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PET shows unique lung inflammation due to e-cigarettes
Researchers have performed the first positron emission tomography (PET) imaging study in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) users, and the findings point to a unique inflammatory response due to vaping, they suggest.
January 25, 2023
Gum disease may be a risk factor for alopecia
Patients with periodontitis may be at a much greater risk of developing alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease characterized by hair loss, according to a study published on November 17 in the
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
November 22, 2022
Dr. Alvin Danenberg launches new book
Dr. Alvin Danenberg's new book,
Eat as if Your Life Depends on It!
, launched September 9. Danenberg highlights the prevalence of gingivitis and periodontitis in the U.S. and describes the importance of a robust immune system to prevent chronic diseases, including periodontal disease and dental decay.
September 8, 2022
Painkillers for acute pain may cause hurt in the long run
Challenging prior notions about inflammation and pain, researchers discovered a robust inflammatory response that appears to protect against chronic pain rather than contribute to it. The findings suggest suppressing inflammation to treat acute pain may hinder long-term pain relief.
August 10, 2022
Beutner launches autoimmune blistering disease test
KSL Beutner Laboratories (Beutner) has launched a blood test to detect an antigen linked with the autoimmune blistering disease mucous membrane pemphigoid, which often causes painful lesions in the oral cavity.
August 2, 2022
Oral lesions after vaccination may be tied to immune response
Following a surge of reports of oral lesions developing following COVID-19 vaccination, researchers are trying to identify the association and are highlighting the underlying immune mechanisms involved. Their research on the oral side effects of COVID-19 vaccines was published on June 19 in
June 21, 2022
Why the war in Ukraine might make root canals more difficult
The war in Ukraine is being felt worldwide, and the U.S. healthcare system is not immune. Supplies of helium, critical for magnetic resonance imaging machines, and nitrous oxide, important for dentistry, are two healthcare products that have been mired by shortages.
June 15, 2022
Gut bacteria trigger loss of tooth-supporting bone in mice
A recent study challenges the notion that oral microbes solely regulate bone loss in the mouth. The findings show gut bacteria appear to maintain alveolar bone, opening the possibility that interventions aimed at the gut may also support oral health.
April 19, 2022
AADOCR highlights study of COVID-19 salivary immune markers
Salivary levels of inflammatory markers in patients infected with COVID-19 indicate a potential role of saliva in the pathogenesis of the disease, according to an online presentation delivered March 26 at the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) 2022 annual meeting in Atlanta.
March 26, 2022
Periodontal disease and COVID-19: Is there a correlation?
Periodontal disease has recently been identified as a potential risk factor for COVID-19. In this column, Dr. Alvin Danenberg further breaks down the connection between the inflammatory and infectious nature of periodontitis and SARS-CoV-2 infection.
February 9, 2022
Obesity ups gum disease risk by making more bone-wrecking cells
Obesity causes chronic inflammation that increases the growth of bone-destroying cells during periodontitis, according to an animal study published in the
Journal of Dental Research
. The inflammation is linked to heightened bone loss around teeth.
November 18, 2021
My mouth is healthy except ...
Dr. Alvin Danenberg has a robust immune system, regimented dental hygiene program, and enough periodontal expertise to fill a library. So why did he develop root caries? Danenberg explores this question and details his experiment to remineralize the active decay instead of filling it.
November 17, 2021
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