Today's Dental News

Women Tend to Have Better Oral Health than Men

Women maintain better oral health than men, based on a recent study of 800 men and women.

The information was generated after the study participants answered a questionnaire about oral health and underwent an oral exam. Women around 18 or 19 years old were at a much lower risk for any possible oral health issue.

Women are twice as likely to schedule two dental appointments each year and keep them as scheduled, compared to men. Women also were more likely to change the way they maintain their oral health based on what happened during the dental visit. The overall oral health of men also paled in comparison to the oral health of women.

Read more: Women Tend to Have Better Oral Health than Men

 

Dentistry Enables FBI to Capture Fugitive

Dentistry, along with the American Dental Association, contributed to the capture of the one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. James “Whitey” Bulger was taken into custody last week in California with his long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig.

Bulger was alleged to have been a crime boss in the Boston area and fled 16 years ago to avoid apprehension.

To aid in the long search to find him, the FBI contacted the ADA in 2007 to notify dentists that a fugitive may be looking for a dentist. The FBI believed Bulger may make a trip to the dentist because Greig was a dental hygienist and wanted to keep up on her oral health.

Read more: Dentistry Enables FBI to Capture Fugitive

   

Scientists Discover Methods Bacteria Use to Cause Cavities, Invade Heart

Scientists may have made a breakthrough discovery regarding cavity-causing bacteria and the impact it has on the heart. With this information, there may be some kind of test—using saliva or a cheek swab—to determine a patient’s susceptibility to endocarditis, a lethal, bacteria-causing infection of the heart.

The June issue of Infection explains how the Streptococcus mutans gains entry into the heart tissue. These bacteria inhabit dental plaque, and eventually maintain a place in the oral cavity while eroding teeth.

The bacteria generally stay in the mouth, but there are cases in which it enters the bloodstream during a dental procedure or while flossing. The immune system eradicates the bacteria most of the time, but it’s possible for the bacteria to move onto the heart tissue. If the result is inflamed heart valves, the condition may be fatal.

Read more: Scientists Discover Methods Bacteria Use to Cause Cavities, Invade Heart

   

Colleges in Florida Look to Open Dental Schools

More colleges want to start dental schools in Florida.

The University of Florida is the only college in the state with a dental school as of now, but at least three other schools want to start their own.

The Board of Governors for the State University System listened to a report recently that indicates that there will be enough new dentists beginning their careers through 2050 to make more dental schools worthwhile. There could be around 3,000 new dentists in Florida per decade to offset any possible costs.

The issue is that many of Florida’s dentists are located in south Florida, not necessarily the panhandle or other parts of the state. The rest of the state is where the need exists for more dentists.

Read more: Colleges in Florida Look to Open Dental Schools

   

Hospital Stays May Hurt Oral Health

Patients who remain in hospitals for extended periods of time may have something else to worry about.

New studies show that a person’s dental health declines during prolonged periods in the hospital. The information indicates that oral diseases, such as gingivitis, are even seen in some cases. To be more specific, when people are hospitalized for any kind of breathing issue, that’s when the numbers of declining dental health are at their highest.

The research for the study was conducted in four countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France. Five studies were combined to generate this information, and all of the data was similar.

Read more: Hospital Stays May Hurt Oral Health

   

Page 110 of 161

Banner