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One in 10 older dental patients inappropriately prescribed opioids

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a significant proportion of older patients receiving opioids at dental visits also use psychotropic medications—a ...

Dentistry

Visits to the dentist can evoke memories of traumatic sexual abuse

The defencelessness experienced while sitting in the dentist's chair can prompt memories of sexual abuse, finds endodontist Eva Wolf in her new study.

Medical research

Stopping tooth decay before it starts—without killing bacteria

Oral bacteria are ready to spring into action the moment a dental hygienist finishes scraping plaque off a patient's teeth. Eating sugar or other carbohydrates causes the bacteria to quickly rebuild this tough and sticky ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO says delay routine dental work due to virus risk

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that routine, non-essential dental work should be delayed until COVID-19 transmission rates drop sufficiently, cautioning against procedures that produce aerosol spray from patients' ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Mouthwashes could reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission

Sars-Cov-2 viruses can be inactivated using certain commercially available mouthwashes. This was demonstrated in cell culture experiments by virologists from Ruhr-Universität Bochum together with colleagues from Jena, Ulm, ...

Dentistry

Tooth tech could help dentists diagnose problems more quickly

Imagine that your dentist's office has a new cyber assistant. This virtual aide can look for troublesome signs on your X-rays while your dentist conducts your exam. The X-ray analysis might be cheaper and more precise—and ...

Dentistry

Tip of the iceberg: The oral-overall health link

When you're sick, you go to the physician. When you have tooth troubles, you see your dentist. You don't expect the dentist to diagnose you with the flu, or your primary care provider to treat your teeth.

Dentistry

The toll of shrinking jaws on human health

For many of us, orthodontic work—getting fitted with braces, wearing retainers—was just a late-childhood rite of passage. The same went for the pulling of wisdom teeth in early adulthood. Other common conditions, including ...

Dentistry

Interventions for aerosols generated during clinical practice

Researchers at the KI Department of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Zurich, have published a systematic review in the Journal of Dental Research, providing evidence for interventions ...

Dentistry

HIV alone not a risk factor for cavities in children

Recent studies indicate HIV infection heightens the risk of dental cavities—but a Rutgers researcher has found evidence that the risk of cavities comes not from HIV itself but from a weakened immune system, which could ...