Today's Dental News

Some Floridians Don’t Receive Necessary Dental Care

Many residents in parts of Florida don’t get proper dental care.

This is a problem in Alachua County, even though the county has about 33 percent more dentists than the state average. The problem is only 20 percent of low-income residents received some kind of dental care in 2010. Comparatively, one-third of Floridians had some kind of dental care.

A particular aspect to be concerned with is the lack of dental care for children in the area. Even with the fluoridation and education about oral health, the problem involving getting dental care for children hasn’t improved much over past few decades.

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Dental Cells May Help Aid Spinal Injuries

Teeth may be the solution to spinal cord injuries.

Scientists concluded that teeth have the potential to repair broken spines at some point, thanks to a study that included stem cells and broken spines in rats.

The researchers were from Nagoya University in Japan. They infused dental stem cells into the spinal cord tissues of rats with broken backs. They discovered that dental pulp kept the cells alive. They also regenerated damaged nerves, allowing new cells to grow and aid the spinal cord.

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Some Los Angeles Dentists Won’t Treat HIV Patients

One out of 20 Los Angeles-area dentists won’t treat a patient with HIV or AIDS, according to a new study.

The study was compiled by the Williams Institute at the University of Los Angeles, California. Among the 612 dental offices polled, roughly 5 percent indicated they would not treat patients living with HIV.

This study was released because December 1 is World AIDS Day.

The answer most dentists provided for not treating HIV patients is that the surgery was not fully capable of managing the virus. Still, about 90 percent of dentists in the Los Angeles-area were open to treating HIV patients and 5 percent required special requirements for HIV patients.

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Number of Dentists in Israel Decreases

More dentists are needed in Israel.

A recent study shows that there are 1.07 dentists for every 1,000 people in the country. When the study was done in 2000, there were 1.12 dentists for every 1,000 people. That means there’s been a 5 percent decline since 2000.

This decline in healthcare professionals isn’t limited to dentistry, however. Despite the decreasing numbers, the ratio of dentists to patients is still high when compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development countries.

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Prenatal Exposure to Amalgam Has Negligible Impact on Children

Humans exposed to amalgam prenatally won’t suffer major health problems from the amalgam, according to a new study.

The study indicated that there were some detectable effects, however. Boys appeared to be adversely impacted while girls benefitted. These results appear to be coincidental because mercury isn’t beneficial to any human.

This study appeared in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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