Study: Lidocaine May Kill Head, Neck Cancer Cells

DrBicuspid reports, “Lidocaine (the most common local anesthetic used for dental procedures) triggers specific bitter taste receptors in the mouth that may ultimately lead to the death of head and neck cancer (HNC) cells, according to a preclinical study recently published in Cell Reports.” The “increased expression of these bitter …

Researchers Examining New Treatment For Advanced Tooth Decay

Newsweek reports that “scientists are examining a new treatment for advanced tooth decay.” In a new study, researchers “found that molecules called resolvins regenerate tissue when applied to dental pulp.” The body naturally produces “Resolvin E1 (RvE1) and other resolvins,” and “the study found that when RvE1 was applied to different …

New Device Detects Early Biomarkers Associated With Oral, Throat Cancer

DentistryIQ reports, “A new early-stage oral cancer detection test for dental professionals could offer ‘unprecedented level of actionable insight into their patients’ health,’” according to Viome Life Sciences, the company launching it. The Oral Health Pro with CancerDetect is “a device that, according to a company press release , uses proprietary RNA …

Diagnostic Potential Of Smartphones Remains A Work In Progress, Experts Say

KHN  reports smartphones “are being repurposed and commercialized for quick access to information needed for monitoring patient health,” but their use “as diagnostic tools remains a work in progress.” While “doctors and their patients have found some real-world success in deploying the phone as a medical device, the overall potential …

Researchers Say Alcohol Warning Labels Do Not Adequately Inform Consumers About Cancer Risk

The Washington Post  (Blakemore) reports alcohol warning labels “haven’t been updated since the late 1980s,” and “now, researchers say they don’t adequately advertise alcohol consumption’s biggest potential health consequence: cancer, including breast cancer.” In a perspective piece  published in “the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers warn that the labels …

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 …