August 6, 2012

Cavity-Fighting Mint Candy

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 6:25 am by queenqueer

A new mint candy is said to be developed by oral biologists to fight cavities. This mint candy contains Cavistat, which neutralizes the acid from sugars and raises the pH level in the mouth to help prevent tooth decay.

Sugar is one of the main sources of cavity. That means whenever you eat sweets, expect bacteria build up in the mouth.

Kids who ate two mints twice a day for one year had 68 percent fewer cavities in their molars than children who didn’t chew the mints.

“The number of cavities, we think that ultimately is going to get to almost zero,” Dr. Kleinberg said.

That would bring a smile to just about everyone’s face.

All the ingredients in the mints are natural and considered foods, so the product doesn’t need FDA approval.

WHAT DOES IT DO? BasicMints contain Cavistat, a cavity-fighting agent that includes two major components. Cavistat disrupts oral chemistry and biology in two ways. First, it introduces an amino acid called arginine to the mouth. When bacteria in the mouth break the arginine down, it neutralizes the acid generated by sugars in food, which reduces the amount of acid in the mouth and helps prevent damage to teeth. Additionally the Cavistat adds other chemical compounds that protect the minerals that make up teeth from dissolving.

Source: Science Daily

 

July 30, 2012

Viral Video: Teach Me How to Brushy!

Posted in D-Entertainment, Dental News & Updates tagged at 2:29 am by queenqueer

The video Teach Me How to Brushy goes viral with the tune of “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District. The video features kids grooving with the hip hop theme while showcasing big toothbrushes for dental awareness.

“We had no thought that this would go out of Oregon that far,” Dr. Jones told KOBI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Medford, Ore. The video has been featured on the home page of MouthHealthy.org, and on “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” Huffington Post and other national and online publications.

“We wanted to create a fun, interactive tool parents can use to get their kids excited about good dental habits,” said Dr. Jill Price, ODA president-elect. “The mouth is a major health center in the body; unhealthy mouths can lead to diabetes, heart issues and worse. But rather than lecture parents and expect that lecture to reach their kids, we wanted to create a hub for good facts that families will actually want to check out.”

Check out the video here:

Source: ADA

July 24, 2012

Free Software for Enhancing Digital Videos during Endodontic Treatment

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 12:39 am by queenqueer

According to a study from the Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College, a free software can be used to enhance the digital video used during endodontic treatment. An endodontist specializes in the dental field, specifically on root canals and during the treatment procedure of root canals, there is a necessary tool used for imagery.

“With a video camera, each frame contains a large amount of background noise and the image quality is low,” they wrote. “Although it is possible to use a computer to carry out image processing and adjust the brightness and contrast, achieving a fundamental improvement in image quality is difficult.”

To overcome these limitations, they used a public-domain software package called RegiStax in conjunction with an operating microscope and digital video camera to create high-quality still images from a continuous video stream.

Now in its sixth iteration, RegiStax was originally developed by an international team of scientists to achieve clearer astrophotography. It features an image-optimization method that involves aligning and stacking a sequence of video frames, followed by the use of a wavelet transform.

 

 

July 18, 2012

Poetry Can Make You Smile

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 12:04 am by queenqueer

Reading poetry can be therapeutic for some and for a dentist in Texas, it’s a source of spreading great smiles all around.

Reflections On A Smile, Poems To Passion, by Lester Sawicki DDS offers a gathering of quick pondering on the enigma of lips and smiles and their many moods. Each reflection is brief but while some are light on their worldly wings, others are saddled with melodramatic trappings.

According to Sawicki, 36 years into his dental career he discovered lips more sensitive than fingertips and started to explore the mystical, sensual, humorous and sometimes psychical scarring trimmings of lips and smiles that embellished the circle of teeth he treated. Writing poetry seemed like the most suitable style to express the emotional effort of trying to achieve a more collective consciousness of his vocation.

Sawicki now sees the dental world in more complex terms than he did as  young aspiring dentist. His poems range from his personal experiences with love and the human condition to an almost abstract way of describing the magical texture of a smile on stage everyday in his dental theatre. “Even Frank Sinatra would be hard put to rival Sawicki when it comes to thoughts on lips and all they speak of,” Kirkus Indie.

