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    The top 10 dental discoveries of 2017

    Dental research came a long way this year, and some studies stood out above the rest.

     

    Dentures

    Can ill-fitting dentures increase your oral cancer risk?

    About 25 percent of adults age 60 and older no longer have any natural teeth, according to the CDC. As a result, the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) estimates that 15 percent of the edentulous population has dentures made each year.

    While dentures can serve practical and esthetic purposes, they also come with some risks. In 2015, researchers in Japan found that elderly patients who wore dentures while sleeping had a higher risk of developing pneumonia than those who removed their dentures before bed. The researchers also discovered that patients who slept with their dentures were more likely to have gum inflammation, tongue and/or denture plaque and other oral health issues.

    Now, researchers in India have determined that dentures may also be associated with an additional health risk.

    Click here to read the full study.

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    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.

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