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Sep 04, 2014
Up to 3,000 Times the Bacterial Growth Found on Hollow-Head Toothbrushes:
Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes, according to researchers at The University of Texas.

Aug 28, 2014
High Acidity Drinks Such as Fruit Juice and Soda Can Cause Permanent Damage to Teeth:
Dental researchers of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple-threat" of permanent damage to young people's teeth.

Jul 24, 2014
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? Experts Don't Agree.:
Advice on how we should brush our teeth from dental associations and toothpaste companies is 'unacceptably inconsistent', finds new UCL research.

toddler Mar 20, 2014
Virulent tooth decay in toddlers can be caused by combination of bacterium and fungus:
A highly aggressive and painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, especially from backgrounds of poverty, may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus.

Jan 21, 2014
Improvements Needed in Preventive Dental Care in the USA:
The uptake rate of preventative dental care increased over a ten-year period in the United States, but there remains a large disparity among ethnic groups.

soda Nov 14, 2013
Erosion of tooth enamel from soda pop is permanent:
You may be saving calories by drinking diet soda, but when it comes to enamel erosion of your teeth, it's no better than regular soda.

dentures Aug 13, 2013
Poor dental health may lead to Alzheimer's, study suggests:
People with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

milk Jul 16, 2013
Cheese And Dairy Products May Prevent Cavities:
Not only are dairy products important to bone health but they may help protect teeth against cavities.

dna Jun 17, 2013
Genetics-Based Risk Assessment Brings Personalized Preventive Care To Dentistry:
A new study provides insights into the prevention of gum disease and the opportunity for significant advancement in the delivery of personalized, preventive dental care.

cough May 14, 2013
No Need To Toss Your Toothbrush After A Sore Throat:
Word on the street has it you should replace your toothbrush after suffering from a cold, the flu or a bout of strep throat. That may not be necessary.

 

Mar 14, 2013
Mouthrinse Reduces Plaque And Gingivitis More Than Toothbrushing Alone:
New research indicates that the use of a germ-killing mouthrinse in addition to regular toothbrushing can significantly reduce plaque and gingivitis, more so than brushing alone.

Feb 14, 2013
The Roles Parents Play In The Transmission Of Dentist Fear In Their Family:
A new study confirms the emotional transmission of dentist fear among family members and analyses the different roles that mothers and fathers might play.

Jan 10, 2013
Quick Detection Of Periodontitis Pathogens:
A new diagnostic platform enables periodontitis pathogens to be detected quickly, enabling dentists to act swiftly to initiate the right treatment.

Dec 13, 2012
Men With Erection Problems Are 3x More Likely To Have Inflamed Gums:
Men in their thirties who had inflamed gums caused by severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from erection problems.

Sep 11, 2012
Coconut Oil Could Combat Tooth Decay:
Digested coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay and could be incorporated into commercial dental care products

Aug 07, 2012
Dental Study Links Moms To Teen Oral Health:
A mother's emotional health and education level during her child's earliest years influence oral health at age 14

Jul 10, 2012
Poor Oral Health Damages the Economy:
Over 2 million people in the UK say they have taken time of work due to poor oral health.

Jun 12, 2012
Researchers Find Joint Failures Potentially Linked To Oral Bacteria:
DNA testing of bacteria from the fluid that lubricates hip and knee joints had bacteria with the same DNA as the plaque from patients with gum disease

May 08, 2012
Dental X-Rays Linked To Most Common Brain Tumor:
People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the United States.

Apr 10, 2012
Dentists Could Screen 20 Million Americans For Chronic Physical Illnesses:
Nearly 20 million Americans annually visit a dentist but not a general healthcare provider.

Mar 06, 2012
3-D Printer Makes Bone-Like Material:
Researchers have used a 3D printer to create a bone-like material and structure that can be used in dental work.

Jan 10, 2012
Dried Licorice Root Fights The Bacteria That Cause Tooth Decay And Gum Disease:
Two substances in licorice - used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine - that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

Oct 31, 2011
Don’t Let Your Smile Be Spooky: Dental Health for Halloween:
Here are some tips on protecting you and your family's teeth on Halloween!

Aug 30, 2011
10 Things You May Not Know About Brushing:
It’s common knowledge that regular brushing is essential to dental health, but here are ten brushing facts that you may not know.

Jul 31, 2011
Floss Your Way to Full Body Health:
Daily brushing and flossing is the most effective way for us to fight disease and enable us to live a long and healthy life.

Jul 03, 2011
Gene Combination Identified As Risk Factor In Success Of Dental Implants:
Genetics can help physicians predict a negative outcome in dental implants.

Jun 07, 2011
The Salivary Gland Cargo Protein :
University of Louisville researchers are one step closer to helping millions of people whose salivary glands no longer work because of disease or damage from treatment of diseases.

May 09, 2011
The Mystery Of Burning Mouth Syndrome:
Burning mouth syndrome causes victims to always feel like they've just burnt their mouth on hot soup or coffee.

Apr 26, 2011
How Find Free or Discounted Dental Care:
For those who can’t afford to regularly see a dentist, there are options available for free or cheap dental care.

