Today's Dental News

First Dental Stem Cell Bank Opens in Mumbai

In a first, an Indian company has partnered with a French institute to set up Stemade Biotech, a bank for dental stem cells, which are easy to acquire and can be used for various therapeutic applications.

“As compared to other sources, window for banking stem cells from the dental pulp is greater, hence providing multiple opportunities to bank,” Dr. Franck Chaubron, CEO, Institute
Clinident Biopharma said. “The novelty of dental stem cells is that they can be easily acquired and banked for future application purposes.

“It is safer, easier, and has more applications. The partnership allows Stemade Biotech to use the innovative technique of collecting the dental pulp, which is live tissue found inside all healthy tooth.”

Chaubron is the innovator and licensor of the patented technology for extraction and cryopreservation of dental stem cells obtained from the pulp of the tooth.

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Budget Cuts Force Some Kansas Residents to Lose Dental Benefits

The budget cuts in Kansas are having a major impact on some people.

There are some elderly, disabled, and poor people who will not be able to receive the kind of dental coverage they once received. The House-Senate Oversight Committee had a meeting to discuss the issue.

In January, these budget cuts took effect. The cuts impacted a program that began in 2007. In this program the state funded basic dental services for Kansas residents who were elderly or disabled in any way. The goal of the program was to give these people dental coverage while enabling them to remain living in their homes.

The people who lost the coverage will now be forced to spend money they don’t have or simply skip the dental visits.

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West Virginia Children Don’t Receive Proper Dental Care

Children in West Virginia don’t receive enough dental care.

A Marshall University program that offers free dental care discovered that 43 percent of children that visited there had some form of dental decay that was untreated. But almost 90 percent of the children had some form of dental insurance.

The West Virginia School Community Partnership and Marshall’s Center for Rural Health offer all the dental care a child should need but West Virginia residents are not taking advantage of it.

Last year, more than 2,300 children should have been treated, thanks to a grant. It didn’t happen.

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Managing BPA Exposure in Dental Sealants

Dental sealants containing a variety of bisphenol A (BPA) derivatives are effective in preventing the most common dental cavities in children and adolescents.

The special article, “Bisphenol A and Related Compounds in Dental Materials: A Critical Review,” in the October 2010 print issue of Pediatrics evaluates the BPA content of dental materials and suggests ways to manage BPA exposures. Dental materials present a much smaller and infrequent exposure to BPA than more common sources.

BPA is commonly found in plastic food-storage containers, some water bottles, and linings of metal food cans. Because prior research has found that BPA can pose health risks from its endocrine-disrupting, estrogen-like properties, reducing all exposure is important to health. Through a literature review, researchers found BPA is released from dental resins through enzymes in saliva, and is detectable in saliva for up to 3 hours after resin placement. How much is absorbed is not known.

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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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