Today's Dental News

Preventing Tooth Decay In The Youngest American Indians

A study conducted in four American Indian communities in the Pacific Northwest presents an effective strategy to convince mothers to switch young children from drinking sweetened soda to water and shows that eliminating these sugary drinks from the diets of the youngest members of the tribe significantly decreased tooth decay.

The results of the dental arm of “The Toddler Overweight and Tooth Decay Prevention Study” (TOTS), which targeted American Indians from birth to 30 months of age, appear in the current issue (Volume 20, Number 4) of the peer-reviewed journal Ethnicity & Disease.

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Study Shows Dentists Confused by Facebook

A new nationwide study by Verasoni Ah Ha! (The Research arm of Verasoni Worldwide), of how dentists use Facebook to promote their practice reveals that dentists are at a loss on Facebook. Data from the study reveal that dentists do not yet understand how to leverage social media channels such as Facebook to engage patients, despite the patient’s and consumer’s growing engagement with this medium. The study concludes that dentists have not strategically positioned their practices on Facebook, nor have they focused on developing and growing their network.

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Fighting the Fight for Healthy Teeth

It is known that teeth can protect themselves, to some extent, from attack by bacteria but that inflammation within a tooth can be damaging and, in extreme cases, lead to abscess or death of the tooth. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Immunology shows that odontoblast cells are part of the immune system and fight to protect teeth from decay.

Inside a tooth odontoblast cells sit between the enamel and pulp and produce a layer of dentin to protect the pulp from wear and infection. This research shows that, when under attack from bacteria, the odontoblast cells also orchestrate an immune response, producing antimicrobial peptides (β-defensins) to fight the infection directly, protein messengers (chemokines) which recruit white blood cells to the site of infection, and pro-inflammatory signalling proteins (IL-1β, IL-1α, and TNF-α) which, in turn, initiate an inflammatory response.

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Healthy Teeth Can Be Harmed By Habits

Healthy teeth always results in a bright and beautiful smile but the same may not be the case if you don’t maintain it. Teeth health is not always hampered due to food and bacteria but also due to some of your habits. These habits lead to decay of your tooth. Here are some habits that can lead to harm healthy teeth:

1. Tongue Studs—Doctors have found out that pushing your tongue stud against your teeth leads to teeth decay and gradually leads to making a gap between the two front teeth. Many teenagers who have taken up the trend of tongue stud have experienced this.

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New Dental Program Launched in California

The new dental program will provide dental examinations, educational sessions and routine dental care for around 3,000 children and 1,000 pregnant women over the course of the next three years.

Weekly clinics have started in Apple Valley, Victorville, Fontana, San Bernardino, Adelanto and Ontario. The clinics cater for children under 5, pregnant women and a range of routine treatments, as well as preventative treatments, are available. Dentists also give out information packs and free toothbrushes and toothpastes.

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