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Sleeping With Dentures Increases Pneumonia Risk

People with dentures may want to think again the next time they sleep with them in.

A recent study determined that people who wore dentures during sleep were at a higher risk for pneumonia when compared to those who removed them prior to sleep. The study was published by the International and American Associations for Dental Research and appears in the OnlineFirst section of the Journal of Dental Research.

Poor oral health and hygiene are major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. That’s why they research team from Nihon University School of Dentistry in Japan opted to do this study.

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New Material may Upgrade Dental Implants

Dental implants may be improving soon.

Experts from the Autonomous University of Baja California in eastern Mexico created dental implants from a mixture of polymer with ceramic and a light consistency. The experts at this school optimized the performance of those dental tools after recreating what the chewing process was like. The goal was to make certain the implant would take on the brunt of the stress instead of the bone structure.

The proposed creation plans on standing up to the effort of chewing and thwarting the possibility of corrosion of titanium implants. Affordability was also in kept in mind.

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Oral Health for Developmentally Disabled has Room to Grow

Caregivers generally don’t provide the necessary amount of oral care to the developmentally disabled people they take care of. But it’s not their fault, in most cases.

Access to dental care and support are a major problem when it comes to a caregiver’s ability to treat a developmentally disabled person.

Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine recently put together a survey on this issue. The information appears in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

People with developmental disabilities have a prevalence of cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. These people rely on their caregivers to provide the oral care that, in many cases, they are not able to provide for themselves.

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Many People Deal With Severe Periodontitis

Severe periodontitis was the sixth most prevalent condition in the world in 2010, according to a new study.

The information comes from the International and American Associations for Dental Research and is published in the OnlineFirst section of the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research. The goal of the study was to put all epidemiological data about severe periodontitis together and learn specific data regarding how the disease impacts country, age group, and sex.

The research showed that 743 million people are affected by periodontitis. Between 1990 and 2010, the global age-standardized prevalence remained at 11.2 percent. The age-standardized incidence of severe periodontitis in 2010 was 701 cases per 100,000 person-years, a negligible difference when compared to 1990.

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Exercise May Lead to Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

Next time you avoid exercising just say you were doing it for the benefit of your oral health.

A team of researchers at the University Hospital in Germany determined that the more exercise you do, the higher risk there is of tooth decay and early teeth loss. The researchers looked at the oral health status of several triathletes and nonathletes and found that people who regularly exercise have a higher risk of rotting teeth. There were 70 people in the group, some of whom were triathletes and others who were nonathletes.

The higher risk of tooth decay among the triathletes may stem from the fact that exercising raises the alkalinity of saliva. This leads to a better situation for the growth of harmful bacteria.

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