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Dentists Could Screen 20 Million Americans For Chronic Physical Illnesses

Nearly 20 million Americans annually visit a dentist but not a general healthcare provider, according to an NYU study published in the American Journal of Public Health. 



The study, conducted by a nursing-dental research team at NYU, is the first of its kind to determine the proportion of Americans who are seen annually by a dentist but not by a general healthcare provider. 



This finding suggests dentists can play a crucial role as health care practitioners in the…

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Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on December 27, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Bad Teeth And Gums Can Threaten Your Health

Bad teeth can pose more of a health problem to a person than just an aesthetics problem.   More and more studies indicate that the health of the teeth and gums can affect the health of the whole body, and inflamed gums (periodontitis) can especially negatively affect the health of the whole body.   The chronic…

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Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on October 22, 2011 at 9:06am — 4 Comments

Zinc Poisoning Linked to Popular Denture Creams

Reports Suggest Overuse of Fixodent and Older Version of Poligrip May Cause Nerve Damage:

By Daniel J. DeNoon

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Feb. 15, 2011 -- Many cases of mysterious …

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Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on March 26, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Post-Menopausal Women Should Have More Frequent Dental Cleanings

Postmenopausal women have a new health message to hear. Two annual dental checkups aren't enough. Older women need more, according to research findings from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic.  That message comes from a comparison study of women on and off…

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Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on March 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Repair of Periodontal Structures With Growth Factors

It is well known that oral infection progressively destroys periodontal tissues and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. A major goal of periodontal treatment is regeneration of the tissues lost to periodontitis. Unfortunately, most current therapies cannot predictably promote repair of tooth-supporting defects. A variety of regenerative approaches for repair of diseased teeth are currently available which use bone grafts and guided tissue membranes. Unfortunately, around… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on November 13, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Tissue Engineering used Stem Cells to Grow New Periodontal Attachment

A new approach to anchor teeth back in the jaw using stem cells has been developed and successfully tested in the laboratory for the first time by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers in UIC's Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics used stem cells obtained from the periodontal ligament of molars extracted from mice, expanded them in an incubator, and then seeded them on barren rat molars. The stem cell-treated molars were reinserted into the tooth sockets of… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on September 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Key reason "found" for gum and heart disease link

Scientists say they have established one reason why gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease. The link between gum and heart problems has long been recognized, but it is unclear if poor oral health is simply a marker of a person's general well-being. U.K. and Irish experts now say bacteria enter the bloodstream via sore gums and deposit a clot-forming protein. The findings are being presented at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology. Earlier this year a Scottish study of… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on September 9, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Fluoride in Water Prevents Adult Tooth Loss, Study Suggests

The benefits of fluoridated water for the prevention of tooth decay in children have been well-documented for decades. An interesting new study also suggests that use of fluoride as a child is related to a lower incidence of tooth loss in the adult years. In an article appearing in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Matthew Neidell reports a strong relationship between fluoride levels in a resident's county at the time of their birth with tooth loss as an… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on September 2, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Periodontal (Gum) Inflammation Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

NYU dental researchers have found the first long-term evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired. The NYU study offers fresh evidence that gum inflammation may contribute to brain inflammation, neurodegeneration, and Alzheimer's disease. The research team, led by Dr. Angela Kamer, Assistant Professor of Periodontology & Implant… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on August 7, 2010 at 7:48am — No Comments

Exercise can forestall osteoporosis

Science daily 2010-05-08 ----The stage for osteoporosis is set well before menopause -- but exercise can help rewrite the script, according to researchers. They hypothesize that higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone decrease bone mineral density by influencing the production of cytokines.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100426105643.htm

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on June 6, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Nano-Bio-Chip Effective In Pilot Study To Detect Premalignancies In Oral Cancer

Researchers at Rice University, the University of Texas Health Science Centers at Houston and San Antonio and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that gently applying a brush to a lesion on the tongue or cheek can help detect oral cancer with success rates comparable to more invasive techniques, according to preliminary studies. The test that uses Rice's diagnostic nano-bio-chip was found to be 97 percent "sensitive" and 93 percent specific in detecting… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on April 11, 2010 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Hyaloss Matrix - Originated from rooster comb but now produced biochemically

Esterified hyaluronic acid for use as a bone grafting material in periodiontal defects and also to regenerate bone for implant placement and stabilization.

