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Dental Sealants: A Cost Effective Approach to Sealing Out Tooth Decay

Tooth decay affects more than one quarter of children ages 2 to 5, half of those ages 12 to 15 and countless adults in the United States. In fact, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. It is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. While daily brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, there are other things you can do to further prevent tooth decay from occurring. The good news is tooth decay is preventable.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) wants to educate the public about the benefit of dental sealants as a cost-effective, preventive measure to combating tooth decay. Though sealants are most effective in reducing the number of cavities in children whose primary teeth have recently erupted, they also can be beneficial to adults. According to the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, sealants have been shown to reduce tooth decay by more than 70 percent.

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New Oral Cancer Booklet Tackles Taboos

A new guide to treating oral cancer warn dentists that patients are now taking legal action against dentists alleging failure to detect the condition.

It also explores taboos around the practitioner’s right to explore patients’ lifestyle choices that can cause oral cancer, such as drinking, smoking and chewing tobacco, and offers advice on how to overcome them.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has published this practical guide to help dental professionals combat the growing problem
of oral cancer.

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Preventing Gum Disease Benefits Long Term Health

Gum disease is an important early warning sign of potentially serious health problems later on in life, warn oral healthcare experts at Eludril and Elgydium.

Going to bed without brushing your teeth correctly “could potentially have a devastating effect on your long-term health.”

It is widely accepted that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without it.

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Routine Dental Checkups Could Save Lives

Most people view their routine checkup as an annual 30-minute appointment, but research is consistently suggesting that dental checkups are extremely important for good general health.

A routine dental checkup promotes good oral health by allowing dentists to keep an eye on existing or developing conditions and enabling them to identify early warning signs of gum disease or tooth decay. It can also help dentists to diagnose more serious health conditions, including oral cancer.

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Clinical Trial of Tooth Regeneration

It is well known that oral infection progressively destroys periodontal tissues and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. A major goal of periodontal treatment is regeneration of the tissues lost to periodontitis. Unfortunately, most current therapies cannot predictably promote repair of tooth-supporting defects. A variety of regenerative approaches have been used clinically using bone grafts and guiding tissue membranes with limited success.

In a new article published in the International and American Associations for Dental Research’s Journal of Dental Research, M. Kitamura, from Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry, Japan, and a team of researchers conducted a human clinical trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) for clinical application. This is the largest study to date in the field of periodontal regenerative therapy.

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