Study shows 21.3% rate of untreated caries in US adults

The rate of untreated caries was 21.3% among US adults, researchers reported in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The study assessed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2017 to 2020, ADA News reported. “There is a substantial unmet health care need in the U.S. →

More Than 10% Of US Adults Have Diabetes, CDC Report Says

Healio reports on the CDC’s 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, which says “approximately 34.1 million U.S. adults – more than 1 in 10 – have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and 7.3 million of those adults who met laboratory criteria were unaware or did not report having the disease.” →

Patients With MS At Increased Risk For Periodontal Disease, Caries

DrBicuspid  reports, “Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are at greater risk of developing periodontal disease and caries due to difficulties they may have performing oral care and accessing a dentist, according to a clinical paper  published in the British Dental Journal.” Given “the degenerative nature of the disease, clinicians should →

Regenerative Dentistry: A fast and expanding aspect of dentistry

New knowledge on the cellular makeup and growth of teeth can expedite developments in regenerative dentistry — a biological therapy for damaged teeth — as well as the treatment of tooth sensitivity. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institute, is published in Nature Communications. Teeth develop through →

It may not be SEXY, but it’s important

Should you floss? For decades and decades, dentists and dental hygienists have been repeating the mantra about flossing ad nauseam. For sure, some people took that recommendation to heart and developed a flossing habit. GOOD JOB! A year or so ago, a large-scale study was released that compared the three →

What You Should Know About COVID Vaccines

From the CDC  … What You Need to Know COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal. It typically takes two weeks after you are fully vaccinated for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. If you are not →

Healthy Eating Habits May Reduce Risk For Untreated Caries In Adults

The ADA News reports a study published in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association found that “greater compliance with dietary guidelines may reduce the chance of untreated caries in adults.” The study examined “the associations between untreated coronal caries, decayed, missing and filled teeth, and →

Periodontitis Associated With Respiratory Disease Mortality In Older Patients

MDLinx reports that researchers found periodontitis is associated with total respiratory disease mortality in a retrospective cohort study involving “1,385 patients aged 75 years and above who had a radiographic examination in the largest dental hospital in Shanghai, China, between January 2010 and December 2014.” The findings were published in Experimental →

Poor Oral Health May Increase Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

HealthDay reports a new study suggests that people with poor oral health have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. After examining “data from almost 190,000 people in South Korea,” researchers found that “having gum disease was linked to a 9% increase in the risk of diabetes,” and “people →