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Study Pinpoints Target for TMJD

People with temporomandibular joint disorder may be in luck.

Researchers located a protein that is essential in TMJD pain. This could lead to treatment for this painful disorder.

This information from the Duke Medicine researchers appears in the August issue of PAIN.

There isn’t much information known about what prompts TMJD. The research team pinpointed TRPV4, which is an ion channel protein that enables calcium to enter cells. Its involvement with inflammation and pain was examined.

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Consuming Milk After Eating Sugary Cereal Could Limit Cavities

Milk is all it takes to combat the damaging effects of eating sugary cereal.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry conducted a study that showed milk lowers plaque acid levels and reduces damage to the enamel when milk is consumed after eating cereal.

The information appears in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

When carbohydrates are consumed four times each day in amounts greater than 60 g, a person’s risk of developing cavities is higher.

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Bad Dental Health May Cause Alzheimer’s

People with poor dental hygiene or gum disease may be at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

A new study from the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry recently conducted the study. The study looked at brain samples donated by 10 patients to make their conclusions. The research showed that products from Porphyromous gingivalis were present in the brains of dementia patients. This bacterium is affiliated with gum disease.

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Vegetarians Have Better Oral Health Than Meat Eaters

If you want improved oral health, become a vegetarian.

A new study from German researchers indicates that vegetarians have better dental health than their meat-eating counterparts. The Department of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventive Dentistry at the Hannover Medical School showed that vegetarians have healthier gums than meat eaters. The study also demonstrated that vegetarians are at a reduced risk for tooth loss, bleeding and inflamed gums.

On the other hand, the study showed that vegetarians don’t visit the dentist as often as meat eaters. This could be the reason why vegetarians have more cases of dental decay.

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Teeth Could be Grown from Urine

Urine may have the ability to do something that no one ever could have imagined: grow teeth.

Researchers in China recently utilized human urine to grow teeth.

The information from the study, which appears in the Cell Regeneration Journal, indicates that small, teeth-like structures began to develop. The research team hopes to eventually create full-grown teeth, which may later replace teeth people lose from some kind of injury or decay.

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