CDAA Dental Assistant Weekly
Mar. 26, 2013

Teeth loss linked to heart attacks, diabetes and high cholesterol
Daily Mail
Losing your teeth could signal a higher risk of suffering heart disease and diabetes, warn researchers. A new study links fewer teeth and bleeding gums with a range of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Experts say getting gum disease treated with a dental check-up every year could cut the risk of developing heart disease. More

Children's dental health essential
National Children's Dental Health Month is celebrated each year to raise awareness about oral health. Starting good habits at a young age, along with regular dental visits, will help children develop lifelong healthy teeth and gums. Tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents and caregivers to Get it Done in Year One.More

'Tongue To Teeth': Would you use this tongue-mounted toothbrush?
Huffington Post
A new concept toothbrush might have you licking your teeth in anticipation. The T2T ('Tongue To Teeth) is a disposable sheath which fits over the tongue and allows you to brush your teeth by licking them.More

Rise in demand for cosmetic dentistry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Cosmetic dentistry takes the concept of dental health to the next level when feeling good merges with looking good to create an overall sense of well-being. Taking a leaf out of cosmetic surgery, the venture into cosmetic dentistry has paved the way for enhanced and superior facial transformations way more than simply straightening crooked teeth. For detractors, this is not an authentic science since it does not concern itself with treatment and cure as much as it is focused on image. In reality, however, modern-day cosmetic dentists have successfully merged both these fields to offer a comprehensive treatment package to their clients.More

Noninvasive oral cancer test eases patient fears
A new, noninvasive cytology test for oral cancer, ClearPrep OC, is being offered free to dentists. The test, aimed at "watch and wait" lesions, is less expensive than biopsies and less frightening for patients, according to Resolution Biomedical, the company that is commercializing it.More

When is it hip to use antibiotics for cleaning teeth?
Toronto Sun
What should you do if a dentist or dental hygienist says, "I won't clean your teeth unless you agree to take antibiotics following surgical hip or knee replacement?" Today, over one million hip and knee replacements are done every year in North America. It's estimated that by the year 2030 this number will escalate to four million annually. But should dentists paint every joint implant patient with the same brush?More

Oral Health America, Listerine start swishing on 21-day challenge
Dentistry IQ
Oral Health America (OHA) has joined the Listerine brand to promote oral health care for children by calling on all Americans to take a 21 Day Challenge, swishing with Listerine Antiseptic twice a day for 21 days to improve their oral health. For every person who signs up for the challenge, the Listerine brand will make a contribution to help Oral Health America's Smiles Across America® program toward our goal of connecting up to 210,000 at risk children with needed oral health services in 2013.More

Fish with 'human teeth' makes a splash
The Nation
Hot on the heels of a dog with a human face comes a fish with teeth that look like those of a person. This sheepshead fish has a certain human quality to it, its dentures look eerily similar to ours.More

Shared dental visits work well with infants, toddlers
Shared dental visits in certain instances can serve dentists and their patients better than traditional one-on-one visits, according to research conducted by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts.More

Children's dental visits, unmet need
More than four million children aged 17 and younger had unmet dental need in 2011 because their families could not afford dental care, the National Center for Health Statistics said in an analysis of data collected annually by U.S. Census Bureau interviewers.More

Scientists grow teeth from gum cells
Medical News Today
The day a new "biotooth" can be grown in the gap left by a missing tooth as an alternative to having a false one implanted came a step closer recently when UK researchers revealed how they have developed a way to bioengineer new teeth from a person's own gum cells. More

1 in 8 adults may have sensitive teeth
If you sometimes get a jolt of pain in your mouth when you drink or eat something hot or cold, you're not alone: A new survey of U.S. dental offices finds that one in eight people has over-sensitive teeth.More