05/01/2012 - 10:27

A recent study published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth—specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth.

02/17/2012 - 11:42

According to a new study, smoking causes the body to turn against its own helpful bacteria, leaving smokers more vulnerable to disease.

02/07/2012 - 08:00

Scientists have identified a critical protein involved in the biomineralization of tooth enamel, the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in our body.  They found that the protein called Foxo1 involved in regulating gene expression is essential for enamel biomineralization. 

01/07/2012 - 11:11

Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice — used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine — that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

11/15/2011 - 21:04

A new mouthwash developed by a microbiologist at the UCLA School of Dentistry is highly successful in targeting the harmful Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is the principal cause tooth decay and cavities.

11/09/2011 - 09:18

Study indicates that patients with self-ligating orthodontic brackets have almost equal levels of bacteria as patients with elastomeric orthodontic brackets after one year