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Newly discovered autoimmune disorder disrupts tooth enamel development

Enamel, the hardest and most mineral-rich substance in the human body, covers and protects our teeth. But in one of every 10 people this layer appears defective, failing to protect the teeth properly.

By |2024-01-05T10:52:11+00:00January 5th, 2024|News|Comments Off on Newly discovered autoimmune disorder disrupts tooth enamel development

Viking dentistry was surprisingly advanced

Viking Age teeth from Varnhem bear witness to surprisingly advanced dentistry. This has been shown in a study carried out at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The study examined 3,293 teeth from 171 individuals among the Viking Age population of Varnhem in Västergötland, Sweden.

By |2024-01-05T10:51:21+00:00January 5th, 2024|News|Comments Off on Viking dentistry was surprisingly advanced

Toothbrushing tied to lower rates of pneumonia among hospitalised patients

A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in the US and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute examined whether daily toothbrushing among hospitalised patients is associated with lower rates of hospital-acquired pneumonia and other outcomes.

By |2024-01-05T10:50:44+00:00January 5th, 2024|News|Comments Off on Toothbrushing tied to lower rates of pneumonia among hospitalised patients

Splatter study examines infection control during oral surgery

A study from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and published in Clinical Oral Investigations examined the patterns of splatter contamination created by rotary instruments and irrigation during oral surgery.

By |2023-12-14T15:41:48+00:00December 14th, 2023|News|Comments Off on Splatter study examines infection control during oral surgery

Proof of concept of new material for long-lasting relief from dry mouth conditions

A novel aqueous lubricant technology designed to help people who suffer from a dry mouth is between four and five times more effective than existing commercially available products, according to laboratory tests.

By |2023-12-14T15:40:43+00:00December 14th, 2023|News|Comments Off on Proof of concept of new material for long-lasting relief from dry mouth conditions

A healthy mouth helps to maintain balanced metabolic profiles

Common oral infections, periodontal diseases and caries are associated with inflammatory metabolic profiles related to an increased risk of cardiometabolic diseases, a new study suggests.

By |2023-12-14T15:39:01+00:00December 14th, 2023|News|Comments Off on A healthy mouth helps to maintain balanced metabolic profiles

Killer smile? An oral pathogen increases heart attack damage, study reveals

In a study published in September 2023 in the International Journal of Oral Science, researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) have revealed that a common oral pathogen can stop cardiac myocytes from repairing themselves after a heart attack caused by coronary heart disease.

By |2023-11-16T10:20:43+00:00November 16th, 2023|News|Comments Off on Killer smile? An oral pathogen increases heart attack damage, study reveals

Combined treatment takes a bite out of tooth decay

The sting of a toothache or the discovery of a cavity is a universal dread. Dental caries, more commonly known as tooth decay, is an insidious adversary, taking a toll on millions of mouths worldwide. Caries can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection, and in severe cases, even death.

By |2023-11-16T10:20:20+00:00November 16th, 2023|News|Comments Off on Combined treatment takes a bite out of tooth decay

Pandemic impact: decline in preventive oral health services raises concerns

New research from Delta Dental on oral healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic, published recently by the Journal of the American Dental Association, reported a significant decrease in the provision of preventive oral healthcare services when compared to pre-pandemic levels.

By |2023-11-16T10:21:42+00:00November 16th, 2023|News|Comments Off on Pandemic impact: decline in preventive oral health services raises concerns

Student researchers turn to lotus plant to design fog-free personal protective equipment

Students at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine created free face shields and comfort bands as a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) with 3D printers that were eventually used by some 3,000 dental professionals in university centres across the US.

By |2023-10-06T10:33:00+00:00October 6th, 2023|News|Comments Off on Student researchers turn to lotus plant to design fog-free personal protective equipment