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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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Tooth Loss Could Increase Risk of Stroke

A new study by researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan ties tooth loss with a higher risk for strokes.

The research indicates that people with fewer than 24 teeth are 60 percent more likely to have a stroke. Strokes result from a disruption in the blood supply to one’s brain.

To conduct their research, the people at Hiroshima University put together a group of 358 patients. Among the people studied, there was a correlation between tooth loss and a higher risk for strokes. It was also concluded that stroke patients that were in their 50s and 60s had fewer natural teeth that the patients who had other health issues.

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Dentists Express Concerns with Sports Drinks

Australian dentists are worried about the possibly dangerous effects that will result from sports drinks.

These sports drinks and energy drinks were created to help athletes to improve performance in some form, most likely by aiding hydration or providing some kind of energy boost. But the problem is that large amounts of sugar are needed to accomplish those objectives in some drinks. When more sugar is present, the less healthy the drinks become to one’s dental health.

According to some dentists, there’s a rising number of Australians that have encountered acid erosion since the Olympics were held in Sydney. These dentists have found that many of these problems stem from the consumption of sports and energy drinks.

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FDA Holds Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Dental Amalgam

The debate over dental amalgam continues.

The United States Food and Drug Administration recently held a town hall meeting in Irving, Texas to discuss the concerns about dental amalgam. Average Americans, public health figures and dentists attended the meeting.

The issue at hand is the possible health problems caused by fillings. The new white composite fillings are the first choice for most people compared to the old silver dental amalgam fillings that contain mercury. The new fillings blend in with the tooth and are regarded as safer than the older types of fillings.

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Many Retainers Contain Some Form of Bacteria

If retainers aren’t cleaned fully, microbes tend to build up on them, according to the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

A study was recently conducted analyzing the types of microbes that live on retainers. At least 50 percent of retainers contain pathogenic microbes, according to the study.

This study appears in the journal Letters in Applied Microbiology.

Based on the findings in the study, new cleaning products are necessary to improve the cleanliness on retainers.

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