Int.J Periodontics Resorative Dent. 2009; 29:315-323,

produced by Fidia Advanced Biopolymers Srl in Italy, more info at www.Fidiapharma.com.



An interesting concept using a polymer of polysaccaharide which is the principal component of the extra-cellular matrix which is involved in… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on March 7, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

More Braces for Kids Whose Primary Teeth Are Slow to Erupt?

Several genes affect tooth development in the first year of life, according to the findings of a study conducted at Imperial College London, the University of Bristol in the UK and the University of Oulu in Finland. The research, published February 26 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, shows that the teeth of babies with certain genetic variants tend to appear later and that these children have a lower number of teeth by age one. Additionally, those children whose teeth develop… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on February 27, 2010 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

WebDental - Social Network and Community for Dentists and Dental Professionals

I am currently attending the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston. Many of my dental colleagues have expressed disappointment with other dental social networks because members can oftentimes become a bit "unruly" with their comments and blog posts. It is truly exhilarating to be a part of a community that is dedicated to professionalism and integrity as members share and communicate their ideas.

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on January 29, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Henry Schein, Inc. Earmarks $1 Million in Aid for Haiti Earthquake Relief

Hats off to Henry Schein. In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, and its supplier partners have earmarked $1 million in life-saving medical supplies to partner non-governmental… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on January 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Study Claims Mercury in Older Dental Fillings is Unlikely To Be Toxic

A new study on the surface chemistry of silver-colored, mercury-based dental fillings suggests that the surface forms of mercury may be less toxic than previously thought. In the study, Graham George and colleagues note that amalgam (mercury-based) fillings have been used by dentists to repair teeth for well-over a century. In recent… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on December 12, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Be Thankful for Healthy Teeth!

On the eve of Thanksgiving, all dental professionals should be thankful for having the opportunity to "make a difference" and enhance the quality of life for our dental patients on a daily basis. And, our patients should be equally thankful for the healthy teeth that allows them to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal! Congratulations to all of you. Wishing you a very happy and healthy… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on November 25, 2009 at 8:42pm — 1 Comment

Cavity Fighting Candy - Trick or Treat?

Oral biologists formulated a mint that fights cavities with an ingredient called Cavistat. Cavistat contains two main components that protect the teeth. First, the amino acid arginine metabolizes certain bacteria, which neutralizes the acid generated by sugars. This raises the pH to help prevent damage to teeth. Cavistat also introduces other chemical compounds that protect against the dissolving of the minerals of the teeth.… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on October 31, 2009 at 8:34am — No Comments

Biologically Active 'Scaffold' May Help Humans Replace Lost Or Missing Bone

Scientist and Professor Meital Zilberman of Tel Aviv University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed a new biologically active "scaffold" made from soluble fibers, which may help humans replace lost or missing bone. The invention, which does not yet have a name, could be used to restore missing bone in a limb lost in an accident, or repair receded jawbones necessary to secure dental implants, says Prof. Zilberman. The scaffold can be shaped so the bone will grow into… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on October 26, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Medicaid: Millions of Children Still Have Untreated Tooth Decay





Low-income kids continue to have difficulty getting proper dental care through Medicaid according to the Government Accountability Office. Some of you may remember the tragic case of a twelve year old boy who died in 2007 because of a brain infection which originated from an untreated dental abscess. Investigators determined that many people, including children, simply do not take advantage of the… Continue

Added by Giovanni Castellucci, DMD on October 10, 2009 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

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