Overuse of Cone Beam CT Scans in Dentistry?

The other day, the New York Times featured an article entitled “Radiation Worries for Children in Dentist’s Chairs”. The article mainly centers around the increasing use of Cone Beam CT Scans by dentists, including oral surgeons and orthodontists, to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of common dental problems in children such as malocclusion and impacted teeth. …

Repair of Periodontal Structures With Growth Factors

It is well known that oral infection progressively destroys periodontal tissues and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. A major goal of periodontal treatment is regeneration of the tissues lost to periodontitis. Unfortunately, most current therapies cannot predictably promote repair of tooth-supporting defects. A variety of regenerative approaches for repair of diseased teeth are currently available which …

Halloween Candy: Frequency, Not Amount, Raises Cavity Risk

Halloween can present a very scary time of year for any parent concerned about their child’s oral health, since your kids will probably come home with that big haul of candy from trick or treating. But should you let them immediately gorge themselves on the candy and get it out of their system? Temple University pediatric dentist Mark Helpin thinks …

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 …