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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.
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]
Griffith research aims to combat tooth decay problems in Australian children

Griffith research aims to combat tooth decay problems in Australian children

Tooth decay in children is a major problem across Australia, especially so in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Children in the Northern Peninsula Area have a particular problem partly because the plant to add fluoride to the water system is no longer in use. [More]
Grant program aims to provide oral health care to underserved people facing substance abuse issues

Grant program aims to provide oral health care to underserved people facing substance abuse issues

People with drug problems don't often come to mind as an underserved population regarding health care. Yet, because of their substance abuse issues, they often go without essential medical services, particularly when it comes to caring for their teeth and other oral tissues. [More]
Survey: Over 30% of parents say their children missed school due to oral health problem

Survey: Over 30% of parents say their children missed school due to oral health problem

This past school year was a painful one for many U.S. students, according to a new survey out today from Delta Dental. The survey finds that more than 30 percent of parents said their children between the ages of six and 12 had to miss school due to an oral health problem. [More]
Calcivis Caries Activity Imaging System meets primary performance endpoint in first clinical study

Calcivis Caries Activity Imaging System meets primary performance endpoint in first clinical study

Calcivis, a medical devices company focused on revolutionising the management of tooth decay and enabling preventive dentistry, today announces headline results from the first clinical study of its Calcivis® Caries Activity Imaging System. [More]
Plaque can be used to predict, identify and treat diseases, say researchers

Plaque can be used to predict, identify and treat diseases, say researchers

Scraped from the gums, teeth and tongue in the form of plaque, the researchers behind Canada's first plaque bank are betting that the bacterial content of plaque will open up a new frontier of medicine. [More]
New research project aims to improve oral health among children

New research project aims to improve oral health among children

A new research project from the University of Copenhagen has established an effective model for the fight against the escalating burden of tooth decay among children in Asia. The model is an important tool in breaking the social inequity in oral health of children. [More]

Researchers developing new mercury-free material to treat tooth decay

Tooth decay is a serious health problem and it is often necessary to repair cavities. Today they often use a composite filling material made of acrylate compounds, as it resembles the colour of the teeth and is reasonably strong so it can handle the rigors of the powerful chewing movements. [More]
New WHO guidelines advise lowering sugar intake

New WHO guidelines advise lowering sugar intake

New World Health Organization guidelines recommend that people reduce their daily free sugar intake to less than 10% of their total calorie intake, with a reduction to 5% representing a further target. [More]
Sugar intake and tooth decay: an interview with Professor Nigel Pitts

Sugar intake and tooth decay: an interview with Professor Nigel Pitts

Globally, dental caries (the technical term for tooth decay) is the most prevalent non-communicable disease, affecting 80% of the global population. Healthy teeth support overall well-being, while dental caries can contribute to high levels of pain and anxiety, as well as leading to other medical problems. [More]
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