Today's Dental News

Researchers Pinpoint Cavity-Causing Bacterium

Researchers believe they have identified bacteria that cause early childhood caries.

A team of scientists from Boston agreed with previous information stating that Streptococcus mutans is a main cause of early childhood caries. The team, however, discovered a new bacterium, Scardovia wiggsiae. The researchers believe this bacterium is also a major factor in caries development.

The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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Researchers Look for Solution for Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients

There may be a solution for preventing xerostomia.

Xerostomia, which is a dry mouth from a lack of saliva, often impacts patients with throat or mouth cancer. A new study indicates that submandibular gland transfer may stop xerostomia, which often is a side effect from radiation.

Xerostomia is a problem because it develops when the salivary glands stop working. University of Alberta researcher Jana Rieger compared xerostomia to what it feels like after undergoing surgery and the anesthesia. The problem with xerostomia is that it’s permanent.

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Possible Breakthrough in Tooth Decay Research

Information from a facility that works with electrons could lead to the eventual prevention of tooth decay.

At Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire England, a 3-D structure allowed the researchers to find an important enzyme involved with tooth decay. Diamond Light Source is a research center that accelerates electrons to close to the speed of light.

The enzyme discovered forms glucan, which is a substance that contains bacteria that forms on the surface of teeth. When the bacterium eventually forms, it secretes an acid that destroys the enamel of the teeth.

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Dental Hygiene is Pivotal for Dementia Patients

Nurses who treat dementia patients now have an added task. It’s essential for the nurses to make sure their patients maintain good dental hygiene.

Since poor oral health can lead to other health problems, it’s necessary for the dementia patients to have dental work done. But since they aren’t capable of remembering it or doing it themselves, they need their caretakers to handle the matter.

The new approach is called Managing Oral Hygiene Using Threat Reduction (MOUTh) and the program is tailored toward dementia patients. The form of care revolves around making the patient feel at ease when the care is being provided, as well as interacting with the patient.

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Hungary Looks to Increase Dental Tourism

If you think a dental procedure costs too much money in the United States, there are plenty of other countries you can go to. And now you can add Hungary to the list.

The Hungarian government gave the OK to fund dental tourism.

People from around the world are flocking to Hungary for dental work. The cost of procedures in Hungary is significantly lower than costs throughout the rest of Europe. Based on reputation, the patients are treated well and customer service needed is provided.

The government of Hungary, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, will invest one billion forints—about $5.6 million in the United States—into the industry.

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