Dentists Get Involved in Chocolate Milk Debate

Chocolate milk may not be as healthy as you think.

Nutrition experts and healthy food advocates have been saying for years that chocolate milk isn’t healthy. Now some dentists are agreeing with them.

According to new studies, chocolate milk is one of the leading causes of tooth decay for dentists’ younger patients.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry currently lists chocolate milk as a healthier snack. But many dentists now believe that it isn’t healthy because of the high amounts of sugar in it.

MRSA Found on Retainers, Braces

It may be as important as ever for orthodontists to make sure the retainers and braces they prescribe for patients are clean. And it’s even more important for the patients to keep them clean.

A new study showed that MRSA, a condition that could lead to blood poisoning, was found on retainers. MRSA is a strain of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics and could be life-threatening.

The research also showed that about two out of three retainers has some kind of yeast associated with fungal infections.

This information was generated by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London. These bacterial problems could lead tooth decay, gum disease and other serious dental problems.

Researchers Make Possible Breakthrough in Oral Cancer Research

There may be a new, more definitive reason for why people develop oral or esophageal cancer.

New research developed by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows that a protein that enables cells to stick together is often not present or out of place when a person has oral or esophageal cancer. It’s not certain at this point, however, that the loss of the protein correlates to the presence of tumors.

Cancer in the oral cavity and esophagus affects more than 650,000 people every year.

The investigators made this finding by creating mice that did not have the protein, p120-catenin, in their oral-upper digestive tract. The results were that these mice developed squamous cell cancers.

Periodontal Stem Cell Transplantation Displays Early Success

New research indicates that periodontal ligament stem cells are the most effective of the clinically tested dental tissue-derived stem cells.

There were three different types that were tested. The research was published in the most recent issue of Cell Transplantation.

The South Korean research team demonstrated the study by using beagle dogs that had advanced periodontal disease to the point in which it affected their premolars and molars. These areas have some similarities as the areas in human dentition.

Dentists in England Will be Paid on Quality of Their Work

Dentists in England will be paid under a different system beginning this summer.

The dentists will get paid based on how many patients they see, not the kind of treatment they provide. This system will be tried in 62 dental practices.

In England, some dentists want to provide the treatment and be finished with the patient as soon possible. By doing that, it’s conceivable a dentist could earn more money than one who cares for a patient’s needs and the treatment suitable for his or her condition. This new system is designed to prevent these instances.

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