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    Study: Some Kids at High Risk for Tooth Decay Regardless of Lifestyle

    New research published in the journal EBioMedicine reports that some children may have a higher risk than others for developing caries, also known as tooth decay or cavity, because they carry particularly severe and destructive variants of the Streptococcus mutans bacterium that is responsible for decay. The research team from Umea University in Sweden conducted a five-year study that monitored the oral health and saliva from a large number of children.  These children were much more likely to develop decay regardless of their lifestyle in regards to diet and oral hygiene. These variants are particularly concerning because of their unique adhesive capabilities that help them survive longer than normal, even against the antibacterial properties of saliva. Of the study sample, one in five children were high risk and did not respond to traditional preventative or treatment methods for tooth decay.  Childhood Caries a Common Chronic Disease Worldwide The American Dental Association defines...
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    New Study Links Aspirin to Reduction of Dental Decay

    shutterstock_149625803Recently released research from Queen’s University in Belfast shows that aspirin can help stimulate stem cells in teeth, which could enhance tooth regeneration. Aspirin is primarily used as a painkiller due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Its popularity is in large part due to its easy availability and affordability. If further research proves it to be helpful in preventing or reversing tooth decay, these factors could help those who typically struggle to afford or gain access to preventative care.   First, researchers analyzed data and determined that aspirin could possibly help induce the gene signature required to create new dentine. Then, they used aspirin to treat stem cells in a petri dish. They concluded that there was genetic and material evidence to support their hypothesis. The next step in their research will be to find a way to apply it to the tooth so that it can be slowly released over time....
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    The Inside Scoop on Why Saliva Matters

    mouthSaliva isn’t something the average person really thinks about on a regular basis. In fact, we usually forget about it until something goes wrong. It’s an important function of the body because saliva helps stimulate digestion, aids in chewing and swallowing and even protects teeth.So, what happens when the production of saliva stops and does it even matter? The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia. It’s normal to experience it occasionally, said Dr. John Pappas, DDS, who practices dentistry at Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. "Perhaps it comes on suddenly when nervous, stressed out or when you’re not drinking enough water," Pappas said. "That’s nothing to be alarmed about, but it is your body telling you to take notice. Chronic dry mouth, on the other hand, can be a problem for your health. Saliva helps clear food particles from the mouth and neutralize the acids found in almost all...
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