Today's Dental News

Correlation May Exist Between Gagging, Dental Fear

The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems.

The information comes from the authors of “Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care—Related Fear, Fear of Pain, and Beliefs About Treatment.” The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.

The authors determined that it’s important for dentists to analyze their patients’ chances of gagging while also examining their fears and anxieties. Some dentists want their patients to breath slowly through their nose. Other dentists encourage their patients to lift their legs or wiggle their toes as a way of distracting themselves.

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Americans Don’t Prioritize Dental Visits

One out of three Americans didn’t visit the dentist in the last year.

This information comes from Gallup Well-Being. The rate was basically the same in the previous year and in 2008 as well. Women were more likely than men to go for a dental checkup, based on this study.

More than 178,000 Americans were interviewed for this study this time and more than 354,000 people were interviewed prior to the 2008 study. The focus was to determine what factors impacted whether or not someone visited the dentist.

It’s important for every person to visit the dentist at least once per year.

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First Mutation Located in Jaw Tumor

A new discovery has been made in jaw tumors.

A Finnish team of researchers recently pinpointed a gene mutation in ameloblastoma, which is a tumor of the jaw. Ameloblastoma is an odontogenic tumor that often comes back even after treatment. It usually is located in the posterior of the lower jaw.

The information appears in the Journal of Pathology.

Surgery is generally used to treat ameloblastomas, which cause tissue deficiencies in the jaw, in addition to tooth loss. It’s possible that drug therapy may lower the need for surgery but the picture of pathogenesis of the tumor needs to be clearer.

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Study Shows Most People Skip Dental Visits

Going for a dental checkup apparently isn’t a priority for many people.

A new poll shows that the average time between dental checkup is 3 years and 8 months. The information comes from the Web site

Many people around the world—and in the United Kingdom, which was where this study came from—wait until they experience pain, suffering or other symptoms before they see a dentist. Missing a dental appointment, however, can lead to a higher risk of gum disease or decay. Another problem may be a later diagnosis of a potentially fatal condition, such as cancer—something that could have been diagnosed much earlier with a dental visit.

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New Method Studies Ability of Immune Cells to Fight Oral Disease

A new study by Case Western Reserve University researchers seeks to determine exactly how the mouth thwarts certain oral diseases. The research team wanted to extract single rare immune cells to learn how the mouth reduces infection and inflammation.

By looking at the techniques of the white blood cells, researchers want to discover more about preventing such issues as oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, and other diseases.

Previously studying and growing immune cells from blood was the best way to accomplish this. By studying tissue immune cells, researchers may determine how they function at the infection site.

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