Diet And Prevention Of Oral Cancer

Tobacco and alcohol use are the most well-known risk factors for oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancer. Other important factors include diet and a strain of human papilloma virus (HPV 16), which is sexually transmitted. Genetic susceptibility can also play a role; most human diseases result from the interaction of your genes and environmental factors that may be chemical, physical, nutritional, …

Gum Disease More Likely In Smokers and Men according to new CDC Study

One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study titled estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults over age 65, prevalence rates increase …

Exchanging Patient Information Seamlessly and Securely

Imagine that you are a dentist who wants to consult an endodontist some distance away about a problem a patient is having. You need to send her the patient’s x-rays in a fast and secure manner. Today, you may have trouble transmitting the images digitally if you and the other dentist use different systems. To make the transfer seamless, the …

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) – Balancing Benefits and Risks

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has issued new guidance on the use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dentistry. Their findings appear in an advisory statement in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. The Council concluded that clinicians should prescribe CBCT imaging only when they expect that the diagnostic yield will benefit patient care, …

Benzocaine Is Not Recommended For Teething Babies

The FDA has reissued a warning about the use of benzocaine gels or liquids to relieve teething pain for children under two years old. Parents should not use over-the-counter medications containing benzocaine for children under two years old because they are at particular risk for the rare but serious disease of methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …