Dental :: Acetaminophen safe, effective after wisdom tooth removal

The commonly used and inexpensive analgesic acetaminophen (Tylenol or paracetamol) is an effective pain reliever after surgical removal of lower wisdom teeth, according to a new systematic review of 21 studies. The most effective dose appears to be 1,000 milligrams taken at six-hour intervals, the review concludes.

Dental :: Orthodontic treatment no better in childhood than during adolescence

Having prominent front teeth is a potentially harmful problem. If it occurs at a young age (7 to 11 years old) then the orthodontist has to decide whether to treat immediately and then again when the child is older (12 to 16 years old), or wait until the child is a teenager and perform the treatment in one phase.

Dental :: Laser used to help fight root canal bacteria

High-tech dental lasers used mainly to prepare cavities for restoration now can help eliminate bacteria in root canals, according to research published in the July issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

Toothpaste :: Harmful bacteria found in counterfeit Colgate toothpaste

Further to a warning issued on June 29, Health Canada is warning Canadians not to use a counterfeit product falsely labelled as Colgate Fluoride Toothpaste Maximum Cavity Protection. Ongoing testing has resulted in preliminary evidence of a further, potentially harmful bacterial contamination.

Dental :: Columbia dentists to improve oral health in sub-Saharan Africa

A new initiative from Columbia University Medical Center will be the first to target chronic oral health problems in sub-Saharan Africa, where the vast majority of chronic diseases are left undetected and untreated. The initiative is the result of an anonymous $1.5 million gift to support the Millennium Villages, which aims to fight extreme poverty and related challenges such as disease, hunger and lack of access to water and sanitation though scientifically sound and sustainable interventions. A third of the gift will be devoted to supporting the oral health program.

Dental :: Periodontal diseases are blind to age

Two new studies in the June issue of the Journal of Periodontology suggest that periodontal diseases are a threat to women of all ages due to hormonal fluctuations that occur at various stages of their lives.

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