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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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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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