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Dentist Treats Migraines

There’s a new way to treat migraines—and it involves dentistry.

Research shows that about 75 percent of people who suffer from migraines see a decline in their symptoms after some of the stress in their face and neck is relieved.

That’s why a dentist, Dr. Biju Krishnan, and a psychotherapist, Kirsten Lord, say their solution will prevent migraines.

The goal of their clinic is to relieve the pressure of the migraine nerve. That’s what the package of their services is based on. The program includes physiotherapy to release the muscles that trap the nerve and then there’s a dental splint that is applied. The dental splint is used to cut down on the grinding of the teeth, which is a major factor in migraines.

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Gum Bacteria Could Increase Risk of Clots and Heart Attack

United Kingdom researchers have found another reason for us to keep brushing and flossing our teeth: the same gum bacteria that cause dental plaque can escape from the mouth into the bloodstream and trigger clots that increase risk of heart attack and heart disease.

The study that led to this finding was the work of University of Bristol researchers, in collaboration with scientists at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and was presented Monday at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn meeting that is running from September 6 to 9 at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Dr. Howard Jenkinson, professor of Oral Microbiology at Bristol’s School of Oral and Dental Science, presented the findings at the meeting.

He said in statement: “Poor dental hygiene can lead to bleeding gums, providing bacteria with an escape route into the bloodstream, where they can initiate blood clots leading to heart disease.”

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Denver Dentists Extract Teeth Stem Cells

Englewood, Colo., Sept. 7, 2010 - Denver dentists help harvest stem cells in teeth.

Denver dentists Dr. James DeLapp, Dr. H. Candace DeLapp, and Dr. Sarah Parsons are partnering with StemSave to offer their Denver-area dental patients a chance to bank valuable stem cells for use in future “Regenerative Medical Therapies.” The National Institutes of Health’s recent discovery that powerful stem cells exist in teeth give Denver-area dental patients an easy way that “may” protect their future health and participate in cutting edge regenerative medicine.

Regenerative Medicine treatment has been reported to be the future of medicine.

Stem cells found in teeth are extracted by Denver dentists and then these stem cells are cryopreserved. The recent discovery that stem cells exist in teeth has the potential to transform dentistry and the future of medical treatments. Stem cells are the basis for the emerging field of regenerative medicine. There are more than 78 clinical trials involving stem cell treatments underway and the military is developing stem cell therapies to treat soldiers wounded in action. The current research being conducted suggests that stem cell therapies may, in the future, be able to treat many of today’s most difficult diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, cancer and many more.

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Reptile Could Explain More About Implants

A reptile called the tuatara could explain plenty about dental implants.

That’s because unlike mammals and crocodiles, the New Zealand animal has teeth that are fused to the jaw bone, which mean there are no ligaments—much like dental implants. The tuatara’s ancestors were widespread at the time of the dinosaurs. People and mammals, however, have their teeth held together in sockets by a flexible ligament.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council used a moving 3-D computer model to study these teeth. The goal was to find out how damage to dental implants and jaw joints could be stopped.

Humans generally don’t have problems when biting into food because the ligaments send a signal to the brain that biting too hard will be painful.

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Dental Reality Show on the Way

If you ever worried about going to the dentist, you’re not alone.

Nearly 25 percent of Americans are afraid of going to the dentist, and about three quarters of Americans face some anxiety about dental visits. This fear can cause a person to lose sleep or it can ruin a person’s meal, a person’s day, or even life.

That’s why television producers, who have seen countless reality shows succeed, want to cultivate that fear and turn into a show. “Smile and Style” is what the show will be called and it will be about trying to improve the dental health of the average person.

The show will seek to boost the self-esteem of the individuals on the show, who will be selected based on their dental fears. This problem could have affected their everyday life and prevented them from getting the dental care they need to have the smile and confidence necessary for success. Some of the people on the show may not have the means to afford the dental work they need.

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