Dentistry

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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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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Fourth-year dental student Ethan Yang treats a patient at North Dallas Shared Ministries in June 2014.

Meeting the demand for patient-centered care with $5.4 million in grant funding

More than 5 million Texans live in dentally underserved areas, according to 2014 numbers from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Of those individuals, more than 1.5 million did not receive dental services the same year. What makes those figures even more staggering is that the needs of these vulnerable, underserved populations are not limited to dental care. Where oral health is lacking, there also may be unmet medical or psychosocial needs.

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Heart medications: What you may not know about side effects in the mouth

For individuals living with cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure and cholesterol, consistent use of heart medications can be a literal life saver, but they can also cause uncomfortable side effects in the mouth.

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You Asked: What is the difference (or lack thereof) between oral and genital herpes?

For a long time, the medical world made the distinction between oral herpes (HSV-1) and genital herpes (HSV-2), because it was thought that HSV-2 led to types of genital and oral cancers. Now we know that the human papilloma virus is the leading culprit for causing cancers specifically focused around the genitals and mouth, not herpes. However, HSV-1 and HSV-2 aren’t mutually exclusive; there is about a 20 percent crossover between the two types.

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Woman smiling playfully holding a piece of gum between her teeth.

Does gum cure bad breath?

Whether it is your morning coffee or garlic bread at lunch, one way or another, you might find yourself seeking a quick fix for bad breath more often than not. Your inclination may be to reach for gum, but Cherri L. Kading, assistant professor and clinic coordinator at Texas A&M Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, explains that may not always be the best option.

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Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) College of Dentistry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, collaborate on a lab activity during the monthlong enrichment program at TAMBCD in Dallas.

Enrichment program opens doors to international collaboration

Meet Hessa. There’s not a whole lot this young girl doesn’t do: She’s just as likely to cough or sneeze during appointments as she is to close her mouth in fatigue, hyperventilate, or simply complain of a hurting tooth. Her behaviors help second-year dental students feel more comfortable with practical skills and chairside manner before they begin seeing patients in clinic. There’s one more thing: Hessa is a robot.

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