We all know the advice for healthy teeth – brush twice daily and don’t eat too much sugar. So why do those of us following these instructions find we sometimes need a filling when we visit the dentist? The truth is, there’s a little more to preventing tooth decay than these guidelines suggest. Here’s what […]Continue Reading ...
“Many of these products are overly abrasive and can take away the outer layer of your tooth called the enamel,” said Aikaterini Papathanasiou. Credit: iStockphoto Charcoal seems to be the latest thing—for cleansing your face and purifying your insides—and even brushing your teeth. But before you start using a charcoal-based toothpaste, it’s best to realize […]Continue Reading ...
With the advancement of scanning and 3D printing technologies, some consumers have turned to treatments that don’t require visiting an orthodontist. Credit: Lin Shao-hua, iStock A couple of years ago, the story of a college student 3-D printing his own braces went viral. Fast forward to now and you’ve likely seen billboards or social media […]Continue Reading ...
The surgical removal of wisdom teeth is far more common than the problems they cause. Credit: Pixabay Our grandparents and parents tell stories about the time when kids routinely had their tonsils removed. But for people born in the 1960s and later, their routine surgery stories are about having third molars, a.k.a. wisdom teeth, taken […]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 There are many causes of bad breath, also called halitosis. Your mouth may be the source. The breakdown of food particles and other debris by bacteria in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor. If your mouth becomes dry, such as during sleep or after smoking, dead cells can […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a recently published article in PLOS ONE, findings from a pilot study outlined the potential effectiveness of a new therapeutic gel filling for root canals that releases nitric oxide and antibiotics into the treated tooth canal, instead of the standard blood clotting that is typically used to fill the empty […]Continue Reading ...
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 ...
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 ...
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