How Pool Water Can Hurt Your Teeth, & Other News of Note

Pool Water May Strip Tooth Enamel (Futurity.org) Taking a dip in the backyard pool may cause permanent damage to teeth if chlorine and pH levels are not properly maintained. “Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel,” says Leila Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor prosthodontics of New …

Possible Antibiotics-Asthma Link & Other News of Note

Antibiotic Use May Be Linked to Kids’ Asthma Risk (WebMD) Infants who take antibiotics during the first year of life may be at a slightly increased risk of developing asthma by age 18, a study shows. The study also suggests a similar risk of asthma for children whose mothers took antibiotics during pregnancy. The study …

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism, & Other News of Note

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism (ScienceNews) Power-talkers with cell phones glued to their ears may be getting more than conversation. A 50-minute call boosts activity in brain regions near the ear where a phone is located, a brain-scanning study published February 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. “This is the …

Growing New Teeth to Replace Decayed Ones & Other News of Note

Gel That Can Help Decayed Teeth Grow Back Could End Fillings (Mail Online) The gel, which is being developed by scientists in France, works by prompting cells in teeth to start multiplying. They then form healthy new tooth tissue that gradually replaces what has been lost to decay. Researchers say in lab studies it took …

Triclosan, BPA & Your Immune System, & Other News of Note

Study: You Can Be “Too Clean” (Detroit News) A study published online this week in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal shows overexposure to triclosan, a chemical compound commonly found in antibacterial soaps, is linked to increased allergies in young people. What’s more, excessive exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common chemical in plastics including …

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk & Other News of Note

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk (WebMD) “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. But our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” says study head Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. …

Pierced Tongue Damage & Other News of Note

Tongue Stud “Brain Fatality Risk” (BBC) Deadly brain abscesses should be added to the list of risks of having a tongue piercing, say doctors. Archives of Neurology reports how a 22-year-old man who died in hospital following multiple brain abscesses weeks after getting his tongue pierced. The man’s Israeli doctors warn infection can spread in …

Cell Phones Are Convenient, but Cancer? Not So Much

Most of the concern about cell phone radiation has centered on the possible elevated risk of brain cancer. But a new article in Oral Diseases reminds us that other organs may be at risk. (Note: Login may be necessary to view the link. Bypass available via BugMeNot.) Noting that several studies have found a correlation …

What NOT to Do at Your Next Dental Appointment

We all know – or should know – that texting while driving isn’t a smart thing to do. But how about texting while having dental work done? Four out of five dentists agree, text messaging during treatment’s a bad idea. That’s according to a survey by the Chicago Dental Society, whose tooth jockeys says patients …