Today's Dental News

Dental Take on Snoring and Sleep Disorders

There’s a new approach for treating sleep disorders.

Dentists are beginning to develop new methods that can combat the problems, which are often indicated by snoring.

In Spain, for example, more than seven million people are at risk for sleep apnea. The disorder, which results from one’s air intake being disrupted during sleep, can lead to other issues like being seven to eight times more likely to cause a traffic accident.

Only about 5 percent of the two million people in Spain with sleep apnea are diagnosed definitively. Research shows that 60 percent of men over age 50 and 40 percent of women in that age group show some signs of snoring. As a result, the University of Barcelona opened a Snoring and Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment Unit.

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First Documented Toothache Discovered

An unlucky reptile about 275 million years felt the same, debilitating pain we feel today.

This particular reptile suffered the first confirmed case of a toothache. The jaw fossil for the Labidosaurus hamatus, which lived in what would be Oklahoma today, showed missing teeth had eroded the bone.

The research team at the University or Toronto Mississauga did a CT-scan and saw a major tooth infection that resulted in the loss of multiple teeth and an abscess.

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Oral Health Needs Improvement in Jamaica

Jamaica can be added to the list of countries that struggles with oral health.

The standards of oral health in Jamaica are a major concern for health officials. Many people cannot afford to visit the dentist regularly, so they simply delay the visit. Research shows that only about 15 percent of the people can get some kind of healthcare and about 6 percent receive some kind of dental treatment.

The result is much higher costs because instead of a routine checkup, more complicated procedures become necessary. If the person could have spent the money on the checkup, then he or she would have ended up saving money.

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Substance-Dependent People See Oral Health Suffer

Oral health problems are a major concern for people who are substance dependent.

A research team at Boston University concluded that most people who are substance-dependent not only have issues with a specific substance but oral health issues as well. Opioid users, specifically, showed a drastic decline in oral health in a one-year period. This study was published online in the most recent issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Dental medicine personnel, as well as public health and internal medical faculty from Boston University worked on the study. They analyzed the impact of various substances on oral health of a group of substance-dependent people. Opioid, alcohol, stimulant and marijuana users were part of the study. The people in the study group were asked various questions pertaining to their oral health.

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Gum Disease Treatment for Pregnant Women Doesn’t Impact Baby

A study shows that pregnant women don’t have to worry about gum disease treatment affecting their baby’s health.

The worry for dentists was that the treatment could enable bacteria to get into the bloodstream of the mother. If that happened, the baby may not develop properly.

Gum disease and the way it may impact the child is one of the larger concerns during pregnancy.

Pregnant women are more likely to develop gum disease because of the hormonal changes. The problem in treating the gum disease is that the antibiotics could stain the baby’s teeth.

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