Orthodontic Researchers Make Discoveries About Retainer Wearing

A group of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers wanted more definitive research on retainer wearing. As a result, they recently conducted a study searching for more data.

The researchers randomly sent out 2,000 surveys to orthodontists in the United States and 658 responded.

It was discovered that 58.2 percent of orthodontists had prescribed removable retainers for their patients. Fixed lingual retainers that are constantly worn in one’s mouth were prescribed by 40 percent of orthodontists.

Most orthodontists prescribed removable retainers to be worn full-time for the first nine months after a patient had his or her braces removed. Orthodontists also want patients to wear these retainers part-time for the rest of their life.

“Tooth Taxi” Provides Oregon Children with Basic Dental Treatment

Elementary school students in Oregon will have a unique opportunity next week.

The students at Seaside Heights Elementary School will receive a visit from the “tooth taxi” from March 29 through April 1. The children will have dental screenings and receive treatment for any dental issues they have.

The “tooth taxi” is a mobile dental unit based in Oregon that provides dental services for children throughout the state. It includes two operatory units and a waiting room.

The mobile dental unit also has a full-time dentist and staff and may be at certain schools for as many as four days.

County in the United Kingdom Lags in Dental Visits

Despite modern-day information, not everyone realizes the importance of maintaining good oral health.

According to a study, about a third of people from Norfolk County in the United Kingdom cannot visit the dentist because they have no access. The reason for this may be that this is a largely rural area.

As a result, NHS Norfolk has begun a campaign to improve the county’s overall oral health. The goal of this campaign to is to instill upon the people how vital it is to have solid oral health and the necessary ways to achieve that. The program will also be offering free dental care for children to ensure that parents make a point to take their children to the dentist.

The Toothbrush, Dental Floss Effect Of Streptococcus Enzyme

Investigators from Japan show in vitro that the bacterium Streptococcus salivarius, a non-biofilm forming, and otherwise harmless inhabitant of the human mouth, actually inhibits the formation of dental biofilms, otherwise known as plaque. Two enzymes this bacteria produces are responsible for this inhibition. The research is published in the March 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

“FruA may be useful for prevention of dental caries,” corresponding author Hidenobu Senpuku, of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo said of one of the enzymes.

Dental Bib Chains are Potential Source for Infection

Wet, used towels left in the gym. Dirty tissues discarded by someone suffering from a nasty cold. A toothbrush discovered in a hotel room.

Most of us would never use or even touch these items. But without knowing it, we may be sharing something that could be just as disgusting and potentially dangerous. When we visit a dental office and a bib chain that is not sterilized between patients is placed around our neck, we may be unwittingly exposed to pseudomonas, E. coli and S. aureus—the most common cause of staph infections and a potential “superbug.”

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