Today's Dental News

Reality of Tooth Decay Outweighs Concerns over Sealant

Dental sealants, the popular, thin plastic coatings applied to the grooves of teeth, can reduce tooth decay in children by more than 70 percent. While highly effective, sealants pose concerns: they’re made with bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial and ubiquitous synthetic chemical that in low doses has been associated with changes in behavior, prostate and urinary tract development and early onset of puberty.

So far, experts strongly recommend sealants based on their proven benefits and the brief exposure to BPA, which can be minimized by taking certain steps in the application process. At the same time, however, there are gaping holes in the data, including the “quality and quantity of BPA absorption,” according to a review of the literature recently published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Five Dental Trends for 2011

The face of dentistry changes each year, and 2011 will be no different. Here are the top five dental trends for 2011, brought to you by the Consumer Guide to Dentistry:

1. Smile makeovers meet BOTOX and injectables. Soon you may be visiting your dentist every few months for more than just routine cleanings and followups, especially if your dentist uses dermal fillers and BOTOX as part of overall smile makeover procedures. Because dentists are experts in smile and facial aesthetics, many are going the extra mile to offer facial injectable fillers in order to provide patients with the most comprehensive antiaging and rejuvenation experience possible.

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Domestic Violence Victims Receive Free Dental Services

Nova Southeastern University in Florida is offering free dental services to victims of domestic violence who otherwise may not have access to such services.

Battered women can have significant dental needs that often go untreated. In some cases, a battered woman’s dental problems are the direct result of abuse, and her abuser has kept her from receiving dental care for years, or even decades.

Using a 3-year, $850,000-grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration, NSU’s College of Dental Medicine is ready to help by providing examinations, preventive services, restorations, and some dentures to victims of domestic violence.

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Does Fluoride Really Fight Cavities?

Scientists have found that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed.

It raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works and could lead to better ways of protecting teeth from decay, the scientists suggest.

Frank Muller and colleagues point out that tooth decay is a major public health problem worldwide.

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Tom’s of Maine Invites Mobile Dental Clinics to Apply for Funding

Beginning December 17, mobile dental clinics around the country are encouraged to apply for $20,000 in program funding as part of Tom’s of Maine’s annual Dental Health For All program. A public vote in February will determine which five mobile clinics will ultimately split $100,000 to grow and support their programs. Dental clinics with a mobile treatment facility can apply at and learn more about this year’s program.

Throughout its 40-year history, Tom’s of Maine has been dedicated to supporting local non-profit dental clinics that provide greater access to quality, affordable dental care. The Dental Health for All program was created to award dental clinics that make a difference in their communities by ensuring underserved communities have access to quality oral health care.

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