While I was eating lunch the other day, a Scientific American article caught my eye. (Reading while eating is a bad habit that started as a breakfast cereal box reader in my youth).
The article reported on a company in Florida that has “genetically engineered a new strain of bacteria that converts sugar to trace amounts of alcohol” instead of the acid that attacks teeth.
This same company, has just come out with a probiotic, taken as a mint for humans or given to cats and dogs to increase the levels of good bacteria, which compete with the bad bacteria that cause decay and periodontal disease.
I have no doubts that research like this and others will someday eliminate decay as the #1 childhood disease.
In our last blog post, we outlined how your general dentist usually works with a specialist to develop the best outcome for a dental implant To plan for your dental implant, specialists will usually order a special x-ray called a CBCT.
Everyone is familiar with CT scans used in medicine for many years. In dentistry, CBCT or cone beam computed tomography ranks as the image of choice over CT scans. This preference for CBCT is due to the reduced radiation dosage, less exam time and less expensive equipment in order to give good results.
In addition to helping plan implant placement, CBCT can help diagnose joint or TMJ disorders such as osteoarthritis, developmental abnormalities, abnormal position of parts of the joint, or tumors.