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Oral pain specialists treat complex health issues, according to new survey

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Andres Pinto, an orofacial pain and oral medicine specialist at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, often feels like the doctor in the television series House, who solves medical mysteries each week.
Pinto is among about 700 facial pain and oral medicine specialists nationally w ...

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BPA might be a strong etiological factor for MIH in children

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BPA  factor for MIH in children

Tooth enamel abnormality in children, molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH), may result from exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), authors of a new study conclude after finding similar damage to the dental enamel of rats that received BPA.


Many enamel abnormalities may be us ...

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Hair Keratins as Structural Organic Components of Mature Enamel: Link between hair disorders and susceptibility to dental caries

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Hair and teeth are ectodermal appendages that share common developmental mechanisms. However, the major structural components making up hair and teeth are very distinct.
The hair shaft is essentially made of keratin filaments that are highly cross-linked. Tooth enamel matrix is primarily composed of ...

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Second Hand Smoking is associated with periodontitis in US non-smokers

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Periodontitis affects approximately 47% of adults in the United States and the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that cigarette smoking is one of its causes. Despite numerous adverse health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), an association between periodontitis and this "second-hand smoke ...

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Study successfully screens for diabetes at dental visits using oral blood

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It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care provider, dental visits may be an opportune site for diabetes screeni ...

Wisdom teeth stem cells can transform into cells that could treat corneal scarring

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Corneal blindness, which affects millions of people worldwide, is typically treated with transplants of donor corneas, said senior investigator James Funderburgh, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology at Pitt and associate director of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of ...

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Making teeth tough: Beavers show way to improve our enamel

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Beavers don't brush their teeth, and they don't drink fluoridated water, but a new Northwestern University study reports beavers do have protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth: iron.

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Malocclusion and dental crowding arose with earliest farmers

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Hunter-gatherers had almost no malocclusion and dental crowding, and the condition first became common among the world's earliest farmers some 12,000 years ago in Southwest Asia, according to findings published (04 Feb 2015) in the journal PLOS ONE.

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New assessment tool to combat oral-systemic disease across the lifespan

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improving oral health is a leading population health goal; however, curricula preparing health professionals have a dearth of oral health content and clinical experiences. Funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), New York University College of Nursing's (NYUCN) Teachin ...

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Byproducts from bacteria awaken dormant T-cells, HIV viruses

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Dental and medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University found another reason to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible.
They discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid (SCFA), can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells an ...

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