Today's Dental News

Maine Dental School Looks to Boost Dentistry in New England

Rural communities in New England may have more dentists in the years to come.

The University of New England recently opened the first dental school in northern New England. This will fill a large void for an area that previously had to look to Boston for the nearest dental school.

Based on the rural nature of northern New England, it was difficult to entice dentists to open a practice in those areas. But if more people in the area have the opportunity to become a dentist, that trend could be reversed.

Studies have shown that when people in Maine or the rest of northern New England leave the area to study dentistry, they generally don’t come back.

Read more: Maine Dental School Looks to Boost Dentistry in New England

 

Periodontal Health Essential for Expectant Mothers

Pregnant women should probably pay attention to their oral health more than anyone else.

New studies from the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology are warning women that periodontal disease may cause early births or lightweight babies.

The information appears in the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

Read more: Periodontal Health Essential for Expectant Mothers

   

Tea May Thwart Dental Issues

It may be a good thing to drink more tea.

A new study indicates that drinking tea may aid in preventing gum disease and prohibit cavities from developing. The information showed that three cups of tea each day battled bacteria, which led to a lower risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Black tea, specifically, possesses ingredients that fight certain bacteria like Lactobacillus and Streptococcus mutans, which are bacteria that cause gum disease. Three cups has become the recommended amount because the best results in fighting gum disease were shown by people consuming three to four cups of tea each day. The tea succeeds because it limits the amount of plaque acids released when eating.

Read more: Tea May Thwart Dental Issues

   

More Evidence of Poor Oral Health Leading to HPV

If a person needed more incentive to maintain good oral health, now he or she has it.

The American Association for Cancer Research concluded that poor oral health leads to the human papilloma virus infection. HPV produces about 40 to 80 percent of oropharyngeal cancers.

The study appears in Cancer Prevention Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Read more: More Evidence of Poor Oral Health Leading to HPV

   

Certain Bacteria Aids in Periodontal Treatment

Researchers may have discovered a new way to effectively treat periodontitis patients.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of chronic periodontitis patients indicated that Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis can improve efficacy by 53 percent.

The information appears in the online publication Journal of Clinical Periodontology. The study included 30 patients.

The goal of the study was to analyze the impact of Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis on scaling and root planing, some of the basic treatment for chronic periodontitis patients.

Read more: Certain Bacteria Aids in Periodontal Treatment

   

Page 20 of 162

Banner