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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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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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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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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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