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How oral bacteria suppress protection against viral growth

Researchers from the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Dentistry in the US and their colleagues have discovered details of how proteins produced by oral epithelial cells protect humans against viruses entering the body through the mouth.

By |2022-02-09T11:50:19+00:00February 9th, 2022|News|Comments Off on How oral bacteria suppress protection against viral growth

Poor oral health may increase risk of severe Covid-19 for cardiac patients

Previous studies have linked poor oral hygiene with hyper-inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Similarly, the severity of Covid-19 has been associated with hyper-inflammatory responses.

By |2022-02-09T11:47:58+00:00February 9th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Poor oral health may increase risk of severe Covid-19 for cardiac patients

Top five “must have” design features for a child’s electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes can remove up to twice as much plaque as a manual brush, so one could be seen as a good investment.

By |2022-02-09T11:43:50+00:00February 9th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Top five “must have” design features for a child’s electric toothbrush

Disarming a blood-clotting protein prevents gum disease in mice

Blocking the 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) in the USA.

By |2022-01-05T15:21:46+00:00January 5th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Disarming a blood-clotting protein prevents gum disease in mice

Obesity raises the risk of gum disease by inflating growth of bone-destroying cells

Chronic inflammation caused by obesity may trigger the development of cells that break down bone tissue, including the bone that holds teeth in place, according to new University at Buffalo (UB) research that sought to improve understanding of the connection between obesity and gum disease.

By |2022-01-05T15:19:51+00:00January 5th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Obesity raises the risk of gum disease by inflating growth of bone-destroying cells

A chewing gum that could reduce Covid-19 transmission

A chewing gum laced with a plant-grown protein serves as a "trap" for the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus, reducing viral load in saliva and potentially tamping down transmission, according to a new study.

By |2022-01-05T15:18:44+00:00January 5th, 2022|News|Comments Off on A chewing gum that could reduce Covid-19 transmission

Covid-19: Study shows benefits of local exhaust ventilation in dental settings

One of the main ways in which Covid-19 is communicated is through airborne respiratory droplets—droplets that can be dispersed as a result of dental procedures.

By |2021-12-06T12:13:07+00:00December 6th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Covid-19: Study shows benefits of local exhaust ventilation in dental settings

Baby teeth may one day help identify kids at risk for mental disorders later in life

Teeth contain growth lines that may reveal clues about childhood experiences.

By |2021-12-06T12:03:46+00:00December 6th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Baby teeth may one day help identify kids at risk for mental disorders later in life