Today's Dental News

Treaty Will Ensure Continued Use of Amalgam

Dental amalgam won’t be going anywhere in the near future.

A US-signed treaty in regards to mercury recently was enacted, which will enable amalgam to continue to be used the way it has been in the dental profession. A Department of State official signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury on Nov. 6, allowing the United States to become a party to the convention. The document was originally scheduled to be signed on Oct. 10 in Japan but the US could not sign it at that point because of the government shutdown.

Ratification is subject to Senate approval.

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Brushing Teeth Could Stop Heart Attacks, Strokes

A new study proves that regular brushing could thwart a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University determined that brushing on a regular basis could eliminate atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. Atherosclerosis is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes based on the fatty deposits blocking the flow of blood to the heart and brain.

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Drug Could be Utilized to Treat Periodontitis, Chronic Diseases

A drug used to treat intestinal worms may have a new purpose.

Recent studies have shown that Oxantel could protect people from periodontitis. The information appears in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

The current treatment for periodontitis can be costly and it isn’t necessarily full proof. Oxantel was shown to prevent growth by blocking an enzyme that bacteria need to create the biofilm associated with periodontitis.

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Dentist Gives Boy New Nose After Hyena Attack

Ali Cook of The Wednesday Watch and Dentistry Today spoke with Thomas Balshi, DDS, PhD, of Prosthodontics Intermedica at the Institute for Facial Esthetics in Fort Washington, Pa, about an extraordinary case. Dr. Balshi and his team helped a small boy from Africa get a new nose and facial structure after a hyena attack. You can view the interview transcript is below.




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Opioid Abuse Higher in Areas With More Dentists, Pharmacists

Having more healthcare personnel isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to opioid abuse.

A recent study by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis indicated that access to healthcare raised the availability of prescription opioids, serving to increase the number of opioid abuse and consequences. The study found that the structure of local health care systems in a given county accounts for whether or not there is access to opioids.

The study was presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.

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