Today's Dental News

Some Countries Start to Place Greater Value on Oral Health

Supervised teeth brushing may happen at school in some places.

A supervising body in England and Wales recently detailed its new recommendations for healthcare and one of the policies included supervised brushing programs in school and nurseries. The goal is to lower the prevalence of decay among children.

Recent statistics indicate that 10 percent of 3-year-olds in England and Wales show signs of dental decay even though the condition could easily be prevented. In some places, more than half of 5-year-olds have decaying teeth. Dentists throughout the United Kingdom have reported more children than in the past need extensive procedures resulting from decaying teeth.

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Dental Anxiety May Make Sedation Necessary

Dental anxiety may have debilitating effects for numerous people.

A new study by Case Western Reserve University showed that dental anxiety could cause a person to flinch even after a cotton swab makes minimal contact with his or her gums. Many other people don’t even bother to visit the dentist based on their anxiety.

The only way to combat this issue, in many cases, is to come up with new methods of sedation. Moderate sedation allows the patient to be conscious by suppressing the brain’s reaction to pain and stress while still enabling the person to communicate with the dentist.

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Study Says Dental Issues Cost Recent Olympians

Olympians may have been competing against more than their opponents at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Dental issues were apparently a major issue in London. Research indicated that one of five athletes at those Olympic games showed signs of dental decay or gum disease and 18 percent of the Olympians stated that poor dental health could have adversely affected their performance.

Almost 50 percent of the athletes said that they hadn’t visited a dentist in at least a year.

Dehydration and diet, in addition to not scheduling dental appointments are the main reasons why these athletes have poor oral health. Energy and sports drinks exacerbate the issue based on how much sugar they contain. The carbohydrate-rich diet raises the risk of wear on the enamel, as well as decay.

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Smoking Leads to Higher Risk of HPV

A new study shows the connection between smoking and the risk of human papilloma virus.

The information shows that smoking makes a person three times more likely to be at risk for HPV, making it significantly more likely that a smoker will develop oral cancer when compared to a nonsmoker.

The information appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There were 6,887 people who partook in this study.

Researchers determined that HPV-16 was the specific virus that was seen more in smokers. This strain has been directly linked to cancer. The research showed that people who were less educated and had a higher number of sexual partners were more likely to have this strain.

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Sleeping With Dentures Increases Pneumonia Risk

People with dentures may want to think again the next time they sleep with them in.

A recent study determined that people who wore dentures during sleep were at a higher risk for pneumonia when compared to those who removed them prior to sleep. The study was published by the International and American Associations for Dental Research and appears in the OnlineFirst section of the Journal of Dental Research.

Poor oral health and hygiene are major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. That’s why they research team from Nihon University School of Dentistry in Japan opted to do this study.

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