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Sept. 8, 2009
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Protein Involved in Causing Gum Disease, Osteoporosis, Arthritis Identified
from Medical News Today
Investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery, collaborating with researchers from other institutions, have contributed to the discovery that a gene called interferon regulator factor-8 (IRF-8) is involved in the development of diseases such as periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. More

Tooth Decay More Prevalent in Patients with Cleft Lip and/or Palate
from Dental Office Magazine
Patients with cleft lip and/or palate have a higher prevalence of tooth decay and cavities than their siblings without clefts, according to a new report published in the Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal. More

Molecular Decay of Enamel-specific Gene in Toothless Mammals Supports Theory of Evolution
from Science Daily
Researchers were able to correlate the progressive loss of enamel in the fossil record with a simultaneous molecular decay of a gene, called the enamelin gene, that is involved in enamel formation in mammals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the vertebrate body, and most mammals have teeth capped with it. More


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Eco-Dentistry Association Encourages People to Save 90-a-Day
from Eco Dentistry Association
Did you know the average person wastes approximately 90 glasses of water every day by leaving the tap running while they brush their teeth? That means in the United States alone, we’re literally pouring down the drain as much as 27 billion glasses of clean, drinkable water every day, just brushing our teeth. While it may seem like a small thing, according to the World Water Council one out of every six people on the planet lives without clean drinking water. More

Plant Fights Mouth Bacteria
from Science Alert
In the fight against tooth decay, an Australian native plant’s antibacterial properties could provide a natural alternative to medicated mouthwashes. Research conducted at Swinburne University’s Environment and Biotechnology Centre has found that extracts from the emu bush (Eremophila longifolia) can inhibit the growth of oral bacteria, reduce dental plaque development and stop bacteria from sticking to tooth surfaces. More

Meth Mouth Can Lead to Total Tooth Loss
from Houston Dental Health Examiner
It is estimated that over 12 million people have tried methamphetamine (also known as meth, crank, crystal and speed), which can be swallowed, injected, snorted or smoked, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Meth is an inexpensive, easy-to-make illegal drug that is highly addictive. The majority of users range between 18 and 34 years of age. More

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