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Oral Bacteria Could Produce Heart Disease

There’s a newly discovered correlation between gum disease and heart disease.

Gum disease and heart disease are caused by the same bacteria, according to a University of Florida study. The study was reported at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.

The researchers came to their conclusion based on studying mice. When oral bacteria were placed into their bloodstream, the risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease increased.

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New Method May Pinpoint Certain Bacteria

Research involving dental cavities and periodontal diseases had an unintended result: the development of a technique that could locate the potential source of an infection by overtaking the normal processes of pathogens.

Researchers from The University of Nottingham and GSK Consumer Healthcare developed this technique. This method makes it easy enough for the bacteria to be located by a smartphone camera, thanks to the fluorescent markers use to tag the cells. Polymers were grown that essentially adhere to the bacteria, enabling their exact location to be determined.

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Stem Cells from Teeth May Aid Stroke Patients

A groundbreaking discovery during stem cell research of teeth may provide a boost in stroke therapy.

A group of researchers determined that stem cells grow to resemble brain cells, something that could eventually be used in the brain. The information comes from the University of Adelaide in Australia. It appears in Stem Cell Research & Therapy.

The interest in this type of research stems from using dental pulp stem cells in post-stroke neurological studies, which came on the heels of successful preclinical studies.

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Correlation May Exist Between Gagging, Dental Fear

The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems.

The information comes from the authors of “Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care—Related Fear, Fear of Pain, and Beliefs About Treatment.” The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.

The authors determined that it’s important for dentists to analyze their patients’ chances of gagging while also examining their fears and anxieties. Some dentists want their patients to breath slowly through their nose. Other dentists encourage their patients to lift their legs or wiggle their toes as a way of distracting themselves.

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Americans Don’t Prioritize Dental Visits

One out of three Americans didn’t visit the dentist in the last year.

This information comes from Gallup Well-Being. The rate was basically the same in the previous year and in 2008 as well. Women were more likely than men to go for a dental checkup, based on this study.

More than 178,000 Americans were interviewed for this study this time and more than 354,000 people were interviewed prior to the 2008 study. The focus was to determine what factors impacted whether or not someone visited the dentist.

It’s important for every person to visit the dentist at least once per year.

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