Today's Dental News

E-Cigarettes May Not Provide Major Upgrade Over Cigarettes

If a person thinks an e-cigarette is better than regular cigarettes, the person is more likely to use them, according to a new study.

The study showed that people are more likely to experiment with e-cigarettes even though the long-term oral health effects are unknown. The information appears in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

The University of Minnesota research team explored the correlation between thinking e-cigarettes are harmless and the use of them. After studying nearly 1,400 young people who had never smoked e-cigarettes, the conclusion was that they were more likely to use them based on the perception that they were less harmful than regular cigarettes.

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Number of Dentists in Scotland Rises

Many more people in Scotland will receive the dental treatment they need. This can be attributed to the increase in dentists in the country in recent years.

Between September 2006 and September 2013, Scotland added 793 dentists, which is an increase of nearly 33 percent.

The trickle-down effect led to more dental patients in the country. The number of adult patients was a 36-percent increase and the number was 24 percent higher for children. In terms of people, that equates to 1.8 million more dental patients during the seven-year stretch. The total number of dental patients in Scotland has now reached about 4.4 million.

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New Sweet Could be Beneficial

A new treat may actually aid oral health.

A German firm called Organobalance GMBH will launch a new sweet that claims to fight bad bacteria. It apparently does this by containing probiotic bacteria and stopping harmful bacteria from clinging to the teeth. This new sweet allows for the harmful bacteria to be swallowed and then excreted out of the body.

These sweets use the bacteria called lactobacillus paracasei.

The probiotic bacteria get released after sucking on the sweet. They eventually bind with harmful bacteria to prevent them from sticking to the gumline and enamel.

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Middle-Aged Men May Have Higher Risk of Gum Disease

Middle-aged men with a sedentary lifestyle beware. This group is at a greater risk for developing gum disease.

The Hannover Medical School in Germany analyzed information from 72 healthy men that didn’t participate in any sporting activities. This group of people also spent most of their time working in a sitting position. The research determined that the older men had a higher risk for gum disease than their younger counterparts. The numbers were even more drastic when compared to those who led an active lifestyle.

Many studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle and a healthy BMI can lower the risk of gum disease by 40 percent when combined with frequent exercise.

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Oral Health Results Vary Based on Age

Parents are finally paying attention to a particularly important part of their children’s well-being—their oral health.

A comprehensive study showed that nearly 72 percent of the 90,555 parents indicated that they believed their children were in good oral health. In 2003, only 67.7 percent of the 96,510 parents studied made that same claim.

That portion of this study appeared in the December 5 issue of Preventing Oral Disease and was conducted by the College of Dental Medicine and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

In 2003, 71.5 percent of parents stated that their child had visited a dentist in the past year. The number jumped to 77 percent in 2011 through 2012.

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