Dentists always warn their patients against cavities in their teeth by brushing, flossing and staying away from sugary drinks. The dreaded "C" word every patient fears when sitting in the dental chair. But now scientists are linking a benefit from having cavities—it could lower your risk for head and neck cancer. That is news some cavity suffers can take comfort in. But why would a seemingly bad condition like a cavity is considered a good thing?
Cavities are caused by bacteria in your mout ...more
Most of us remember the feeling when our braces were removed and that new removable retainer became part of our lives. The endless, taking out, putting in, leaving it on the kitchen counter and (oops!) the occasional digging it out of the kitchen trash can. But today's findings shed light on harmful bacteria that may be setting up residence on the removable appliance you have been told to where. MRSA, the antibiotic resistant bacteria that often leads to blood poisoning, is loosing its re ...more
Some don't mind going to the dentist. After all, as children, we get a treat from the treasure chest and get our teeth cleaned with bubblegum flavored toothpaste. As adults, we rejoice when a root canal is avoided. But what if you chip a tooth? Experience a shift in those bottom teeth years after your braces have been removed and the retainer is long gone. More and more people are calling on aesthetic dentistry to alleviate some of the cosmetic issues with their teeth. And more and more, dentist ...more
Dentists have had a long time saying of "only floss the teeth you want to keep." Good oral health includes seeing your dentist every 6 months, brushing and flossing at least twice a day and keeping the chewing gum and candy on the low. In the last decade researchers have found a correlation between oral and heart health with bacteria after cleaning a main upset to many heart patients. But what if you were told that flossing could decrease your risk for developing Alzheimer's disease?
Getting children to make healthier options during school lunch can be challenging. Elementary, Middle and High School students are opting for convenient, easy to eat and tasty options. Even though children choose whole fruit they often take a few bites and trash the rest. This is leaving researchers with the following question "why are children not eating their fruit?"
Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab researchers Brian Wansink, David Just, Andrew Hanks and Laura Smith posed the questio ...more
Braces may have been a right of passage to many of us in our Junior High Years. In seventh grade your school picture shined a tinsel grin and by 10th grade smiles were straight and free of overbites. You spent two or three long years donning head gear, a pallet expander and rubber bands. Yes, you earned your smile. But, if you didn't have braces in your teens and feel like you missed out do not worry. It is not too late because today's adults are getting off easier with up to 80% less ...more
For patients seeking out aesthetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth, a positive outlook before undergoing their aesthetic dental procedures are a considerable part of post-procedure patient satisfaction. These findings are the result of Sharmila Sarin's study, which was supervised by health psychologist Dr. Koula Asimakopoulou, with additional assistance by other psychologist colleagues of Asimakopoulou's at the public research university King's College London.
The study's d ...more
As we get older we realize that our teeth aren't as nice looking as they used to be. Perhaps we can blame our favorite morning beverage or the soda we sip during the day, but our teeth, which used to be a nice bright white, are looking slightly yellow. While many people blame coffee and tea, the fact is, everything we eat, drink or put in our mouths has the ability to affect the coloration of our teeth.
Even though the surface of our teeth seem flat and smooth, if you look closely under a mic ...more
In a push toward integrating more green chemistry techniques in orthodontics, nanotechnology has become a prominent citizen in the dentistry world. Featured most prominently in dental correction orthodontics, patients who now opt for clear braces are also opting for cutting-edge technology in the field. Invisible braces now contain alumina nanoparticles, and are used to alleviate painful and sometimes damaging friction between teeth and brace brackets.
Clear braces are becoming the most popul ...more
Many would say that the process of growing a new tooth (or teeth) is an experience reserved for toddlers. No so anymore! Imagine you are in your advanced years and it is time to think about the dreaded dentures, implants and bridges. But wait! Your dentist has found a more natural means… with cell replacement you can grow enamel, a root structure and possibly a new human tooth. According to researcher Paul Sharp, at King's College in London, we are getting closer to replacing ...more