Today's Dental News

Anti-Pain Agent Reduces Oral Cancer, Leaves Healthy Tissue Unharmed

There may be a new way to treat oral cancer.

Mouse models of human oral cancer were treated with something called capsazepine, which simultaneously resulted in tumor shrinkage while sparing surrounding tissue. Researchers from the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio conducted the study. The information appears in Oral Oncology.

Oral squamous cell carcinoma ranks eighth on the list of most common forms of cancer in the United States. There are roughly 40,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths each year.

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Some Healthy Treats may be Harmful

Healthy treats may not be what they claim to be.

Many treats that profess to be healthy options to consider instead of sweets or chocolate may, in fact, contain excessive amount of sugar or high acidity levels. Some studies even show that raisins or cereal bars and drinks like smoothies or fruit juices can be as damaging to teeth as soda.

There are cases all the time of children who end up with some type of tooth decay even though the child’s parents took measures to prevent such a thing from happening.

The problems often stem from enamel damage caused by the food or drinks that prove to be unexpectedly high in sugar or acidity.

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Anti-Arthritis Drugs May Worsen Other Inflammatory Diseases

Some anti-arthritis drugs may be counterproductive.

New studies show that there are some anti-arthritis drugs that may actually exacerbate inflammatory diseases. A study in the American Journal of Pathology spotlights the impact of anti-arthritic drugs.

More than 60 years ago, adrenocorticotropic hormone was proven to be successful in treating rheumatoid and gouty arthritis. But now it is rarely used. Researchers now value the idea that the anti-inflammatory actions of ACTH are mediated through the peripheral melanocortin system on MC receptors that are shown in bone cells, immune cells and fibroblasts.

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Tooth Protein May Lead to Bone Regeneration

A newly discovered protein may lead to numerous health benefits.

Bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London found a protein that may aid patients suffering from osteoporosis or bone fractures. The protein statherin, which is usually found in the formation of enamel, can actually lead to bone growth.

The information appears in the journal Biomaterials.

The research team generated bioactive membranes from segments of different proteins to demonstrate which protein played the role in stimulating bone growth. The bone-stimulating aspect of the protein was tested in a rat model. The researchers employed analytical techniques to visualize and measure the calcified tissue.

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Stem Cells May be Used to Grow Teeth

Stem cells may be closer to being implemented.

The ability to turn stem cells into new teeth will be showcased at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. Stem cells would likely be a more effective way to replace missing teeth because of the costs of implants, in addition to the difficulty in making sure the implants last for a long period of time.

It’s possible that the teeth grown from stem cells could be implemented in mice within five years, according to Paul Sharpe, Dickinson Professor of Craniofacial Biology at King’s College London Dental Institute.

It’s also plausible for teeth to be grown from embyronic cells but using adult cells and growth-stimulating chemical factors is more likely to make it to the market at an affordable price.

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