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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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Pancreatic Saliva Test May Happen Soon

A test for pancreatic cancer may soon be on the way.

Researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have inched closer to completing a saliva test, which will test for pancreatic cancer. The saliva test would look specifically for biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer.

If this test ends up being approved, dentists would have the ability it to check for pancreatic cancer among patients.

Survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients are among the lowest of all cancer patients. Most pancreatic cancer patients die within only one year of being diagnosed. Only 6 percent live for more than five years after diagnosis.

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Pomegranates May Aid Oral Health

There may be a new fruit you should add to your diet.

Recent studies have shown that pomegranates have numerous health benefits. The pomegranate is a fleshy red fruit containing numerous vibrant seeds. It is seen in salads, in addition to the numerous pomegranates juices that have been developed in recent years.

The antibacterial qualities in the pomegranates may serve to thwart dental plaque. Therefore, pomegranates may lower the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

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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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