Respiratory Bacteria in Oral Biofilm and Saliva

Oral bacterial biofilm contains an estimated 700 species including oral as well as respiratory pathogens. Medically important pathogens include Enterobacter, Hemophilus and various strains of pneumoniae bacteria. Respiratory pathogens in oral biofilm can be released into the saliva and aspirated into the lungs of hospitalized patients, especially those who have a breathing tube in place.
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Aspirin May Help Form new Bone

More than 110 years later, researchers continue to discover new uses for Aspirin. In an issue of Nature Medicine, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) scientists and grantees report in mouse studies that Aspirin, applied directly to the site of an experimental skull wound, helps bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) form new bone.

Successful Dental Implants For Patients Taking Fosomax, Bonica, Actonel, Etc. (Biphosphonates)

Osteoporosis is a well-known disease that weakens bone and increases the risk of fracture, particularly among postmenopausal women. Biphosphonates, an inhibitor of bone resorption, are widely used as a drug therapy for those with osteoporosis. Prolonged use of biphosphonates, however, can lead to a painful refractory bone exposure in the jaws, known as ”biphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw” (BONJ).
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Importance of Oral Cancer Screening & Early Detection During your Dental Exam & Cleaning

In the United States an estimated 36,450 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity are diagnosed annually. Nearly 7,880 people die of cancer of the oral cavity each year.

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Birth Control Pills Associated with Gum Disease

More Periodontitis with Birth Control Pills
Oral contraceptive use is linked to increased gingival inflammation due to an increase in the concentration of sex hormones in the gingival tissues. Newer formulations of oral contraceptives contain lower levels of hormones, however the number of years taking the drug may influence gingival conditions.
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Have a Fear of Dentists? How Sedation Dentistry can Help

Millions of people avoid the dentist out of fear. This anxiety may stem from a childhood experience, a painful procedure as an adult or even hearing exaggerated horror stories from others. In the past, anxiety and fear prevented too many people from getting the dental care they need. Luckily, today patients can receive necessary treatments in comfort thanks to sedation dentistry.
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Research Shows Periodontal Disease Underestimated

In a National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, a full-mouth, comprehensive periodontal examination was conducted over 450 adults over the age of 35. The implication is that more American adults may suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease than previously thought.
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Prenatal Care For Your Children’s Teeth for Expecting Mothers

By the time I was five years old, all my deciduous molars were decayed and painful. A trip to the dentist provided no pain relief. The dentist told my mother that the cavities were in baby teeth that didn’t need to be repaired. He though he was giving us good news, but the pain remained. When asked to pull the teeth to relieve the pain, he simply shrugged off the idea saying that these teeth didn’t need to be pulled as they would eventually fall out by themselves. To control the pain he said, “That’s simple, just have her chew Aspirgum!” And so the toothaches continued. I cried from the pain, but was given Aspirgum. Of course, Aspirgum contained sugar, providing nutrition to the bacteria causing the problems!

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What are my dental treatment options for broken teeth repair?

The enamel that blankets teeth is one of the body’s most mineralized and hard tissues, but its strength can be challenged by falling, biting down on a hard object or other trauma. Luckily, chipped or broken teeth can be repaired by a variety of techniques and treatments. Your Alexandria dentist can recommend the best treatment for your broken teeth based on your dental history, aesthetic preferences and the degree of the chip or break.

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Green Tea Components Reduce Incidence of the Flue

Laboratory research shows promising outcomes for prevention of influenza with green tea catechins. Catechin binds to the virus preventing adsorption to host cells, thus preventing influenza. Theanine enhances systemic immunity. A small clinical trial showed gargling with green tea catechin extracts prevented flu infection in elderly nursing home patients.

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