Hormonal Changes In Women Associated With Gum Disease

Another recent study confirms why women should keep those toothbrushes and dental floss handy! A comprehensive review of women’s health studies by Charlene Krejci, associate clinical professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, has shown a link between women’s health issues and gum disease. Across the ages, hormonal changes take place during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and …

‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay

Do you really want to avoid cavities in your teeth and preserve a beautiful smile? Try massaging them with a high-fluoride toothpaste after lunch. “Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth increases the fluoride protection by 400%,” says Anna Nordström, dentist, PhD and researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Eight years ago a new brand of toothpaste …

Newly Identified Oral Bacterium Linked to Heart Disease and Meningitis

A novel bacterium, thought to be a common inhabitant of the oral cavity, has the potential to cause serious disease if it enters the bloodstream, according to a study in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. Its identification will allow scientists to work out how it causes disease and evaluate the risk that it poses. The bacterium was …

Dental Implants For Tooth Replacement In One Day

Immediate placement of a dental implant right after a tooth is extracted, along with attachment of the temporary tooth, is a predictable treatment option for patients who must lose a tooth.  My partner and I have been placing dental implants in our private periodontal practice in Newton and Framingham, MA for over 25 years.  We have personally witnessed the evolution of implant …

Recession Affects Millions – But There Is A Cure!

Gum disease affects millions of people around the work.  And, gum recession ( the loss of gum tissue and supporting bone around a natural tooth) makes up a big part of the problem.  Unfortunately, loss of gum and bone can eventually lead to tooth loss. But there is a cure!  Dentists and periodontists (dentists who specialize in the treatment of gum …

Single Tooth Dental Implant Restoration (Teeth in a Day) in Boston, Newton, and Framingham

My partner, Giovanni Castellucci, and I have been placing dental implants in our periodontal practice for over 27 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 extraction of a compromised tooth, followed by immediate dental implant placement and restoration (Teeth in …

Dried Licorice Root Fights Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice — used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine — that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and …

Bacteria Found in Saliva Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

The saliva of people with pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis varies from that of healthy people, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in Gut. Researchers at University of California Los Angeles—led by James J. Farrell, MD, an assistant professor in the Division of Digestive Diseases at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA—conducted a three-phase study to measure the …

Dentists Could Screen 20 Million Americans For Chronic Physical Illnesses

Nearly 20 million Americans annually visit a dentist but not a general healthcare provider, according to an NYU study published in the American Journal of Public Health.  The study, conducted by a nursing-dental research team at NYU, is the first of its kind to determine the proportion of Americans who are seen annually by a dentist but not by a …

Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Professional tooth scaling was associated with fewer heart attacks and strokes in a study from Taiwan presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011.  Among more than 100,000 people, those who had their teeth scraped and cleaned (tooth scaling) by a dentist or dental hygienist had a 24 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk …