Brushing Teeth Could Stop Heart Attacks, Strokes

A new study proves that regular brushing could thwart a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University determined that brushing on a regular basis could eliminate atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. Atherosclerosis is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes based on the fatty deposits blocking the flow of blood to the heart and brain.

Drug Could be Utilized to Treat Periodontitis, Chronic Diseases

A drug used to treat intestinal worms may have a new purpose.

Recent studies have shown that Oxantel could protect people from periodontitis. The information appears in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

The current treatment for periodontitis can be costly and it isn’t necessarily full proof. Oxantel was shown to prevent growth by blocking an enzyme that bacteria need to create the biofilm associated with periodontitis.

Dentist Gives Boy New Nose After Hyena Attack

Ali Cook of The Wednesday Watch and Dentistry Today spoke with Thomas Balshi, DDS, PhD, of Prosthodontics Intermedica at the Institute for Facial Esthetics in Fort Washington, Pa, about an extraordinary case. Dr. Balshi and his team helped a small boy from Africa get a new nose and facial structure after a hyena attack. You can view the interview transcript is below.

Opioid Abuse Higher in Areas With More Dentists, Pharmacists

Having more healthcare personnel isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to opioid abuse.

A recent study by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis indicated that access to healthcare raised the availability of prescription opioids, serving to increase the number of opioid abuse and consequences. The study found that the structure of local health care systems in a given county accounts for whether or not there is access to opioids.

The study was presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.

Pancreatic Saliva Test May Happen Soon

A test for pancreatic cancer may soon be on the way.

Researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have inched closer to completing a saliva test, which will test for pancreatic cancer. The saliva test would look specifically for biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer.

If this test ends up being approved, dentists would have the ability it to check for pancreatic cancer among patients.

Survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients are among the lowest of all cancer patients. Most pancreatic cancer patients die within only one year of being diagnosed. Only 6 percent live for more than five years after diagnosis.

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