Oral Cancer Risk Doesn’t Result in Lifestyle Changes

Mouth cancer risk is not enough to motivate most people to change their lifestyle.

A recent study showed that 20 million people wouldn’t change anything even if they knew it would lead directly to mouth cancer. In all, 30 percent of people said they wouldn’t eliminate smoking, drinking or an unhealthy diet even if they knew that doing so would directly correlate to a lower risk of developing oral cancer.

About one of every four participants in the study said they felt they were at risk of developing mouth cancer solely based on the way he or she lived.

Chocolate Better Than Fluoride?

For the 40 million Americans who suffer from tooth sensitivity, relief may now come in the form of chocolate.

A naturally occurring extract in cacao, called Rennou, has been found to work better than fluoride to restore and repair enamel.

This research was done at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Eighty patients compared the enamel strengthening potential of Theodent toothpaste, which contains the extract, to standard, fluoride-based toothpastes. Researchers examined each product’s ability to repair and remineralize exposed dentin.

Is a Visual Illusion Making You Over-Drill?

It’s possible that you are drilling larger holes in your patients’ teeth than you need to.

A new study done in New Zealand and published in the journal PLOS One suggests that dentists may fall victim to a visual illusion that could affect treatment. The optical illusion, called the Delboeuf Illusion, refers to a situation in which two circles are placed one inside of the other. Depending on the size of the outer circle, the contained circle could appear either larger or smaller than it actually is. If the surrounding circle is much larger, similar to what is seen with holes in teeth, it can make the inner circle look smaller.

More Dental Patients Visiting General Practitioners

People with dental problems aren’t necessarily going to the dentist as much as they did in the past.

A recent study shows that general practitioners are seeing patients with dental issues on an increasing basis in the United Kingdom. According to a recent survey, 87 percent of general practitioners feel under pressure to deal with dental health problems, such as toothaches or mouth ulcers.

Treaty Will Ensure Continued Use of Amalgam

Dental amalgam won’t be going anywhere in the near future.

A US-signed treaty in regards to mercury recently was enacted, which will enable amalgam to continue to be used the way it has been in the dental profession. A Department of State official signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury on Nov. 6, allowing the United States to become a party to the convention. The document was originally scheduled to be signed on Oct. 10 in Japan but the US could not sign it at that point because of the government shutdown.

Ratification is subject to Senate approval.

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