Today's Dental News

People With Bad Breath May Have Other Issues

Bad breath is a common dental problem that may be a cause for concern.

With halitosis, as the problem is known as, a person needs to visit a dentist to find out why he or she is having bad breath. It often develops because of a more serious dental issue.

Bad breath clearly can come from certain foods that a person may eat. It also can stem from types of sulfur compounds that may exist in the mouth because of some type of gingival inflammation. Gum disease can become a major problem if it isn't treated. Some of the possible effects include softened gums that will be unable to prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream and eventually moving throughout the body.

The bacteria associated with periodontal disease is known to be extremely harmful, and can cause major illnesses or issues with the heart, such as a stroke or heart attack.

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Dental Care for Pets Could Use Improvement

Many pet owners are unaware of some pain their pets may constantly be dealing with.

The dental pain many pets experience stems from the lack of dental care they receive. The pet owners don't know about it because many don't take their pets for any dental care, and the result is often tooth decay.

This issue comes to the forefront now since National Pet Dental Month is underway.

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New Jersey Law Will Require Fluoridation of Water

Water companies in New Jersey will soon be required to fluoridate water, according to a bill passed Monday.

The Assembly Health Committee decided to pass the bill with an 8-0 vote based on the recommendations of dentists and public health officials. Environmentalists and utility officials, however, did not support the bill.

Since 2005 the New Jersey Public Supply Fluoridation Act hadn’t made it through for a full vote. Opponents of the bill had successfully raised concerns over the amount it would cost citizens to fluoridate their town’s water. They were also worried about the possible damaging health effects that may occur.

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Researchers Identify Genetic Variation That Leads to Jaw Issues

Researchers have pinpointed a genetic variation that increases the risk of developing necrotic jawbone lesions. The condition stems from bisphosphonates.

The study appeared in the online version of The Oncologist.

This research shows that a genetic screening test will be necessary to show who will be able to take these drugs in the future without awful side effects.

There are currently about 3 million women in the United States who take oral bisphosphonates. These bisphosphonates are taken to treat osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates are also taken intravenously by cancer patients.

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Some Dentists Call for Expansion of HPV Vaccination

There are some dentists around the world who want more people to be vaccinated for human papilloma virus.

In the United Kingdom, there’s a vaccination program for girls. Dentists and other people the medical profession, however, want boys to now be included in the program.

HPV is a huge risk factor for cervical cancer but it has also been linked to oral cancer. The amount of throat cancer cases has roughly doubled in the last 15 years and much of that has been because of HPV. Drinking and smoking are some of the other risk factors.

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