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3-D dentistry a good fit: Doctors use digital technology to replace smiles
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Dr. Stephen Schmitt saw the possibilities in 1995 when he and a team of doctors at Wilford Hall Medical Center separated conjoined twins Hannah and Bethany Rainey using computer-designed, three-dimensional models of the girls' skeletal features. Technology that could guide the delicate surgery the twins needed also could find a variety of uses in dentistry, where dentures and other teeth-replacement products typically were made by hand and installed with a fair amount of guesswork, thought Schmitt, a dental specialist who focuses on replacing missing or damaged teeth. Today, he and Dr. Benjamin Young, a specialist in dental diseases, operate Voxelogix, a company that is part of the emerging field of digital dentistry. Those firms use 3-D models and other technological aids to improve how teeth are replaced and how well those teeth work. More



Mouthwash claims don't all stand up to scrutiny
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Freshens breath! Gives your mouth a tingling sensation! But what do mouthwashes really accomplish? Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned three mouthwash manufacturers to stop suggesting that their products that have fluoride as the main active ingredient would prevent gum disease and remove dental plaque, the sticky biofilm of bacteria and other substances that collects on teeth above and below the gumline. And several years ago, a federal judge ordered Pfizer, which owned the Listerine brand at the time, to stop an ad campaign that said the mouthwash was as effective as flossing for preventing tooth and gum decay. Mouthwash plays a fairly minor role in the prevention of plaque and gum disease. Brushing and flossing are much more important. More

Battling the almost inevitable gum disease
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Chances are high that you will have periodontal or gum disease in your lifetime. More than 80 percent of adults do. With those odds, it may seem inevitable that you will have it, but why not be in the 20 percent that don't? You can; all it takes is diligent, thorough and proper oral care. More

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Women's dental health: The reproductive years
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The reproductive years mark a distinctive period in a woman's life. Many oral changes occur during this time that women should be aware of. These changes include: acid erosion, gum inflammation, dry mouth, excessive salivary flow and gum disease. Gum inflammation is the most common oral change experienced by women around their menstrual cycle. It most often is experienced days before the cycle begins and usually resolves at the start of menstruation. Additional changes may be experienced during pregnancy. In the early months of pregnancy, morning sickness is common. The stomach acids that end up in the oral cavity can cause erosion of the teeth by softening the tooth surface and making teeth susceptible to cavitations. More

Dental robot flinches just like a real patient
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She blinks and flinches just like a real patient at the mercy of the dentist's drill. And roboticists at Japan's Showa University say they have perfected their lifelike dental training robot to such an degree they now feel she is ready to be let loose on her first dental students. Revealed recently at a press conference in Japan, "Showa Hanako 2" is a medical automaton capable of sneezing, head shaking, coughing, mimicking gagging, and even will close her mouth like a real patient when feeling that telltale jaw ache associated with the dentist reaching inside your mouth. With voice recognition technology, the trainee dentist can even carry out a rudimentary conversation with the robot. More
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Research: Oral health affects risk for heart disease, stroke
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It's not just the desire for a picture-perfect smile that's driving people to the dentist and orthodontist these days. Dr. Heather Stamm, a Denver dentist, says that more of her patients are coming in for checkups because of health concerns. "There's been so much research showing that the mouth can cause so many other things in your body to go awry, so it's all kind of tied together," Stamm says. Though the research is still in its early stages, there is mounting evidence of a link between gum disease and overall health, including an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and maybe even pre-term birth. "The links are still not enormously strong," says Dr. Paul Reggiardo, a pediatric dentist in Huntington Beach, Calif. "What they are right now are tantalizing." More

Ways to reduce bleeding
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Q: I always was told by my physician and my former dentist that I am a "bleeder." Recently, I relocated to South Florida and require extensive implant and crown work. How should my new dentist be handling me with these bleeding issues? More



Gene combination identified as risk factor in success of dental implants
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The health of the surrounding tissue affects the success of a dental implant. Identifying and reducing risk factors is therefore a key step in the implant process. Now a combination of genes has been identified as a possible indicator of greater tissue destruction, leading to negative outcomes for implants. The authors of an article in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology report on a study of individuals with the combination of interleukin-1 allele 2 at IL-1A-889 and IL-1B+3954. These people are "genotype positive" and are susceptible to increased periodontal tissue destruction. The researchers sought to find any association of these genotypes with the severity of peri-implantitis progression and the effect of this combination on treatment outcomes. More

Gum disease can increase the time it takes to become pregnant
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Professor Roger Hart told the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology that the negative effect of gum disease on conception was of the same order of magnitude as the effect of obesity. Periodontal disease is a chronic, infectious and inflammatory disease of the gums and supporting tissues. It is caused by the normal bacteria that exist in everyone's mouths, which, if unchecked, can create inflammation around the tooth; the gum starts to pull away from the tooth, creating spaces (periodontal pockets) that become infected. The inflammation sets off a cascade of tissue-destructive events that can pass into the circulation. As a result, periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and problems in pregnancy such as miscarriage and premature birth. More

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MetLife selected as provider for TRICARE Dental Program
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MetLife, which has been administering oral health benefits for U.S. workers and their families for nearly 50 years, has been chosen by TRICARE Management Activity to be the provider of comprehensive dental coverage to family members of uniformed services active duty personnel, as well as members of the selected reserve and individual ready reserve and their eligible family members around the world. "MetLife is looking forward to the opportunity to provide quality dental coverage and oral health educational programs to the more than 2 million TRICARE Dental Program beneficiaries," said William J. Mullaney, president of MetLife U.S. Business. "We believe that our program provides TDP beneficiaries with great value and flexibility, including lower premiums and access to a dental provider network that is significantly larger than the current network." More

Pediatric dentist Jonathan Shenkin attacks tooth decay the fun way
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Arcade games, teddy bears, televisions and hobby horses are as common as patient chairs, digital X-ray equipment, dental instruments and baskets of toothbrushes at Augusta Pediatric Dentistry. "We create an environment that is friendly and hospitable to kids and not as clinical," said dentist Jonathan Shenkin. One of 12 pediatric dentists in Maine, Shenkin recently expanded his practice to a satellite office in Waterville. Two pediatric dentists have practices farther north in Brewer and Bangor. There's a need for pediatric care, according to the May 2011 report "The State of Children's Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter," by The Pew Center On The States. Tooth decay, according to the report, is the most common disease of childhood; it is five times more common than asthma. More


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