- Lifestyle Behaviors That Promote Oral Health Also Decrease Risks for Chronic Disease
Adults who adhered to one of four lifestyle factors, including three that promote oral health (not smoking, healthy diet, and BMI under 30), reduced their chronic disease risk by 50%.
- Two Journals Publish Editors' Consensus on Periodontitis and Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
New recommendations intended to increase professional awareness of the association between periodontitis and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and provide guidance on research needed to address unanswered clinical questions.
- New Research Suggests Link Between Obesity and Periodontal Disease
Two preliminary studies highlight a growing body of evidence that periodontal disease may occur more commonly in obese individuals.
- Study Finds Higher Incidence of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in Alendronate Users
USC researchers report that four percent of patients on oral bisphosphonate therapy developed osteonecrosis of the jaw after invasive dental procedures.
- Promising Salivary Protein Biomarkers Identified for Prediction of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Scientists from UCLA identify a panel of five salivary protein biomarkers that predicted the presence of oral squamous cell carcinoma with 93 percent accuracy.
- Clinical Trial Supports Safety of Providing Dental Care to Pregnant Patients
Intervention trial provides evidence for the safety of routine dental care, periodontal therapy, and use of topical and local anesthetics in pregnant women at 13 to 21 weeks' gestation.
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Updates Screening Recommendations for Type 2 Diabetes
Expert panel recommends diabetes screening for asymptomatic adults with sustained high blood pressure (over 135/80 mm Hg).
- ADA Issues Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations on Pit-and-Fissure Sealants
ADA report provides a comprehensive analysis of the best research evidence on pit-and-fissure sealants, plus graded recommendations for use in clinical decision-making.
- Cannabis Smoking Associated with Periodontal Disease, New Study Says
Longitudinal research finds regular marijuana use may be a risk factor for periodontal disease in young adults, independent of tobacco smoking.
- Recent Developments in Salivary Diagnostic Research for Cancer Detection
Scientists use salivary rinse to detect molecular changes associated with head and cancer, and new proteomic research finds 49 salivary proteins that are differentially expressed in breast cancer patients.
- Study Supports Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation for Older Adults
Analysis of dental HMO data found that older adults living in areas with water fluoridation received fewer restorations.
- Potential Salivary Biomarkers Identified for Detecting Primary Sjogren's Syndrome
UCLA scientists identify first panel of candidate genomic biomakers for the potential detection of primary Sjogren's syndrome.
- American Heart Association Issues New Guidelines for Preventing Infective Endocarditis
The AHA recommends antibiotic prophylaxis only for patients at greatest risk of negative outcomes from infective endocarditis, and only if they receive dental procedures that involve mucosal perforation or manipulation of gingival tissues or periapical region of teeth.
- Study Finds No Association Between Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Caries
Evaluation of national health survey data identifies poverty, Mexican American ethnic status, and maternal prenatal smoking as independent risk factors for early childhood caries.
Australian Study Evaluates Nitrous Oxide Safety for Patients Undergoing Major Surgery
International clinical trial suggests that nitrous oxide in major medical surgery may be associated with more adverse side effects, but the study authors caution that the findings are not applicable to dental procedures or other minor surgery.
Cochrane Review Finds Acetaminophen Effective for Pain Relief After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
New systematic review supports 1000 milligrams of acetaminophen as an optimal dose for safe and effective treatment of postoperative pain following third molar surgery.
Systematic Review Finds Home-Use Tooth Whiteners Have Short-Term Effectiveness, But Long-Term Evaluations Still Needed
New systematic evaluation of over-the-counter and dentist-dispensed tooth whiteners for home use found differences in product effectiveness were due to levels of active ingredients.
Study Shows Oral Health Improvements, but Disparities Remain
Some Americans are making more oral health progress than others, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).