Champaign, Ill. & Lubbock, Texas, USA: U.S. researchers
have found evidence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries
in the saliva of infants with no teeth. Their findings suggest that
infection with bacteria like Streptococcus mutans in the oral cavity
occurs earlier in the development of children than previously thought.
In a comparative analysis using DNA
sequencing methods, scientists from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and two research institutes in Lubbock in Texas
identified hundreds of bacteria species in saliva taken from infants
whose teeth were still erupting, including those that are involved in
the formation of biofilm and ECC.
Moving teeth with braces has long been considered a permanent
cure to crowded teeth. However, we now know this traditional approach is
neither permanent nor a cure. The literature accepts that the only way
to ensure satisfactory alignment is by use of fixed or removable
retention for life. Orthodontics has thus proven its reliance on these interventions. Read more.
ShareMost parents don't know they can pass harmful bacteria from their mouth
to their baby's mouth, which can put their child at an increased risk
for cavities. In fact, less than a third of American caregivers (32%)
realize they can pass dental disease to their baby. That's one of the
key findings from a survey of American children's oral health, conducted
on behalf of Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation's leading
dental benefits provider. Most people know that the bacteria in the
mouth that causes tooth decay can be transferred from person to person.
In the last two years, Dental Tribune has reported about amalgam on
several occasions. However, with a global mercury treaty finally
expected to be signed in 2013, the air for even the most dedicated
amalgam supporter is becoming thin. Despite international initiatives
like the recently held mercury conference in Japan, new regulation
towards this issue is also anticipated in the US, where political
pressure from anti-mercury groups has convinced the FDA to review their