Mar 15, 2011
Treating Periodontitis May Improve Diabetes Control:
Chronic Periodontitis is 2-to-4 times more likely to occur among people with diabetes. This national clinical trial will evaluate whether treatment of chronic periodontitis will help improve diabetes control.

Feb 15, 2011
Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs:
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums may reduce risk for pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Dec 20, 2010
Does fluoride really fight cavities by “the skin of the teeth?”:
Scientists are reporting that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed.

Oct 16, 2010
“Themed” Dental Offices Help Patients Relax:
One recent trend aims to decrease or eliminate dental anxiety by remodeling dentist offices with fun and relaxing themes.

Sep 21, 2010
The Connection Between Oral Health And Systemic Diseases:
It's not news that there is a significant link between one's oral health and overall health. Though studies are ongoing, researchers have known for quite some time that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body.

Jul 07, 2010
Study Suggests Decay Of Baby Teeth May Be Linked To Obesity, Poor Food Choices:
A study has shown that young children receiving cavities tend to have a BMI level in the 85th percentile or higher.

Jun 28, 2010
Are Dentists Drilling Your Teeth Unnecessarily? :
Despite over 30 years of research implying the contrary, dentists persist drilling and filling tooth surfaces which have the capacity to heal, leading to repeated and costly dental treatment.

Jun 11, 2010
FDA Advisory Panel to Review Dental Amalgam:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces plans to hold advisory panel to discuss affect of dental amalgram, particularly on pregnant women and young children.

May 11, 2010
Dental Pulp Stem Cells Show Early Promise:
A type of stem cells isolated from dental pulp offers a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells

Apr 23, 2010
American Dental Association Foundation Hosts Awards Gala:
The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation held its third annual Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala in Washington, DC, April 13, honoring two members of Congress and awarding several grants to programs that benefit underserved children.

Apr 19, 2010
New Aesthetic Products for Orthodontic Treatment :
BioMers announced the launch of two new aesthetic products for orthodontic treatment, the SimpliClear™ braces system and the ASTICS® Color retainers.

Apr 02, 2010
Acupuncture Decreases Dental Anxiety:
A small study published in the March 2010 edition of Acupuncture in Medicine suggests that a five-minute session of acupuncture before dental treatment may decrease dental anxiety.

Mar 08, 2010
It's National Prosthodontics Awareness Week!:
National Prosthodontics Awareness Week™ informs the public about proper oral health, oral cancer detection, and the benefits of seeing a prosthodontist.

Feb 17, 2010
Smile Kids! It's National Children's Dental Health Month:
Every February the American Dental Association (ADA) kicks off National Children's Dental Health Month. Check out these tips for helping your kids learn more about good oral health.

Jan 25, 2010
Dreaded Dental Drill to be Replaced by Painless Plasma Jets :
Scared of the pain associated with dental drilling? New plasma jet drilling technology may painlessly remove infected dental tissue and quell your fear of the dreaded dentist’s chair.

Nov 19, 2008
Dental Implants Gaining Popularity Over Bridgework:
The days are gone when bridgework was the standard for replacing missing teeth. Along with bridges, we can bid adieu to the many difficulties associated with them. . .

Oct 17, 2008
Trick or Treat – Save Your Teeth :
This Halloween, and for the months of gorging afterwards, be sure that you and your children are protected from the dangers of tooth decay...

Sep 16, 2008
Your Attitude May Be Responsible For Tooth Loss:
Significant findings of a study focused on tooth loss in rural Appalachia were announced recently at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in Seattle...

Aug 26, 2008
Saliva Yields Clues to Detecting Oral Cancer:
A recent study funded by the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research discovered that saliva can be used to detect oral cancer in patients...

May 08, 2008
Whiskey for Toothache? Just an Old Wives' Tale:
An old wives’ tale says that strong liquor – particularly whiskey – applied to the gums or even consumed directly relieves a toothache. The tale has been around since the Civil War era...

Apr 30, 2008
Caring for Eating Disorders: Merging Dental and Mental Health:
Sure, teeth help us speak – but they also do a great deal of talking on their own. We acknowledge our teeth as a merger of form and function, both at the forefront of our appearance and as an important part of eating and communicating, but perhaps they deserve even more credit...

Mar 05, 2008
Dentists Need More Training in Oral Cancer Detection:
This year, 31,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. In addition, more than 8,000 Americans will die of the disease this year...

Feb 08, 2008
20 Million Dollar Smile - Grants to Improve Dental Care for Youth :
In 2007, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announced a $20 million investment directed at improving access to oral health care in the state. These funds are to be distributed within the next five years...

Dec 26, 2007
As Go the Health of Our Gums, So Goes the Dollars Spent on Our Overall Health Care:
Is there a correlation between gum disease and costs patients incur for their overall health care?

Dec 17, 2007
Sweet Magnolia Bark = Truly Sweet Breath:
According to recent study results, sweet magnolia bark goes right to the source of halitosis...

Dec 10, 2007
Tooth Loss Might Predict Dementia:
Tooth loss may be associated with the development of dementia late in life, according to recent research...

Dec 03, 2007
Expecting Mothers Should “Brush Up” on Their Oral Hygiene Routine:
Two new studies emphasize the importance of expectant mothers taking extra care of their oral health...

