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More pain before root canal, less to gain from anesthesia

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Before starting any root canal procedure, dentists usually reach for a local anesthetic. However, if the patient has a severe toothache, the standard dose may not be enough to keep the pain at bay during the procedure. Figuring out just how much the patient’s tooth hurts when he walks through the d ...

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Gum Disease Causing Bacteria May Lead to Oral Cancer!

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In a study published in the Journal of Virology 2014, researchers from Case Western Reserve University analyzed how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma-related (KS) lesions and tumors in the mouth.

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Graphene oxide shows promise for stronger dental fillings

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According to a 2011 study, we put our teeth under huge strain, chewing some 800 times per meal, and as much as a million times every year. When they inevitably get damaged, we use fillings to repair them, usually with metals like copper, mercury, silver and tin, or other materials like ceramics.

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Sugar free drinks can still damage your teeth

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It is known that bacteria in the mouth ferments sugar in dental plaque to produce acid that dissolves the outer layer of tooth enamel. It is the acid that damages teeth and causes erosion. Therefore, acidic drinks whether they contain sugar or not can erode teeth and lead to tooth decay. These includ ...

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Is there a link between oral health and rheumatoid arthritis?

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes a chronic inflammation in the joints resulting in painful deformity and immobility, especially in the fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles.
In recent years, an astounding amount of research has found clear links between gum disease and a number of ...

Silk and stem cells could lead to salivary gland regeneration

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Saliva is a watery substance secreted by the salivary glands located in the mouth. Saliva is essential for good health, as it assists in speaking, swallowing, food digestion, preventing oral infections in addition to many other tasks. Without normal salivary function the frequency of dental caries, gum dis ...

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Exposure to secondhand smoke linked to increased risk of tooth decay in children

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There is a high level of dental caries in deciduous teeth in developed countries; at a rate of 20.5% in children, aged 2-5 in the US and 25% in children aged three in Japan. Traditional methods to prevent tooth decay in young children include sugar restriction, oral fluoride supplementation and fluor ...

Periodontitis as a risk factor of Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis is defined as arterial walls becoming clogged up with fats, cholesterol and other substances, this build-up, forms plaques that can burst and trigger a blood clot.
Periodontitis is a common, progressive disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth, causing loss of ...

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Blueberry extract might fight gum disease

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Gum disease is a common condition among adults. This is when bacteria form biofilms or plaques on teeth, the gums become inflamed (gingivitis), they get red and swollen, and they bleed easily. If left unchecked, the condition can progress to periodontitis.

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Maternal stress linked to tooth decay in child

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It is known that women who are stressed during pregnancy could be raising the risk of poor health implications for their child, such as asthma and allergies. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, however, has found that chronic stress in pregnancy could increase the risk of ...

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