UAB School of Dentistry Tops in Research Funding

No school receives more funding for dental research than the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The $12.5 million given to the school in 2012 was No. 1 in the nation.

The school received a grant of $67 million last year, enabling the school to jump from 15th to the top spot on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Researcher list. The seven-year deal was based on the institute’s three regional research networks, which are combined into a nationally coordinated effort to conduct studies on the best practices in dental care. This effort was given $9.9 million in 2012.

Soda, Some Drugs Impact Teeth Same Way

Judging by the impact on teeth, it may be difficult to tell the difference between methamphetamine use, crack cocaine use and soda consumption.

At least that’s what a new study says. The study, which was published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry, says that all of those substances can cause the same amount of teeth erosion.

Tooth erosion stems from acid wearing away at the tooth enamel. The teeth then become more vulnerable to cavities, discoloration or other issues.

To compile the data, three people were studied. One person was a methamphetamine user, another was a longtime cocaine user and the third person consumed large amounts of diet soda. All of the participants had poor oral hygiene and did not often frequent the dentist.

FDA Panel to Review Classification of Blade-Form Implants

The Food and Drug Administration may soon lower the risk class of blade-form dental implants.

An advisory panel will meet in July to analyze the case of lowering the blade-form endosseous dental implants from the highest risk category to a lower one.

The FDA will look at reclassifying Class III devices into the Class II category. The FDA believes that certain controls can effectively monitor the risks associated with these types of implants. These devices have been discussed for numerous years.

The devices have displayed a high success rate in regards to staying implanted in the mouth without the necessity for removal. It also appears as though these implants have the ability to hold up over time.

Lack of Fluoride May be Root of Calgary Dental Problems

A lack of fluoride exposure may be posing some problems in a Canadian city.

Dentists in Calgary, Alberta are blaming the rise in cavities over the stoppage of water fluoridation. Water fluoridation in the city was ceased two years ago and many now claim that was a mistake.

The standards of children’s oral health have declined in the last two years, based on information from the Alberta Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. More children are developing cavities and more are developing more severe cavities.

Children, Low-Income Adults Benefitting from Dental Therapists

Midlevel dental providers are now giving treatment to the people who need it most: children and low-income adults.

The report comes from Community Catalyst and concluded that these dental providers in Alaska and Minnesota cost their employers 27 and 29 percent of their generated revenue, respectively. The report showed that 85 percent of the treatment would be considered routine and preventative and 25 percent of patients need cavities filled.

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