Today's Dental News

Newly Discovered Oral Bacterium Could Result in Heart Disease, Meningitis

A recently identified type of bacterium could have devastating effects.

The bacterium, which inhabits the oral cavity, could result in major health problems, according to the International Journal of Systemic and Evolutionary Microbiology. The discovery will enable scientists to figure out the way it works and the risks it poses.

This type of bacterium was pinpointed by a research team at the Institute of Medical Microbiology of the University of Zurich. The bacterium, Streptococcus tigurinus, was separated from the blood of patients who had endocarditis, meningitis and spondylodiscitis. This bacterium is similar to others that inhabit the mouth.

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Bad Breath Chemicals Ideal for Harvesting Dental Pulp Stem Cells

There may a benefit to bad breath.

Japanese scientists have determined that the odorous compound that produces halitosis is a great place to develop stems cells from human dental pulp.

The study was published Monday in IOP Publishing’s Journal of Breath Research. The researchers demonstrated that hydrogen sulphide, which smells like rotten eggs, raised the ability of adult stem cells to separate into liver cells. This enhanced their reputation as a reliable source for liver-cell therapy in the future.

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Spinning Toothbrush May Damage Teeth

Spinbrush toothbrushes may not provide the best ways to clean teeth.

United States health officials warned that this electric toothbrush could result in major face or mouth injuries. Parts of the brush have been flying off and chipping or breaking teeth, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The brushes have also caused cuts to the mouth and gums, injuries to the face and eyes, and making people susceptible to choking on the broken parts.

These issues make it essential for parents to watch their children if they utilize these toothbrushes.

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Live Blog Coverage from Chicago

The Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting, organized each year by the Chicago Dental Society, will be covered by the Dentistry Today video team in late February. We will be at the McCormick Center showcasing new product releases as manufacturers launch their latest developments. Our blog team will be on the floor interviewing manufacturers, clinicians, and key opinion leaders, capturing the flavor of this year's meeting. To view these videos and write-ups during and after the meeting, be sure to check in regularly.

Live Blog Coverage



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Increasing Number of College-Aged Patients Have Major Dental Problems

The economic times continue to have a negative impact on oral health.

Many dental offices are being visited by college students that have big dental problems. This stems from the fact that many people don't have the dental coverage for regular dental visits.

Without the routine visits, the people see their dental health suffer in the long run. They also end up spending more money on dental care because the cost to fix the problems is more than the proactive care would have been.

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