Making Cavity-Causing Bacteria Self-Destruct

Bacteria that eat sugar and release cavity-causing acid onto teeth may soon be made dramatically more vulnerable to their own acid. Researchers have identified key genes and proteins that, if interfered with, can take away the ability of a key bacterial species to thrive as its acidic waste builds up in the mouth. The ability […]

Kentucky’s Low-Income Residents Lack Dental Insurance, Dental Care, NYT Reports

Kentucky is “among the worst states nationally in the proportion of low-income residents served by free or subsidized dental clinics, and less than a fourth of the state’s dentists regularly take Medicaid, according to 2005 federal data,” the New York Times reports in a look at dental health among state residents. Kentucky has the highest […]

Patients, Dentists Differ On Smile Ratings, JADA Study

People rate their smiles higher than dentists do, according to a new study. Teeth and eyes rated as the most important features of an attractive face, the study also found, and people younger than age 50 were most satisfied with their smiles. The study, published in this month’s Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), […]

GP And Dentists’ Leaders Express Concern Over Tax Changes, UK

The British Medical Association (BMA) and the British Dental Association (BDA) have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer expressing concern at the way changes to Capital Gains Tax could impact on GPs and GDPs (General Dental Practitioners). The joint letter, from Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of BMA Council, and Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of […]

AFP Imaging Begins Deliveries Of Its New Model Three Dimensional X-Ray Scanner For Dentists

AFP Imaging Corporation (AFPC.OB) announced that it has begun the delivery and installation of the new model “VG” (vertical generation) Cone Beam CT x-ray scanners (“CBCT”) to dentists in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Company recently received regulatory clearance from the FDA, Health Canada and the CE agencies for this new model. It […]

Outstanding Contributions To Dentistry Honoured, UK

The Chipping Manor Dental Practice from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, was last night named as the first winner of the British Dental Association (BDA) Good Practice Scheme Practice-of-the-Year Award. The award, open to all members of the BDA Good Practice Scheme, recognises outstanding commitment to patient care by the whole dental team. The winning 23-strong team is […]

Outstanding Contributions To Dentistry Honoured, UK

The Chipping Manor Dental Practice from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, was last night named as the first winner of the British Dental Association (BDA) Good Practice Scheme Practice-of-the-Year Award. The award, open to all members of the BDA Good Practice Scheme, recognises outstanding commitment to patient care by the whole dental team. The winning 23-strong team is […]

Infection Outbreaks On Teeth Can Cause ‘Alopecia Areata’ Or Localized Hair Loss

There is a close relationship between infection outbreaks on teeth and the presence of alopecia areata or localized alopecia, a type of hair loss which has an unknown origin. Alopecia areata starts with bald patches on the scalp, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. The disease occurs in males and females of all ages, and […]

Preventing Periodontal Diseases Can Positively Impact Health Care Expenses, Study Suggests

A new study in the November issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) found that prevention of periodontal diseases may lead to savings on not only dental costs, but also medical care costs. Periodontal, or gum diseases have been linked to systemic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems. The study, conducted in […]

PCTs Set To Claw Back Millions Of Pounds From Decaying NHS Dental Contracts, UK

Alarming new statistics uncovered by leading private dental plan administrator DPAS reveal that almost half (48 percent) of NHS dentists in the UK face financial penalties which could amount to over £100 million. The research was conducted under the Freedom of Information Act by DPAS chairman Quentin Skinner. It is the first of its kind […]