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Also termed caries, tooth decay refers to the destruction of the hard white enamel on the surface of teeth that protects the inner pulp and nerves inside from the elements. This causes exposure of the inner nerves to hot and cold food or drink which leads to pain.
Scientists map core genes involved during DNA uptake in strep bacteria

Scientists map core genes involved during DNA uptake in strep bacteria

Bacteria possess the ability to take up DNA from their environment, a skill that enables them to acquire new genes for antibiotic resistance or to escape the immune response. Scientists have now mapped the core set of genes that are consistently controlled during DNA uptake in strep bacteria, and they hope the finding will allow them to cut off the microbes' ability to survive what doctors and nature can throw at them. [More]
New BioMinF toothpaste ingredient helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity

New BioMinF toothpaste ingredient helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity

A new toothpaste ingredient which puts back the lost minerals from tooth enamel and helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity while you sleep is available online and from specialist dental distributors now. It is expected to be available through high street stores by the end of the year. [More]
Smoking drastically alters oral microbiome, study finds

Smoking drastically alters oral microbiome, study finds

Smoking drastically alters the oral microbiome, the mix of roughly 600 bacterial species that live in people's mouths. This is the finding of a study led by NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center to be published online March 25 in the ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology) Journal. [More]

Automated techniques could dramatically accelerate antimicrobial discovery

The antimicrobial arsenal that we count on to save millions of lives each year is alarmingly thin--and these microbes are rapidly evolving resistance to our weapons. But help may be on the way: In a study posted in the AMB Express, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology show that automated techniques commonly used to screen new drugs for mammalian cell toxicity could also dramatically speed up the challenging task of antimicrobial discovery. [More]
Researchers find link between untreated dental caries, tooth retention and food intake limitations

Researchers find link between untreated dental caries, tooth retention and food intake limitations

Today at the 45th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research, researcher Hongjun Yin, DB Consulting Group, Inc., Alpharetta, Ga., USA, will present a study titled "Tooth Loss and Untreated Caries Predict Food Intake Limitations." The AADR Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research [More]
Simple diagnostic liquid offers a pain-free method for detecting tooth decay

Simple diagnostic liquid offers a pain-free method for detecting tooth decay

The days of the dreaded dental drill-and-fill as the standard solution for tooth decay may be numbered if a discovery by a Creighton University School of Dentistry professor continues to advance. [More]
Better understanding link between oral bacteria and certain types of stroke

Better understanding link between oral bacteria and certain types of stroke

In a study of patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans). [More]
PDA encourages parents to help children develop healthy oral health habits

PDA encourages parents to help children develop healthy oral health habits

February once again brings National Children's Dental Health Month, an oral health campaign that helps educate children about the importance of maintaining good oral health and developing healthy habits that will carry into adulthood. [More]
Chattem’s ACT Advanced Care Mouthwash designated as 2016 Product of the Year

Chattem’s ACT Advanced Care Mouthwash designated as 2016 Product of the Year

Chattem Inc., the U.S. consumer healthcare division of Sanofi, announced today that its ACT® Advanced Care™ Mouthwash has been named 2016 Product of the Year, the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. [More]
Parents need to take active role in oral health of children

Parents need to take active role in oral health of children

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, an opportunity for parents of toddlers, young children or teenagers to explore questions about keeping your child's teeth clean, your child's first dental visit or how to protect children's smiles. [More]
Children at higher risk of developing cavities not getting needed preventive dental care

Children at higher risk of developing cavities not getting needed preventive dental care

A landmark study of more than 97 million dental claims, conducted by Delta Dental Plans Association, found two-thirds of children who are at higher risk of developing cavities aren't getting recommended preventive dental care. [More]
Bioactive glass may help prolong life of composite tooth fillings

Bioactive glass may help prolong life of composite tooth fillings

A few years from now millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat. [More]
Tooth decay can be prevented without the need for traditional 'fill and drill' approach

Tooth decay can be prevented without the need for traditional 'fill and drill' approach

A University of Sydney study has revealed that tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional 'fill and drill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades. [More]
USC discoveries propose promising method to eliminate pain associated with tooth decay

USC discoveries propose promising method to eliminate pain associated with tooth decay

Dual discoveries at USC propose a promising method to regrow nonliving hard tissue, lessening or even eliminating pain associated with tooth decay, which the National Institutes of Health calls the most prevalent chronic disease. [More]
Ad Council survey: Many parents concerned about their children's teeth during Halloween

Ad Council survey: Many parents concerned about their children's teeth during Halloween

The largest candy-consumption night of the year is right around the corner. More than 80 percent of parents say their kids will participate in a Halloween celebration, and when asked about concerns related to Halloween, more than two-thirds of parents say they are worried about their children's teeth, according to a recent Ad Council survey. [More]
UIC to develop and test outreach program to improve children’s oral health in Chicago

UIC to develop and test outreach program to improve children’s oral health in Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago will develop and test an outreach program to reduce cavities in Chicago's low-income and minority infants and toddlers under a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Regular smokers at increased risk of tooth loss, new study confirms

Regular smokers at increased risk of tooth loss, new study confirms

A new study has confirmed that regular smokers have a significantly increased risk of tooth loss. Male smokers are up to 3.6 times more likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers, whereas female smokers were found to be 2.5 times more likely. [More]
New funding supports pilot study that aims to address national crisis in children's oral health

New funding supports pilot study that aims to address national crisis in children's oral health

Researchers at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry have received funding of around £150,000 from the Medical Research Council to support a pilot study which aims to go some way towards addressing the national crisis in children's oral health, especially in communities of social deprivation. [More]
Study demonstrates that high sugar intake linked to poor family functioning

Study demonstrates that high sugar intake linked to poor family functioning

The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits - according to new research published in the Journal of Caries Research and led by Queen Mary University of London. [More]
New study focuses on dental screenings for drug misuse

New study focuses on dental screenings for drug misuse

A visit to the dentist has the potential to be more than a checkup of our teeth as patients are increasingly screened for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. [More]
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