Today's Dental News

Study Shows Most People Skip Dental Visits

Going for a dental checkup apparently isn’t a priority for many people.

A new poll shows that the average time between dental checkup is 3 years and 8 months. The information comes from the Web site vouchercodes.pro.co.uk.

Many people around the world—and in the United Kingdom, which was where this study came from—wait until they experience pain, suffering or other symptoms before they see a dentist. Missing a dental appointment, however, can lead to a higher risk of gum disease or decay. Another problem may be a later diagnosis of a potentially fatal condition, such as cancer—something that could have been diagnosed much earlier with a dental visit.

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New Method Studies Ability of Immune Cells to Fight Oral Disease

A new study by Case Western Reserve University researchers seeks to determine exactly how the mouth thwarts certain oral diseases. The research team wanted to extract single rare immune cells to learn how the mouth reduces infection and inflammation.

By looking at the techniques of the white blood cells, researchers want to discover more about preventing such issues as oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, and other diseases.

Previously studying and growing immune cells from blood was the best way to accomplish this. By studying tissue immune cells, researchers may determine how they function at the infection site.

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Low Vitamin D Levels Could Raise Cavity Risk for Children

Some babies may be starting in a trail position with regards to their dental health.

A Canadian study indicates that low levels of vitamin D in pregnant women may increase the possibility of their children developing cavities.

The lack of vitamin D may result in problems with enamel, which directly results in an increase in cavity risk. Enamel starts to form when the fetus is in the womb and a deficiency of vitamin D during pregnancy can certainly have an adverse impact on a baby’s oral health before the teeth begin to erupt.

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Good Oral Health May Aid Athletes

There may be an incentive for athletes to maintain good oral health.

According to experts at the Oral Health and Performance conference, good oral health boosts performance by athletes. The reason is when an athlete’s oral health isn’t at optimal levels, his or her ability to train is hampered.

Dentists and doctors are starting to focus on boxing, based on the research from this conference and others. As a result, British boxers are starting to undergo regular dental checks. The early results have been beneficial.

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Australia May Soon Have Surplus of Dentists

Australia may have a good problem on its hands.

An influx of dentists has forced the Australian Dental Association to recommend to the government to begin to limit the number of dental students. If that is not done, there will be too many qualified dentists in the near future.

So far, the Australian Dental Association has requested a temporary freeze on international students getting dental degrees in Australia. The number of dental schools in the country has doubled in the last nine years. An increase in the number of international students, combined with a rise of skilled workers, has also exacerbated the problem.

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