Today's Dental News

New Nanocrystals Improve Dentures

A new glass ceramic has been created that will be beneficial to dentistry.

A research team at the Otto-Schott Institute for Glass Chemistry generated a new glass structure that would be ideal for dentures.

The strength of this new glass substance will be about five times stronger than similar denture ceramics, according to Dr. Christian Russel of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany.

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Baby Bottles Result in Tooth Decay

One of the top causes of tooth decay is a baby bottle, according to dentists.

Tooth decay remains a major problem for babies. There’s now evidence that shows baby bottles are one of the major reasons decay develops.

About two out of five children beginning kindergarten have at least one decayed tooth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s disappointing for dentists because this is an issue that can easily be prevented.

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Possible Solution to Dry Mouth Exists

There may be a way to aid dry mouth condition.

A new battery-powered mouthguard was created to fix this problem. The mouthguard fits over the lower arch of the teeth and enables the production of saliva thanks to little electric shocks. This device is necessary because dry mouth impacts 20 percent of people older than 50.

This device could be extremely helpful because of the importance of saliva in digestion and fighting against bacteria. A healthy person can generate three pints of saliva per day but there are many people that don’t produce enough. The result is the condition of dry mouth, known as xerostomia. The condition usually stems from some kind of medication or cancer treatment.

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Poor Oral Health Could Lead to Pneumonia

There may be a connection between poor oral health and pneumonia, according to Yale University.

The study shows that changes in the mouth resulting from bacteria could lead to pneumonia, according to Dr. Samit Joshi from the Yale University School of Medicine. Older people are also at a higher risk of developing pneumonia.

The study involved 37 participants who were analyzed throughout the course of a month. The research indicated that people who were on ventilators who developed pneumonia went through a major change to their oral bacteria before becoming sick.

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Massachusetts Looks for Varnish to Become More Widespread

Massachusetts officials want fluoride varnish to become more readily available. To do that, the requirements for who can apply for the cavity-protecting varnish can’t be as strict as they are now.

There is currently a small number of low-income children in Massachusetts who have access to this important fluoride varnish.

The new regulations would make it permissible for nonlicensed people who work under the supervision of a licensed dentist to apply the fluoride to someone’s teeth. The proposed rules were outlined at a meeting of the state’s Public Health Council, which is a committee that comprises doctors, professors and consumer advocates.

Despite the fact that a license won’t be required to perform these procedures, mandatory training would still be required.

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