As dental professionals, we always asks each other some tough questions, like: Do you recommend that young adults have their wisdom teeth extracted? Do
you believe in “prophylactic extraction,” or do you prescribe to the
theory that they’re OK for now, so let’s just leave them? If the latter,
then the next question is, would you recommend this for your own
children? Why or why not?
Dr. Tina Beck shares her opinions on this subject. Read on...
Oral Bacterium Linked to Serious Disease
A newly identified bacterium, thought to be a common inhabitant of the oral
cavity, could cause serious disease if it enters the bloodstream, according to a study in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
Identifying the oral bacterium will allow scientists to examine how it causes
disease and evaluate the risk that it poses, according to a news release.
Researchers at the Institute of Medical Microbiology of the University of Zurich identified the bacterium, which has been named Streptococcus tigurinus after the region of Zurich where it was first recognized.