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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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    Research Explains Why Diabetes Patients Are Vulnerable to Gum Disease

    shutterstock_631495091Dentists, doctors and medical researchers have known for years that a link exists between diabetes and periodontitis, or gum disease, but they’ve struggled with pinpointing the exact origin of the connection. New research indicates that the connection has to do with changes in the oral microbiome (the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live in our mouths) of diabetes patients once blood sugar rises and hyperglycemia develops.   How Does Gum Disease Develop? Diabetes weakens the body’s immune system, so patients are already more susceptible to infection, said Dr. John Pappas, DDS, of Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. "Poor oral hygiene can lead to a buildup of bacteria and plaque on and around teeth," he said. "The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, becomes evident with bleeding, swollen and red gums in many cases." According to Pappas, this first stage of gum disease is reversible with proper care....
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    Mystical Unicorn-Themed Drink Causes Social Media Uproar

    Unicorn FrapAround the nation, Americans flocked to Starbucks locations to try the newest drink, the Unicorn Frappuccino. The brightly-colored pink and blue beverage was available for a limited time from April 19 through April 23 at select stores around the country. A statement by Starbucks read: "Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform." Although it’s too early to tell, it may have been the most shared drink on social media of all time. From Snapchat to Instagram and Facebook, the pink and blue dusted whipped cream tempted friends and followers to head to their local Starbucks...
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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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