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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
5 ways the oral microbiome influences health and disease
Our mouth is home to the second-largest microbial community in our body known as the oral microbiome. Recently, we've come to better understand that the oral microbiome's influence extends beyond the mouth. Brian Maurer shares five systemic diseases impacted by oral bacteria.
July 11, 2022
Nearly half of dentists experience mental health issues
More than 40% of dentists say they have experienced a mental health issue, including burnout, mood disorders, or serious thoughts of suicide. Too many don't consider taking a break from practicing, according to a study published June 9 in
Healthcare Management Forum
June 9, 2022
Patients' mental health affects their oral health
Individuals with mental health conditions such as depression are linked to poor oral hygiene and other dental problems, strengthening the link between mental and oral health, according to a report released in May from the U.S. nonprofit CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.
May 31, 2022
Preventing perio disease aids positive mental, physical health
Research has shown a link between periodontal disease and physical and mental health. Dr. Samuel Low examines how dental professionals can help treat and prevent this condition that affects nearly 65 million people in the U.S.
August 25, 2021
Week in Review: Dental hacks | Dentures to prevent dementia | Mouth locking device
July 9, 2021
Tooth loss is a risk factor for dementia
Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia, according to a meta-analysis published on July 8 in the
Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
. What's worse, the risk of cognitive decline increases with each lost tooth.
July 7, 2021
Gingivitis tied to increased risk of future depression
European researchers discovered a link between gingivitis and depression in a study published in the June 2021 edition of the
Journal of Psychiatric Research
. Patients with chronic gingivitis had almost double the risk of developing depression as those with healthy gums.
May 19, 2021
Decades-old baby teeth may hold key to cognitive decline
A cache of donated baby teeth -- leftovers from a famous radiation exposure study from the 1950s -- that had been hidden away in an old ammunition bunker at a university until about 20 years ago will now be used to study cognitive decline in older age.
April 26, 2021
COVID-19 made mental health worse for patients with oral pain
People with orofacial pain experienced higher levels of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published recently in
Dental and Medical Problems
April 21, 2021
Sleep apnea treatment may reduce risk of Alzheimer's
Older adults who use positive airway pressure therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a recent study published in
April 13, 2021
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