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Oral Health for Developmentally Disabled has Room to Grow

Caregivers generally don’t provide the necessary amount of oral care to the developmentally disabled people they take care of. But it’s not their fault, in most cases.

Access to dental care and support are a major problem when it comes to a caregiver’s ability to treat a developmentally disabled person.

Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine recently put together a survey on this issue. The information appears in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

People with developmental disabilities have a prevalence of cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. These people rely on their caregivers to provide the oral care that, in many cases, they are not able to provide for themselves.

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Many People Deal With Severe Periodontitis

Severe periodontitis was the sixth most prevalent condition in the world in 2010, according to a new study.

The information comes from the International and American Associations for Dental Research and is published in the OnlineFirst section of the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research. The goal of the study was to put all epidemiological data about severe periodontitis together and learn specific data regarding how the disease impacts country, age group, and sex.

The research showed that 743 million people are affected by periodontitis. Between 1990 and 2010, the global age-standardized prevalence remained at 11.2 percent. The age-standardized incidence of severe periodontitis in 2010 was 701 cases per 100,000 person-years, a negligible difference when compared to 1990.

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Exercise May Lead to Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

Next time you avoid exercising just say you were doing it for the benefit of your oral health.

A team of researchers at the University Hospital in Germany determined that the more exercise you do, the higher risk there is of tooth decay and early teeth loss. The researchers looked at the oral health status of several triathletes and nonathletes and found that people who regularly exercise have a higher risk of rotting teeth. There were 70 people in the group, some of whom were triathletes and others who were nonathletes.

The higher risk of tooth decay among the triathletes may stem from the fact that exercising raises the alkalinity of saliva. This leads to a better situation for the growth of harmful bacteria.

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Oral Health for Some Pregnant Women Could be Better

Women who are older and pregnant receive better dental care compared to women who are younger and pregnant, according to a recent study.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey recently conducted a study of 897 pregnant women and 3,971 nonpregnant women ages 15 through 44 from 1999 to 2004.

The results showed that women ages 35 to 44 who were pregnant reported having very good or good mouth and teeth condition. The number was a much higher percentage compared to the pregnant women ages 15 to 24. Also, nonpregnant women ages 15 to 24 had much better oral health compared to pregnant women ages 35 to 44.

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Depression Drug Could Lead to Implant Failure

People with dental implants who suffer from depression may need to be careful about the medication they take.

The International and American Associations for Dental Research put together a study that shows drugs used for treating depression could raise the risk of bone fracture. This stems from the fact that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors reduce bone formation.

The goal of the study was to explore the relationship between SSRIs and osseointegrated implants.

The research was conducted on patients with dental implants from January 2007 through January 2013. There were 916 dental implants in 490 patients who were used to judge the risk of failure associated with SSRIs.

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