Emerging Research

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.
Does having more children equal fewer teeth for mothers?
Does having more children equal fewer teeth for mothers? “Jedes kind kostet die mutter einen zahn,” says an old German saying; “every child costs the mother one tooth.” While many people dismiss old wives tales, this is one that has some basis in reality: According to researchers at New York University, the risk of tooth loss and gum disease increases with the number of children a woman bears.
Studies find sunbathing linked to gum disease prevalence
Studies find sunbathing linked to gum disease prevalence While stretching out in the sun this summer has its cancer-causing risks, it can also ensure a healthier smile. Research has found that a healthy dose of sunlight could actually help stave off gum disease and increase gum health.
Man's (un)forgettable dental visit results in bizarre amnesia
Man's (un)forgettable dental visit results in bizarre amnesiaMany people dread going to the dentist, but at least they only have to think about it a few times a year. This is not the case for one British man who, due to a bizarre case of amnesia, wakes up every morning thinking it’s the day of his dental appointment.
Study finds oral bacteria transmission from parent to child increases dental health risks
Study finds oral bacteria transmission from parent to child increases dental health risksA new study is calling on dental teams to alert parents to the oral health risk of sharing spoons with toddlers at mealtimes.