Today's Dental News

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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Link Exists Between Anemia and Gum Disease

People with serious gum disease may develop anemia.

That’s because of the reduction in red blood cells and hemoglobin lead to anemia, according to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology.

The results showed that more than one third of people who experience major periodontitis had hemoglobin levels lower than normal concentrations. After receiving a six-month course of treatment, the patients saw significantly higher levels of red blood cells and hemoglobin. The other measures used to determine the health of the blood improved as well.

According to the study, women also were at a higher risk of developing anemia than men were. Fewer than 30 percent of the men tested had anemia, while more than 40 percent of the women had anemia.

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Book Breaks New Ground on Oral Health

No matter what a person does, plaque is constantly developing.

Plaque forms because of the bacterium Fusobacterium nucleatum, according to Case Western Reserve University professor of periodontics Yiping W. Han. This bacterium not only attacks teeth and gums but promotes diseases and infection that could spread throughout the rest of your body.

This information will be published in the book titled Oral Microbial Communities: Genomic Injury and Interspecies Communication.

Gingivitis, a common oral disease, is caused by the formation of plaque, stemming from the bacterium F. nucleatum. The bacterium significantly increases the infection rate of gingivitis.

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