Nov 26, 2007
Preventive Antibiotics Not Necessary For Most Dental-related Heart Problems:
Precautionary antibiotics before dental work are not necessary for most people...

Nov 19, 2007
Study: Breast-feeding Not Cause of Cavities:
The alarming rate of cavities among young children is more likely due to smoking during pregnancy or being poor than to breast-feeding...

Nov 12, 2007
Paying for Good Dental Care: Can You?:
If you have a toothache and can’t afford to see the dentist, your are not alone...

Nov 05, 2007
Snake Venom May Speed Healing Time After Oral Surgery:
Study found new adhesive derived from snake venom useful in oral surgery...

Oct 29, 2007
Treat Sleep Problems At The Dentist’s Office:
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting almost one out of every eight individuals...

Oct 22, 2007
Most Comprehensive Study of Mercury in Dental Fillings Begins:
Three million dollar NIH study builds on ongoing research into mercury from fillings and prenatal exposure...

Oct 15, 2007
Toothaches: Part II:
There are a number of non-dental conditions which radiate their pain to the mouth, causing toothache symptoms...

Oct 09, 2007
Toothaches: Getting to the Root of the Problem:
Toothaches used to mean the anticipation of a visit from the tooth fairy. Unfortunately, now they are a bit more of a hassle...

Oct 01, 2007
Smoking Can Harm The Long Term Effects of Some Oral Surgery Procedures:
Study found people who smoke damaged the long-term stability of certain oral surgical procedures...

Sep 24, 2007
Seniors’ Oral Health: More Than Dentures :
As we age, physical changes affect the body overall – but maintaining good oral health can play a big role...

Sep 17, 2007
New Findings on Laser Root Canal:
Now, researchers believe the bacteria in root canals can be ablated through the use of laser technology...

Sep 10, 2007
Counterfeit Toothpaste: Fights More Than Just Tooth Decay:
Scrimping on your toothpaste can be lethal...

Sep 04, 2007
Dental Decay Among the Very Young: First Jump in Decades:
A report released earlier this year found that more than one quarter of children ages two to five have had at least one cavity in their primary teeth...

Aug 27, 2007
Dental Health Problems May Increase Heart Disease Risk:
A strong link between our dental health and our overall health is being made...

Aug 20, 2007
"Lab on a Chip" for Oral Cancer Shows Promise:
Finding out whether that unusual sore in your mouth is cancerous should become a lot faster and easier in the years ahead...

Aug 13, 2007
Stress May Leave Your Mouth A Mess:
A literature review published in the August issue of the Journal of Periodontology saw a strong relationship between stress and periodontal diseases...

Aug 06, 2007
American Dental Association Applauds Legislators for 'Meth Mouth' Bills:
Two federal bills are being aimed at preventing and treating "meth mouth," a condition resulting from methamphetamine addiction...

Jul 30, 2007
Nanotechnology May Strengthen Fillings:
Scientists have shown that use of nanotechnology could produce tooth restorations that are stronger than the decay-fighting fillings now available...

Jul 23, 2007
Periodontal Diseases Are Blind To Age:
Two studies suggest that periodontal diseases should be a concern to women of all ages...

Jul 16, 2007
Snuffing Out Oral Cancers: Dentists Can Play Important Role In Preventing Cancer:
Each year more than 30,000 Americans develop oral and throat cancer, according to the American Cancer Society...

Jul 09, 2007
Periodontal Bacteria Found In Amniotic Fluid:
Study evaluates women at risk for premature labor and finds periodontal bacteria in amniotic fluid...

Jul 02, 2007
Good Teeth Mean Good Health:
Many Americans are skipping their regular check-up with their dentist and putting themselves at risk for more serious diseases...

Jun 25, 2007
Diet And Parental Vigilance Imperative to Improving Children’s Dental Health :
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found an astonishing increase in tooth decay for two to five year olds...

Jun 18, 2007
Nanotechnology: The New Buzz Word In Dental Implants:
Many prominent dental implant manufacturers are incorporating nanotechnology into their dental implant surface designs...

Jun 11, 2007
Melatonin Shows Promise In The Fight Against Periodontal Diseases:
This literature review looks at the role melatonin could play in oral health...

Jun 04, 2007
New Test May Provide Key to Oral Cancer Detection:
The FDA has approved a device that will allow dentists to better detect and treat oral cancer...

May 29, 2007
Impact of CT Scan on Dental Implants:
Although dental implants have been around since the 1950s, recent advancements have made them faster, less invasive, and more accurate than ever before...

May 21, 2007
Smoking, Sleep and Oral Health :
Study identifies lifestyle factors that have the biggest impact on periodontal health...

May 14, 2007
One Drop And Ten Minutes To Diagnose Periodontal Disease:
Now, dentists can use an in-office kit to analyze saliva for the presence of a common and serious inflammatory condition...

May 07, 2007
Dental Visits May Help Your Baby Arrive on Schedule:
Periodontal therapy may reduce the risk of delivering a preterm low birth weight baby...

Apr 30, 2007
Case Study Illustrates Link Between Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Oral Health:
The overweight and obesity epidemic continues sweeping through the developed world, and researchers are looking for ways to lessen its impact...

