Emerging Research

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 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.
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 finds blueberry extract could reduce antibiotic use in treating gum disease
New study finds blueberry extract could reduce antibiotic use in treating gum diseaseBlueberries are a popular snack, but do their benefits go beyond their satisfying taste? Absolutely, says a new study by the American Chemical Society, which found that blueberries could help treat periodontitisand reduce the need to antibiotic therapy.
Many dentists now ask patients about illegal drug useA new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found 77 percent of dentists do. It also found that more than half of dentists (54 percent) believe it is their responsibility to conduct these screenings.
Researchers find no evidence water fluoridation improves or worsens tooth decay and cavitiesResearchers from the Cochrane Oral Health Group, however, did find data suggesting water fluoridation may reduce cavities in children, although they most of the studies were conducted before widespread adoption of preventive measures such as fluoridated toothpaste and sealants.
31% of U.S. parents say kids missed school due to dental problemsA new Delta Dental survey found while absences vary by region, oral care during the summer can help prevent missed school.
Teeth reveal link between iron levels in infant formula, Parkinson's disease
Teeth reveal link between iron levels in infant formula, Parkinson's diseaseResearchers measured iron levels in teeth to study possible links between iron levels in infant formula and neurodegenerative disease.
Dental care linked to risk of respiratory infections in ICU patients
Dental care linked to risk of respiratory infections in ICU patientsPatients with compromised health in the intensive care unit were at a lower risk for respiratory infections if they received proper dental care.