Americans Heading Overseas for Dental Treatment

The rising cost of dental treatment in America is forcing an increasingly large number of Americans to consider having treatment abroad.

Dental treatment is becoming more expensive in the United States and many people cannot afford basic treatments, let alone costly cosmetic treatments. Even those with dental insurance are struggling to cope with the cost of dental treatment and many are now taking the plunge and heading overseas for dental treatment.

Osteoporosis Drug Reduces Bone Loss, Tumor Size in Oral Cancer

A drug currently approved for osteoporosis treatment has been shown to reduce bone loss in a study of mice with oral cancer, suggesting it could serve as an important supplemental therapy in patients with head and neck cancers that erode bone.

In this Ohio State University study, the drug treatment also was associated with smaller tumors—an unexpected result.

The drug, zoledronic acid, is known by the brand name Zometa. It is designed to inhibit bone resorption, which is the breaking down of bone caused by the release of a specific kind of cell.

Dental Facelift to Look 10 Years Younger

A pioneering new nonsurgical technique, which promises to not only give you a perfect set of teeth but also restructure the face to make it look up to 10 years younger, has been dubbed as the ‘Dental Facelift’ in the US

This four-step procedure involves manipulating of veneers, which are widely used by cosmetic dentists to fix crooked, chipped, or discolored smiles. The thin layers of porcelain are placed over the upper and lower teeth to subtly reshape the face.

The changes in our mouth as we grow older can be just as instrumental in effecting how we look.

FDA to Reexamine Metal Dental Fillings

US health regulators are seeking a second opinion on whether mercury-containing dental fillings pose a risk to dental patients, especially children and pregnant women.

Food and Drug Administration officials said that while there are no new scientific findings on such silver-colored cavity fillings, it wants feedback on methods it used to weigh available data and decide last year that the metal alloy is safe.

In documents released on Friday ahead of a public meeting on the issue, the agency said it would ask its panel of outside experts to assess how much mercury dental patients are exposed to and how much exposure is acceptable.

Accurate Method Created for Detecting Dangerous Levels of Fluoride

Used in the proper amounts, it can make teeth stronger and aid in the treatment of osteoporosis. When excessive amounts are consumed, however, it can be a killer—a carcinogen that causes bone, lung, and bladder cancers. The “it” is fluoride, a common additive in most American communities’ drinking water and an ingredient in the vast majority of commercially produced adult toothpastes.

Determining the level of fluoride, be it in water, consumer products or the human body, is an important and attractive challenge for scientists. To address that, a Florida State University researcher has developed a molecular sensor that changes color when a sample containing fluoride is added to it.

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