Apr 23, 2007
Small Bacteria, Big Impact:
Two studies look at the possible connection periodontal bacteria may have with other systemic conditions...

Apr 16, 2007
California Cracks Down on Kids’ Dental Care:
As the U.S. Surgeon General names dental and oral disease a "silent epidemic" among Americans, California requires parents to provide evidence of their children's dental care...

Apr 09, 2007
Secondhand Smoke Proves to Be No Joke on Oral Health:
Secondhand smoke may be associated with bone loss in subjects with periodontitis...

Apr 02, 2007
Dental X-Rays Can Aid in Detecting Osteoporosis:
A computer program that analyzes routine dental X-rays can identify patients at risk for osteoporosis, according to researchers...

Mar 26, 2007
Link Found Between Gestational Diabetes and Periodontal Disease:
Nearly one out of two women with gestational diabetes also has periodontal disease, according to findings from Tulane University researchers...

Mar 19, 2007
Scientists Bioengineer Teeth in Mice:
Dentistry may be joining the ranks of regenerative medicine...

Mar 12, 2007
At-Home Tooth Whitening: Good For A Quick Fix:
The pursuit of an ever-bright and painfully white smile may not be over for the tooth-obsessed, but according to new research, at-home teeth whitening kits are a viable option...

Mar 05, 2007
Periodontal Treatment and Cardiovascular Health :
Exciting new research suggests that intensive periodontal treatment may reverse atherosclerosis...

Feb 26, 2007
Behavioral Training, Biofeedback Can Help TMJ Patients:
These practices reduced overall and jaw-related care costs for patients with temporomandibular disorder...

Feb 20, 2007
Sun, Surf and Bad teeth:
Tooth decay is a problem among students in California, as everywhere...

Feb 12, 2007
Link Found Between Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer:
Take care of your dental health to reduce your risk of this type of cancer...

Feb 05, 2007
Intelligent Attacks on Tooth Decay:
A new, smart anti-microbial treatment just might be the answer to tooth decay...

Jan 29, 2007
Calcium Is Important For Nursing Mothers' Oral Health :
A low-calcium diet can harm supporting structures around teeth and gums, especially for nursing mothers...

Jan 18, 2007
Promising Discovery of Protein Involved in Face, Head, and Neck Pain Has Researchers Cautiously Optimistic :
Hope for conditions like gum disease, migraines, and TMJ...

Jan 04, 2007
A Clean Toothbrush Can Be A Hedge Against Cold and Flu Germs:
In the winter we button up our coats and don our hats to ward off colds and flu...

Dec 11, 2006
Holiday Stress And Oral Health:
Don't neglect your teeth this holiday season. Follow these simple steps...

Dec 04, 2006
Tickets? –check. Bags? –check. Toothbrush?:
Don't let your oral hygiene fall to the wayside when traveling...

Nov 27, 2006
New Technology Could Help Detect Oral Cancer:
A newly discovered optical device may change the face of oral cancer detection...

Nov 21, 2006
Leading Dental Association’s Wish List Highlights Cutting Edge of Dentistry:
From dental pulp to adult derived stem cell research, dentists have their sights set on pushing state-of-the-art dentistry to new heights...

Nov 13, 2006
Tooth or Consequences: Thoughts on Oral Care from the Professionals :
“There’s no tomfoolery when it comes to taking care of your mouth,” says Kenneth Bueltmann, DDS, a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Dental Society...

Nov 02, 2006
Drugs for Osteoporosis and Cancer Linked to Osteonecrosis:
Osteonecrosis of the jaw bone is not a pretty picture. The teeth are long gone, and what’s left is exposed bone, darkened and rotted...

Oct 24, 2006
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Keeps Your Heart Healthy Too:
There appears to be a connection between periodontal gum disease and the build-up of arterial plaque that can give rise to coronary heart disease...

Oct 16, 2006
It’s a Two Way Street: Diabetes and Periodontal Disease Update:
Periodontal disease, or infections of the gums and bone, can be exacerbated by uncontrolled diabetes...

Oct 11, 2006
Give Thanks for Cranberries :
“Give thanks for cranberries.” That’s how the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) put it last year when they profiled the work done by oral biologist Hyun Michel Koo, DDS, PhD...

Oct 03, 2006
Dry Mouth Can Get the Better of Teeth and Gums:
Your mouth's ability to produce enough saliva allows for ease in talking, tasting food, and swallowing. But even more important is its effect on the health of your teeth...

Sep 26, 2006
Candy That Helps our Teeth? :
Finally, there may be a candy that actually helps our teeth. According to researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles, compounds taken from licorice may actually help prevent cavities...

Sep 20, 2006
Panoramic X-Rays – When the Whole Picture is Not Enough:
Most of us have spent time in the dentist’s chair, biting down on those bites of soft plastic so the dentist can get shots of the upper and lower teeth...

Sep 11, 2006
Study of Twins Confirms Benefits of Flossing:
Let’s face it, flossing can be sloppy and not all that fun. Getting into every last crevice is time consuming. Reaching clear back to do the last molar can be especially taxing...

Sep 05, 2006
Mobile Dental Care – Part Two:
Over the past two decades American businesspeople have explored the possibility of making mobile dental offices a paying proposition...

