Tissue Engineering used Stem Cells to Grow New Periodontal Attachment

A new approach to anchor teeth back in the jaw using stem cells has been developed and successfully tested in the laboratory for the first time by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers in UIC’s Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics used stem cells obtained from the periodontal ligament of molars extracted from mice, expanded them in an …

Key reason "found" for gum and heart disease link

Scientists say they have established one reason why gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease. The link between gum and heart problems has long been recognized, but it is unclear if poor oral health is simply a marker of a person’s general well-being. U.K. and Irish experts now say bacteria enter the bloodstream via sore gums and deposit …

Fluoride in Water Prevents Adult Tooth Loss, Study Suggests

The benefits of fluoridated water for the prevention of tooth decay in children have been well-documented for decades. An interesting new study also suggests that use of fluoride as a child is related to a lower incidence of tooth loss in the adult years. In an article appearing in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Matthew …

Periodontal (Gum) Inflammation Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

NYU dental researchers have found the first long-term evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired. The NYU study offers fresh evidence that gum inflammation may contribute to brain inflammation, neurodegeneration, and Alzheimer’s disease. The research team, led by …

Body’s Own Stem Cells Can Lead to Tooth Regeneration – The End of Dental Implants?

A technique pioneered in the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, can orchestrate stem cells to migrate to a three-dimensional scaffold infused with growth factor, holding the translational potential to yield an anatomically correct tooth in as soon as nine weeks once implanted. …

Exercise can forestall osteoporosis

Science daily 2010-05-08 —-The stage for osteoporosis is set well before menopause — but exercise can help rewrite the script, according to researchers. They hypothesize that higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone decrease bone mineral density by influencing the production of cytokines.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100426105643.htm

Non-Surgical Laser Gum Treatment in Boston, Newton and Framingham – What About You?

My partner, Giovanni Castellucci, and I have been treating periodontal disease in our periodontal practice for over 29 years. Every day, we see an ever increasing amount of requests from our restorative colleagues and patients from Boston, Newton, Framingham, and the surrounding metrowest communities for Laser Periodontal Treatment as an alternative to more conventional surgical modalities. Dental lasers have been …

Sniff of local anesthetic in the dentist’s chair could replace the needle

Modern dentistry has eliminated much of the “ouch!” from getting a shot of local anesthetic. Now a new discovery may replace the needle used to give local anesthetic in the dentist’s chair for many procedures. Scientists are reporting evidence that a common local anesthetic, when administered to the nose as nose drops or a nasal spray, travels through the main …

Are Gum Disease and Prostatitis Linked?

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center report initial results from a small sample that inflammation from gum disease and prostate problems just might be linked. They discuss their new evidence in the Journal of Periodontology. The researchers compared two markers: the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) used to measure inflammation levels in …

Nano-Bio-Chip Effective In Pilot Study To Detect Premalignancies In Oral Cancer

Researchers at Rice University, the University of Texas Health Science Centers at Houston and San Antonio and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that gently applying a brush to a lesion on the tongue or cheek can help detect oral cancer with success rates comparable to more invasive techniques, according to preliminary studies. The test that …