Burning incense linked to changes in oral bacteria
November 6, 2019 -- Burning incense is associated with changes to oral bacteria, including those from the Streptococcus family, according to a recent study from an international team of researchers. The findings suggest that even occasional incense use can alter the composition of the oral cavity.  Discuss
Oral health, diet can affect development of psoriasis
October 30, 2019 -- A patient's oral health and diet can have a significant effect on the development and severity of psoriasis, according to research published recently in Dermatology Online Journal.
Study: Dental specialists prescribe millions of antibiotics
October 17, 2019 -- Dentists and other dental specialists wrote about 9 million antibiotic prescriptions to patients during a three-year period despite growing concerns of antibiotic resistance, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
New research of oral anomalies aids understanding of schizophrenia
October 14, 2019 -- The causes of schizophrenia are not entirely understood, but healthcare practitioners are increasingly intrigued by the links between this complicated condition and human physical and neurological development. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Gary Hack details his team's recent research and offers hope for improving the dental experience for these patients.  Discuss
Failure to sterilize instruments makes 2020 top healthcare hazards list
October 9, 2019 -- Sterile processing errors in medical/dental offices were listed as the third of 10 top healthcare technology hazards for 2020 in an October 7 release by the ECRI Institute.
Study links missing teeth to cardiovascular disease
October 3, 2019 -- Americans with no teeth were significantly more likely to also have cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality in the U.S., than individuals who did not have any missing teeth, according to research presented on October 2 at the American College of Cardiology Middle East Conference 2019.  Discuss
OSAP releases material for infection control awareness month
September 3, 2019 -- September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month. To mark the occasion, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) will be releasing free materials throughout the month.
Does presurgery oral care improve heart surgery outcomes?
August 29, 2019 -- It is unclear whether receiving dental treatment before cardiac valve surgery improves patient outcomes, according to a systematic review recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Surgery patients get oral hygiene kits to reduce pneumonia risk
August 28, 2019 -- In hopes of reducing the number of patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia, insurance company Aetna is sending oral hygiene care packages to certain patients before surgery. The company's chief dental officer highlighted the program's impact during a media presentation on August 26.  Discuss
Perio treatment mix helps lower glucose levels
August 8, 2019 -- It can be difficult to find an effective treatment regimen to help patients with both chronic periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Researchers conducted a review and found that a combination of three treatments, including scaling and root planing, was most effective in reducing blood glucose levels.  Discuss