Aug 29, 2006
Dental Care – Rolling into a Parking Lot near You?:
Don’t expect to get dental implants in a mobile unit, but if you’re tight on time or budget constraints have the family in a bind, the van parked near your place of employment or school might be just what the dentist ordered...

Aug 23, 2006
Young Boys and Fluoridated Drinking Water – Questions Remain:
It’s been decades since the battles of the 1970s over putting fluoride in drinking water pitted Americans across the country against one another...

Aug 16, 2006
A Mouth Restoration – Conclusion of an Implant Patient's Story:
A mouth restoration story. To be typing those words for the last time gives me pause. For two years now it’s been: “Oh yeah, an implant here, a root canal there,” but now...

Aug 08, 2006
Teeth in an Hour – Dr. McAndrew’s Implant Patient is a Believer:
Janice Orlik has only had her dental implants since April, but she’s already a believer. “Three days after the surgery I was eating chicken salad and pasta,” said the 51-year-old grandmother...

Jul 26, 2006
Shooting, Scoring and Saving Your Teeth:
Well the Stanley Cup finished up and Carolina Hurricanes star player Eric Staal is off to the dentist. He is just one of the hundreds of players who will need reconstructive work on lost or broken teeth...

Jul 18, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part 14:
The question is: should I lead you down the rose garden path that I walked or give you the outcome up front? It doesn’t seem right to withhold information...

Jul 12, 2006
Dental Labs Play Key Role in Tooth Restoration Quality:
Since the lab work takes place in locations removed from dental offices, patients oftentimes aren’t aware that they have options and that decisions related to labs...

Jul 06, 2006
The History of Dental Implants – and Baby Boomers:
When they were just tykes, baby boomers cared little that a man named Per-Ingmar Branemark, M.D., Ph.D., won a faculty position at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Nor could they have realized...

Jun 28, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part 13:
This is the day my teeth go in – if the last adjustments the lab made are sufficient. Walking into the office is different than it has been before...

Jun 20, 2006
Dental Professionals – Possible Reporters of Domestic Violence:
Domestic violence self-propagates in many ways, perpetrates itself even in supposedly modern countries, and manages to keep itself, if not secret, at least massively underreported and under-prosecuted...

Jun 13, 2006
Dental Care Abroad – Luck of the Draw?:
Personally, I like my vacations straight up, without needles and drills and scalpels. But say what we like about the superior care dental care Americans enjoy, the bottom line is that dentistry can be pricey...

Jun 06, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part 12:
Fitting the metal castings for your restored teeth is one thing, but having the pretty porcelain restorations placed in your mouth – if only momentarily for a fitting – is the cat’s meow. Sort of anyway...

May 30, 2006
ADA Objects to Unlicensed Dental Therapists in Rural Alaska:
Native American residents in rural Alaska are caught between a rock and a hard place. Children have dental decay rates 2.5 times higher than the national average, trained dentists and dental hygienists are scarce in their area...

May 24, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part 11:
I remember my prosthodontist saying back in January that I still had a ways to go. Like many things he’s said that I’ve come to fully appreciate only with the benefit of hindsight...

May 16, 2006
Dental Implants at Your General Dentist’s – Part Two:
More than 25 percent of the general dentists who Nader Rassouli, D.D.S, M.S. tried to interest in taking a course on implant basics have taken him up on the offer...

May 09, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Ten:
I’m two days out from my last prosthodontist appointment and I still feel it. I’m not walking-wounded as I was yesterday granted, and at least I have the marbles to write now...

May 01, 2006
Dental Implants at Your General Dentist’s Office Soon?:
“Dental implants are not the future of dentistry,” said Nader Rassouli, D.D.S., M.S., Portland, Ore. prosthodontist, “They are here...

Apr 25, 2006
Crowns – Getting Your Top Choice:
The horror stories about crowns are everywhere. The hygienist who sadly talks about how she sees crowns that fit so poorly they are plaque traps dooming tooth structures beneath. Then there’s the dental lab owner...

Apr 19, 2006
Saving Soldiers’ Teeth:
Can you forget about brushing your teeth? Well, not exactly – at least, not yet. But, the Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment is in the process of developing a gum that soldiers can use to clean their teeth while in combat...

Apr 10, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Nine:
The cloying taste of the cherry-flavored topical used to desensitize tissue works its way over my taste buds. My prosthodontist holds the long Q-tip in place while he explains the day’s program for the six lower teeth that span the front of my mouth...

Apr 03, 2006
Dental Implants Success Rates Linked to Patient Health:
For those who are good candidates, dental implants are best thing to come around since women discovered comfortable shoes. That said, the “good candidates” part can’t be under-estimated...

Mar 28, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Eight:
The second to last of my dental implants gets uncovered today, and since it’s right in front, I’ll be able to see the process easily. It’s a short appointment starting at 3:30 on a benign Portland afternoon where gray...

Mar 20, 2006
A Second Look at Cough Syrup:
Good old Luden’s and other cough remedies under attack as nothing more than snake oil? It would seem so, given the new guidelines by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)...

