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Study finds bacteria more common with certain orthodontic appliances

Study finds bacteria more common with certain orthodontic appliances

We all know that when you have braces, you have to be extra-careful when it comes to cleaning your teeth, because acid-producing bacteria can surround the appliances and cause enamel breakdown and discoloration. Now, a new study has found that the very type of orthodontic appliance in your mouth – brackets, wires or bonding material […]


Botox on a budget: snake venom?

Botox on a budget: snake venom?

    A new product has hit the market, claiming to block the nerve signals that cause wrinkles. The good news: it costs £6 per tube. The not-so-good news: it contains a synthetic form of the poison of an Asian temple viper snake.  Lacura Wrinkle Stop, which will be stocked by Aldi from next week, […]


Study finds oral health benefits in omega-3 fatty acids

Study finds oral health benefits in omega-3 fatty acids

Scientists at Boston University have discovered a new benefit to omega-3 fatty acids – Resolvins, a family of biologically active anti-inflammatories that could help in the war against periodontal (gum) disease.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to help people with inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, but the application of Resolvins […]


Stem cells could transform oral-disease treatment, study finds

Stem cells could transform oral-disease treatment, study finds

Human stem cells, a good source of oral mucosal tissues, could transform the treatment of oral diseases, a Tufts University study has found.  Though little is known about how human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can be developed into the complex oral tissues, such as oral mucosa or skin, once science catches up, hESC could produce […]


Gum disease in pregnant women linked to gestational diabetes

Gum disease in pregnant women linked to gestational diabetes

Pregnant women with periodontal (gum) disease are at a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, regardless of whether they smoke or drink, a New York University (NYU) study has found. Gestational diabetes stops glucose from being transported to the cells during pregnancy. While it usually disappears after pregnancy, it leaves women at a greater risk […]


Tooth decay in children linked to parental stress

Tooth decay in children linked to parental stress

A Ohio State University study has linked parental stress levels with tooth decay in children. The study surveyed parents of young children, both of those with no cavities and of those with so much decay that anaesthesia was required. Parents’ income and education levels and whether they were single or had a partner were also […]


Sports drinks may leave you sprinting towards tooth decay

Sports drinks may leave you sprinting towards tooth decay

Drinking sports drinks exposes you to acid that can cause tooth erosion and hypersensitivity, a New York University (NYU) study has found.  Erosive tooth wear, whereby acids corrode the enamel and penetrate the bonelike material underneath, may be the result of prolonged sports drink consumption. This condition causes the tooth to become soft and weak, […]


Kylie admits to Botox, but for Stevie Nicks, Botox makes people look like “Satan′s children”

Kylie admits to Botox, but for Stevie Nicks, Botox makes people look like “Satan′s children”

Popstar and pin-up Kylie Minogue has admitted to having Botox injections to keep up her youthful appearance.    Speaking to Elle magazine, she said: “I’m definitely not one of those people who says ‘You shouldn’t do this.’ Everyone individually can do what they want. I’m preferring to be a lot more natural these days. I’ve […]


New health watchdog for dentists

New health watchdog for dentists

As of 1 April 2009, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) replaced the Healthcare Commission as the new health and social care regulator in England.    Dentists may soon have to register with the CQC as well as the General Dental Council. All healthcare and social-care providers will conform to a single set of safety and […]


Heart attacks linked to oral bacteria by study

Heart attacks linked to oral bacteria by study

A University of Buffalo (UB) study has shown that while two oral pathogens are linked to increased risk of a heart attack, the total number of bacteria in the mouth is a more important factor for heart health.    The study, which was presented at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) General Session in […]