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“Silent Airway Connection” Conference to Focus on Multidisciplinary Approach for Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric and Adult Breathing and Sleep Disorders

AAPMD will bring together leading medical, dental and research experts at its 2014 conference “The Silent Airway Connection,” April 25-27 in Chicago at the Westin North Shore.

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Gene Expression Signature Reveals New Way to Classify Gum Disease

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Researchers have devised a new system for classifying periodontal disease based on the genetic signature of affected tissue, rather than on clinical signs and symptoms. The new classification system, the first of its kind, may allow for earlier detection and more individualized treatment of severe periodontitis, before loss of teeth and supportive bone occurs. The findings were published recently in the online edition of the Journal of Dental Research.

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Microorganism Shows Promise in Inhibiting Thrush

Scientists at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have discovered how the beneficial fungal yeast, Pichia, holds at bay a harmful fungal yeast, Candida. The hope for this finding is that components in Pichia could one day become therapeutic agents to stave off thrush.

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Genetic Techniques Have Role in Future of Dental Care

A visit to the dentist could one day require a detailed look at how genes in a patient's body are being switched on or off, as well as examining their pearly whites, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide.

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A New Procedure Opens Up New World for People Who Have Trouble Swallowing Food

A new minimally-invasive procedure called Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) will help people with "jackhammer esophagus," a condition that occurs when they esophagus doesn't open properly making it difficult to impossible to swallow food. It also makes the patient feel like he or she is having a heart attack 24/7.

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Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery to Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.

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Byproducts From Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease Incite Deadly Oral Cancer Growth

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi’s sarcoma-related (KS) lesions and tumors in the mouth.

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Cavities Are Contagious!

Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease.

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Children Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke at Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

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Study Finds that Providing Dental Insurance Isn’t Enough to Induce Americans to Seek Care

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Providing people with dental insurance does not necessarily mean that they will use it and seek dental care, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

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