Top News: #DentalHealth

Here are the top read news for #DentalHealth:

thinkstockphotos-479610598Why some dental implants work and others don’t: Two commonly-used drugs affect implant integration – one helps, the other hinders:

Each year, about 500,000 North Americans get dental implants. If you are one of them, and are preparing to have an implant, it might be a good idea to start taking beta blockers, medication that controls high blood pressure, for a while. And to stop taking heartburn pills: Read more


yu-john_yin-lei-1Dental fillings raise levels of mercury in the body, UGA study says:

Dental amalgam has been the go-to dental filling material for more than 150 years, because it’s affordable and durable. However, about half of the compound contains mercury, a heavy metal known to be toxic at high levels, causing brain, heart, kidney, lung and immune system damage. New research suggests that methyl mercury may cause damage even at low levels: Read more


istock-24903144-largeWhat parents need to know about dental sealants for kids:

Sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities in school-age children, according to a new CDC Vital Signs Report. Dental sealants are protective coatings painted onto the teeth that help keep bacteria out of the nooks and crannies where tooth decay can occur. The findings also show many children are missing out. About 60 percent of children ages 6 to 11 don’t get dental sealants, and kids who don’t have them get almost three times as many cavities: Read more


tooth-1015409_640California: Mycobacterium outbreak linked to pulpotomies increases to 22:

The children received a pulpotomy, a dental procedure during which the infected pulp tissue of a tooth is treated/removed. All 22 have been hospitalized at some point and 6 of the 22 are currently in the hospital. The age range is 3 to 9 for all cases. The children have presented with slowly progressive oral cellulitis consistent with M. abscessus infection.Initial testing indicates that the facility’s on-site water system was the apparent source of infection. This water system is no longer being used for patient care and the facility is no longer performing pulpotomies: Read more



nw_oralhealth1_300xTeeth Matter: Dental Health in the Elderly:

The majority of elderly residents residing in assisted living and long-term care facilities need assistance with oral care and hygiene, yet findings of this study showed that providing adequate oral hygiene is challenging. Improvement in the oral health of elderly residents in assisted living and long-term care facilities requires the efforts of all caregivers, administrators, and oral health professionals: Read more