Sugar-Free Gum Could Save $4.1 Billion in Dental Costs

June 6th, 2017 (No Comments)

If current consumers of sugar-free chewing gum increase their consumption by just one piece per day, $4.1 billion could be saved worldwide on dental expenditures from treating tooth decay each year, according to the Institute of Empirical Health Economics (IEHE). These savings would include $2.07 billion in the United States, $1.1 billion in Europe, and […]

Sweet-Tooth Nation: US Can’t Kick Soda Habit

February 1st, 2017 (No Comments)

Soda habits among kids and adults in the U.S. are still going strong: About two-thirds of children and half of adults report drinking at one least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day, two new reports find. One report focused on children and teens ages 2 to 19; it found that 63 percent of youth in the […]

Herbal toothpastes effective in reducing inflammatory markers, study finds

November 14th, 2016 (No Comments)

When it comes to harmful ingredients, herbal oral care products, which usually do not contain artificial substances such as sweeteners, colourants or preservatives, are considered a safer alternative to most conventional dentifrices. However, to date, sufficient research on the efficiency of plant-derived oral care products has been sparse. Aiming to change that, researchers from India […]

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia, study shows

November 7th, 2016 (No Comments)

Nearly one million Americans become ill with the infection every year and 50,000 die. While it is more common among older people and those with conditions such as AIDS or lung disease, anyone can get pneumonia. Based on an analysis of a national database of more than 26,000 people, the new research found that people […]

Prevention-oriented approach to dentistry helps patients avoid the drill

November 3rd, 2016 (No Comments)

Several years ago, Peter Rechmann, DMD, PhD, professor of Preventive & Restorative Dental Science at UC San Francisco’s School of Dentistry, saw a patient who was convinced that she needed a new set of dental crowns. “That sounded good for my practice, but I didn’t do any crowns for her,” Rechmann said. He was using […]

Protecting the oral cavity and mind of type II diabetics: The comorbidity of type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and periodontitis

October 14th, 2016 (No Comments)

Those with diabetes and forms of dementia face their own oral health challenges. There has long been a connection between type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s; recent research suggests that Alzheimer’s may actually be a form of diabetes itself. In this article, learn about the mechanisms of periodontitis in those with diabetes and Alzheimer’s, as well […]

Genetics may amplify negative impact of obesity on periodontal disease progression

September 1st, 2016 (No Comments)

Studies have indicated that individuals with a high body mass index are more prone to developing periodontal disease than other people are. Being overweight or obese might also negatively affect one’s response to nonsurgical periodontal therapy. In line with these findings, a recently published study has suggested that overweight or obese patients, particularly men, carrying […]

Toss the Floss?

August 8th, 2016 (No Comments)

Who expected to wake up last week to the “news” that flossing doesn’t matter? In case you missed it – and you can be sure that your patients will enlighten you if you did – here is a link to one of the many media reports:,amp.html So, what is going on? The answer lies […]

Dental Fillings Heal Teeth With Stem Cells

July 12th, 2016 (No Comments)

Regenerative dental fillings that allow teeth to heal themselves have been developed by researchers, potentially eliminating the need for root canals. The treatment, developed by scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University, earned a prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry after judges described it as a “new paradigm for dental treatments.” The […]

Tobacco Smoke Makes Oral Bacteria More Resilient

June 13th, 2016 (No Comments)

The mouth is home to more than 700 different bacteria species. Tobacco smoke, though, promotes the colonization and fortification of harmful species like Porphyromonas gingivalis. The immune system, then, has a much harder time fighting them off as biofilms begin to develop. “Once a pathogen establishes itself within a biofilm, it can be difficult to […]

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