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 …

5 Reasons Dentists Use Invisalign to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign is a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of plastic trays called aligners.  Invisalign treatment has grown in popularity over the past few years and has been used to treat over a million patients.  Many potential patients are drawn to the treatment for esthetic reasons; however, Invisalign offers several other great benefits that make it a …

Is Your Jaw Size Related to What You Eat?

New research from the University of Kent suggests that many of the common orthodontic problems experienced by people in industrialised nations is due to their soft modern diet causing the jaw to grow too short and small relative to the size of their teeth. The research, which was conducted by Dr Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel from the University’s School of Anthropology …

‘Smart Bomb’ Mouthwash Could Banish Cavities

A mouthwash concocted by a UCLA microbiologist may render cavities and tooth decay a thing of the past. The innovation developed by Wenyuan Shi, chairman of the UCLA School of Dentistry’s oral biology section, acts as a sort of “smart bomb” against harmful bacteria like, S. mutans, a main cause of cavities and tooth decay. Wenyuan Shi(credit:UCLA)  “With this new …

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) confirmed as Cause of Salivary Gland Cancer

An important new study from the Laboratory for Developmental Genetics at USC has confirmed cytomegalovirus  (CMV) as a cause of the most common salivary gland cancers. CMV joins a group of fewer than 10 identified oncoviruses – cancer-causing viruses – including HPV. The findings, published online in the journal Experimental and Molecular Pathology over the weekend, are the latest in …

DNA Vaccines Show Promise in Preventing Dental Decay

In a report on a preclinical investigation titled “Flagellin Enhances Saliva Ig A Response and Protection of Anti-caries DNA Vaccine,” lead author Wei Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team of researchers demonstrate that anti-caries DNA vaccines, including pGJA-P/VAX, are promising for preventing dental caries. However, challenges remain because of the low immunogenicity of DNA …

Botox and Dermal Fillers Can Maximize Cosmetic Outcomes for Dental Patients

For many dental implant patients, restoring facial volume can be as critical as the dental restoration for optimizing cosmetic outcomes.  In a workshop at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, Pankaj Singh, DDS urged attendees to pay close attention to facial structures and consider using Botox and dermal filler agents for patients who need facial …

Bad Teeth And Gums Can Threaten Your Health

Bad teeth can pose more of a health problem to a person than just an aesthetics problem.   More and more studies indicate that the health of the teeth and gums can affect the health of the whole body, and inflamed gums (periodontitis) can especially negatively affect the health of the whole body.   The chronic inflammation weakens the immune system, and …

The Best (and Worst) Candy for Your Teeth

It’s almost Halloween.  As each October creeps up on Cindy Flanagan, DDS, MAGD, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry(AGD), her mind always wanders to the amount of sweets both children and adults will be consuming during the last few months of the year.   “Too many sweets can cause a spooky mouth,” says Dr. Flanagan. “People have the tendency …

MRSA Bacteria Common Among Some Dental Students

Dental students in a Seattle study had very high rates of colonization with MRSA, the drug-resistant strain of staph, raising new questions about the prevalence of the bacteria outside of hospitals in community health care settings. People who are colonized with MRSA carry the bacteria in their nose or on their skin, but they may or may not have signs …