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Toothpaste significantly reduces dental plaque, inflammation throughout the body

For decades, research has suggested a link between oral health and inflammatory diseases affecting the entire body -- in particular, heart attacks and strokes. Results from a randomized trial of a novel plaque identifying toothpaste, Plaque HD®, produced statistically significant reductions in dental plaque and inflammation throughout the body as measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), a sensitive marker for future heart attacks and strokes.

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First-ever study shows e-cigarettes cause damage to gum tissue

Electronic cigarettes are as equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes, a new study proposes. The study provides the first scientific study to address e-cigarettes and their detrimental effect on oral health on cellular and molecular levels.

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Benefits of laser treatments for dental problems

Researchers have developed computer simulations showing how lasers attack oral bacterial colonies, suggesting that benefits of using lasers in oral debridement include killing bacteria and promoting better dental health.

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Hidden tooth infections may predispose people to heart disease

An infection of the root tip of a tooth increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if the infection is symptomless.

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Investigators chart microbial ecology of gingivitis, periodontitis

Gingivitis, a common and mild form of gum disease can progress to periodontitis, a more serious infection that damages the soft tissue of the gums and sometimes even destroys the bone supporting the teeth. An international team of researchers and clinicians has charted the microbial ecology of the mouth at all stages of this progression, in nearly 1,000 women in Malawi. This work is laying a foundation of knowledge that could lead to better oral health.

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Recording selfies while brushing teeth can improve oral health care skills

Recording smart phone video 'selfies' of tooth-brushing can help people learn to improve their oral health care techniques, according to a new study.

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A bad bite is associated with worse postural, balance control

In recent years there has been increasing medical interest in correcting teeth that do not touch perfectly in order to prevent problems such as jaw pain, gaps between teeth and crowding. Now, a new study has concluded that dental occlusion is also related to the control of posture and balance.

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