Source: Sacbee

The art of poetry is a means of expressing emotions. Dr. Kester Sawicki wrote a book that mainly focuses on the happy thoughts of smiling and the little magic it can do for you everyday. Probably it’s a message that we have to give ourselves a reason to be happy everyday and freely express this to make difference for someone’s life.

 

July 14, 2012

Patients of Dentist to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 4:50 am by queenqueer

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging patients of dentist, Dr. Stephen Stein to have themselves tested for HIV and Hepatitis. It was found out that Dr. Stein has been reusing needles on multiple patients since 1999.

According to the Colorado health department, Dr. Stein re-used syringes and needles during oral and facial surgery procedures, and for intravenous (IV) medications, including for sedation.

“Needles and syringes were used repeatedly, often days at a time,” the department said in a“Frequently Asked Questions” document posted on its website. “Because there can be a small amount of blood that remains in syringes and needles after an injection through an IV line, there is a risk of spread of bloodborne viruses, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, between patients.”

CBS  News

July 11, 2012

Dental Fillings That Kill Bacteria and Re-Mineralize the Tooth

Posted in Dental News & Updates tagged at 4:06 am by queenqueer

This came out last May but I thought it would be an interesting read for those who are considering on getting dental fillings.

Rather than just limiting decay with conventional fillings, the new composite is a revolutionary dental weapon to control harmful bacteria, which co-exist in the natural colony of microorganisms in the mouth, says professor Huakun (Hockin) Xu, PhD, MS.

“Tooth decay means that the mineral content in the tooth has been dissolved by the organic acids secreted by bacteria residing in biofilms or plaques on the tooth surface. These organisms convert carbohydrates to acids that decrease the minerals in the tooth structure,” says Xu, director of the Division of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering in the School’s Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry.

After a dentist drills out a decayed tooth, the cavity still contains residual bacteria. Xu says it is not possible for a dentist to remove all the damaged tissue, so it’s important to neutralize the harmful effects of the bacteria, which is just what the new nanocomposites are able to do.

The researchers also have built antibacterial agents into primer used first by dentists to prepare a drilled-out cavity and into adhesives that dentists spread into the cavity to make a filling stick tight to the tissue of the tooth. “The reason we want to get the antibacterial agents also into primers and adhesives is that these are the first things that cover the internal surfaces of the tooth cavity and flow into tiny dental tubules inside the tooth,” says Xu. The main reason for failures in tooth restorations, says Xu, is secondary caries or decay at the restoration margins. Applying the new primer and adhesive will kill the residual bacteria, he says.

Fillings made from the School of Dentistry’s new nanocomposite, with antibacterial primer and antibacterial adhesive, should last longer than the typical five to 10 years, though the scientists have not thoroughly tested longevity. Xu says a key component of the new nanocomposite and nano-structured adhesive is calcium phosphate nanoparticles that regenerate tooth minerals. The antibacterial component has a base of quaternary ammonium and silver nanoparticles along with a high pH. The alkaline pH limits acid production by tooth bacteria.

Dental Fillings are used to restore the structure of the tooth damaged by cavities. They are more commonly or intentionally applied for aesthetic purposes and to return the tooth’s normal function.

June 22, 2012

Aspirin Causes Tooth Erosion?

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental News & Updates at 1:13 am by queenqueer

Several studies have reported that aspirin can be one of the causes for tooth erosion. The constant use of aspirin may be a factor leading to tooth erosion due to the chemical attack on the teeth.

One summary of a study says:

“Don’t chew aspirin: it may cause rapid tooth decay, says a review. It’s not a clinical trial or an official study of any kind, but an observation of two patients who regularly chewed aspirin tablets revealed massive tooth decay taking place. The aspirin apparently attacks and destroys tooth enamel.

Let’s take in the basic concept that whatever you take in your mouth will contribute to tooth decay. Any food, no matter how healthy it is for our teeth, is still a threat for the oral health. But this doesn’t mean that we should stop eating and just inject ourselves with food. It will only be bad if we don’t develop good dental hygiene.

In the case of the aspirin, there is more possibility on the development of tooth erosion if the aspirin is chewed or taken in powder form. There is a chance that the powder might not be swallowed immediately, but instead, stay in the mouth. The longer it stays there, the more chances our teeth are attacked when combined with bacteria.

