authors concluded that orthodontic appliances may affect gingival health and oral malodor.The increase in oral malodor correlated with increases in probing depth; therefore, in this study, oral malodor was an indicator of gingival health.
Researchers from New York University looked at 361 cases of pancreatic cancer and compared them to 371 matched controls. The researchers controlled for age, race, sex, smoking status, alcohol consumption, BMI, and a history of diabetes.
Research on red wine has honed in on an antioxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol comes from the skin of the grape. Red wine is fermented longer than white wine so it contains more resveratrol.
More than 48,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016. Many people are unaware of their risk for oral cancer. While heavy tobacco and alcohol use are still major risk factors, new evidence indicates that the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is also linked to oral cancer.
What better gift than something to help them have the best smile possible in 2016. We have three great options that anyone is sure to love. Or maybe you have been eyeing that pink Water Flosser. What better time to treat yourself!
Dental caries remains one of the most common chronic diseases affecting both children and adults. Yet it is widely recognized that caries can be prevented, slowed or reversed. Good oral health plays an important role in this and for most people brushing alone is not enough.
Almost every dental professional has heard a 'story' that questions the safety and efficacy of Water Flossing. Regular recommenders, who see great results from Water Flosser users, know these 'stories' are the dental version of 'urban myths.' In this newsletter, we address the science that has 'turned the tide' for the Waterpik® Water Flosser.
Oral cancer is both deadly and debilitating; only about half of those diagnosed make the 5 year survival mark. Historically, the main reason for this is that oral cancer is often painless and not diagnosed until it's later stages.
Periodontal disease and heart disease share some of the same major risk factors namely smoking and diabetes. While this has made it challenging for researchers to determine a causal link between the two diseases, it is well-established that these two conditions are associated with one another; occurring together more frequently than by simple chance
Once considered experimental, today implants are a $1 billion dollar industry and the preferred method for single tooth replacement. Yet while the placement of implants has advanced, best practice for maintaining this investment has not. The data indicates that mucositis occurs in about 50% of sites around implants and peri-implantitis in 12-40% of sites.
Periodontal maintenance patients need to practice optimal self-care to maintain good oral health and prevent further bone breakdown. This can be challenging because many will have areas that are difficult to access and remove biofilm. Anatomically, even the most skilled flosser is not going to be able to get floss to reach much beyond 3 mm or into a furcatio
One of the most challenging aspects of being a dental professional is getting patients to accept and comply with recommended treatment plans including, or perhaps most especially, self-care. It can be baffling and frustrating when patients ignore recommendations or simply fail to act.
Before there was a Dental Hygiene profession, a trip to the dentist consisted mostly of filling cavities and pulling teeth, and who knows what type of anesthetic was available! I've read that 100 years ago, over 50% of all American adults were completely edentulous.
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most baffling, mysterious and complex neurological disorders. It is estimated that one million people in the United States have Parkinson's with 50,000 to 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease requires having two of the four cardinal symptoms.
The new Waterpik® Complete Care combines the proven technology of the Water Flosser with the state-of-the-art Sensonic® Professional Plus Toothbrush for optimal oral heath. A recent study found that patients who used the Complete Care regimen were 70% more effective than a leading sonic toothbrush and 159% than a manual toothbrush in reducing gingival bleeding.
While it can be challenging for patients (and ourselves) to resist some of these sweet treats, the season presents an opportunity to talk about the relationship between sugar and the caries process with our patients. Helping patients recognize white spot lesions as the initial stage in the caries process is important.
If you work with or employee a dental hygienist, it's time to say thank you to this hardworking team member. During a busy day of practice, it's easy to forget the influence that dental hygienists have in your practice.
I confess, I used the subject line 50 Shades of Floss just to get your attention. The book of a similar name has captivated the imagination of many. Yet on a daily basis, flossing or more aptly the lack thereof, is the attention grabber. Yes, flossing can be effective, but most people don't like to do it, and in many cases, even those that do are not able to use it at a high enough level to secure a health benefit. For those individuals, it may be time to close the book and set floss free. Join me!
Tradeshow anticipation sets in any time a meeting rolls around. I plan for this event from appropriate walking shoes to the roller bag I lug from booth to booth. Conventions are a chance to be fully immersed in the dental industry with the resources you need right at your fingertips.