Today's Dental News

New Method May Thwart Dental Phobia

Some scientists think they may have what it takes solve dental phobia.

A group of researchers in Nigeria determined that electrotherapy can alleviate fear and anxiety, enabling numerous patients around the world to go for dental treatment without the feeling of fear and terror they previously experienced.

Cranial electrotherapy stimulation reduced anxiety in patients who suffered from the long-term fear of a dental visit. This method works by transmitting miniscule electric impulses to the brain, similar to the type of treatment some pregnant women receive to control pain.

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Dental Visits not Priority in Wales

People in Wales need to visit the dentist more often, based on a recent study.

The study indicates that nearly 50 percent of adults in the country have not visited the dentist for at least 2 years. It’s recommended to visit the dentist about once every six months, but many people have not listened to that recommendation.

One of the first steps to reversing this issue is to better educate the public about the importance of oral health. It would also help if people had easier access to dental care, in addition to adding dentists.

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First Implant May Have Been Discovered

A tooth found in France may prove to be a historic discovery.

Scientists believe the tooth could be the first dental implant in recorded history. The tooth was found in northern France and could be about 2,300 years old, dating back to the Iron Age. Archeologists discovered the tooth in the corpse of woman who was thought to be in her 20s when she died.

The tooth is thought to have been used for decorative purposes to make the body look more attractive. An iron implant in a live person would have caused extreme pain.

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Dentists’ Knowledge Aids in Treatment of Scleroderma Patients

Dentists may have a leg up in treating other issues based on their familiarity with autoimmune disease.

A survey among dentists in Massachusetts indicates that their confidence in treating patients with scleroderma stems from their knowledge of other autoimmune diseases. These dentists concluded that their knowledge of the issue enabled them to be more prepared with treating these patients when compared to their counterparts who didn’t possess that knowledge.

Scleroderma patients often see their mouths shrink and have stiffer hands, which create difficulty in doing tasks like brushing your teeth or flossing. This reason could be why scleroderma patients have a higher risk of oral diseases.

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Evidence Shows Benefits of Red Wine

Red wine should be consumed by everyone old enough to drink it, according to a new study.

The study indicates that red wine and a grape seed extract could thwart cavities. If the information is true, natural products may be developed that protect against dental disease with fewer side effects than wine.

The information appears in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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