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Mental health symptoms linked to risk of oral diseases
Providers may expect higher levels of oral disease among patients with adverse mental health conditions.
March 30, 2023
Diabetes, tooth loss worsen cognitive decline
People who have both diabetes and tooth loss are at risk of a worse and faster cognitive decline as they age, according to a study published on March 12 in the
Journal of Dental Research
March 14, 2023
Are oral health and brain health connected?
Early treatment of poor oral health may lead to significant brain health benefits, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2023.
February 1, 2023
Common oral bacteria tied to brain microbleeds, stroke risk
Higher numbers of deep and lobar cerebral microbleeds were found in stroke patients who had
) that were positive for the collagen-binding protein Cnm in their mouths. The study was published on January 27 in the
European Journal of Neurology.
January 30, 2023
Study to explore cannabis-altered oral bacteria and brain
Researchers from universities in South Carolina and North Carolina were awarded $3.7 million to explore further alterations that cannabis smoking makes to the community of microorganisms in the mouth and how those changes affect the brain.
January 16, 2023
Occlusion linked to brain activity in new study
Researchers have identified the relationship between occlusion and brain activity in a study published recently in the
Saudi Dental Journal
. Their review of 12 studies indicates that changes in occlusion can affect a part of the brain that controls movements.
September 27, 2022
What you need to know about dental teams and mental health
The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as increasing rates of anxiety and depression, have deeply affected oral healthcare professionals. Recently, representatives from the ADA, the American Dental Hygienists' Association, and guest experts in mental health discussed the challenges and what can be done to manage the health and well-being of dental teams.
September 26, 2022
Large review links poor gum health to cognitive decline
Poor periodontal health negatively impacts cognition, according to a noteworthy review that was published on September 9 in the
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
that analyzed existing evidence concerning the effect of poor periodontal health on cognitive decline and dementia.
September 8, 2022
Dental abscess germ causes rare carotid artery aneurysm
A 53-year-old woman was treated for a rare mycotic internal carotid artery aneurysm that developed when a dental abscess-linked germ infected the artery, according to a case report published in the
Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations, and Techniques
August 15, 2022
Dentists call to action: Understanding mental health
From reimbursement concerns to challenging patients, dental professionals face a multitude of stressors in their daily work. When these stressors are accompanied by perfectionism and prioritizing patients above all else, it can lead to burnout and mental health disorders.
August 2, 2022
Hygienists' mental health worse than dentists during COVID-19
In the first known U.S. survey to analyze the long-term mental health of dental professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists and hygienists frequently reported poor mental health during peaks of COVID-19 transmission. However, hygienists had higher rates of anxiety and depression.
August 1, 2022
Another study links periodontitis to Alzheimer's disease
Yet another study has linked periodontal and Alzheimer's disease. The bacteria behind periodontal disease may also contribute to the development of Alzheimer's, according to a review published on July 21 in the
Journal of Dental Sciences
July 31, 2022
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