Mar 13, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Seven:
Life can be tough when your dentist and your yoga teacher both head out to Mexico in early February for a week – especially when you wanted to go on the yoga retreat but decided to remain in blustery old Portland to work...

Mar 08, 2006
Behind Your Smile – Links between Gums and Arteries Explored :
It makes sense if you think about it. If one area of the body is amiss another may be also. If gums are so inflamed and infected that tooth loss results, another area, like the arteries, could have a problem too...

Feb 28, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Six:
Part of the beauty of writing these stories is that I’ve gotten more involved in the procedures than I ever have before. Also, the people who work on me engage me more – both the teams in my prosthodontist’s office and at my endodontist’s...

Feb 22, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story - Part Five:
Sigh. It’s time to talk about my front teeth. If they haven’t been up, down, and around the pike, I don’t know what has. There have been root canals, including several new ones this past fall and winter...

Feb 13, 2006
Give Kids a Smile – National Children’s Dental Health Month:
The good people in Ohio started giving a nod to kids’ dental health humbly enough. On the third of February in 1941, organizers staged a one-day Cleveland event designed to focus on children’s dental health...

Feb 06, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story - Part Four:
There's never a dull moment at my prosthodonist's office, and this time, wouldn't you know, we did one last implant surgery...

Feb 01, 2006
Good Oral Health Important As You Age:
Since the population that is currently aging grew up without community water fluoridation, oral diseases and conditions are relatively prevalent according to the National Center of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion...

Jan 23, 2006
The Odds of Keeping Teeth – The Rule of Nine:
Teeth are gorgeous in their place, but once uprooted they are like company that has stayed too long. Patients that have to have a tooth extracted often don’t even give a backward glance at the offender...

Jan 17, 2006
Risky Business – The Very Real Dangers of Tongue Piercing:
Any piercing comes with some health risks, even traditional ear piercing. But piercing your tongue in particular carries specific risks that might give you pause to reconsider...

Jan 09, 2006
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Three:
Over years of crowning and bridging and finally wearing partials, my bite has gone to the dogs and my front teeth flared out some. You might not notice it just talking to me, but on closer inspection...

Jan 03, 2006
Implants Provide Solid Foundation for Dentures:
Not only do denture wearers gain added confidence and comfort by having dental implants placed, a recent study shows the survival rate of implant-supported dentures is high...

Dec 28, 2005
A Mouth Restoration Story – Part Two:
I scheduled my first official reconstructive appointment the day before Thanksgiving – a move I do not recommend to others since I ended up mincing my way through a five course meal not 24 hours later...

Dec 19, 2005
Like Fine, Custom Jewelry – A Mouth Restoration Story:
Now as 2005 is giving way to ‘06, I’m on the last leg of the journey – preparing to have the equivalent of an extraordinarily fine set of custom jewelry installed in my mouth...

Dec 12, 2005
Smokers Not Getting in to See Dentists :
Even though people that use tobacco are more susceptible to oral disease, a recent study published in American Journal of Health Behavior says that nicotine users do not go to the dentist as often as non smokers...

Dec 05, 2005
A Bad Combination: Healthy Gums and Hookah Pipes:
A hookah – or water pipe – is typically an elaborate, but beautiful contraption used to smoke tobacco, usually sweetened with dried fruit or honey. However, a new study suggests that despite its beauty, smoking a hookah is just as bad as lighting up a cigarette...

Nov 29, 2005
Gum Disease Findings Surprise Experts:
People in their twenties that think they don’t have to worry about gum disease might want to listen up to Raymond White...

Nov 21, 2005
What You Need to Know About Whitening Your Teeth :
Want pearly whites? Who doesn’t? It seems everyone wants the straightest, whitest teeth, and commercial companies and dentists are appeasing the masses.But how safe is whitening, really...

Nov 14, 2005
The Job Behind the Mask – Part Two :
Portland dental hygienist, Nina Lieblick, R.D.H., continues her patient education with the topics including: Home care, sugar, tobacco and bulimia...

Nov 07, 2005
The Job Behind the Mask: A Dental Hygienist Talks Business:
If you could actually talk to the person working in your mouth, this is how the conversation might go...

Oct 31, 2005
Troubled Teeth: Amoxicillin Used in Infancy Can Cause Problems Later:
A benign pink liquid used to cure such ailments as childhood ear infections may not be completely harmless after all. A new study has found a link between amoxicillin use during infancy and developmental enamel defects of permanent teeth...

Oct 24, 2005
Dental Care – A Function of Economic Class?:
Despite regimes of sealants and fluorides aimed at countering poor oral hygiene habits and diets high in sugary foods and drinks, children in lower economic classes are still slipping through the cracks...

Oct 17, 2005
A Trip to the Dentist can Save Your Life:
Oral health practitioners can play an integral role in the diagnosis of eating disorders, according to an article published in a special issue devoted to women's health in the dental journal, Compendium. Signs of self-induced vomiting, one of the hallmarks of the condition bulimia nervosa...

Oct 11, 2005
The Dental Evolution: From “Molar-Manglers” to Prosthodontists and Beyond:
Clearly dentistry has come a long way from 1844 when only the spell of nitrous oxide gave relief from the not-so-polite pliers dentists used to extract teeth gone awry...

