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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 […]


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 […]