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How to Encourage Healthy Dental Habits Away From Home

School is just around the corner, which means backpacks and packed lunches await your children. Kathleen Pace, D.D.S., assistant professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, offers tips for parents to promote healthy dental habits while away from home.

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Teeth Reveal Lifetime Exposures to Metals, Toxins

Is it possible that too much iron in infant formula may potentially increase risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s in adulthood -- and are teeth the window into the past that can help us tell?

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Israeli Researcher: Buyer Beware, Dental Implants Prone to Fracture

An examination of 100 discarded dental implants under a scanning electron microscope found that more than 60 percent of them had cracks and other flaws that made them prone to fracturing. More than 3 million people in the U.S. alone have dental implants.

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Oral Bacterium Possibly Associated with Systemic Disease Found in Alabama Schoolchildren

While not linked in this case, Streptococcus mutans serotype k, has been associated with bacteremia, infective endocarditis and hemorrhagic stroke.

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Researchers Find Ending Medicaid Dental Benefit Costly

A new study finds states gain little when dropping adult dental coverage. Researchers say adults in California made 1,800 more hospital visits annually for dental care after losing the benefit. California spent $2.9 million each year, 68 percent more before eliminating the benefit. Results in the journal Health Affairs.

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Naturally Occurring Amino Acid Could Improve Oral Health

Arginine, a common amino acid found naturally in foods, breaks down dental plaque, which could help millions of people avoid cavities and gum disease, researchers at the University of Michigan and Newcastle University have discovered

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Ongoing Trial May Lead to Better Understanding of Oral Mucositis, a Debilitating Side Effect Affecting Many Cancer Patients

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A Novel Way to Apply Drugs to Dental Plaque

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Therapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.

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Effect of Natural Sweetener Xylitol in Preventing Tooth Decay Still Unproven

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New research from The University of Manchester out today (26 March) concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults.

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“Sugar Papers” Reveal Industry Role in 1970s Dental Program

A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and ‘70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.