Emerging Research

Study finds poor dental health of professional athletes affects performance
Study finds poor dental health of professional athletes affects performancePulled muscles, concussions and other bumps and bruises are all injuries that come with the territory of being a professional athlete and can negatively affect athletic performance. However, in addition to these common problems, new research suggests that dental health can also play a crucial role in athletic success.
Aerospace engineer develops innovative new dental composite
Aerospace engineer develops innovative new dental compositeA University of Missouri engineer who has developed a “flowable” dental composite that can be injected in a cavity and hardened through a high-intensity light, recently received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to produce this product on a commercial scale.
Study finds secondhand smoke exposure linked to increased dental decay in children
Study finds secondhand smoke exposure linked to increased dental decay in childrenIt’s a no brainer that smoking is bad for your health, and the health of those subjected to your secondhand smoke. Now, researchers say that secondhand smoke can have even more detrimental effects than previously believed – on the dental health of children.
Researchers developing ‘Trojan horse' to combat oral fungus
Researchers developing ‘Trojan horse' to combat oral fungusThe Trojan horse ploy worked for the Greeks, and now it’s working for researchers, too. A team from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is employing the age-old strategy to combat a common oral fungus – and it appears they will win the battle.
Will humans soon be able to regrow teeth? New research gets one step closer to making it happen.
Will humans soon be able to regrow teeth? New research gets one step closer to making it happen.Knock an adult tooth out, and you’re out of luck: Humans only get two sets of teeth that have to last for an entire lifetime. Not true for one type of fish, that can constantly regrow teeth to replace missing ones – a fish that researchers hope holds the secret to tooth regeneration in humans.
Study finds nanodiamonds might prevent tooth loss after root canals
Study finds nanodiamonds might prevent tooth loss after root canalsPeople undergoing root canals may have gained a powerful, if tiny, new ally. Researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have found that using nanodiamonds to fortify a material used in the procedure could significantly improve outcomes for patients.
Can xylitol reduce the risk of caries in patients with orthodontic appliances?
Can xylitol reduce the risk of caries in patients with orthodontic appliances?Anyone who’s had a fixed orthodontic appliance knows how frustrating oral hygiene can become. Fixed appliances often make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and plaque, which can accumulate under the appliance. In an attempt to abort development of bacteria, researchers recently examined if daily doses of xylitol could make a difference.
Study finds protein can inhibit bone loss from periodontitis
Study finds protein can inhibit bone loss from periodontitisA new study led by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers demonstrates that a protein called Del-1, can inhibit bone loss associated with periodontitis.
Study finds home care of children crucial after oral sedation
Study finds home care of children crucial after oral sedationA new study could help dentists give caretakers better instructions for caring for children after dental anesthesia.
Is there a link between Alzheimer's and oral health?
Is there a link between Alzheimer's and oral health?The debate about potential links between Alzheimer’s disease and dental infection and treatment has been grabbing headlines recently. Now, two researchers have examined an extensive collection of research and determined a potential correlation between the disease and oral bacteria.