Who better to generate support for America’s kids than America’s ToothFairy?

School-based sealant programs, oral care product distributions, dental services for homeless children, these and other projects will receive a needed boost.

Grants totalling $100,000 will support children across the U.S., courtesy of America’s ToothFairy fundraising efforts, according to DentistryToday.com 

“Funding for the grants was donated by sponsors of the Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction, an annual fundraiser, and was awarded in the names of the donating individuals or companies. The recipients will use the funds to improve oral health outcomes for children through school-based sealant programs, oral care product distributions, dental services for homeless children, and other projects.”

Among them, a Benco Family Foundation ToothFairy Grant of $5,000 will support the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Alabama

For a complete list of this year’s recipients and sponsors, see the full story at : http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1774-america-s-toothfairy-awards-100-000-in-grants: 

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Medication effects could disrupt dental implants

Adverse effects accompany certain drugs used to treat depression: anxiety, dizziness, nervousness, sweating, nausea and in some cases suicidal or violent behavior.

Recent findings suggest that these drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), could lead to dental implant failure.

The International and American Associations for Dental Research put together a study that shows drugs used for treating depression could raise the risk of bone fracture, according to  a report by DentistryToday.com.  This stems from the fact that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors reduce bone formation.

The research was conducted on patients with dental implants from January 2007 through January 2013. There were 916 dental implants in 490 patients who were used to judge the risk of failure associated with SSRIs.

To view the complete report, visit: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10684-depression-drug-could-lead-to-implant-failure

What’s for breakfast? Dark chocolate.

Sorry, milk chocolate. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but your nemesis wins again.

A dentist from Beverly Hills, Calif. claims that a bitter power found in dark chocolate, theobromine, can actually harden the enamel, according to a report from dentistry today.com.

This would add protection to the teeth against the possible impact of staining.

When it comes to whitening teeth, dark chocolate consumption produces the best results early in the day after plaque piles up overnight, the report says.

Milk chocolate, what do you have to offer? Bad breath and bacteria build up from high sugar content.

Find out which other three foods might offer beneficial tooth whitening impact. Read the full story at:

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10625-substance-may-provide-boost-to-enamel

 

Ironclad appearance

CAPTION: An iron tooth implant fitted 2,300 years ago could be earliest false tooth ever found in Western Europe, according to dailymail.co.uk. The dental implant is shown here second from the right.

It’s never too late for a beautiful smile. A discovery in France is proof positive.

Scientists believe a metal pin- possibly the first dental implant – was used to improve the appearance of a twentysomething woman, postmortem, during the Iron Age.

For her sake, let’s hope so. An iron implant in a live person would have caused extreme pain.

Back then, 2,300 years ago, people believed that a person’s corpse should still look good and his or her status was related to the way he or she appeared—even after death.

According to DentistryToday.com and dailymail.co.uk, based on the early information, researchers think this implant precedes the implant that was previously thought to be the oldest by about 400 years. That tooth was found in France, as well, during the 1990s.

 

Is there anything a smartphone camera — and dental researchers — can’t do?

A technique that uses fluorescent markers to tag bacteria cells might offer a new solution for pinpointing a source of infection — and the method makes it easy enough for the bacteria to be located by a smartphone camera.

Researchers from The University of Nottingham and GSK Consumer Healthcare studying dental cavities and periodontal diseases were able to grow polymers that, in essence, adhere to bacteria, according to  a report by dentistrytoday.com:

“Prior to this study, locating the exact spot of the harmful bacteria from a serious medical or dental condition was challenging. But that could change now. This new approach, referred to as bacterial-instructed synthesis, nullifies the need for an advanced laboratory.”

To find out how this could be useful in parts of the world where advanced lab techniques are not available, read the full story at: http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10486-new-method-may-pinpoint-certain-bacteria