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Caring for older Americans' teeth and gums is essential, but Medicare generally doesn't cover that cost

C. Everett Koop, the avuncular doctor with a fluffy white beard who served as the U.S. surgeon general during the Reagan administration, was famous for his work as an innovative pediatric surgeon and the attention he paid ...


As bans spread, fluoride in drinking water divides communities across the US

Regina Barrett, a 69-year-old retiree who lives in this small North Carolina city southeast of Charlotte, has not been happy with her tap water for a while.


Study suggests statins could help fight gum disease

Could taking statins benefit your mouth in addition to your arteries? A new study conducted in cell cultures has shown that cholesterol-lowering drugs help to dampen the inflammation associated with periodontal disease by ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Oral health behaviors associated with mental health disorders

A study that examined oral hygiene self-care behavior among patients with self-reported mental health disorders was presented at the 102nd General Session of the IADR, which was held in conjunction with the 53rd Annual Meeting ...


Examining family out-of-pocket expenditure on dental care

A study aimed at determining if poorer families pay more for dental care as a proportion of their total income than richer families. was presented at the 102nd General Session of the IADR, which was held in conjunction with ...


Straightening teeth? AI can help

A new tool being developed by the University of Copenhagen and 3Shape will help orthodontists correctly fit braces onto teeth. Using artificial intelligence and virtual patients, the tool predicts how teeth will move so as ...


Revolutionizing dentistry: The dental operative microscope

Traditionally, dentistry relied on the human eye for diagnosis and treatment. However, as procedures require more precision, conventional methods face limitations, especially in complex cases. The introduction of the DOM ...


Breaking detrimental oral habits in young kids

It's very common for babies and young children to have what dentists call "non-nutritive sucking" behaviors in which they regularly suck on a pacifier, thumb, finger(s) or other objects.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Overcoming dental fear with the tap of an app

Does the idea of sitting in a dental chair make your palms sweat? Or do you simply avoid making appointments altogether? You're not alone. Research shows that 30% of people fear going to the dentist, including more than 20% ...


Researchers reveal how diabetes weakens gum defense

Periodontitis (PD) is a common complication in individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM). Despite the profound implications for overall health, the complex bidirectional relationship between them lacks a comprehensive understanding ...


Q&A: Healthy gums, healthy heart; what's the connection?

Healthy gums are imperative to a healthy mouth, but what about your cardiovascular health? In honor of Heart Month, Dr. Frank Nichols, professor of periodontics at the UConn School of Dental Medicine, unravels the underlying ...


Gargling away the 'bad' bacteria in type 2 diabetes

There is growing evidence that ongoing inflammation in the mouth, such as that seen in gum disease, in addition to causing bad breath is associated with serious diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or type 2 diabetes. Now, ...