Canadian orthoodontists were able to sell braces and other orthodental procedures by promising patients better lives with better teeth. Credit: Shutterstock Why do Canadians, especially younger Canadians, have such straight, white teeth? Why are so many parents and so many adults willing to invest in expensive orthodontic treatment? We recently published an article in the […]Continue Reading ...
Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D. from the OHSU School of Dentistry is working to develop a filling material that is two times more resistant to breakage than standard fillings. Credit: OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff A compound used to make car bumpers strong and protect wood decks could prevent return visits to the dentist’s office. A team of researchers […]Continue Reading ...
Many Australians travel overseas for dental surgery. Credit: shutterstock.com Australians spend up to A$300 million each year on health-care costs abroad. As part of this phenomenon, each year around 15,000 of us are travelling overseas for cosmetic surgery tourism, including dental procedures. We don’t have firm numbers on exactly how much Australians spend on dental […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Queen Mary University of London Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have produced a new orthodontic bracket bonding adhesive that protects the tooth surfaces around the brackets from decay. This decay is often referred to as white spot lesions which affects, according to a 2015 meta-analysis, nearly 70 per cent of people fitted […]Continue Reading ...
This Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 file photo shows toothpaste on a toothbrush in Marysville, Pa. A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, says too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get older. (AP Photo/Carolyn […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain High unmet need for dental care is causing pain, embarrassment, worry and reducing quality of life among Syrian refugees, new University of Otago research shows. The research, based on a survey of 62 adult Syrian refugees resettled in Dunedin over the past few years, found a very high level of unmet […]Continue Reading ...
At-home whitening kits can damage tooth enamel. Credit: www.shutterstock.com The effect of teeth whitening was discovered quite by accident. In the past, dentists tried to treat gum disease with mouth rinses containing hydrogen peroxide. They noticed teeth became whiter over time following use of these mouthwashes. In modern-day Australia, teeth whitening is offered by dentists, […]Continue Reading ...
Elderly individuals with fewer teeth, poor dental hygiene, and more cavities constantly ingest more dysbiotic microbiota, which could be harmful to their respiratory health, according to new research published in the journal mSphere. The findings come from a large, population-based study that identified variations in the tongue microbiota among community-dwelling elderly adults in Japan. “Fewer […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Sweet treats are as much a part of Halloween as haunted houses, creative costumes and the Monster Mash. They’re fun to collect, but having that big bag of candy around the house for weeks after Halloween can’t be good for children’s oral health. We spoke with Kavita Mathu-Muju, an associate professor […]Continue Reading ...
How do children feel when they lose their first baby tooth? An interdisciplinary research group at the University of Zurich has now found that children’s feelings are predominantly positive. The study also reveals that previous visits to the dentist, as well as parental background and level of education, affect how children experience the loss of […]Continue Reading ...
Up to 14% of toddlers have “hypomineralised second primary molars” (HSPM), where the enamel (outer layer) of the second baby molars doesn’t develop properly. Credit: plantic/Shutterstock A quarter of children have dental decay by the time they start school. This occurs when bacteria in the mouth break down sugar to produce acid, which attacks and […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: University of Western Australia Researchers from The University of Western Australia say more needs to be done to help improve the quality of dental health care for people who are affected by mental health issues. In a study published this week in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week […]Continue Reading ...
The key is starting early. From the first tooth. Credit: www.shutterstock.com For most parents, the phrase “I don’t want to brush my teeth” is rather familiar. While it may seem easiest to pry their mouth open and force them to brush, research suggests there are better ways that may positively influence children’s future dental health. […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Tooth loss is a significant health issue currently affecting millions of people worldwide. While artificial dental implants are the existing standard tooth replacement therapy, they do not exhibit many properties of natural teeth and can be associated with complications leading to implant failure. Two articles published in the September 2018 issue […]Continue Reading ...
A set of four impacted wisdom teeth. Author provided Unfortunately, oral and dental pain is something everyone can relate to. One of the most common reasons people visit the dentist is for pain related to their “wisdom teeth”, or the third set of molar (grinding) teeth to erupt from the gums. It’s difficult to prevent […]Continue Reading ...
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