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First special needs dental care unit opens in Cape Town

A dedicated and specialised paediatric and special needs dental unit has been opened in the Cape – the first in the country – thanks...

Cape teacher in bid to outlaw teen ‘passion gap’ teeth removal

A Western Cape teacher has launched an online petition aimed at halting the extraction of children’s healthy front teeth for the so-called “passion gap”,...

WHO warns of oral health crisis in South Africa

South Africa faces an oral health crisis, says the World Health Organisation, with millions suffering from tooth loss, oral cancer and tooth decay, especially...

Gum infection a risk factor for heart arrhythmia – Japanese study

The gum disease, periodontitis, can cause a number of dental problems, like bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss, but now research suggests it...

SA study shows plant substitute less likely to decay teeth than sugar

Researchers from some of SA’s top dental schools found that teeth immersed in a stevia solution after 24 hours were the least likely to...

Experts call for more water fluoridation to fight tooth decay

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated the low environmental footprint of water fluoridation compared with other preventive measures for tooth decay, saying that...

Wearing dentures may negatively affect nutritional intake – US study

Dentures may have a significant negative impact on a person’s overall nutrition, according to research from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry....

Dentistry: No endocarditis increase with end to antibiotic prophylaxis – Karolinska Institutet

Sweden is one of few countries to have removed the dental health recommendation to give prophylactic antibiotics to people at a higher risk of...

Dental meta-analysis: The best, worst and unproven oral hygiene tools

Beyond brushing with a basic toothbrush, only a handful of self-administered interventions provide additional protection against gingivitis and periodontitis, found a research review into...

Dental workers found to be at increased COVID-19 risk — UK study

UK dental professionals were at heightened occupational risk for COVID-19 infection early in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an observational study yesterday in the...

Patient aggression towards dentists widespread – NYU study

Roughly half of New York dentists surveyed experienced verbal or reputational aggression by patients in the past year, and nearly one in four endured...

Gum disease substantially increases oesophageal and gastric cancer risk — 20-year Harvard analysis

A large Harvard University analysis over 20 years found that poor dental hygiene increases the risk of throat and stomach cancer by up to 43% and...

Elite athletes found to have poor oral health despite regular brushing

Elite athletes have high rates of oral disease despite brushing their teeth more frequently than most people, finds a new University College London (UCL)...

Antibiotics prescribed for dental patients unnecessary 81% of the time

Antibiotics prescribed by dentists as a pre-emptive strike against infection are unnecessary 81% of the time, according to a study. The findings are important...

Cavity-prevention approach effectively reduces decay

A scientifically based approach that includes a tooth-decay risk assessment, aggressive preventive measures and conservative restorations can dramatically reduce decay in US community dental...

US dentists come under scrutiny over their power to stifle competition

The American Dental Association is a political force 'so unified, so relentless and so thoroughly woven into US communities that its clout rivals that of the...

Dental implant nano-coating reduces peri-implantitis risk

Dental implants are a successful form of treatment for patients. But according to a study published in 2005, 5% to 10% of all dental...

Natural dentine restoration may revolutionise dental care

A novel, biological approach to dentine restoration via the mobilisation of resident stem cells in the tooth pulp, has been developed at King's College...

Prostatitis reduced with gum disease tx

Treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation, report researchers from Case Western Reserve University.

General health improved by treating periodontal disease

People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalisations for other medical conditions – type 2 diabetes; coronary artery...