Oct 05, 2005
"Meth Mouth" on the Rise:
It’s being called the oral plague. Teeth turn an ugly brown, go soft, flake, crack, crumble and fall out. The rapid tooth loss is also driving demand for dental implants. But it’s not something that is easily caught...

Sep 26, 2005
New Prospects for Oral Health – Starting with Society’s Youngest Members:
If the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has its way, today’s children will come of age with better prospects for oral health. Its recent report states that tooth decay “is the single most common chronic disease of childhood...

Sep 19, 2005
Good Self Care = Sound Oral Health:
Once again, those of us who get up off the couch, eat well and keep our weight down take the prize. This time instead of the usual links to lowering heart disease and adult onset diabetes, it’s our teeth...

Sep 12, 2005
Americans Doing Better with Oral Health:
Released in late August, the report, “Surveillance for Dental Caries, Dental Sealants, Tooth Retention, Edentulism, and Enamel Fluorosis – United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2002,” pointed to both positive trends and to outstanding problems...

Sep 06, 2005
Endodontics or Root Canals 101:
Whatever it’s called, Cindy Parker had to have one – the dental procedure that reams infected pulp out of the canals in the roots of a teeth. “It was my fault,” Parker said, “I took better care of my horse’s teeth than I did my own...

Aug 29, 2005
Saved by the Straw! Sipping Soda can Reduce Cavities:
According to research recently published in General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal, correct positioning and use of straws when drinking soda can help reduce the risk of cavities...

Aug 22, 2005
Crowns Have Limited Lifetimes:
“I know for me the idea of even having to get a crown was such a big deal that I just assumed it would last my lifetime,” said Bob Alstair who’s in his forties and has more crowns than he does natural teeth...

Aug 15, 2005
Don’t Wait! Delaying Dental Visits can Create Problems and Pain:
When their heads hurt, most people take aspirin; when their throats or stomachs ache, they see their physicians; but when people’s teeth hurt, most don’t call the dentist...

Aug 08, 2005
A Raisin a Day Keeps the Dentist Away?:
Could it be time to replace your toothbrush with raisins? Well, not exactly, but new research shows that while raisins can’t provide the overall cleanliness of a thorough tooth brushing, they may promote oral health because they affect the bacteria that cause tooth decay...

Aug 01, 2005
Tune in for Clean Teeth:
We’ve come a long way since the Chinese invented the toothbrush in 1,000 AD. Still, although we moderns tend to think we brush our teeth long enough, most of us spend less than a minute at the task. Not long enough, say the experts...

Jul 26, 2005
Ready for your Close-up – Dental Health for Women :
While it is important for everyone to take good care of their dental and oral health, women face special risks as a result of hormonal and chemical changes in their bodies, as well as the strain of pregnancy on nutritional and hormonal balances within the body...

Jul 18, 2005
Protecting the Mouths of Babes – Dental Care for Babies and Toddlers:
Some parents believe it isn’t necessary to devote much time and attention to oral care for young children – after all, kids will lose their baby teeth anyway, so why spend valuable time and money on teeth that will just end up in the Tooth Fairy’s hands...

Jul 11, 2005
Nothing to Spit at: Saliva used to Detect Oral Cancer:
When is saliva more than just spit? When used to detect cancer. A new study done at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has shown that a simple saliva test can detect cancer of the mouth and throat...

Jul 05, 2005
Hot, Cold or Sweet Pain – Treating and Preventing Sensitive Teeth :
Ever felt pain in your teeth after eating or drinking something hot, cold or super sweet? If so, you’ve suffered from tooth sensitivity, and you’re hardly alone...

Jun 27, 2005
An Electrifying Experience – Rotating Heads Best at Fighting Plaque :
According to a three-month British study that included 3,800 participants, all electric toothbrushes are not the same. It’s the ones with the rotating heads that go in alternate directions that really do the job...

Jun 20, 2005
The Wisdom of Remaining:
Wisdom teeth can cause more problems than any other tooth. They often grow in crooked or remain underneath the gum as impacted teeth. In fact nine out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth that causes problems such as gum inflammation, infection or tooth decay...

Jun 13, 2005
Silk and Jazz – A Dental Implant Story - Part Five:
So that was it. Two and half, three hours it took. I had a video and cream of broccoli soup I made ahead waiting, so off I went to the couch to rest up and see what would happen when the Lidocaine wore off...

Jun 07, 2005
Silk and Jazz – A Dental Implant Story - Part Four:
Even though my prosthodontist used numbing with epinephrine in the gum tissue to help control the bleeding, his assistant still has to suction a lot and I can feel the wand as it gently bumps across the surface of the bone...

May 31, 2005
Silk and Jazz – A Dental Implant Story – Part Three:
The panoramic x-ray that flattens my jaw out like a Mercator projection and makes me look like ET is on the light board behind my prosthodontist. All the intricacies of my mouth are there, and the hazy shades of gray silhouette his jet black hair...

May 23, 2005
Silk and Jazz – A Dental Implant Story - Part Two:
My prosthodontist is practiced with the numbing routine. Once he gets his green surgical coat on, he picks up the shiny syringe with the circular end on the plunger and makes some sharp knocking sound while I’m careful not to steal a peek at the dreaded needle...

