Emerging Research

Could this drug mean the end of dental fillings?
Could this drug mean the end of dental fillings?A team of researchers at King’s College London have found evidence that tooth pulp can be naturally healed with the help of an Alzheimer’s drug.
Why the beach might be the best place to open a new practice
Why the beach might be the best place to open a new practiceWe take a look at a University of Buffalo study on the effects of scuba diving on oral health.
Having multiple fillings could cause toxic levels of mercury in blood
Having multiple fillings could cause toxic levels of mercury in bloodExtended mercury exposure can be particularly dangerous to a one’s health—and a new study has found that the danger is greatly exacerbated in patients with eight or more dental fillings.
New dental fillings could actually REPAIR tooth decay
New dental fillings could actually REPAIR tooth decayWhile dental amalgam has been the most popular dental filling material for a century and a half, new research is introducing an exciting alternative that could actually help repair teeth damaged by caries.
Recent Cochrane Systemic Review validates that fluoride mouthrinses reduce caries
Recent Cochrane Systemic Review validates that fluoride mouthrinses reduce cariesThe study found that regular use of fluoride can reduce the prevalence of caries.
Common oral bacteria could treat troublesome illness
Common oral bacteria could treat troublesome illnessResearchers have isolated an enzyme from bacteria present in human saliva that has potential as a therapy for a disease that affects three million people in the United States.
Taking selfies while brushing teeth can make for brighter smiles
Taking selfies while brushing teeth can make for brighter smilesRecording smartphone video “selfies” of tooth-brushing can help people learn to improve their oral health care techniques, according to a new study.
Is staying hydrated destroying children's teeth?
Is staying hydrated destroying children's teeth?Hydration is crucial when working out or playing sports—but now, researchers say, hydrating is actually destroying children’s teeth.
Study finds men require less sedative than women during oral surgery
Study finds men require less sedative than women during oral surgeryAn article published in the current issue of the journal Anesthesia Progress found that male patients required a lower dosage of a sedative than female patients during oral surgery.
Gum disease may increase lung cancer risk
Gum disease may increase lung cancer riskChinese researchers have found that individuals with periodontal disease—also known as gum disease—might be at an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The report, published ahead-of-print in the Journal of Periodontology, found that individuals with periodontal disease have a 1.24-fold increased risk of developing lung cancer.