Today's Dental News

Arkansas Needs More Dentists

If you’re a dentist looking for more patients, move to Arkansas.

Arkansas is among the worst states in the United States when it comes to the number of dentists per 100,000 patients. According to Dr. Charles Cranford from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a problem for Arkansas residents is the lack of a dental school in the state.

Dr. Cranford is trying to start a movement for his school to add a dental school.

According to the numbers, there are roughly only 40 dentists for every 100,000 people in Arkansas. The United States’ average is 60 dentists for every 100,000 people.

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Couple Allows Dog’s Dental Problems to go Untreated

A couple in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada is facing cruelty to animal charges. The offense: allowing their dog to have untreated dental problems so bad that the dog’s teeth were rotting and needed 14 teeth pulled.

The charge is that they did nothing to stop their dog from being in distress and causing unnecessary pain and suffering, according to Canada’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. It’s possible that the couple, Stacia Hicks and Scott Rippon, could be banned from owning animals, face a fine of around $5,000 and be sent to jail for as many as six months.

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Denture Adhesives May Cause Poisoning from Zinc Overexposure

There may be some possibly serious effects from trying to keep dentures stable in the mouth.

According to a study by the University of Maryland, the adhesive used to keep dentures in place can result in neurological damage and blood abnormalities, among other things. The problems come from the zinc in the adhesives, especially when too much of it is used too often.

This discovery may have an impact on anyone who wears dentures.

This information regarding zinc has been accumulating throughout the past few years. A recent study by the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged that there were numerous cases of zinc toxicity from overexposure to it.

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Cavities May be Contagious

Cavities may come not only from what you eat, but what bacteria you come in contact with.

According to new studies, the bacteria that cause cavities can be transmitted from one person to another.

There are cases of children developing cavities from their mothers. If a mother tastes some food and then feeds her child, the child is at increased risk for getting a cavity.

When couples kiss, the cavity-causing bacteria can be spread from person to the other. Even if a person has a completely healthy mouth, he or she is not immune to cavities if his or her partner has the bacteria in their mouth.

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Treatment for Gum Disease May Reduce Costs for Diabetes Care

People with diabetes may have a new way to save costs on treatment.

A new study from CIGNA shows that there may be a correlation between treating periodontal disease and diminished medical costs for diabetes patients. The study was unveiled at the International Association for Dental Research meeting in San Diego.

This new finding backs up the previous CIGNA research regarding treating gum disease and the effect it has on diabetes.

This new information was generated after analyzing the results of patients who were treated for gum disease in the first year and then received regular maintenance treatment. The results were then compared to patients who did not receive the regular maintenance work. The ensuing medical costs were about 23 percent lower for patients who had undergone the necessary gum disease care and regular maintenance, according to the study.

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