Emerging Research

Mouthbreathers at higher risk of tooth decay
Mouthbreathers at higher risk of tooth decayMouthbreathers beware: Annoying your spouse isn’t the only downside of breathing through your mouth while you sleep. A new study has found that people who breathe through their mouth while sleeping are at a higher risk for tooth decay.
New CDC study finds high periodontal disease prevalence in Southern U.S. states
New CDC study finds high periodontal disease prevalence in Southern U.S. statesIn a recent study published by the Journal of Dental Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at 52.79% and 51.10% respectively, New Mexico an d Hawaii have the United States’ highest prevalence of periodontal disease.
Scientists map mouth microbes to pinpoint oral disease origin
Scientists map mouth microbes to pinpoint oral disease originBacteria are a well-known cause of oral disease and infection, but new research is examining the relationship between different bacteria in the mouth to see how they interact and, ultimately, tell researchers how bacteria combine to affect overall health.
New research discovers way to eliminate needles for dental anesthetic
New research discovers way to eliminate needles for dental anestheticA new study from the University of São Paulo found that there might be no need for needles when administering anesthetic for dental procedures.
Composite restorations of the future may be made of glass
Composite restorations of the future may be made of glassA few years from now millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat.
Study finds link between periodontal disease and increased risk of breast cancer
Study finds link between periodontal disease and increased risk of breast cancerPeriodontal disease has been linked to a host of medical problems, but now researchers say there’s another risk to be added to the list: breast cancer. Recent research discovered that postmenopausal women with periodontal disease are more likely to develop the cancer than those without the oral health condition.
Squeaky clean: Study finds sound of tooth brushing can affect thoroughness
Squeaky clean: Study finds sound of tooth brushing can affect thoroughnessResearchers in Japan have discovered that how effectively we clean our teeth and how satisfied we are with the brushing job we do depends a lot on the sound of the bristles scrubbing against the enamel.
Study finds increased rate of tooth loss in diabetics
Study finds increased rate of tooth loss in diabeticsThe CDC recently announced that diabetes rates in the United States have dropped for the first time in 25 years – but the news wasn’t so positive for dental health. Although diabetes rates are dropping, diabetics are still twice as likely as their non-diabetic counterparts to lose teeth.
Study finds material that could make stronger dental fillings
Study finds material that could make stronger dental fillingsThe search for the perfect material for optimal dental fillings has been ongoing, but now researchers think they may have found the answer. While composite fillings often aren’t strong enough and metal fillings can corrode, a recent study discovered that graphene oxide might make a great alternative to these traditional materials.
No need for dental drills? New study finds tooth decay can be stopped and reversed without drilling
No need for dental drills? New study finds tooth decay can be stopped and reversed without drillingA University of Sydney study has revealed that tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional 'fill and drill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades.