Mouthwash Could Prevent Tooth Decay

A new mouthwash may eradicate tooth decay.

The mouthwash, which was created by a microbiologist from the UCLA School of Dentistry, targets Streptococcus mutans. That type of bacteria is one of the main causes for tooth decay and cavities.

A recent study showed that 12 subjects had a mouth without any sign of S. mutans bacteria after just one rinse with this mouthwash. This study appears in the recent edition of Caries Research.

Lawsuit Attempts to Block New Whitening Regulation in Connecticut

New regulations only permitted dentists to perform teeth-whitening procedures in Connecticut. That was until a lawsuit was filed that would overturn these new regulations.

The Institute for Justice, which is a public interest law firm, sued the U.S. District Court in Hartford on the grounds that the new laws in Connecticut were monopolistic for dentists. These new laws state that if someone other than a dentist performs whitening services, he or she could go to prison for five years, as well as face a fine of $25,000.

Dentistry Today Launches Wednesday Watch

Dentistry Today's Dental News Network has officially commenced.

DNN includes the Wednesday Watch, which will be a three- to five-minute news program covering various topics.

The first Wednesday Watch includes a preview of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, which will take place beginning November 27 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The program will also include news stories related to the world of dentistry. The Wednesday Watch will highlight some of the innovative products in the dental profession as well.

Jawbone Discovered in England is First Human in Europe

An international team of scientists recently made a discovery that's significant to the history of humans.

The team found a piece of a jawbone from a prehistoric cave in England. The bone, which was first thought to be about 35,000 years old, is between 41,000 and 44,000 years old. It is believed to be the first documented evidence of modern humans in Europe.

The information appears in the journal Nature.

This finding will enable scientists to pinpoint how modern humans spread throughout Europe during the last Ice Age. It also reaffirms the belief that modern humans and Neanderthals lived at the same point for a brief period.

Some Dentists Want Warnings Printed on Sugary Drinks

Dentists in Ireland are starting a campaign to have warnings on sugary drinks. The campaign comes after recent figures indicate high rates of decay involving children.

Some studies are showing that about half of 12-year-olds and 75 percent of 15-year-olds in Ireland have some type of decay. Dentists are pinpointing sugary drinks as the cause for these significant amounts of tooth decay.

Ireland's soft drink consumption is among the highest of all countries in the Western hemisphere. These drinks are extremely unhealthy, and eventually lead to oral health problems and an increased risk for other diseases, like diabetes.

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