Bacteria Not the Only Culprit Behind Tooth Decay in Children

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have found that yeast plays a role in a common form of serious tooth decay in toddlers. The yeast, known as Candida albicans, contributes to tooth decay when it combines with the enzyme GftB. GftB is a byproduct of the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, or S. mutans.

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Marijuana Use Raises Risk of Gum Disease

Columbia University Medical Center researchers show in a new study that the recreational use of marijuana and other cannabis-related drugs can increase the risk of gum disease.

Gum disease occurs when bacterial infections develop below the gum line. As a response, the body’s immune system causes the affected gum tissue to become inflamed. The inflammation aims to kill off the bacteria behind the infection. Inflammation is painful and causes the gums to become red and tender. Many patients with gum disease also develop swelling and bleeding as an effect of inflammation.

If left untreated, gum disease can develop into serious health issues, like cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and low birth weight in babies.

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Toothbrushing Goes High Tech

A fully automated toothbrush called the Amabrush promises to thoroughly clean teeth in 10 seconds.

Dental Goes Digital

The Amabrush is a hands-free toothbrush created in 2015 by entrepreneurs from Austria, Germany and the United States.

Amabrush developers claim that despite its 10-second cleaning capabilities, the cleaning provided by the Amabrush is more thorough than a cleaning provided by a manual toothbrush.

Manufacturers of the Amabrush say this is because their device can clean all the surfaces of all teeth simultaneously, unlike a manual toothbrush.

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Checking for Peri-Implantitis With Chewing Gum

Dentists may be adding an unusual new tool to their treatment plans: chewing gum.

Researchers at the Julius-Maximilians-Universitat (JMU) Wurzburg in Bavaria, Germany, have developed a unique chewing gum designed to detect inflammation in the mouth.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Increase Pregnancy Complications, Dental Orthotics Can Help

Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to complications in pregnancy, according to a new study by researchers at Brown University.

The study of more than 1.5 million pregnancies found that pregnant women with OSA often experienced complications, had a 174 percent greater risk of being admitted into intensive care, and on average spent more time in the hospital than women without the condition.

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