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Xylitol Limits Amount of Cavities in Babies

Xylitol may be the key to reducing cavities in babies.

A new study indicates that mothers can stop cavities from forming in their child’s mouth by wiping Xylitol on the gums. Ling Zhan, assistant professor of dentistry at the University of San Francisco, mentioned this information at the International Association of Dental Research meeting.

The amount of cavities decreased even though there was no drop in cariogenic organisms, according to the study. This new information did not follow any other patterns that had previously been seen.

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Bill May Stop Dispute Involving Dentists, Nonprofit Groups

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley may soon end a dispute between dentists and nonprofit groups.

A bill waiting for Bentley to sign will require nonprofit groups that treat low-income dental patients to register with the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners. It also stipulates that the nonprofit groups would be allowed to perform dental treatment.

The dispute arose because the nonprofit corporation grew larger than ever could have been expected. One nonprofit group in particular, Sarrell Dental Centers, was at odds with the dental community. This group, which has 52 dentists, 11 clinics, and a mobile unit could as much as $15 million this year.

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Almost Half of All People in United Kingdom Don’t Brush Before Bed

According to a new study in the United Kingdom, about 47 percent of people don’t brush their teeth at bedtime on a routine basis.

About 60 percent of women skip out on brushing their teeth before going to sleep. Among men, about 35 percent don’t brush their teeth at bedtime.

The number of people who go to sleep without brushing far outweighs the amount of people who don’t brush in the morning. The numbers indicated that only one out of 10 people don’t brush after waking up.

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Mechanism in Saliva Production Could Provide Dry Mouth Relief

A University of Louisville research team may have made a breakthrough it aiding dry mouth.

The findings of Douglas Darling, PhD, professor, Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation, University of Louisville School of Dentistry could help people whose salivary glands don’t function because of a disease or some form of treatment. The research team pinpointed a protein-sorting mechanism that the salivary gland uses.

The study is published on the Web site for the Journal of Dental Research.

This information could lead to more research for patients with damaged salivary glands, which often result from any kind of radiation treatment, prescription drugs or Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s Syndrome is an immune system disorder that results in a dry mouth and dry eyes.

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Longing for White Teeth can Ruin Healthy Teeth

Americans are beginning to go overboard with whitening their teeth.

In the last 10 years, people trying to achieve the perfect smile are bleaching their teeth to a point of no return.

This condition of overbleaching, or “bleachorexia” as it’s sometimes referred to as, is the result of the way these people abuse their teeth. They use the in-office and at-home bleaching agents, which erodes their teeth. Their teeth also become susceptible to sensitivity. The teeth basically become unhealthy, regardless of the way they look.

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