Look Ma, No Mercury in Fillings!

Kent Coulter and his colleagues at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio have developed a new proof-of-concept dental restorative material under a program funded by the National Institutes of Health that seeks to replace amalgam with other materials. The new fillings are made with a plastic-like material containing zirconia nanoplatelets. Coulter and his colleagues designed a way to make a …

Be Thankful for Healthy Teeth!

On the eve of Thanksgiving, all dental professionals should be thankful for having the opportunity to “make a difference” and enhance the quality of life for our dental patients on a daily basis. And, our patients should be equally thankful for the healthy teeth that allows them to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal! Congratulations to all of you. Wishing you a …

Be Thankful for Healthy Teeth!

On the eve of Thanksgiving, all dental professionals should be thankful for having the opportunity to “make a difference” and enhance the quality of life for our dental patients on a daily basis. And, our patients should be equally thankful for the healthy teeth that allows them to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal! Congratulations to all of you. Wishing you a …

A Dental Shift: Implants Instead of Bridges

A patient mentioned a great article written by Jane E. Brody in the Health section of the New York Times regarding dental implants as the treatment of choice when compared to fixed bridges. The author unfortunately had experienced failure of a conventional three unit fixed bridge. Fortunately, she has the option of restoring her quality of life with an implant …

Mouth Is An Indicator of Overall Health

One day in medical clinics, the big picture of a patient’s state of health may be found in little pictures from the mouth, says Li Mao, MD, a new professor at the University of Maryland Dental School. The mouth or oral cavity area is an excellent indicator of the whole body’s health, says Mao, who is the chair of the …

Are you working too much?

An American Dental Association survey of dentists reported that a majority of dentist feel that their work level is comfortable. Given the current economic climate and jobless claims exceeding 10% on a national level, I wonder if those dentists would respond in the same way today. Comments?

Cavity Fighting Candy – Trick or Treat?

Oral biologists formulated a mint that fights cavities with an ingredient called Cavistat. Cavistat contains two main components that protect the teeth. First, the amino acid arginine metabolizes certain bacteria, which neutralizes the acid generated by sugars. This raises the pH to help prevent damage to teeth. Cavistat also introduces other chemical compounds that protect against the dissolving of the …

Cavity Fighting Candy – Trick or Treat?

Oral biologists formulated a mint that fights cavities with an ingredient called Cavistat. Cavistat contains two main components that protect the teeth. First, the amino acid arginine metabolizes certain bacteria, which neutralizes the acid generated by sugars. This raises the pH to help prevent damage to teeth. Cavistat also introduces other chemical compounds that protect against the dissolving of the …

Come fly with me…

A new study looks at the highly sophisticated structure of teeth and how this structure could be applied to aircraft and space vehicles of the future. It’s been a mystery: how can our teeth withstand such an enormous amount of pressure, over many years, when tooth enamel is only about as strong as glass? Professor Herzl Chai of Tel Aviv …

Biologically Active ‘Scaffold’ May Help Humans Replace Lost Or Missing Bone

Scientist and Professor Meital Zilberman of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed a new biologically active “scaffold” made from soluble fibers, which may help humans replace lost or missing bone. The invention, which does not yet have a name, could be used to restore missing bone in a limb lost in an accident, or repair receded jawbones …