DURHAM, N.C., U.S.: In a recent study, researchers from Duke University in Durham have found that the walking speed of 45-year-olds can reveal a considerable amount about their teeth, lungs, immune system and brains. In the five-decadelong cohort study, researchers collected data from nearly 1,000 participants from the age of 3 in order to establish whether they could find corresponding neurocognitive data to indicate who would become slow walkers later in life and what this might mean in regard to general health.
GENEVA, Switzerland/NEW YORK, US: Orofacial clefts are the most common birth defects in the US. Children with orofacial clefts can be at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease and other oral health issues even after undergoing surgery. FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are working to address the issue and have recently launched a two-year project to improve oral healthcare guidance and treatment for children with clefts.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: For some patients, no matter how diligent they are with their oral health, issues with their teeth seem to arise more easily than for others. In a new study, scientists have uncovered how a small flaw in a protein results in damaged enamel that is prone to decay. In the study, the researchers found that defective amelogenin proteins stick or bind abnormally tightly to the building enamel, failing to clear out when they should and hindering the growth process through which strong enamel is built.
CHICAGO, U.S.: With the overprescription of opioids causing many severe health and addiction issues in the U.S., it is imperative that dental professionals remain aware of the issue and carefully consider their prescription practices. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the U.S. and the University of Sheffield in England, each looked at the number of opioids being prescribed in their respective countries and discovered that dentists practicing in the U.S. write 37 times more prescriptions than dentists in England do.