Early antibiotics linked to risk of childhood health conditions

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that early antibiotic exposure was linked to an increased risk of childhood-onset asthma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obesity, overweight, celiac disease, atopic dermatitis and allergic rhinitis, with the number, type and timing of antibiotic exposure influencing the associations. The findings are based on data involving →

Evidence Does Not Support Classifying Fluoride As Cognitive Neurodevelopmental Hazard, Review Finds

The ADA News reports, “The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced March 5 that it does not find that the National Toxicology Program adequately supported its conclusion that fluoride is ‘presumed’ to be a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.” The academies’ review of the National Toxicology Program’s draft →

Anecdotal Reports Raise Questions About COVID-19’s Oral Health Effects

Some dentists indicate anecdotal reports of tooth loss have surfaced among so-called long-haulers, or people who are still recovering months after having had COVID-19. The problems range from gum sensitivity to tooth discoloration or chipping and even tooth loss. It is unclear at this point whether these issues represent an →

Fluoride’s oral health benefits explained

Tooth enamel undergoes a continuous process of demineralization and remineralization, and tooth decay is a possibility whenever excessive demineralization causes damage to the tooth enamel, a dentist tells PopSugar. That’s why adequate intake of fluoride is important. An ideal source of fluoride is fluoridated water, which lowers tooth decay rates →

Treating Periodontitis In Patients With Diabetes May Reduce Tooth Loss, Microvascular Diseases

HealthDay reported a new study found that “providing nonsurgical periodontal treatment to patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and periodontitis may significantly reduce tooth loss and diabetes-related microvascular diseases via improved glycemic control.” In the study, researchers “built a microsimulation model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of expanding periodontal treatment coverage →

Researchers May Have Discovered Mechanism Connecting Periodontal Disease, Other Inflammatory Conditions

University of Toronto may have found “the mechanism of action” connecting “periodontal disease and certain inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.” The researchers suggest the connection may be “rooted in a hyperactive immune response.” The findings were published in the Journal of Dental Research. The University of Toronto →

Pandemic-Related Stress May Be Affecting Oral Health

Noting that “reports of a huge spike in cracked teeth have received national media attention in recent days,” USA Today (9/11, Shannon) said some dentists say they are seeing signs the coronavirus pandemic may be affecting oral health in additional ways, with some observing that they are treating more patients →