Today's Dental News

Children Need to Wear Protective Mouth Gear While Playing Sports

Many children that don’t wear protective mouthguards while playing sports should be doing so, according to a survey conducted by Delta Dental Plans Association. These findings indicate that children aren’t listening to their dentists.

Delta Dental recently did a wide-ranging survey regarding the oral health of American children.

Aside from the obvious protection provided to the teeth, mouthguards absorb shock and soften a blow that could have resulted in a concussion. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated that around 300,000 people suffer sports-related concussions every year—children and teenagers are at the highest risk.

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Twitter May be Beneficial for Dentistry

Twitter users are frequently posting their stories of toothaches and seeking advice from other users. The impact on dentistry is positive any way you look at it.

The study regarding this phenomenon “Public Health Surveillance of Dental Pain via Twitter,” appeared in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR).

To compile the data, the research team combed through the content of Twitter posts involving dental pain. There were 1,000 tweets chosen randomly from 4,859 total tweets throughout the course of seven days, nonconsecutively. All aspects of the issues were categorized, including the pain, actions taken, the results on daily life, etc.

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Many Americans Don’t Receive Necessary Dental Care

There were 4.6 million children who didn’t receive dental care in 2008, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

The same report also stated that just 38% of senior citizens had some type of dental coverage in 2006.

There are many reasons why people don’t receive the insurance coverage they should. In order for this to change, according to the report, a few things need to happen. These measures include the way the funding and reimbursement is set up and the training for doctors and all dental personnel in the way they check for signs for oral diseases. The report claimed that administrative, regulatory and educational practices also need to be improved.

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Dentists May be Able to Diagnose Diabetes

Dental visits can aid in the process of diagnosing diabetes or prediabetes for people with the condition, according to researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

The reason for this possibility is that when a patient has periodontal disease, that’s one of the first complications associated with diabetes.

Dentists haven’t played a role in identifying diabetes in the past, so this may be a vital step toward curbing the problem.

To compile the data, researchers recruited about 600 people who visited a dental clinic in Manhattan. The people had to be at least 40 or the person had be 30 or older of if he she was Hispanic or nonwhite. These people also had never been told they had diabetes.

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Growing Stem Cells Used to Grow Tooth

.Japanese scientists successfully grew a tooth after they implanted stem cells into a mouse’s kidney.

The US Public Library of Science Journal states that the tooth is completely functional, and possesses bone and ligament. This is believed to be the first time this kind of procedure has worked.

This procedure is something scientists have been working on but unable to achieve.

The tooth was produced from a mouse’s stem cells and grown inside a drop of collagen. It was then inserted inside a mouse’s kidney.

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