Hygiene Insider: Benefits of nonfluoride agents in kids remain unclear

Dear Hygiene Insider,

Various nonfluoride substances have shown promise for preventing caries in children's primary teeth. But a new review has found that there isn't sufficient research yet to recommend that any of these substances take the place of fluoride for cavity prevention. Learn more in our Insider Exclusive.

In other Hygiene Community news, in the first study to look at the long-term outcomes of communities served by dental therapists, researchers from the University of Washington have found that children in Alaska Native communities had lower rates of tooth extractions and more preventive care than those in communities not receiving services from these practitioners. Read more here.

Periodontal disease is associated with a 14% increase in cancer risk among older women, according to the results of a new study. This disease also significantly increased the risk of specific cancers, including breast and esophageal ones. Learn more here.

Bacteria and yeast are jointly responsible for early childhood caries, previous research suggests. Now a new study has isolated the surface molecules on yeast that interact with bacteria to form some biofilms, potentially leading to a novel strategy to fight this disease. Read more here.

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