Trauma Affects the Immune System & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, May 14th, 2010

Trauma Leaves Its Mark on Immune System (New Scientist) Traumatic experiences can scar for life, both mentally and physically. Now it seems they even leave chemical marks on DNA – in areas responsible for immune functions and memory. The result could help explain why people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including some soldiers and victims […]

Potential Link Between Gum Disease & Preterm Birth

Posted on Friday, May 7th, 2010

Earlier this year, we pointed you towards a study of a potential link between oral bacteria and stillbirth, where gingival bleeding (bleeding gums) introduced pathogenic microbes through blood circulation and ultimately to the fetus, via the placenta. New research published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests a similar link between periodontal disease and preterm birth, […]

Why It’s So Hard to Tell Which Tooth Aches & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010

Why It’s So Hard to Tell Which Tooth Has the Ache (Wired) When it comes to a toothache, the brain doesn’t discriminate. A new imaging study shows that to the brain, a painful upper tooth feels a lot like a painful lower tooth. The results, which will be published in the journal Pain, help explain […]

Flossing Teeth May Help Your Memory & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2010

Flossing Your Teeth May Also Improve Your Memory (WABC-TV) “Researchers looked at a group of men and women over age 60 and what they found was that those who scored lowest on tests of math and memory had been exposed to greater amounts of bacteria that are known to cause gum disease. And in fact […]

How a Microbe Preserves Itself to Promote Gum Disease

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010

A scientific discovery at the University of Louisville uncovers a new mechanism how P. gingivalis, a bacteria responsible for periodontal disease, sabotages the immune system and promotes inflammation for its own survival.   PGGP   The finding of U of L School of Dentistry researcher George Hajishengallis and his team appears in the Feb. 16 […]

Repairing Gums, Preventing Cancer & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010

New Technology Aims to Repair the After-Effects of Gum Disease (Medical News Today) Advances in tissue engineering are offering the promise of being able to restore lost bone and gum tissue following periodontal disease. About a third of the population are affected by chronic inflammatory gum disease which can result in loss of the bone […]

Just Brushing Your Teeth Isn’t Enough

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2010

It’s a common refrain: brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day. But did you know that you can brush regularly yet still be at risk of cavities and gum disease? Consider a study recently published in the Swedish Dental Journal. The study examined 500 randomly selected adolescents from Västra Götaland (Fyrbodal […]

Diabetes Risk with Gum Disease, Bone Loss with Implants & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2010

Study Finds Over 90% of People with Gum Disease Are at Risk for Diabetes (PhysOrg) The study, led by Dr. Shiela Strauss, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, examined data from 2,923 adult participants in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition […]

Adults’ Smoking Rots Kids’ Gums, Too

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010

Last month, we told you about a study linking childhood caries (cavities) to exposure to secondhand smoke. Now a new study to be published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology shows that it may not be just the health of kids’ teeth that’s at risk but that of their gums, as well. Similar to the […]

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