Today's Dental News

Using Some Immune System Cells may Successfully Treat Gum Disease

Utilizing the correct combination of immune system cells with inflamed tissues may be able to curb the red, swollen and painful gums that stem from periodontal disease.

The information comes from a new animal study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and appears in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Periodontal disease impacts 78 million Americans.

The current treatment of periodontal disease calls for daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental visits. That way, oral bacteria, which cause periodontal disease, are kept in check.

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People in Ontario With Dental Issues Seek Help at Emergency Room

The fact that emergency room doctors have no ability to treat dental issues hasn’t deterred people in Ontario recently.

Around 58,000 adults visited the emergency room in the Canadian province last year even though they were only treated with antibiotics or painkillers. This issue highlights the fact that better access to healthcare is necessary for low-income adults. The visits cost taxpayers $30 million last year.

The Ontario Oral Health Alliance, which began in 2007, showed that at least 3,500 people went to the hospital for dental problems in Toronto alone.

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Problems from Burning Mouth Syndrome Persist

Nothing appears to be wrong when a person has this disease, but nothing could be further from the truth.

That’s what burning mouth syndrome sufferers deal with on a daily basis. They feel the kind of oral pain that generally stems from a scalded mouth, only the pain doesn’t get better after a few days.

The condition continues to befuddle dental researchers. At various times, the issue has been tied to mucosal, periodontal or restorative disorders. Mental or emotional causes have also been cited as the reason for people developing this condition.

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Oral Bacteria Leave Mark Inside Mouth

There may be a new way to distinguish a person’s identity.

Bacteria in the mouth—especially bacteria located in gums—can tell you more about a person then could ever be imagined. The remnants are similar to that of a fingerprint, meaning it’s possible to tell some people apart based on these remnants. And yes, you can even tell a person’s ethnicity.

Scientists managed to pinpoint 400 different species of bacteria in the mouth based on about 100 participants in the study. The ethnicities involved included blacks, whites, Chinese and Latinos.

The results indicated that just 2 percent of bacterial species are seen in all people. The exact numbers, high or low, showed some similarities among people of the same ethnic group.

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Oral Cancer Cases may be Rising

The oral cancer problem may be getting worse.

Statistics indicate that there was an increase of 1,000 oral cancer cases in the United Kingdom during the past year. Since 2000, the number of oral cancer cases has doubled, particularly among men.

In 2011, 2,500 people in the United Kingdom died from oral cancer. The alarming part is that survival rates are not increasing the way they are with other forms of cancer. This stems from the fact that many oral cancer cases are diagnosed when it’s too late to turn back the effects from cancer.

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