25Jul, 2016

Pregnant Women Likely to Have Gingivitis

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Women who are pregnant are likely to have moderate to severe gingivitis and may need regular care to maintain their oral health and avoid adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. The study also found that gingivitis is relatively stable in the late first and second trimesters. Maternal age and study site were significant factors in gingival bleeding during the first 2 trimesters, but pregnancy stage and ethnicity were not, debunking common assumptions. “Conventional wisdom indicates that gingival inflammation increases progressively […]
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18Jul, 2016

Study: Gum disease may increase lung cancer risk

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Chinese researchers have found that individuals with periodontal disease might be at an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The report, published ahead-of-print in the Journal of Periodontology, found that individuals with periodontal disease have a 1.24-fold increased risk of developing lung cancer. In the report, titled “Periodontal Disease and Incident Lung Cancer Risk: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies,” the authors assess the findings of five cohort studies that evaluated 321,420 participants.  The analysis notes an increased risk even after adjusting for participants’ alcohol consumption and smoking habits, both of […]
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12Jul, 2016

Children acquire cariogenic bacteria from inside and outside the family

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BOSTON, USA: Previous studies have shown that children acquire cariogenic pathogens, like Streptococcus mutans, mainly from their mothers through interpersonal contact, such as the sharing of cutlery or kissing each other on the lips. However, new research has now suggested that intra- and extra-familial sources other than maternal also play a part in the transmission of S. mutans, the primary bacterium associated with dental caries. S. mutans is considered to be transferred between humans. Children typically have more than one strain of the pathogen and share at least one of these strains with […]
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7Jul, 2016

What to do if and when a tooth gets knocked out

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Knocked-Out Teeth More than five million teeth are knocked out every year in children and adults. With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can be successfully replanted and last for years. Review, remember and share these steps to saving a knocked-out tooth. Your knowledge and quick action will likely increase the likelihood of saving the tooth! If this has happened to you, see an endodontist or nearest available dentist within 30 minutes of the injury! Steps to saving a knocked-out tooth: 1. Pick up […]
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