Recently, a story was featured on the Bloomberg news site regarding a possible link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study conducted by British researchers, Porphyromonas gingivalis (a bacteria commonly associated with periodontal disease) was found in four of 10 brain tissue samples from Alzheimer’s patients. In comparison, no signs of the bacteria were found in 10 tissue samples from people of similar age who haven’t shown signs of dementia.
In research conducted by several European institutions, the patients experienced no nervousness, but then again, they didn't get to feel the end result. These patients weren't really patients at all—they were ancient skeletons. While your dental staff gets rid of any plaque buildup right away, these researchers went in with the intent to examine the centuries-old crud.
And what they found excited them.
Modern dentistry would not be where it is today without anesthetics. Dentists can do procedures—from filling a cavity to removing wisdom teeth—while patients relax and feel little to none of the discomfort formerly associated with dental work.
However, many patients still deal with anxiety when it comes to needles. Small children especially tend to fear the pokes and pricks. But a new drug is awaiting FDA approval, a drug that could change all of that.
For all the prominent warnings on tobacco packaging and advertisements, and for all the news stories about celebrities and athletes battling oral cancer, it's surprising to learn how few people recognize the causes, signs and symptoms. In an alarming study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, doctors found that oral cancer awareness may be even lower than we thought. Oral cancer, often referred to as head and neck cancer, or HNC, includes cancers of the throat, mouth and voice box.
In a recent report in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Council on Scientific Affairs for the ADA made a bold change to long-standing recommendations regarding fluoride toothpaste use for small children.
The Council reviewed data on tooth decay and fluoride use and found that fear of using toothpaste before age 2 is largely unwarranted. The report and accompanying review, "Fluoride toothpaste efficacy and safety in children younger than 6 years" introduced new standards.
The Paleo diet has increased in popularity in recent years. Typically, its adherents avoid grains, refined sugars, dairy, legumes and processed foods in favor of more primal fare: grass-fed meats, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables.
This diet mimics pre-agricultural diets, as an attempt to banish the ills that have come from farming, higher carbohydrate consumption and a more sedentary lifestyle. Up until this point, it was believed that incidences of cavities caused by the bacteria s. mutans jumped after the advent of farming. However, this article, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, forces us to look at the reality that even early man dealt with dental caries.
Your wisdom teeth may never come in, and if they do, they may never pose a problem. If you are one of the people who get them extracted, you want to give yourself the best recovery possible.
It seems the words "dentist" and "candy" only make it into the same sentence when we're telling you to donate it, limit it or brush after eating it. But the idea that we would encourage you to eat it, or even pass it out, may not be so far-fetched after all.
According to a press release from NYU, a new technique developed at the College of Dentistry may cut time spent wearing braces in half. Doctors Cristina Teixeira and Mani Alikhani have developed a device to perforate the upper jaw bone, drastically shortening the time it takes teeth to move.
Fillings have come a long way over the past fifty years, from metal mixtures to tooth-colored, composite resins. And thanks to modern dental practices, typical fillings are inexpensive and relatively painless. Even so, it can be frustrating to get restorations repaired and replaced over time. Failing to maintain them, however, can lead to bigger problems.
Pinterest users can't get enough of the beautiful photos and seemingly great ideas found on the website to improve their homes, health and lives. We know a person doesn't have to be a professional baker to teach someone to make a scrumptious cake, but can self-proclaimed health enthusiasts offer sound dental and medical advice? In this feature, we look at ideas from the blogosphere made famous on Pinterest and give you our take.