New research targets pulp stem cells for tooth repair May 1, 2015 -- While stem cells have been touted for years as a treatment that may revolutionize dental care, much about how they work and how to design treatment strategies is still unknown. Now, researchers from France have isolated the mechanism by which stem cells repair lesions in the teeth, which may lead to new treatment strategies using these cells, according to a published study.
Dental groups applaud fluoride recommendation; opposition remains April 29, 2015 -- Dental and public health groups are applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new recommendation for a single level of fluoride in community water systems. But critics assert the chemical used for fluoridation contains toxins.
School-based sealant programs are not making the grade April 28, 2015 -- Most U.S. states are failing to make significant strides in school-based dental sealant programs, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dentists can help children in their state by urging state legislatures to do more for children in high-need schools.
HHS recommends single level for fluoridation in new report April 27, 2015 -- While still backing the benefits of community water fluoridation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended a new level for water fluoridation that is at the low range of its previous guidance. The move could pave the way for reductions in how much fluoride is being put into community water systems.