Emerging Research

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.
Study finds children of stressed mothers are more likely to develop cavities
Study finds children of stressed mothers are more likely to develop cavitiesPregnancy is stressful enough without having to worry about a child’s future dental health. But, researchers now say, mothers may need to be thinking about just that.
New test helps law enforcement predict criminal’s age based on teeth samples
New test helps law enforcement predict criminal’s age based on teeth samplesA new test allows police to gather important identifying information about perpetrators from tooth samples.
New study shows smokers are at higher risk of losing teeth
New study shows smokers are at higher risk of losing teethA recent study in Germany examined a group of over 23,000 subjects to explore the relationship between cigarette smoking, smoking cessation and rates of tooth loss.
Is dental anesthesia destroying children’s teeth?
Is dental anesthesia destroying children’s teeth?A recent study found that local anesthetic used in dental procedures may negatively affect the development of children’s teeth.