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Curing Cavities With Peptide Products

Curing Cavities With Peptide ProductsNEWS   Apr 13, 2018 | Original Story by Jackson Holtz for the University of Washington Edited by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Curing Cavities With Peptide ProductsResearchers have developed a way to cure cavities. Credit: University of WashingtonResearchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities.The research finding was first published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering.“Remineralization guided by peptides is a healthy alternative to current dental health care,” said lead author Mehmet Sarikaya, professor of materials science and engineering and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Oral Health Sciences.The new biogenic dental products can — in theory — rebuild teeth and cure cavities without today’s costly and uncomfortable treatments.“Peptide-enabled formulations will be simple and would be implemented in over-the-counter or clinical products,” Sarikaya said.Cavities are more than just a nuisance. According to the World Health Organization, dental cavities affect nearly every age group and they are accompanied by serious health concerns. Additionally, direct and indirect costs of treating dental cavities and related diseases have been a huge economic burden for individuals and health care systems.“Bacteria metabolize sugar and other fermentable

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3 Things You Need to Know About Orthodontics

 by Abel Anderson, edited by Dr. Joe Miskin Ajax ON at drjoemiskin.comVANCOUVER – Orthodontics is a dental specialization that corrects any jaws or teeth that are not positioned properly. If you have crooked teeth, or teeth that are not able to fit together properly, then they will be much more difficult to keep clean and may be lost early due to the development of periodontal disease, tooth decay and the fact that they may cause additional stress on the muscles used to chew that may lead to frequent headaches. Additionally, teeth that are not in the right place or crooked may detract from your appearance.When you receive orthodontic treatment, you can achieve a healthier mouth, a better appearance, and teeth that are much more likely to last an entire lifetime.Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?In most cases, your dentist will be able to let you know if you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. These determinations will be based on a number of diagnostic tools that will include a complete dental and medical history, plaster models of your teeth and a clinical exam. If you are in need of orthodontic treatment the dentist will develop a custom treatment plan for your particular needs.Some of the

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Pricey dental implants often best but insurance rarely pays

 by Linda Johnson and Dr. Joe Miskin, Miskin Dental Ajax 905-686-4343TRENTON, N.J. – Dental implants are increasingly being used to replace missing or failing teeth instead of dentures or bridges, which can be uncomfortable and hasten further deterioration. But implants can be very expensive and rarely are covered by insurance.Experts say dental implants — usually titanium screws inserted into jawbone and capped with a permanent crown — are long-lasting and the best option for most people. About 1.9 million Americans are expected to get one or more dental implants this year, up from 1.6 million in 2016, according to market research firm Decision Resources Group.“It’s probably the greatest thing that’s happened to dentistry since fluoride came to the water,” says Dr. Carl Driscoll, former president of the American College of Prosthodontists, the specialty providing artificial tooth replacement.When missing teeth aren’t replaced, the jawbone below deteriorates faster, chewing can become difficult and one’s smile and self-confidence can be affected. Implants feel and function like natural teeth and can last a lifetime, partly because the titanium helps maintain surrounding bone.That’s helped make them the standard of care over older options: Dentures need to be replaced periodically as fit worsens, and bridges are

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Dental Health For Your Pet

  Written by Brandon Forder and Dr. Joe Miskinpet dental month270February is Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s the perfect time for all us pet owners to review our pet’s dental health regimes.While many pet owners have the best of intentions for their pets, dental health is something that is often overlooked – until there’s a problem. This is commonly a reactive issue rather than a preventive one. However, your pet’s oral health is one of the most important factors in their overall well-being. Poor dental health has been proven to increase the risk of serious long-term health problems in pets, and people, too!Here are the top three ways to improve your pet’s dental health, starting right now.Brush Their TeethWhile easier said than done, brushing your pet’s teeth is an effective way to ensure their chompers are well cared for. There are convenient pet-specific toothbrushes that make it easy to reach all teeth with minimal effort. Combine that with a high-quality, tasty pet toothpaste and you’re all set. For a quick clean on the go in between brushings, consider handy dental wipes or pads.Consistency is the real key here. Just like we humans are required to brush our teeth multiple times per day, daily
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{Category: Health) The fight against tooth decay gets help

By the University of Toronto and Dr. Joe Miskin in AjaxThe fight against tooth decay gets help with a new smart material from U of T researchers Professor Ben Hatton (MSE), Professor Yoav Finer (Dentistry) and PhD candidate Cameron Stewart (IBBME) (Photo Credit: Faculty of Dentistry Yodit Tedla) Professor Ben Hatton (MSE), Professor Yoav Finer (Dentistry) and PhD candidate Cameron Stewart (IBBME) (Photo Credit: Faculty of Dentistry Yodit Tedla) Professor Ben Hatton (MSE), Professor Yoav Finer (Dentistry) and PhD candidate Cameron Stewart (IBBME) (Photo Credit: Faculty of Dentistry Yodit Tedla) When patients go to the dentist to fill a cavity, they’re trying to solve a problem — not create a new one. But many dental patients get some bad news: bacteria can dig under their tooth-coloured fillings and cause new cavities, called recurrent caries. These recurrent caries affect 100 million patients every year and cost an additional US$34 billion to treat.Now, a research collaboration between the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), Faculty of Dentistry, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto has resulted in a novel way to minimize recurrent caries.In a recent paper published in the journal Scientific Reports,

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