Oral Health

Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions for Children Often Filled

July 27, 2018

Dental procedures, outpatient procedure and/or surgery, trauma, and infections were the most common opioid indications.

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

June 25, 2018

The researchers found that for the 14 patients with a tongue piercing, compared with teeth not affected by the piercing, the percentages of sites with bleeding on probing, attachment loss ≥6mm, probing depths ≥6mm, and gingival recessions were more often increased in teeth with close proximity to the piercings.

FDA: Updated Safety Alert Regarding Benzocaine-Associated Methemoglobinemia

By May 23, 2018

The Agency is urging manufacturers to stop marketing OTC oral drug products containing benzocaine for teething to this patient population.

Periodontitis in Older Adults Tied to Higher Total Cancer Risk

January 24, 2018

During a median follow-up of 14.7 years, the researchers identified 1,648 incident cancers and 547 cancer deaths.

Drug-Induced Dry Mouth Common Among Seniors Taking Certain Meds

By October 30, 2017

There are a number of medications that are linked to dry mouth.

Can Frequent Mouthwash Use Up the Risk of Prediabetes/Diabetes?

By October 06, 2017

Study authors explained that using antibacterial mouthwash can eradicate oral microbes needed for nitric oxide formation and place the user at risk for metabolic disorders.

Periodontal Disease May Up Cancer Risk in Older Women

August 02, 2017

There was a correlation for periodontal disease history with increased total cancer risk.

Recreational Cannabis Use May Up Periodontitis Risk

June 02, 2017

People who use it frequently twice as likely to have periodontal disease, researchers say

AAP: Policy Statement Regarding Fruit Juice Consumption

By May 22, 2017

The AAP also states that human milk or infant formula is sufficient for infants whereas low-fat/nonfat milk and water are sufficient for older children.

FDA: Hyland's Teething Tablets Recalled

By April 14, 2017

Laboratory analysis showed that the amount of belladonna in the tablets sometimes exceeded the amount claimed on the product labeling.

Novel Treatment Shows Promise in Burning Mouth Syndrome

April 12, 2017

The researchers found that in each of the 4 patients, pain disappeared within 48 hours after the botulinum toxin injection.

FDA: Lab Tests Confirm Inconsistencies in Homeopathic Teething Tablets

By January 27, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in some homeopathic teething tablets, with levels higher than what is claimed on the label.

Could Tonsillectomy Qualifying Indicators Be More Lenient?

January 18, 2017

Researchers evaluating evidence for tonsillectomy found that more children would receive significant short-term improvement in their daily life if the current guidelines were relaxed. The two reviews were published online January 17 in Pediatrics

Alzheimer's Drug May Help in Natural Tooth Repair Process

By January 09, 2017

Biodegradable collagen sponges that deliver tideglusib, an Alzheimer's disease treatment, were shown to stimulate renewal of stem cells in the tooth pulp, encouraging natural tooth repair.

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Treatment Options Reviewed

By November 18, 2016

Study authors concluded there was insufficient evidence to either support or refute the use of any interventions in managing burning mouth syndrome (BMS).

Combining Procedures Could Help Limit Anesthesia Exposure in Children

October 26, 2016

Few pediatric patients having a dental procedure combined with another surgical procedure require unplanned admission for perioperative concerns.

CDC: More Dental Sealants Needed Among Low-Income Children

October 19, 2016

Treatments that seal a child's back teeth can prevent most cavities, but many children -particularly those living in poverty - don't get them, according to research published in the early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FDA: Stop Using Homeopathic Teething Tablets, Gels

By October 03, 2016

After the FDA's safety alert regarding homeopathic teething tablets in 2010, the Agency has been evaluating reported adverse events related to use of these products such as seizures.

Kovanaze Nasal Spray Approved for Dental Anesthesia

August 10, 2016

St. Renatus announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kovanaze (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray, the first dental anesthetic administered as a nasal spray.

New Study Finds Periodontitis an Independent Risk Factor for CVR

August 09, 2016

Periodontitis is associated with increased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, according to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology.

E-Cigarettes May Increase Risk of Oral Disease

July 05, 2016

Findings suggest a possible increase in the risk of oral disease

Long-Term Cannabis Use May Lead to This Health Problem Later in Life

June 02, 2016

Besides gum health, researchers assessed lung function, risk factors for heart disease, diabetes

Role of Oral Health in Cognitive Status Examined in new Study

April 01, 2016

There is an inconsistent correlation between oral health and cognitive status in older individuals, according to a review published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Arthritis Patients May Be More Prone to Developing Periodontitis

By March 28, 2016

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have a greater prevalence and severity of periodontitis than the non-arthritis population, according to a new study published in the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine.

Ambulatory vs Inpatient Settings for Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

February 29, 2016

Although many pediatric patients undergo tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) in ambulatory settings, an inpatient setting may be safer for younger children who are at higher risk of complications, according to research published in online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Primary Tooth Eruption Predictors Examined

February 22, 2016

Gum irritation, irritability, and drooling, but not fever, are the most frequent signs of primary tooth eruption, according to a meta-analysis published online February 18 in Pediatrics.

Oral App can Help Physicians Formulate Treatment Plan

January 29, 2016

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) has released an innovative app as part of its national oral health curriculum, Smiles for Life, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Periodontal Disease Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

December 22, 2015

Increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, especially for smokers who quit within last 20 years

Results for First-in-Class Oral Mucositis Tx are Announced

By December 16, 2015

Soligenix announced positive results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of SGX942, for the treatment of oral mucositis in patients treated with chemoradiation therapy (CRT) for head and neck cancer.

Secondhand Smoke in Infancy Could Harm Children's Teeth

October 23, 2015

Children exposed to secondhand smoke at 4 months of age may be at risk for tooth decay by age 3.