Today's Dental News

Common Drug Prescribed for Osteoporosis may Increase Risk of Jaw Disease

Oral bisphosphonates, which are generally prescribed for osteoporosis, may raise a person’s chances of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw, according to the Journal of Dental Research.

Osteonecrosis is the death of a bone. Still, the possibility of developing the condition after taking oral bisphosphonates remains low. Also, considering the number of benefits associated with the drug, people who take it to prevent and treat osteoporosis should not stop.

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Dental Stem Cell Banking Provides Possibility for a Better Future

Dental stem cell banking now gives parents a new opportunity.

Parents can store their child’s stem cells, which comes from the milk of the tooth. It’s another way to preserve DNA, just like it’s done with umbilical cord blood banking.

Dental stem cells generally comprise mesenchymal variety of stem cells.

The advantage of stem cells banking over umbilical cord blood banking is that it allows for collecting the cells over a larger period of time, instead of the 15-minute window right after delivery. There are also multiple teeth to choose from.

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Government Officials Propose Law to Increase Federal Disaster Resources

Congressmen Michael C. Burgess and Edolphus Towns have introduced a Dental Emergency Responder Act, which would enhance the medical response capabilities for healthcare during natural disasters or tragedies.

As it stands now, dental facilities and dentists are not part of the process that gives aid the victims of horrific events, such as terrorist attacks. There have also been cases in which dental schools were not allowed to provide help in these situations.

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Study Reveals that Link Between Healthy Heart and Oral Health in Women May Exist

A team of researchers at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health shows that a link between heart health and oral health in women may be possible.

According to the study, women who regularly visited the dentist have a higher chance of having a healthy heart. The regular dentist visits also decreased the chances of suffering a heart attack.

Heart disease is a top cause for death among women, so this study could be important. The reason is it demonstrates that good oral hygiene may reduce any possible heart problems.

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Dentists in France Begin to Minimize Use of Mercury Fillings

French dentists are starting to choose tooth-colored ceramic restorations as opposed to mercury fillings.

The dentists in France are making the switch partially because the patients prefer the tooth-colored ceramic restorations because they are not as noticeable. The dentists also are trying to limit the usage of mercury because of the recent mercury debate, though mercury is not banned in France.

Mercury, however, is banned in some European countries, including Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The usage of mercury throughout Europe is going down in countries where it is legal.

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