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Cross-sectional survey: Oral mucosal diseases, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular diseases
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Inflammation of the gingivae has been associated with raised serum biomarkers of inflammation, sub-clinical markers of atherosclerosis, and increased risk of and/or mortality from cardiovascular disease. There remain little information regarding the association between other common oral inflammatory disease, systemic inflammation and CVD. The objective of the study was to assess the association between common oral mucosal diseases, circulating markers of inflammation and increased prevalence of CVD in a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of the noninstitutionalized civilians in the United States. (May require free registration to view article.) More



Mouth rinse effective in reducing risk for preterm birth
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An over-the-counter mouthwash reduced the risk for preterm birth by more than two-thirds in women with periodontal disease, according to a study presented at the International Association of Dental Research 89th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR. "We were surprised by the magnitude of the results," lead researcher Dr. Marjorie K. Jeffcoat, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, told Medscape Medical News. About a third of pregnant women have periodontal disease, Jeffcoat said. She explained that hormones associated with pregnancy might stimulate the inflammation that characterizes periodontitis. A connection between periodontal disease and preterm birth has been suggested, but research attempting to improve birth outcomes with scaling and planing have had mixed results. More

Researchers find helpful link in gum disease
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Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, but new findings by Nebraska researchers show that reducing the symptoms of one may lower the risk of the other. It's often one of the first things cut during tough financial times: the trip to the dentist's office. But cutting back on oral care could lead to gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, which can lead to even more problems. "Patients with periodontal disease are almost two times more likely to have cardiovascular disease," University of Nebraska Medical Center researcher Dr. Jeffrey Payne said. But there is hope. Payne led a study showing a low-cost antibiotic — doxycycline — reduces inflammation in post-menopausal women. More

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Tips: Living an optimal healthy lifestyle
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We all know a good diet and some form of exercise is good for our health, but there are things you can do that can keep your body running better. At the top of the list is sleep. Studies have shown that sleepless nights can lead to depression, high blood pressure, extra weight and even diabetes. So, try to get your six to eight hours per night. And, take care of your teeth. Researchers have found that plaque build up and gum disease can lead to inflammation, which can lead to heart problems. More

Research from CIGNA supports potential association between treated gum disease, reduced medical costs for people with diabetes
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The results from a new CIGNA study support that there is a potential association between treated periodontal disease and reduced medical costs for patients with diabetes. The findings of the three-year claims study were presented during a recent meeting of the International Association for Dental Research in San Diego. The study was presented by Dr. Clay Hedlund, a CIGNA dental director, Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, dean emeritus and professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Robert Genco, a SUNY Distinguished professor at the University at Buffalo Schools of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Nipul Tanna, clinical assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. More
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Comparing quality, quantity of dental pulp stem cells using 2 different techniques
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During the 89th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research, held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 35th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, lead researcher C. Paganellii presented a poster titled "Influence of Pulp Extraction Technique on DPSCs Quality and Quantity." The objective of this study was to compare the quality and quantity of dental pulp stem cells obtained from permanent teeth using two different pulp extraction techniques. In this study, 28 upper premolars, with no caries or periodontal problems and extracted for orthodontic reasons, were randomly divided in two different groups. More

Nevada dental hygienists create study board game
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Two Nevada dental hygienists have come up with the perfect solution to the tedious, months-long studying slog dental hygiene students face leading up to the all-important board exams: make it into a game. Pass It! incorporates more than 1,000 important dental hygiene questions into a fun and engaging board game that will prepare any dental hygiene student for the board exams without the boredom, study fatigue or information overload usually associated with the intense exam studying. Dental hygienists Karen Isbister and Carrie Clotworthy created the game during their studies for the board exam and subsequently have decided to release their secret studying aid to dental hygiene students across the country. More



New device reduces risk of overdrilling
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A risk during dental implant surgery is drilling too deeply. A Bloomington, Ill., dentist has received a patent for inventing a device that reduces that risk. Dr. Emil Verban has received a United States patent for his drill stop. The drill stop fits like a sleeve over drill bits to control the depth of drilling. "This eliminates the risk of over-drilling," Verban said. While drilling too deeply is not as much of a risk for oral surgeons, periodontists or general dentists experienced with implant surgery, more general dentists are performing implant dentistry, Verban said. As more general dentists do implant surgery — and as experienced dentists want assurance in addition to their experience, judgment and observation — the demand for drill stops will increase, Verban said. More

Toothpaste tablets: The end of the tube?
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The dentifrice delivery system has changed little since the first tube of toothpaste was filled more than 100 years ago. But that could change with the introduction of chewable toothpaste tablets, which are less messy and more environmentally friendly. The tablets offer a "laundry list" of advantages over a tube delivery system, according to Scott Jacobs, president of Archtek and creator of the Toothpaste Tablet. "The first is sanitation because you're not swiping the tube against a used brush, which transfers all the microbes from the brush onto the end of the tube," he said. "There's an environmental advantage because the product comes in a recyclable container. None of the toothpaste tubes on the market can be recycled, and there's about 560 million per year in the U.S. alone that end up in landfills." (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Pennsylvania Dental Association seeks general anesthesia coverage for children, patients with special needs
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The Pennsylvania Dental Association is urging state lawmakers to support legislation (House Bill 532) requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of general anesthesia for children and patients with special needs. Many young patients and those with mental or physical disabilities often experience stress when visiting a dentist's office. Some patients require general anesthesia before a dentist can treat them. However, many insurers refuse to cover the cost of anesthesia for dental patients. If a parent or caregiver cannot afford the cost, it could result in a patient delaying treatment or neglecting oral health. More

Does treating periodontitis improve diabetes control?
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The Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine is leading a multi-center national clinical trial to evaluate whether treatment of chronic periodontitis will help improve diabetes control. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial monitors blood sugar levels of those with Type 2 diabetes after periodontal therapy. The trial is the first of its kind in the United States. The American Diabetes Association reports that Type 2 diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting nearly 24 million Americans. Chronic periodontitis affects roughly half of all Americans over age 55, but it is 2-to-4 times more likely to occur among people with diabetes, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. More


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