Saliva Test Helps Reveal Disease Early

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Simple saliva test can find diseases early.

An interesting study from UCLA discusses how a simple saliva test may be capable of diagnosing diabetes, cancer and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases at an early stage.

The study uncovers that saliva contains much of the same molecules that reveal disease as is contained in blood.  Unusual RNA molecules (known as cellular messengers that carry DNA instructions to other parts of the cell) have been found in the mouth and in cells.

The study is quite complex but very intresting.  To read the full article from Medical News Today and learn more about this study, click here: Simple saliva test may reveal deadly diseases early enough to treat them – Medical News Today.

Tooth Protein May Lead to Bone Regeneration

tooth regenirationAn article by Dentistry Today speaks about bio engineers that have found a protein to help patients who suffer from osteoporosis or bone fractures.  This protein called statherin, which is found in teeth can actually lead to bone growth.  To learn more about this, check out the article below.

Tooth Protein May Lead to Bone Regeneration.

Special Needs Dental Care

Special Needs Adults were given dental care over a period of 10 years in a study done by researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The study found that among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the chance of having cavities decreased as the number of years they received dental care increased.

The researchers studied dental records of 107 Special Needs patients over a period of 10 years to determine how selected oral healthDental-x-rays, dental health, dental care outcomes changed. They reviewed dental records to determine the presence of cavities, gum disease, dental pain, infection cooperation level during dental exams, and dental hygiene for each individual at three times: the initial visit, midpoint visit and most recent visit.

Based on the results of the study, the patients had a significant decrease in cavities.  Dental pain, infection, cooperation level, and hygiene also tended to improve over time.

The Tufts Dental Facilities Serving Persons with Special Needs provides patients with dental care including examinations, dental cleanings, restorative dentistry, periodontal care, endodontic care, prosthetic dentistry, and tooth extraction. To learn more about this study, read the full article here.