May 16, 2005
Silk and Jazz – A Dental Implant Story - Part One:
I’m right on schedule for dental implants according to professional stats that track the baby boomer population and its extravagant ways. Not only did us boomers tend to skate around the edges of good dental care in our younger days, the experts say we’re now willing to ante up to keep our smiles...

May 10, 2005
Lip Piercing: Too High a Price for Fashion:
No matter how cool that lip stud looks today, it is going to cause problems later. At the 83rd General Session of the International Association for Dental Research in Baltimore, researchers from the Ohio State University in Columbus presented a disturbing new study...

May 02, 2005
Picking a Dental Specialist:
“I was so worried about my little Scottie,” said Janine Anderson of her 11 year old son. “He has to have some oral surgery and has a really hard time with dental pain. Our family dentist recommended the specialist, so I was fairly confident. But still, I wanted to meet him first and see if he was a good match for Scottie.”

Apr 25, 2005
Rinse Report – Update on Chlorhexidine:
On an April day in Portland, Ore. the wind swept a sudden downpour sideways. Inside the large dental suite, though, hygienist Nina Cotton used an ultrasound tool to remove plaque from the teeth of her patient. “It looks you’ve been using chlorhexidine...

Apr 18, 2005
Dental Implant Success Rates – Patient Specifics:
Technique and methods of the specialist are only half of the bargain when it comes to the success of the procedure. Indeed patients – if they are willing – can do much to improve both their short and long term prospects...

Apr 11, 2005
Dental Implant Success Rates – Specialist Technique and Theory:
The serendipitous beginning of implant technology began in a Swedish professor’s laboratory in 1952 when the titanium microscopes he was using for an experiment bonded irreversibly to living bone tissue...

Apr 05, 2005
Picture This – A Dental X-ray Study :
A trip to the dentist may be a little less costly and hazardous to your health, thanks to a new study which found that one type of x-ray - the panoramic - may not be needed for routine dental care...

Mar 28, 2005
Bridges vs. Implants - That is the Question:
The first dental implants were placed in 1967. By the 1980s and 1990s, long-term studies on the first cases gave sufficient credence to the technology for use to spread. Master’s degree programs devoted to implanting multiplied

Mar 21, 2005
Dental Implants 101:
Will it hurt? Will I have to go without teeth at any point? How much is this going to set me back? That’s the triad of questions folks generally ask about dental implants once they get in to see their specialist...

Mar 14, 2005
Wanted: Affordable Dental Care for Kids:
One in four isn’t the greatest statistic when you’re talking about the number of low-income children getting in to see the dentist. But, in an economy that can’t seem to get off the ground, it’s hard for many parents to put dinner on the table let alone find cash for the dentist.

Mar 07, 2005
Moms to Be Need to Brush Up on Oral Hygiene :
The to-do list for an expectant mom adds up quickly, and one item that is often overlooked is a visit to the dentist. It might come as a surprise, but pregnancy affects a woman’s teeth and gums just as other tissues in the body. And an expectant mother’s neglect of her oral health may have detrimental...

Mar 01, 2005
Tofu – Not Just for Dinner:
British researchers are developing a tofu-based paste that acts as a filler and can help mend broken bones and tissues. For the dental community, the implications for those suffering from periodontal disease are significant given the paste’s regenerative properties...

Feb 22, 2005
Hand to Heart: Study Links Periodontal Disease to Atherosclerosis:
Our hearts have always known what our hands were doing, but now a study connects the dots between the two in clear, if not very clean, lines. It’s all about brushing our teeth – or not brushing them very well...

Feb 07, 2005
New Technology, Understanding Takes the Sting Out of Dental Visits:
Fear of going to the dentist is a common problem that can lead to more serious dental issues if not addressed. While it is important to recognize what causes these fears in order to alleviate them, technology is...

Jan 24, 2005
Dental Implants: The New Solution:
Dental implants are an exciting solution to the problem of missing teeth. Traditional dentures and fixed bridges shift, fall out and reduce our ability to chew. Dental implants eliminate these problems by acting as artificial roots providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth.

Dec 07, 2004
Poor Oral Hygiene is Linked to the Risk of Pneumonia:
Better oral hygiene, including regular tooth brushing, may reduce the risk of developing pneumonia among elderly nursing home patients, according to results of a recent study. The study found that germs from dental plaque may be inhaled, leading to pneumonia.

Dec 06, 2004
Innovative Treatments Yield Better Understanding of Halitosis, Bad Breath:
For many people, daily brushing and flossing is enough to combat the bacteria that cause bad breath, also known as halitosis. But for some people, the nuisance of bad breath can be symptomatic of more serious causes that brushing and flossing alone cannot fix.

Dec 05, 2004
New Bacteria Could Permanently Prevent Cavities:
A Florida-based biotech was recently given permission by the Food and Drug Administration to conduct human trials for a treatment it hopes will eliminate cavities for a lifetime. Oragenics, Inc.’s Replacement Therapy involves the use of genetically-modified bacteria...

Dec 01, 2004
Cranberries May Help Fight Tooth Decay:
Cranberries, which are already used for their benefits on heart and urinary tract health, prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth. This helps stop the formation of plaque responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

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