Today's Dental News

Tooth Loss may Cause Depression, Anxiety

Losing teeth may cause even more adverse consequences.

A recent study shows that people who experience dental anxiety and skip dental visits may end up being depressed based on the ensuing poor dental health or tooth loss.

The information comes from a study explained at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research at West Virginia University.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey compiled data on this subject based on numerous phone conversations. To participate, people had to be at least 19, as well as having the full array of data on anxiety, depression and tooth loss.

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Oral Thrush Problematic for HIV Patients

Keeping up with one’s oral care is one of the forgotten aspects for treating patient with HIV. But oral candidiasis is a major issue for people whose immune systems are hampered in some way.

That’s why Case Western Reserve University conducted a comprehensive study on the matter. The information appears in the journal PLOS Pathogens.

The goal of the study was to examine the mouths of people who are HIV positive and compare them to people with healthy mouths. The bacteria were analyzed using high-throughput gene sequencing.

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Genetic Advances May Shape Future Dental Visits

There may be a day when a dental visit doesn’t solely include a look into one’s mouth.

An analysis of how genes are being switched on and off in relation to what they do to the teeth could be incorporated into a dental visit, according to a research team at the University of Adelaide School of Dentistry.

The detailed report appears in the Australian Dental Journal.

The epigenetic factors for each person help to determine healthy and unhealthy states of the mouth. With this research, dentists could use genetics to add more information to properly treat a patient. The treatment could be tailored to each patient, since the exact genetic environment present in one’s mouth is different for each person.

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Hops Could Fight Tooth Decay

One of the ingredients used to brew beer could possibly be used to do even better things.

The part of hops not used in making beer may have the right properties to thwart gum disease and decay. The study comes from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The research team determined the antioxidants in hops may have just the right stuff to lower the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The American Chemical Society researchers pinpointed the hop leaves as the part that may be able to be used for this cause. The hop leaves are not used to make beer.

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Tooth Extractions Before Cardiac Surgery Don’t Fully Eliminate Problems

Having a tooth extracted before heart surgery doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome.

Mayo Clinic research indicates that about one of 10 cardiac surgery patients ended up having a stroke or kidney failure even after having a tooth pulled before the procedure. The information appears in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Prosthetic heart valve-caused endocarditis results in about 25 percent of infective endocarditis cases and is fatal for almost 40 percent of patients who develop it. That’s why physicians try to pinpoint any risk factors, such as poor dental health, prior to surgery. Extracting diseased teeth is common but there isn’t much research suggesting whether or not it truly helps.

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