Oral Germs May Show Bacterial Resistance To Common Antiseptics

DrBicuspid reported, “Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and other oral germs may show bacterial resistance to antiseptics, including chlorhexidine, according to a review published on October 21 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.” Additionally, “resistance may rise over time.” The authors wrote, “This scoping review may support clinicians and leaders of →

Despite Its Popularity On Social Media, DIY Dentistry Poses Risks

Kaiser Health News  (10/18, Giles) discussed DIY dentistry trends on social media, particularly TikTok, saying that in addition to DIY gem kits, “there are DIY tooth replacement kits and bedazzled grills available online for under $25, and recipes for homemade toothpaste and whitening treatments.” According to the article, “The TikTok →

Poor Periodontal Health Associated With Cognitive Decline, Dementia

HealthDay reports, “Poor periodontal health and tooth loss are associated with increased risks for cognitive decline and dementia, according to a review published online Sept. 8 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.” After conducing “a systematic review of the available longitudinal evidence,” researchers found that poor periodontal health was “associated →

Researchers Find Association Between Gum Disease, Alzheimer’s

Medical News Today reported that “a team of researchers from Tufts University has found a correlation between gum disease through the bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) and Alzheimer’s disease via a mouse study.” According to the article, “Scientists believe their findings may help reduce the progression of both periodontal disease →

The Effects Of The COVID-19 Pandemic On Bruxism

The Academy of General Dentistry said, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists and their patients were in uncharted waters.” Many patients faced social isolation, health worries, and economic concerns. “Patients were also eating more of the wrong things, such as sugary, crunchy foods, or chewing on ice,” said Saul M. Pressner, →

Study: Dental Care Prior To Advanced Heart Surgeries May Be Safe

DrBicuspid (6/7, Busch) reports a new study suggests that “patients who receive dental care prior to advanced cardiac interventions, including heart transplants, may not be at greater risk of death or adverse events.” After conducting “a retrospective chart review” that “included 305 end-stage heart failure patients evaluated by the hospital →

Oral Care Can Help Prevent Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

NBC News  (7/11, Kelman) reports, “Hospital patients not getting their teeth brushed, or not brushing their teeth themselves, is believed to be a leading cause of hundreds of thousands of cases of pneumonia a year in patients who have not been put on a ventilator.” Pneumonia is one of “the →

Most Americans Have Some Type Of Oral Health Problem

AEGIS Dental Network  reported that the second annual national survey from CareQuest Institute for Oral Health found that many Americans “are still not getting the dental care they need and disparities in oral health care persist.” The State of Oral Health Equity in America survey, included “more than 5,000 participants →

Viral “Healthy Coke” TikTok Recipe Poses Oral Health Risks

Insider (6/21, Michelson) reports that TikTok users are mixing balsamic vinegar and seltzer, claiming it’s a “healthy” alternative to Coca-Cola. The concoction, which is trending on TikTok, “may actually have some adverse effects on oral wellness, according to dentists who have researched soft drinks and tooth erosion.” The American Dental Association →