Not everyone fortunate: Arkansas Mission of Mercy 2014

Later this month, we will travel to Springdale, AR to take part in the Arkansas Mission of Mercy. Each year, the Arkansas State Dental Association helps organize this multi-day event in various parts of our state. Thousands of people are given free dental care regardless of ability to pay. Dentists →

Does having dental insurance mean people seek dental care?

Poviding people with dental insurance does not necessarily mean that they will use it and seek dental care, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, published online in theAmerican Journal of Public Health. The research suggests that outreach and education are needed to ensure →

Stopping Wisdom Teeth from Developing? This is fascinating!

The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest that injecting anesthesia into the gums of young children may interrupt the development of the lower wisdom tooth.  “It is intriguing to think that something as routine as local anesthesia could stop wisdom teeth from developing. This is the first study in →

Gum Chewers Beware!

Teenagers are notorious for chewing a lot of gum. The lip smacking, bubble popping, discarded gum stuck to the sole give teachers and parents a headache. Now, Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University-affiliated Meir Medical Center has found that gum-chewing teenagers, and younger children as well, are giving themselves →

Forgotten about your dental health?

It’s hard to believe but we seem to have forgotten about our teeth. We’ve been looking into the costs of America’s famously straight, white smiles. Instead of facts on cosmetic dentistry, we’ve come up with some troubling statistics on rapidly rising trend: emergency room dental visits. It turns out that →

Can being overweight put you at risk for gum disease?

Impacting approximately one-third of the U.S. population, obesity is a significant health concern for Americans. It’s a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer, and now, according to an article published in the January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of →

Danger: Newly discovered bacterium delivers one-two punch to the mouth

The newly discovered bacterium that causes gum disease delivers a one-two punch by also triggering normally protective proteins in the mouth to actually destroy more bone, a University of Michigan study found. Scientists and oral health care providers have known for decades that bacteria are responsible for periodontitis, or gum →

Decoding Migraine Pain

Wielding a joystick and wearing special glasses, pain researcher Alexandre DaSilva rotates and slices apart a large, colorful, 3-D brain floating in space before him. Despite the white lab coat, it appears DaSilva’s playing the world’s most advanced virtual video game. The University of Michigan dentistry professor is actually hoping →

Like cheese? It’s better for your teeth than milk or yogurt

Consuming dairy products is vital to maintaining good overall health, and it’s especially important to bone health. But there has been little research about how dairy products affect oral health in particular. However, according to a new study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal →

New Evidence About Fluoride

In an advance toward solving a 50-year-old mystery, scientists are reporting new evidence on how the fluoride in drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses and other oral care products prevents tooth decay. Karin Jacobs and colleagues explain that despite a half-century of scientific research, controversy still exists over exactly how fluoride →