Emerging Research

New discovery could reduce need for dental drilling
New discovery could reduce need for dental drillingThe days of the dreaded dental drill-and-fill as the standard solution for tooth decay may be numbered if a discovery by a Creighton University School of Dentistry professor continues to advance.
Trouble sleeping? The size of your tongue, tonsils could be why
Trouble sleeping? The size of your tongue, tonsils could be whyThe best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed but, instead, while sitting in the dentist’s chair.
New research identifies role of tiny bubbles in tooth cleaning
New research identifies role of tiny bubbles in tooth cleaningResearch into the science behind ultrasonic scalers, used by dental professionals to remove built up plaque, has identified that the formation of tiny bubbles around the head is key to the cleaning process.
Gum disease linked to highly deadly cancer
Gum disease linked to highly deadly cancerIn recent months, gum disease has been linked to increasing number of major health problems — and researchers have now discovered another illness to add to the list.
9 of the scariest medical conditions with links to oral healthThere’s been a lot of buzz about oral systemic health in the news lately, and for good reason: A whole host of new discoveries have pinpointed that poor oral health is linked to some very serious medical conditions — and that treating oral health conditions could potentially serve as a preventative measure.
Poor oral health linked to higher mortality rate in patients with kidney disease
Poor oral health linked to higher mortality rate in patients with kidney diseaseNew findings from the University of Birmingham show that patients with chronic kidney disease patients and periodontitis have a higher mortality rate than those with chronic kidney disease alone.
Study finds oral bacteria linked to risk of stroke
Study finds oral bacteria linked to risk of strokeIn a study of patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, researchers have increased their understanding of an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans).
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.