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Blueberry Extract Could Help Fight Gum Disease and Reduce Antibiotic Use

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Scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation.

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New Study Ties Tooth Wear in Fossils to Diet, Validating Decades of Research

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A team of researchers has validated data and found a new model for paleontologists to use to track the diet of our ancient ancestors and animals by analyzing the wear on their teeth. Dental wear is among the top techniques scientists use to reconstruct and analyze dietary patterns of human ancestors and animals. Researchers recently questioned the validity of tooth-wear analysis, however, stating that environmental elements such as grit on food was likely responsible for wear. This challenge has led paleontologists to question decades of results. This study validates the use of tooth wear for understanding diet of fossil animals.

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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.