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Dental care linked to heart health in older women
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Older women who get regular dental care are about one-third less likely to suffer from heart disease than those who don't, new findings suggest. The study doesn't prove that dental care directly improves the heart health of women by lowering the risk of conditions like heart attack and stroke, and dental care seemed to have no benefit for men at all in terms of heart disease, but even so, the study authors were still impressed by the findings. The study analyzed the medical records of nearly 7,000 people ages 44 to 88 who had participated in another study. The data from that study had been collected between 1996 and 2004. More

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Scientists develop new technique to reattach teeth using stem cells
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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have for the first time developed and successfully tested a new approach to anchor teeth back in the jaw using stem cells. Researchers in UIC's Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics used stem cells obtained from the periodontal ligament of molars extracted from mice, expanded them in an incubator, and then seeded them on barren rat molars. The stem cell-treated molars were reinserted into the tooth sockets of rats. After two and four months, the stem cells aligned and formed new fibrous attachments between the tooth and bone, firmly attaching the replanted tooth into the animal's mouth, said Smit Dangaria, a bioengineering doctoral candidate who conducted the research. More

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Current research on oral-systemic connections
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The dental profession is undergoing a dramatic increase in its understanding of disease processes and mechanisms, including the interaction between oral and systemic diseases and conditions. Many of these advances are the result of new research techniques. The link between oral conditions, most notably periodontal diseases, and systemic events is accepted in the dental and medical professions. Ongoing research efforts will shed more light on these associations as well as the potential impact of periodontal therapy on the body. The common thread between the mouth and body is inflammation. More

FDA approves Orthovita bone substitute for dental procedures
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The Food and Drug Administration granted marketing clearance Monday to Orthovita Inc. for its Vitomatrix bone graft substitute product. Vitomatrix, a highly porous synthetic scaffold, was approved as a bone-grafting material for certain dental procedures. Orthovita of Malvern, Pa., estimated there are in the United States about 375,000 dental procedures to fill, augment or reconstruct periodontal or bony defects of the oral and maxillofacial region where Vitomatrix can be used. More

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Green tea tames periodontal inflammation
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Scientists from the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine have reported study results showing green tea catechins added to dentifrice can prevent periodontal inflammation by decreasing gingival oxidative stress and expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Their findings are published online in the Archives of Oral Biology journal. They organized 24 male Wister rats randomly into four groups: the control group received no treatment for eight weeks. A second group had induced periodontal inflammation for eight weeks; the other two groups also were induced with periodontal inflammation for eight weeks and treated topically with dentifrices either with or without green tea catechins daily for four weeks prior to the end of the experimental period. More

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Bad breath conceals many medical conditions
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There is more than what assaults the nose when it comes to halitosis. Bad breath is more than just a nose wrinkle. Beyond the social stigma aspect, bad breath actually might conceal a whole host of medical conditions that you ought to pay attention to. While it is true that bad breath or halitosis can be caused by eating or drinking food that is odorous, it also must be considered that the cause could lie in factors such as diet, medication, poor oral hygiene, diabetes, Gastro-esophaegeal Reflux Disease, lactose intolerance, gum disease, chronic respiratory tract infections, lung and liver diseases — just to name a few. More

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Taste genes predict tooth decay
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Dental caries is a highly prevalent disease that is disproportionately distributed in the population. Caries occurrence and progression is known to be influenced by a complex interplay of both environmental and genetic factors, with numerous contributing factors having been identified including bacterial flora, dietary habits, fluoride exposure, oral hygiene, salivary flow, salivary composition and tooth structure. Previous reports have characterized the influence of the genetic variation on taste preferences and dietary habits. More

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Good oral health and hygiene for a long and active life
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Did you know that cleaning your teeth twice a day could help you stay healthy and even live longer? The eyes may mirror the soul, but many medical experts now believe the mouth is the mirror of the body. Nearly 40 percent of the U.K.'s adult population suffers from gum disease, and the latest research is beginning to show a possible link between gum disease, heart disease, strokes, respiratory complaints, diabetes and pregnancy problems such as low birth weight and premature delivery. A study conducted at UCL London showed that people with gum disease are 70 percent more likely to experience heart disease — currently the No.1 cause of death in the U.K More

Reviving your recare system
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Do you know how many patients you have in your practice that are really interested in dentistry? Whatever the number, this could be a sign that it's time to revive the recare system. During the time that your practice is not attracting as many new patients is the time to revive the recare program and shift the focus to your existing patients. If what you're currently doing isn't working as well as you would like, then maybe it's time to examine the process. The follow are a few questions to ponder. More

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The reimbursement game
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After completing periodontal therapy on a patient, you decide to make a splint to stabilize the dentition and control the excess mobility. Would you know how to accurately report your treatment to obtain reimbursement for this splint from a third-party payer? One of your patients is complaining that he seems to be grinding away his lower teeth. Upon examination you notice that the patient's maxillary anterior porcelain bridge is causing abnormal wear of the lower anteriors. In an effort to protect these teeth, you decide to make the patient an occlusal guard. Although this appliance looks exactly like the splint used in the previous example, its usage is different. Would you use the same insurance code to try to gain payment or choose another? More


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