Vaping and oral health: It’s worse than you think

The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) represents a significant and increasing proportion of tobacco consumption, posing a tremendous threat to oral health. This article will look at the following aspects of e-cigarettes: Overview of e-cigarette usage Statistics on the current prevalence of e-cigarettes Three chemicals contained in e-cigarettes and their effects →

Study Shows Benefits Of Fluoride Varnish

Science Daily reports, “Fluoride varnish effectively helps in the remineralization of the tooth surface and prevents the development and progression of caries” according to a study published by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. In the study, “a total of 5,002 children were treated with fluoride varnish” →

Images Of Decaying Teeth May Deter Sugary Drink Sales, Survey Finds

The Guardian reported that a new study has found “graphic health warnings like those on cigarette packets, showing rows of rotten teeth on cans of cola and other sugary drinks, could deter some young adults from buying them.” Prof. Anna Peeters from Australia’s Deakin University and colleagues surveyed nearly 1,000 people →

Oral Cancer Survivors Share How Dental Visits Saved Their Lives

In an article for Dentistry IQ, Amber Young writes that at age 35 “my dentist saved my life,” explaining how having her dental team offer “a panoramic x-ray and an oral cancer screening” led to being diagnosed with clear cell odontogenic carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. “I would not →

Signs Of Increased Heart Disease Risk May Include Poor Oral Health

CNN  hosts an article from The Conversation that includes poor oral health among several signs a person may have an increased risk of heart disease. The article notes research suggests periodontitis and tooth loss are associated with heart disease, and says other signs may include creased earlobes; fatty bumps, known →

People With Diabetes Visit Dentist Less Often, Study Finds

In a news release on its website, New York University states that a new study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine found “adults with diabetes are less likely to visit the dentist than people with prediabetes or without diabetes.” →

Reducing post-op complications after cancer surgery

Improving patients’ oral hygiene is an option for preventing postoperative pneumonia that may be caused by aspiration of oral secretions. Whether preoperative oral care by a dentist can decrease postoperative complications remains controversial. A retrospective study was undertaken to assess the association between preoperative oral care and postoperative complications among →

Are fruit-flavored teas and flavored water OK for your teeth?

Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavored water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savoring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The →