Malocclusion and Dental Crowding Arose 12,000 Years Ago With Earliest Farmers

A study from Dublin University College has revealed that dental crowding and malocclusion first appeared amongst the world’s earliest farmers around twelve thousand years ago. Another interesting conclusion from the undertaking is that the hunters-gatherers who lived before the aforementioned group lacked the condition.

The findings were attained after scrutinizing the lower jaws and teeth crown dimensions of archeological skeletons dating back between six thousand and twenty eight thousand years ago. The expedition uncovered an outright distinction between the jawbone frameworks of European hunters, Anatolian semi-sedentary gatherers, and the transitional farmers.

Lead author Ron Pinhasi points out that the transition to agricultural practices resulted in the scenario because farmers were now consuming “soft” cooked edibles when initially, hunters fed on “hard” uncooked foods. The change enacted a decrease in jaw size since there was a lesser need for chewing, but the teeth’s magnitude remained and therefore the jaw was overburdened as there was no adequate spacing. Project proponents are regarding this limitation as the initial defect that precipitated malocclusion, an ailment currently plaguing around one in five persons in the global population.



Dental Depot Brings Implant Center and General Dentistry Under One Roof

The Dental Depot franchise is transcending its business by integrating dental implant undertakings to its general dentistry services, all under the same housing at its recently acquired Oklahoma City metro location. The facility’s lead oral surgeon Ken Templeton notes that the center is the first in town to provide oral surgery, artificial replacements and family dentistry in a single roofing. He also asserts they are the first to facilitate the much needed interdisciplinary approach to dentistry, with a team of certified specialists in varying domains collaborating closely to negate cases of referrals/other appointments. The group caters to almost every oral related activity ranging from regular cleaning to the more complicated cosmetic restoration/reconstruction. Every operator working within the space has also been equipped with sophisticated dental apparatus to guarantee maximum comfort and care.

Templeton further notes that the approach has so far provided a conducive environment for treating patients, due to an enhanced trust element.



New Nanotube Surface Promises Dental Implants That Heal Faster and Fight Infection

A study from the Michigan Technological University indicates that TiO2 nanotubes could negate cases of dental implant deterioration by corroborating bone growth around the artificial fix while also acting as a drug delivery system.

Dental implants refers to titanium made supportive structures which are positioned into the jawbone via surgery and firmly hold the synthetic teeth. They are often plagued by two issues: bacterial infections from the mouth’s environs plus the healing deficiency on the bone part that surrounds the device.

However, a key approach to deal with the aforementioned concerns is the use of titanium dioxide nanotubes, materials which have proved quite effective in combating infection, supporting the healing process, while also increasing the lifespan of dental implants.

Project team members in the aforementioned research conducted experiments to unravel the nanotubes’ toxicity, and ultimately discovered that they were not suppressing oral cells but rather they were promoting their growth. They further revealed that these gadgets were capable of carrying and disseminating antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds such as sodium naproxen.


Use of Ethanol Extracts of Terminalia Chebula to Prevent Periodontal Disease Induced by Dental Plaque Bacteria

Health proponents have been utilizing the fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree as medication to a number of disorders; specifically because of its anti-mutagenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral features. A recent research undertaking published at the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has now revealed that an ethanol extract from the same drupe (EETC) could prevent both periodontal afflictions and tooth resorption.


The oral bacteria restraining attribute was reached at following an assessment procedure based on the disc diffusion approach. The experimentation also entailed scrutiny on the molecular structures of dental plaque bacteria (DPB) cells after insertion of EETC, a procedure that ultimately uncovered the extract’s anti-inflammatory impact. The cell-breakdown inhibition characteristic was determined via pit formation assays on tooth samples.


EETC proved to be quite an effective annihilator to oral bacteria growth, while it also restrained the production of inflammatory proteases and the induction of bone resorption. Therefore, EETC may be an advantageous alternative to enhance the conventional medication employed in treating DPB mediated ailments.