Study Finds Association Between Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease.

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Prevention Magazine (11/2) carries the story first published in Men’s Health reporting that a new study from Finland suggests poor oral health may affect heart health. Researchers examined “the teeth and the arteries of more than 500 people,” finding that those needing a root canal were “nearly three times more likely to have acute coronary syndrome” than “patients with healthy teeth.” Study author Dr. John Liljestrand suggests the bacteria from the tooth infection may spread to other parts of the body, including the heart. Dr. Liljestrand recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental visits to help reduce the risk of tooth decay.
 
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on root canal treatment, oral health, and heart disease and oral health.

Dentist Uses Smartphone To Create 3D-Printed Face Prosthesis For Cancer Survivor.

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Dentist Uses Smartphone To Create 3D-Printed Face Prosthesis For Cancer Survivor.
 
The New York Post (11/2, Tousignant) reports that Dr. Rodrigo Salazar, a dentist and specialist in oral rehabilitation, used a smartphone and low-cost printer to create a 3D-printed face prosthesis for Carlito Conceiao, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2008, Conceiao was diagnosed with upper maxillary carcinoma, an “aggressive mouth cancer that damaged his throat and destroyed facial tissue.” While surgeons were able to operate before the cancer spread to Conceiao’s brain, the surgery required removing one of Conceiao’s eye sockets and part of his nose.
The Daily Mail (11/2, Mailonline) reports that for the “ground-breaking procedure,” Dr. Salazar from Paulista University (UNIP) in Sao Paulo used a free smartphone app called Autodesk 123D Catch to turn photos into the 3D model used to create the prosthesis. “We’ve developed an alternative and simplified low-cost procedure that captures patients’ facial anatomy and generates physical working models, giving us the equivalent results to prostheses produced on state-of-the-art equipment that costs hundreds of thousands of pounds,” said Dr. Salazar, who has been leading the project for two years.
MouthHealthy.org and the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provide information on oral and oropharyngeal cancer for patients and for dental professionals.
 

Researchers Find Associations Between Gum Disease And Several Health Problems.

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The Washington Post (10/1, Levingston) reported that researchers are finding potential links “between gum or periodontal disease” and several different types of health problems. Although “experts are far from understanding what these links might mean,” the “links between gum disease and diabetes, at-risk pregnancy, heart disease and stroke have been so consistent that some insurers offer extra preventive periodontal care at little or no cost to people with those conditions.” The article pointed out that according to the CDC “nearly half of all Americans age 30 and older have some form of gum disease; in people 65 and older, 70 percent have some degree of periodontal disease.” The article noted, “Signs of gum disease include bleeding, red or swollen gums; areas where the gum seems separated from the teeth; bad breath; and loose teeth, which can cause changes in your bite, according to the American Dental Association.”

MouthHealthy.org also provides information for patients gum disease, heart disease and oral health, and diabetes and oral health.

Governor Signs Historic Package of Bills Restricting Tobacco Use

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of five bills that are the most significant set of tobacco restrictions in years. Brown signed:
■ SB 5 X2 by Sen. Mark Leno classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products. This will make them subject to smoke-free laws, age restrictions and other rules governing tobacco products.
■ SB 7 X2 by Sen. Ed Hernandez and Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, raises the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
■ AB 7 X2 by Assembly member Mark Stone closes loopholes in the state’s smoke-free workplace laws.
■ AB 9 X2 by Assembly members Tony Thurmond and Adrin Nazarian requires all schools to be tobacco-free.
■ AB 11 X2 by Assembly member Nazarian establishes a tobacco licensing fee program under the state Board of Equalization.
“These bills are the most significant set of tobacco restrictions in years and we thank the governor and Legislature for taking this historic step,” CDA President Ken Wallis, DDS, said.” “Dentists see the devastating effects of tobacco use every day and we are very pleased that California has taken bold steps to protect our residents from these deadly products.”
California becomes the second state, after Hawaii, to raise the smoking age to 21. More than 100 cities, including San Francisco, have also passed this policy. The state also joins a growing number of states regulating e-cigarettes like tobacco products in order to combat the exploding use of e-cigarettes by teens.
Published by CDA JOURNAL, VOL 4 4 , Nº 7, JULY 2016

Novel Marker of Oral Cancer Discovered

For the first time, researchers have identifi ed a reliable marker (PDGFRβ) to detect carcinoma-associated fi broblasts (CAFs) — which are cells within the tumor that encourage growth and metastasis — in oral cancer tissues, according to new research. With this discovery, anti-PDGFRβ treatment could soon be combined with existing tumor treatments to provide a more effective cancer therapy.

For more, see the research published in the journal PLOS ONE, April 29, 2016.

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Hepatitis C Is Top Infectious Disease Killer in U.S.

Hepatitis C Is Top Infectious Disease Killer in U.S.

Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to new surveillance data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, a second CDC study showed that annual hepatitis C-related mortality in 2013 surpassed the total combined number of deaths from 60 other infectious diseases reported to the CDC, including HIV, pneumococcal disease and tuberculosis. The greatest hepatitis C burden falls on baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — many of whom have unknowingly been living with the infection for many years.

The surveillance data also point to a new wave of hepatitis C infections among people who inject drugs. Acute cases of hepatitis C infection have more than doubled since 2010, increasing to 2,194 reported cases in 2014. The new cases were predominantly among young, white individuals with a history of injection drug use, living in rural and suburban areas of the Midwest and Eastern United States. “Because hepatitis C often has few noticeable symptoms, the number of new cases is likely much higher than what is reported. Due to limited screening and underreporting, we estimate the number of new infections is closer to 30,000 per year,” said John W. Ward, MD, director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, in a news release. “We must act now to diagnose and treat hidden infections before they become deadly and to prevent new infections.” California Dental Association (CDA) Journal, vol 22, issue Nº7, pp. 407. July 2016.

See more published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 62, issue 10, pp. 1287-1288.