Different toothpastes displayed

Take the guesswork out of choosing toothpaste

You run out of toothpaste and find yourself once again in the aisle with dozens of options. Do you go with the brand you have been using since childhood? Maybe you pick one because the packaging catches your eye, or maybe you are more practical and are looking for something that you hope will prevent troubling mouth problems. Whatever your strategy, these tips will help you determine which toothpaste is best for you.

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This graphic shows one of the epicenters of pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorders.

Matters of pain and sleep: New clinical center in the works at TAMBCD

Orofacial pain and sleep-disordered breathing are hardly novel health conditions. Both can significantly affect patients’ quality of life and have been recognized for decades, but in recent years the terms have begun cropping up in headlines with increased frequency. A new clinical center for pain and sleep at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry aims to fill a vital role for this patient population.

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Dr. Jerry Feng, back right, professor in biomedical sciences at TAMBCD, reviews images on a computer.

New findings could revolutionize dogma on bone formation in the temporomandibular joint

The current school of thought on bone formation in the mandibular condyle, the rounded knob where the mandible and upper jaw meet, is that cartilage cells — called chondrocytes — must form and then experience cell death before bone cells can form. Preliminary findings from the lab of Dr. Jerry Feng, professor in the department of biomedical sciences at TAMBCD, show this may not be the case. Bone marrow cells may not be the only ones that build bone.

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TAMBCD residents and faculty oversee First Dental Home visits on campus and at the Foremost Family Health Center – Martin Luther King Jr. location, one of the college’s community partners.

First Dental Home: Is the initiative working? 

Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry researchers have received a $100,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health - Gulf States Health Policy Center to evaluate the effectiveness of this state program, intended to improve the oral health of youngsters ages 6 months to 35 months.

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Those who floss, and those who just say they do

More than a quarter of all adults lie to their dentists about how much they floss, according to a recent survey from the American Academy of Periodontology. Now TAMBCD experts and health care partners weigh in on what’s fueling the trend and how to change the course of this provider-patient dialogue.

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Esther Oluwo, a third-year dental student

Investigating the color sustainability of endodontic materials

In today’s world of modern dentistry, endodontic treatments such as vital pulp therapies and root canals can breathe new life into a tooth that otherwise might be lost. There’s just one problem: Certain materials used in these procedures can cause discoloration of the teeth, most often to an undesirable shade of gray or even blue.

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Is your dentist finding more than just cavities?

A quick glance in the mouth and your dentist can spot a plethora of bad habits, like opening bobby pins with your teeth or chewing ice. But did you know they can also see more serious health issues that may be lurking elsewhere in the body?

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Smiling adolescents

Teen e-cig users more likely to smoke

Teenagers are among the fastest growing groups of electronic cigarette consumers in the U.S. They may also be the most vulnerable to the devices’ physical and psychological side effects, according to experts from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry’s Tobacco Treatment Services.

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young girl brushing her teeth in front of a bathroom mirror

Back to school: How to encourage healthy dental habits away from home

School is just around the corner, which means backpacks and packed lunches await your children. Whether it’s their first year at school or they’re already climbing the ranks, you want to ensure they are making healthy choices when it comes to lunch. However, one aspect you may not have considered when it comes to lunch options is dental health.

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