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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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Oral Bacteria Could Produce Heart Disease

There’s a newly discovered correlation between gum disease and heart disease.

Gum disease and heart disease are caused by the same bacteria, according to a University of Florida study. The study was reported at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.

The researchers came to their conclusion based on studying mice. When oral bacteria were placed into their bloodstream, the risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease increased.

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New Method May Pinpoint Certain Bacteria

Research involving dental cavities and periodontal diseases had an unintended result: the development of a technique that could locate the potential source of an infection by overtaking the normal processes of pathogens.

Researchers from The University of Nottingham and GSK Consumer Healthcare developed this technique. This method makes it easy enough for the bacteria to be located by a smartphone camera, thanks to the fluorescent markers use to tag the cells. Polymers were grown that essentially adhere to the bacteria, enabling their exact location to be determined.

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Stem Cells from Teeth May Aid Stroke Patients

A groundbreaking discovery during stem cell research of teeth may provide a boost in stroke therapy.

A group of researchers determined that stem cells grow to resemble brain cells, something that could eventually be used in the brain. The information comes from the University of Adelaide in Australia. It appears in Stem Cell Research & Therapy.

The interest in this type of research stems from using dental pulp stem cells in post-stroke neurological studies, which came on the heels of successful preclinical studies.

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