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Partnering with dentists can help in diagnosis, management of bruxism

Maggie, a 5-year-old nonverbal female with cerebral palsy, presents with her mother. The mom believes her daughter has oral pain but cannot look in her mouth. The mother’s chief complaint is “I’m at the end of my rope! My daughter grinds her teeth all night long.” Bruxism usually presents as clenching or grinding of teeth. […]

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Good dental hygiene may help fight flu

With a brutal flu season that has led to more than 90 deaths in Connecticut alone, the Connecticut Dental Association is reminding the public that flu shots and hand washing aren’t their only weapons against the contagious respiratory illness. According to the association, proper dental hygiene can help combat sickness and hasten recovery. The Centers […]

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Synthetic Light-Curable Polymeric Materials Provide a Supportive Niche for Dental Pulp Stem Cells

Dental disease annually affects billions of patients, and while regenerative dentistry aims to heal dental tissue after injury, existing polymeric restorative materials, or fillings, do not directly participate in the healing process in a bioinstructive manner. There is a need for restorative materials that can support native functions of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), which […]

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Can Tooth Decay Explain the Pathogenesis of Certain Infectious Diseases?

Infectious disease specialists looking for breakthrough findings have something to, well, sink their teeth into. A review published October 30, 2017, in the journal Trends in Microbiology, highlights the importance of biofilms in improved understanding of the “local microenvironment where pathogens and commensals interact.” As the authors, from the Division of Community Oral Health at […]

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