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Mussel-derived compound enhances durability of dental filling treatment

Leading researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Wuhan University (WHU), and the Peking University Shenzhen Hospital have found that a compound found in mussels helps increase the durability ...

Dentistry

Cracked teeth. Grinding. Sore jaws. Dentists say COVID-19 stress is affecting our dental health

Along with everything else, COVID-19 is also creating problems with our teeth.

Dentistry

Social isolation among older adults linked to having fewer teeth

Older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to have missing teeth—and to lose their teeth more quickly over time—than those with more social interaction, according to a new study of Chinese older adults led ...

Medical research

Disarming a blood-clotting protein prevents gum disease in mice

Blocking function of a blood-clotting protein prevented bone loss from periodontal (gum) disease in mice, according to research led by scientists at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part ...

Dentistry

Mystery of children's 'chalky teeth' explained

One in five children have chalky tooth enamel—visible as discolored enamel spots—which often causes severe toothache and decay, and sometimes leads to abscesses, extractions and orthodontic problems.

Other

Doctors find tooth growing inside a patient's nose

A 38-year-old male patient complaining of difficulty breathing through one of his nostrils for several years was found to have an ectopic tooth growing in his nose. In their paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine ...

Dentistry

USPSTF urges docs to help prevent tooth decay in young children

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians take steps to prevent cavities in young children, many of whom may not visit a dentist. The final recommendation statement ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Ventilation is critical to battling COVID

As dentists and other healthcare providers continue to navigate the COVID pandemic and the emerging variants, an easy-to-use tool is now available to help them conveniently and accurately assess the ventilation rates of their ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Investigating ways to reduce COVID-19 risks in dental offices 

According to a study from the University of Illinois Chicago, adding a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the water in ultrasonic scalers used to clean teeth can help mitigate the risk of spreading airborne diseases, including ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 testing kits also can measure oral microbiome in saliva

COVID-19 saliva testing kits that include a novel preservative can also be used measure microscopic organisms in the mouth, a Rutgers study has found. This enables study of the relationship between mouth and lung microbes ...

Health

Why having bad oral health could raise the risk of COVID

Not brushing your teeth will get you in trouble with the dentist—but since the arrival of the pandemic, it could lead to bigger problems too. There's growing evidence that poor oral health raises the risk posed by COVID.

Dentistry

Making for a better sleep device fit

Experts are working on a way to make dental appliances more effective in reducing the effects of sleep apnea and snoring.

HIV & AIDS

Oral health in HIV+ population

Pushpa Pandiyan, associate professor of biological sciences in the School of Dental Medicine, and a team of researchers have been working to discover the cause behind residual systemic inflammation and dysfunction of the ...

Dentistry

Root canal treatment work still favored for badly damaged teeth

Few patients regret having a severely damaged tooth saved by a root canal filling. A University of Gothenburg thesis shows that 87 percent would choose the same treatment again, if in need, although pain and discomfort around ...

Dentistry

Study: The best, worst and unproven tools to care for your teeth

Do probiotics prevent gum disease? Is flossing necessary? Many patients are unable to confidently answer these questions and more due to the abundance of conflicting medical information. However, new research led by the University ...

Dentistry

Taxane-containing chemo associated with persistent alopecia

(HealthDay)—Persistent chemotherapy-induced alopecia is more severe in patients who receive a taxane-containing chemotherapy for breast cancer, but a significant proportion of patients see improvement in hair density with ...