Recently, a team of researchers in Japan managed to design a microscopically thin film, the ‘Tooth Patch’, which they report as being useful for preventing tooth decay or simply making teeth look whiter.


Community Dental Services (CDS), a provider of dental care plans for nearly 16,000 Medi-Cal members in Sacramento and Los Angeles, will stop its operations starting from the 1st of June. The members will be moved to Liberty Dental Plan.


According to a recent study, 17% of adults in Australia do not eat particular types of food because of the presence of dental problems. The study was carried out by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and was discussed in report on oral health conditions in 2011.


A recently reported study suggests that a new mouthwash formulation may counteract Streptococcus mutans. The latter is one of several primary bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities. The study took place at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and its findings are highlighted in the latest issue of the international dental journal, Caries Research.


Two studies review the comparative survival rate of amalgam versus composites for repair of posterior teeth and the efficacy of repairing versus replacement of defective restorations.


A new innovative dental camera, iDENTifi, has been recently designed by a group of researchers from the University of Liverpool. The innovative system received an award in recognition of its significance. iDENTifi is able to detect early tooth decay and plaque before it is noticed by the eye.


In previous studies researchers had identified Streptococcus mutans as a primary causative agent of early childhood caries (EEC) cavities. Now researchers report that Scardovia wiggsiae, a new bacterial species associated with teeth, may also be a primary participant in the pathogeneses of the disease. The article describing this research is highlighted in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.


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Previous studies suggest that streptococcus mutans (S. mutans), an indigenous bacteria implicated in the development of dental cavities, colonizes the mouth of infants with emergence of the primary teeth (Caufield, et al, 1993, 2000).


According to a thesis conclusion that was presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy and reported in Medical News Today, children and adolescents with asthma have somewhat more caries and suffer more often from gingivitis than individuals of the same age but without asthma.

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