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Poor dental health found affecting cognition, too

By the  American Geriatrics Society news staff

Maintaining good oral health may help older adults prevent a variety of health problems and disabilities. However, the effect of tooth loss on physical or cognitive health and well-being is unknown.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers explored this connection. To do so, they examined information from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study project.

In their study, the research team examined information from more than 60,000 community-dwelling people aged 65 and older and who did not meet the Japanese criteria for needing long-term care.

The participants were given questionnaires to complete.

The researchers learned older adults who have significant tooth loss are less functional when compared with people who lose fewer teeth.

The research team suggested that it is essential that older adults receive the support they need to maintain good oral health self-care practices, and that they receive adequate dental care.

-Sept. 29, 2016

New smart fillings found to repair teeth, too

By the Queen Mary University of London news staff

A new research report says that  new bioactive glass composite might actually repair took decay.

The report comes from Robert Hill, chairman of physical sciences at the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.

Over 80 percent of the population in the United Kingdom has at least one filling, with seven being the average while eight million cavities are filled with amalgam each year.

The research data said that bioactive repair of tooth decay prolonged the life of composite fillings and reducing the need for mercury-based amalgams, The report is being called  a significant step forward in tooth restorative materials.

Hill outlined how the new bioactive glass composites are unique in their ability to release fluoride as well as the significant quantities of calcium and phosphate that are needed to form tooth mineral.

Hill explained that while current dental fillings include inert materials, the data on the new bioactive glass composite shows that it interacts positively with the body providing minerals that replace those lost to tooth decay.

“Our scientists and dentists at Queen Mary University of London replaced the inert tooth filling materials with our new bioactive glass,” said Hill. “Not only did this bioactive glass composite remineralize the partially decayed teeth, but it also creates an alkaline environment that discourages the bacteria that caused the initial decay.

“The new bioactive glass also fills in the gaps with tooth mineral thus preventing the oral bacteria which cause tooth decay from establishing themselves. Research in the U.S. suggests this will potentially prolong the life of fillings and slow secondary tooth decay because the depth of bacterial penetration with bioactive glass fillings was significantly smaller than for inert fillings.”
- Sept. 29, 2016

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