Epigenetics and oral health Mar. 10th 2014
A visit to the dentist could one day require a detailed look at how genes in a patient's body are being switched on or off, as well as examining their pearly whites, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide.
New shrinking gel steers tooth tissue formation Mar. 07th 2014
A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth.
WHO proposes to halve advised daily sugar intake Mar. 06th 2014
The World Health Organization has issued draft guidelines calling for a reduction of daily sugar intake to 5% of total daily calories in order to tackle public health problems, such as obesity and tooth decay.In recent years, there has been increasing concern regarding the consumption of "free" sugars.
Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes Mar. 02nd 2014
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.
Study questions wisdom of extracting infected teeth before heart surgery Feb. 28th 2014
A new study, published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, warns that removing an infected tooth before heart surgery could increase the risk of major complications, including the risk of death prior to surgery.
Byproducts from bacteria-causing gum disease incite deadly oral cancer growth Feb. 27th 2014
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma-related (KS) lesions and tumors in the mouth.
Dental calculus offers a window into the past, may unlock a 'microbial Pompeii' Feb. 25th 2014
An international team of researchers have discovered a 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on the teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old. The key to the discovery is the dental calculus (plaque) which preserves bacteria and microscopic particles of food on the surfaces of teeth, effectively creating a mineral tomb for microbiomes.
Researchers look for culprit behind oral health problems in HIV-positive patients Feb. 24th 2014
Researchers want to help HIV-positive patients live better by understanding why their essentially dormant infection is still wreaking havoc in their mouth. Even with meticulous dental hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease, as well as infections by yeast, bacteria, and viruses such as human papillomavirus, continue to plague many patients, said Dr. Josѐ A.
Social inequalities broken down by by dental care in school Feb. 12th 2014
A new survey conducted by the University of Copenhagen and the World Health Organization (WHO) is highlighting the role of schools in work to promote health and prevent disease.
Motivational health coaching empowers diabetic patients, improves dental health Jan. 28th 2014
By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication.
Charity welcomes Action on Sugar group Jan. 14th 2014
A new group formed to tackle and reverse the growing obesity epidemic has been welcomed by the British Dental Health Foundation.Action on Sugar, formed of a number of leading worldwide experts, hopes to educate the public on the dangers of hidden sugars and raise awareness of the 'un-necessary' amounts of sugar added to our foods and drinks, a large reason behind the growing obesity crisis.
Your guide to a dentally friendly Christmas stocking Dec. 24th 2013
For many people, particularly children, the perfect Christmas stocking is one consisting of chocolate, sweets and other magnificent sugary treats. But while it may be tempting to cram in the selection boxes, it's a ploy that could give their teeth a nightmare before Christmas.
Improvements needed in preventive dental care in the USA Dec. 23rd 2013
The uptake rate of preventative dental care increased over a ten-year period in the United States, but there remains a large disparity among ethnic groups, reports one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on the subject, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Public Health.
New candy eats 'bad' bacteria in the mouth, benefitting teeth Dec. 04th 2013
Our mouths are a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria. When we clean our teeth, the aim is to knock out cavity-causing bacteria, while allowing beneficial oral bacteria to thrive. Now, researchers have developed a sugar-free candy, which contains dead bacteria that bind to bad bacteria, potentially reducing cavities.
Protection from periodontitis and related chronic diseases Nov. 12th 2013
A drug currently used to treat intestinal worms could protect people from periodontitis, an advanced gum disease, which untreated can erode the structures - including bone - that hold the teeth in the jaw. The research was published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Epigenetic effects on cell signaling leads healthy stem cells to create benign fibromas in the jaw Nov. 11th 2013
A new study from the Ostrow School of Dentistry published in Cell Stem Cell illustrates how changes in cell signaling can cause ordinary stem cells in the jaw to start forming benign but potentially harmful tumors.
Bio patch regenerates missing or damaged bone Nov. 08th 2013
Research led by the University of Iowa has tested a "bio patch" that regenerates missing or damaged bone by inserting DNA into nano-sized particles to deliver bone-making genetic instructions directly into cells.The method succeeded in regrowing enough bone to fully cover skull wounds in live rats.
Prescription opioid availability and associated abuse Nov. 07th 2013
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say one way to gauge the extent of prescription opioid pain reliever abuse in any Indiana county is to count the number of health care providers, particularly dentists and pharmacists.
Debunking the 'myths' of global medical tourism Nov. 06th 2013
A team of British researchers is warning governments and health care organizations around the world not to fall for the myths and hype surrounding medical tourism.With the promise of a lucrative market and huge global market opportunities, the appeal of medical tourism is hard to miss.
Atherosclerosis progression and changes in periodontal health Nov. 06th 2013
Taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could help hold heart disease at bay. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have shown for the first time that as gum health improves, progression of atherosclerosis slows to a clinically significant degree. Findings appear online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.