Thursday, August 27, 2009

Keep Up With The Latest Trends In Dentistry

By Dawn Enstruthe

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that identifies diseases concerning the mouth, the lower jaw and the face. It also treats these diseases and prevents them by promoting proper oral hygiene. It also involves other activities like dental surgeries, teeth radiology, drug prescription, prosthetics and orthodontics.

So is there something new regarding dentistry since this info is quite common already?

Dentists nowadays recommend that people should really have regular dental check-ups to prevent forms of cancer in the lips, tongue, mouth, and throat. These types of cancer, according to dentists, can be treated when diagnosed early. They also added that smoking still remains the number one risk factor for oral cancers.

Dentists also pointed out in the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry that aloe vera can be a good alternative for toothpastes because it works just the same way. It also fights cavities and heals mouth sores due to its anti-inflammatory properties, so they are very useful in caring for the gums and teeth.

And did you know that according to new dental researches, oral health could be the key to obesity cure? This sounds interesting, right? These studies showed that 300 out of 500 obese women were found to have 40 types of bacterial species. Further research will now be done in order to see the link between oral hygiene and obesity.

Another study conducted involves xylitol, a sugar substitute, which has shown some antibacterial properties. Dentists now recommend children to take eight grams of xylitol twice daily as a preventive measure for dental caries. This is a good finding that may help reduce tooth decay in children.

So are there any recent innovations regarding dentistry besides this great deal of info?

Air abrasions, digital x-rays, computerized injection systems and cosmetic imaging-these are the four innovations in modern dentistry.

Air abrasion blows air particles into the teeth to remove tooth decay without any pain.

Digital x-rays, on the other hand, are different from their conventional counterparts because they release 90% less radiation.

Computerized injection systems gradually release anesthesia into a certain area through its electrical impulses.

To end it all, cosmetic imaging is a reliable tool to allow dentists and patients see the present and future look of their dental surgeries. Therefore it is essential in planning the effect of the procedures.

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