ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Dec. 14, 2010

FDA to reexamine use of mercury in dental fillings
Los Angeles Times
Prodded by consumer and dental activists, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the scientific evidence underlying its pronouncement less than 18 months ago that dental fillings containing mercury do not cause harm to patients. An advisory panel of outside experts will meet to reexamine the basis of the FDA's conclusions in the latest chapter of a lengthy battle with groups who believe the agency is understating possible links between the mercury in dental amalgam and neurological and other health problems.More

The causes of chronic mouth infections
Dental Health Magazine
There are many things that can cause a chronic mouth infection and the cause can range from a serious problem to something very minor. A chronic mouth infection may involve the tonsils, lips, cheeks, gums, and teeth.More

1 in 5 women suffer extreme fear of dentists
A trip to the dentist can be daunting for many - but for nearly 1-in-5 women and one in 10 men it is far worse because of "extreme dental anxiety." The insight into our oral health secrets come in new figures released by the NHS Information Center and the Office for National Statistics in the biggest adult dental survey for a decade.More

'Red Flags' exemption passed: ADA leads dental, medical, business coalition
American Dental Association
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation exempting certain businesses, including dental practices, from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. The vote passed with no opposition and now awaits President Obama's signature. The Red Flags Rule requires financial institutions and creditors to develop a written plan to prevent and detect identify theft.More

Wasabi for the prevention of dental caries
Dental Health Magazine
Wasabi, which is a pungent green horseradish that is usually served with Japanese sushi, has been found to prevent tooth decay. The chemical compound that is found in wasabi known as isothiocyanates inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans which is the bacteria that causes dental caries. The effect is the result of wasabi's ability to interfere with adherence of the sucrose-dependent cells. More

Cavities can be contagious
People think the cause of cavities is because eating candy, sugar or any sweet foods and beverages. But researchers found people who have cavities could pass on to others. How come? Bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay is Streptococcus mutants.More

Illinois community college students train to prevent dental abuse and neglect
Dentistry IQ
Dental students from Lewis and Clark Community College recently attended Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness (P.A.N.D.A.) training to learn how to identify signs of abuse and neglect, and report a suspected situation. Illinois dentists and dental hygienists are mandated reporters of suspected abuse and neglect.More