Today's Dental News

Poor Economy Negatively Impacts Dental Health

When the economy was declining in recent years, people chose to skip dental visits instead of cutting other costs. That trend may be changing, however.

But the problems have worsened for the patients who now have some dental issues that need to be taken care of and cost will be significantly more than it would have been before. Being proactive about one’s dental health would have saved a lot of money.

There were more than a third of Americans who chose not to visit a dentist during 2008, according a Kaiser tracking survey. It was one of the top ways people tried to limit spending on health care in 2008.

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Newly Discovered Condition Adversely Impacts Teeth

A new, recessively inherited syndrome features extra teeth and delayed tooth eruption, among other problems like craniosynostosis and maxillary hyperplasia. A causative mutation was also pointed out in this gene, IL11RA.

The appearance of extra teeth is one of the most common things seen with this condition. Dental surgery is necessary to combat the problem in almost all cases.

Four children from a Pakistani family living in Denmark displayed the condition. The teeth developed in a manner that indicated a third set of teeth was on the way, something that is rare for humans.

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Dental Health May Suffer During Summer

Summer habits and a person’s diet may have an adverse impact on one’s dental health.

Consuming certain foods and drinks, like the food at barbeques, may be problematic for one’s oral health. The summer schedule could wreak havoc on a child’s teeth because he or she isn’t a on a strict schedule like during the school year.

Also, with a higher number of outdoor activities during the summer, there’s more snacking and less meals eaten in some cases. The problem is that many snacks are more acidic than the kind of food you would eat during a meal, resulting in more damage to your teeth.

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Gum Disease Prolongs Length of Time to Get Pregnant

Gum disease may have the same effect on pregnancy as obesity, according a professor at the University of Western Australia.

Roger Hart, professor of reproductive medicine at the University of Western Australia, announced this discovery at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Periodontal disease is a chronic problem that results in inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease is associated with other issues, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, respiratory issues, kidney problems and pregnancy problems.

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Combination of Genes May Impact Success of Implants

The condition of the tissue in the area around a dental implant affects the possible success or failure of the implant.

The risk factors have to be identified and limited as a result. There’s also a specific combination of genes that dictates the possibility of tissue destruction, which ultimately leads to implants not being as successful as they should.

This study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology.

Peri-implantitis, which can result from poor implants, is similar to periodontal disease. The research team wanted to correlate the specific genotypes they found with peri-implantitis and how the combination would impact treatment results.

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