures in the posterior mandible: a retrospective
Importantly, a narrow, rounded occlusal table should be used to minimize off axial loads and an insoluble luting cement should be used to prevent loosening of the crowns due to dissolution of the cement and an overload of the retained implant with any residual cement–retained in the retainer. The implant that supports the cement retained [...]
An app twice a day keeps the dentist away
Research published in the British Dental Journal shows that Brush DJ, an app designed to encourage youngsters to adopt and maintain an effective oral health care routine using evidence-based techniques, is effective in its aims.
How to take care of your teeth and gums
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall good health. Poor oral health is significantly associated with major chronic diseases and can cause disability and contribute to low self-esteem.
Study finds that milk prevents teeth from staining
Beverages such as black tea, coffee, cola and red wine can discolor the surface of the teeth. However, researchers from the University of Alberta may have found a solution to the problem—at least for the tea lovers out there.
Changing dental insurance with a connected toothbrush
…a dental insurance company, giving connected toothbrushes to policy holders makes all the sense in the world. Knowing that your policyholders brush their teeth on the regular means they are less likely to develop cavities and other issues associated with high claims. The insurer might even be able to promote more brushing or even flossing [...]
Dental treatment with local anaesthetics found to be safe for pregnant women
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, visits to the dentist at least twice a year are generally recommended, especially for pregnant women. However, dental treatment involving anaesthetics is often an area of concern for both women and health care providers. Now, a study has provided additional evidence that dental local anaesthetics and dental treatment [...]
How to get the best Dental Implants Treatment?
There are times when people have to face dental issues such as missing teeth. Missing teeth not only affect the oral health of a person but they also shatter their confidence level. Dental Implants Treatment can help such people in regaining their lost confidence. It has to be noted that dental implants are not cheap [...]
Dentists in small group practices are most satisfied
Many factors influence the daily work of dental professionals and contribute to their overall job satisfaction, which in turn may affect their delivery of care and thus patient satisfaction. A new study has found that the level of satisfaction differs significantly between dentists in different practice settings.
Dental problems cause absence from school
Owing to their dental health issues, a substantial number of U.S. children miss school, a Delta Dental Plans Association survey has found. More than 30 percent of the parents interviewed reported that their children had missed school for oral health-related issues. The results indicated that children’s absence from school varied by region and parents’ age.
5 tips for avoiding Google penalties
We all know what good search engine optimization techniques can bring: higher ranking on a Google search results page. In order to be seen by people looking for services in your area, you want to be on page one, preferably in the top spot. But what happens when you employ poor SEO tricks? Google may [...]
Double sentinel lymph node mapping with indocyanine green and 99m-technetium-tin colloid in oral squamous cell carcinoma
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical benefit of double SLN mapping with indocyanine green (ICG) and 99m–technetium–tin colloid (99mTc–tin colloid) for sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS). The double mapping method assisted surgeons to explore SLNs. Since the ICG fluorescence was shielded by the subcutaneous fatty tissue and the muscle layer including [...]
Neutrophil and cancer cell ‘crosstalk’ underlies oral cancer metastasis
An abnormal immune response or “feedback loop” could very well be the underlying cause of metastases in oral cancers, according to Dr. Marco Magalhaes, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry and lead researcher in a study published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research. Magalhaes has unearthed a significant connection between the [...]
Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related visits
Although the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has made millions of low-income and rural Americans eligible for health insurance, many states don’t provide dental coverage for adults under their Medicaid programs. Paying for dental insurance on the individual market or paying for dental services out of pocket is cost-prohibitive for Medicaid beneficiaries, [...]
New study shows dental treatment during pregnancy is safe
t’s safe for pregnant women to undergo dental treatment with local anesthetics, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).
“Our study identified no evidence to show that dental treatment with anesthetics is harmful during pregnancy, and yet so many pregnant women avoid going to the dentist,” said study [...]
Clear Aligners Versus Traditional Braces – How To Help Your Patients Decide
Patients have more options at their disposal than ever before. Same holds true when it comes to straightening teeth and orthodontics. It’s our professions job to guide them through their decision making process. In this article, Dr. Richard Rosenblatt lays out the reason many of his patients are choosing clear aligners.