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New technology aims to repair the after-effects of gum disease
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Advances in tissue engineering are offering the promise of being able to restore lost bone and gum tissue following periodontal disease. About a third of the population is affected by chronic inflammatory gum disease which can result in loss of the bone and other tissues that support our teeth. More

Study finds common STD behind increase in oral cancer
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Some dentists are sounding the alarm about oral cancer and young people. The number of cases is way up, and the problem isn't tobacco. Dr. Lee Fitzgerald can detect oral cancer lesions with a machine that uses various wave lengths of light. He blames the increase on HPV, a common sexually transmitted virus. Fitzgerald is seeing more young people walking in with lesions. "They need to know that a lot of different behaviors have consequences for becoming infected," Fitzgerald said. More

Ancient human teeth show that stress early in development can shorten life span
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Ancient human teeth are telling secrets that may relate to modern-day health: Some stressful events that occurred early in development are linked to shorter life spans. More

Children likelier to see dentist if parents go too
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Parents who make regular visits to the dentist are more likely to take their children to the dentist, a new study shows. Using data from a recent National Health Interview Study on 6,107 children aged 2 to 17, and their parents, researchers found that 77 percent of children and 64 percent of parents had seen a dentist in the previous year. More

Public health tab to hit milestone
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For the first time, government programs next year will account for more than half of all U.S. health-care spending, federal actuaries predict, as the weak economy sends more people into Medicaid and slows growth of private insurance. The figures show how federal and state spending is taking a bigger role, while Congress hesitates over a health-care overhaul. More

Vitamin C helps wound healing
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One article published in the March 1982 issue of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology demonstrated that people who took vitamin C supplements after surgery recovered faster than those who did not. Ringsdorf WM Jr. and Cheraskin E. reported that daily dosages of 500 to 3000 mg of vitamin C helped patients recover from surgery, other injuries, decubital ulcers, and leg ulcers induced by hemolytic anemia. More

Inmates use artistry, learn skills in making dentures
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The model of a patient's mouth gives Taylor Hancock Jr. a gruesome smile. She is missing all but her four front teeth and one lonely premolar on the bottom. Hancock deftly arranges rows of false teeth, pressing them into a wax model of woman's gumline. A Bunsen burner at his workbench keeps the wax warm and pliable. He peers at the mouth model through his glasses. Hancock is one of three dozen inmates who landed jobs in the Ohio Penal Industries’ dental lab where they made 2,932 sets of dentures for fellow prisoners last year. The 1,600-square-foot lab is on the second floor of a 1920s-era red-brick building, just above a shop that makes brooms and brushes. More
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