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Bone damage from cancer and osteoporosis drug can be predicted by X-rays, study finds

Bone damage from cancer and osteoporosis drug can be predicted by X-rays, study finds

Not many of us will have heard of bisphosphonates, drugs that have been found to cause a rotting of the jawbones.  Bisphosphonates are fortunately not in very many drugs – rather, they tend to be in drugs for the treatment of breast cancer and bone cancer and in drugs given to individuals at risk for […]


Scientists closer to finding out why there′s no smoke without a fire

Scientists closer to finding out why there′s no smoke without a fire

We all know that smoking is bad for your general health, and in recent years, we’ve learnt that it’s especially bad for your oral health. Dentists and scientists have long observed that chronic gum disease (periodontitis) is more common in smokers, but now they’re one step closer to understanding why. A recent study published in […]


Negligible bone loss from dental implant placement, study finds

Negligible bone loss from dental implant placement, study finds

In the five years after the placement of a dental implant – a popular replacement for missing teeth – a patient’s bone tissue changes only minimally, a University of Texas Health Science Center study has found.  The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, followed 192 patients with dental implants over a […]


Don′t let the credit crunch crunch your teeth

Don′t let the credit crunch crunch your teeth

With everyone having to tighten their belts during the recession, dentists are warning patients not to neglect regular check-ups in an attempt to save money. Some families are forgoing dental treatment because of its cost or because they lack insurance. However, neglecting problems in your mouth could lead to infection, which may lead to life-threatening […]


Teeth-grinding largely ignored by dentists, survey finds

Teeth-grinding largely ignored by dentists, survey finds

Around 80% of dentists fail to question their patients about teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism, a survey has found.  Bruxism can lead to headaches, jaw pain and worn-down teeth.  The survey was conducted by NoBrux, a UK provider of dental guards, which cites a dentist in a Mail on Sunday article as saying that bruxism […]


Credit crunch Botox can be bad for your health

Credit crunch Botox can be bad for your health

The credit crunch hasn’t affected Botox sales adversely. In fact, Botox use has shot up. But the dangers of so-called bargain Botox are something to be aware of.  Botox isn’t something you should try to save money on, experts have warned, as complications can impair your speech, make you drool or cause a drop in […]


Extractions are like pulling teeth

Extractions are like pulling teeth

Extractions have become a minefield over the past few years, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has warned, offering advice to dentists on how to improve their teeth-pulling skills.  The DDU has, over the past six years, seen a 22% increase in the number of complaints or claims made regarding extractions.  Complaints include post-operative pain and […]


Bottled water threatens dental health, study finds

Bottled water threatens dental health, study finds

Consumers who choose bottled water over tap water are risking their dental health, a study has found.  Tap water is a valuable source of fluoride, which protects teeth from cavities.  Researchers tested over 100 different brands of bottled water, and found that only 5 met the US-government-recommended range of 0.7-1.2 parts per million (ppm) of […]


FDA delays Botox alternative Reloxin

FDA delays Botox alternative Reloxin

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed approving Botox alternative Reloxin while it discusses labelling and risk mitigation with the manufacturers of the drug, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp and Ipsen SA.  The FDA is expected to delay Reloxin to market until later this year, questioning how the manufacturers plan to track the use of […]


Home whitening kits weaken enamel, study finds

Home whitening kits weaken enamel, study finds

Home bleaching kits affect your tooth enamel strength, an ohio State University study has found.  The researchers applied five brand-name home bleaching treatments to human teeth and found that, in all cases, the whiteners reduced the hardness of the enamel, as well as the ability of the tooth surface to resist force. Both over-the-counter and […]