 

May 31, 2012

Weight Loss Improves Oral Health

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental News & Updates at 4:54 am by queenqueer

According to Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers, we have an increase of resistance against gum disease when we lose weight.

Fat cells are usually the ones that partly triggers the swelling of the gums.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers found the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear.

Inflammation that continues to brew in the body can have harmful effects over time, and inflammation from gum disease can erode bone and cause tooth loss. It can also cause breaks in the gums where harmful oral bacteria can enter the blood stream. Such bacteria have been linked to preterm birth, fetal death, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, said Nabil Bissada, chair of the department of periodontics at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine.

Bissada is the lead author of the study, “Response to periodontal therapy in subjects who had weight loss following bariatric surgery and obese counterparts: a pilot study,” published in the Journal of Periodontology.

This study raises two hypotheses about why the surgery group improved.

The first theory is that excessive fat cells (adipocytes) secrete more cytokines (such as TNF and IL-6), which make insulin more resistant to doing its function. As a result, more accumulation of sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia) occurs. Losing weight, therefore, makes insulin less resistant and improves the diabetic status. This in turn helps in the response to periodontal treatment.

The other theory relates to the presence of the leptin hormone that regulates appetite. Leptin plays a role in regulating metabolism and has been linked to inflammation by increasing the production of cytokines and the -C-reactive protein, which is also linked to inflammation. Bissada said leptin production was reduced after bariatric surgery and may be one explanation for the better outcomes in the periodontal treatment.

As the researchers look to the further their research, their next step will be to conduct a longitudinal study to support their preliminary findings.

April 25, 2012

California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 12:54 am by queenqueer

According to experts, fluoride is said to be one of the best means of fighting bacteria in your mouth. This is commonly found in your regular toothpaste and mouthwash.

Last August 2011, a lawsuit was filed against Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California for adding hydrofluosilicic acid to their consumer’s water. The compound was said to not have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating dental problems.

Recently it was reported that the U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino has granted the dismissal of the case.

“We are pleased to see once again that the court has reaffirmed the ability of water suppliers and agencies to protect the oral health of residents in their communities,” said Dr. Dan Davidson, California Dental Association president. “This is a significant step toward ensuring that customers of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will continue to receive the benefits of community water fluoridation.”

Source: ADA

fluoridated water

Although I am quite aware that fluoridated water can be beneficial to oral health, I still believe that Water Suppliers should NOT fluoridate the water they are serving to the public. Everyone’s body systems vary on how they work, and not everyone’s oral health condition require fluoride.

I also wonder how they can maintain the PH level of water in its neutral state considering that fluoride is acidic and the basic PH level of water should be at least 7 and above. Probably there are standards for that.

What’s your opinion?

April 24, 2012

New Study says People with Straight Teeth are Perceived to Give a Good Impression

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental News & Updates tagged , at 6:59 am by queenqueer

I have recently read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and it talks about the importance of snap judgments, which are mainly based on instincts. Physical appearances contribute to these snap judgments and according to Kelton study in San Jose, California, people with straight teeth give the impression that they are successful, popular, intelligent, and generally healthy.

The Kelton study apparently has found out that teeth are standout features for Americans when they meet someone for the first time.

“There have even been studies that indicate lasting impressions are made within the first three seconds of seeing someone,” said Dr. Callahan. “Many adults are concerned about how their smile might affect their chances for employment or advancement in a competitive job market. Many people are also reentering the dating scene after a divorce and are looking for a more attractive, youthful appearance.”

A unique digital perception study, developed by Kelton Research contrasted images of men and women with straight and crooked teeth. The survey was taken by 1,047 nationally representative Americans. In the study, respondents were shown images of people with varying tooth issues and asked to give their honest opinion about them, unaware that they were comparing people with straight teeth to crooked teeth. Results of the study indicated Americans perceive people with straight teeth to have more desirable qualities than those with crooked teeth, including attributes such as being happy, surrounded by loved ones, and professionally successful.

Source: Kelton Global

Although straightening your teeth appear to lean more on cosmetic reasons, but somehow having straight teeth is healthy. If your teeth are aligned, then you’ll have less chances on having food stuck to your teeth, which may later on cause tooth decay when bacteria builds up.

If you wish to straighten your teeth, there are several options such as braces, or the more preferable option, invisalign.

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