Dental amalgam is composed of about 50 percent mercury, a well-known neurotoxin. Evidence shows mercury is easily released in the form of vapor each time Continue reading
Research from Austria has confirmed that dental caries are specifically linked with atherosclerosis – the hardening of the arteries – a major component of most heart diseases.
The researchers – from Austria’s Innsbruck Medical University – utilized computed tomography along with standard dental instrumentation to analyze 292 patients – 137 women and 155 men. The patients had an average age of 54 years old. Continue reading
Stem cell technology is promising in many respects and nowhere is that more evident than in the field of dentistry where painful root canals could become a thing of the past if promising advances in treating tooth decay pan out.
According to The Wall Street Journal, scientists have made Continue reading
- Unnecessary drilling and filling your teeth with toxic materials can have far-reaching, long-term health ramifications. Newer alternative types of dentistry, such as minimally invasive dentistry and biomimetic dentistry offer dramatically safer and more effective solutions Continue reading
- Early intervention with minimally invasive dentistry can eliminate 80 percent of future dental interventions on the vast majority of patients
- By identifying hypocalcific areas and using a miniature air abrasion tip to clean out those pits, fissures and grooves, Continue reading
… that the very best test for oral cancer and many other major health problems is to stick out your tongue?
Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, a well-respected and innovative dentistry expert, recently appeared on The Dr. Oz Show to discuss the importance of Continue reading
- One-year anniversary update on the progress and future plans of Consumers for Dental Choice. Since the inception of Health Liberty, Consumers for Dental Choice has won several victories on the local-, state-, and national level.
- Consumers for Dental Choice has partnered with Jeunes Volontaires pour Continue reading
Oral blood samples drawn from deep pockets of periodontal inflammation can be used to measure hemoglobin A1c, an important gauge of a patient’s diabetes status, an NYU nursing-dental research team has found. Hemoglobin A1c blood glucose measures from oral blood compare well to those from finger-stick blood, the researchers say. The findings are from a study funded by an NYU CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute) grant awarded to the research team last year.
Hemoglobin A1c is widely used to test for diabetes. According to guidelines established by the American Diabetes Association, an A1c reading of 6.5 or more indicates a value in the diabetes range.
The NYU researchers compared hemoglobin A1c levels in paired samples of oral and finger-stick blood taken from 75 patients with periodontal disease at the NYU College of Dentistry. A reading of 6.3 or greater in the oral sample corresponded to a finger stick reading of 6.5 in identifying the diabetes range, Continue reading
Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that is also available as a supplement, may fight gum disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology. Research on this antioxidant shows that people with more melatonin in their saliva have less gum tissue inflammation.
“(Our research) suggests that melatonin may fight against infection and inflammation possibly due to its antioxidant, anti-aging and immune-enhancing ability,” says Pablo Galindo, D.D.S., Department of Oral Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Granada, Spain.
Melatonin supplements are often used to deal with jet lag and as a sleeping aid to fight off insomnia.
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Researchers at the University of Leeds have discovered a pain-free way of tackling dental decay that reverses the damage of acid attack and re-builds teeth as new.
The pioneering treatment promises to transform the approach to filling teeth forever.
Tooth decay begins when acid produced by bacteria in plaque dissolves the mineral in the teeth, causing microscopic holes or ‘pores’ to form. As the decay process progresses these micro-pores increase in size and number. Eventually the damaged tooth may have to be drilled and filled to prevent toothache, or even removed.
The very thought of drilling puts many people off going to see their dentist, whether or not Continue reading
Our exposure to radiation is now seven times higher than it was in the 1980s. While most of that comes from CT scans, body X-rays, mammograms, and other forms of medical imaging, there’s another common source of radiation you could be getting every six months when you go in for a teeth cleaning.
The details: In general, the dental industry is developing new methods and practices that expose people to lower levels of radiation now than ever before. “It’s in line with, or even more advanced than other fields of medicine,” says Erika Benavides, DDS, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the department of periodontics and oral medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The problem is that dentists themselves don’t seem eager to invest in all those new low-radiation methods.
Last fall, a New York Times investigation revealed that about 70 percent of the nation’s dentists are still using older, D-speed dental film, which exposes people to nearly 60 percent more radiation Continue reading
From its involvement in a healthy immune system to its role in cell growth, zinc is an essential mineral for the human body. Zinc deficiency is a worldwide problem that affects approximately 4 million people in the U.S. alone.
Consumed naturally in the human diet, zinc can be found in food sources, such as beef, yogurt, eggs, and fish. Furthermore, zinc is widely used in dental products, specifically denture adhesives.
However, as with any herb, vitamin, or mineral, excess intake of zinc could pose a potential health hazard. Denture wearers are advised to pay special attention to the Continue reading