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An Emerging Role for Stem Cells in the Dental Industry

A research team from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has developed a way to quadruple the number of stem cells harvested from extracted wisdom tooth root pulp. The stem cells are being studied for their ability to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Tooth roots are especially appealing to scientists and medical researchers because they are home to two types of valuable stem cells. Pluripotent stem cells can become almost any type of cell while multipotent stem cells can become very specific types of cells.

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Foggy Brain From Lack of Sleep Is Actually Biological

We’ve all experienced that feeling of fogginess after pulling an all-nighter for work or staying out too late with friends on a weeknight. Feeling forgetful or taking longer to process our thoughts because of exhaustion is simply an expected part of not getting enough sleep. A new joint study from researchers at Tel Aviv University, UCLA and the University of Wisconsin has discovered exactly how this lack of sleep affects brain activity.

The teams determined that individual neurons in the brain actually slow down due to sleep deprivation, causing a delayed response behaviorally and cognitively. This neural slowing messes with visual perception and memory associations in the brain.

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New Study Shows Oral Health Linked to Esophageal Cancer

A new study published in the journal Cancer Research shows evidence to suggest that oral bacteria may increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Two large studies were conducted in which oral wash samples were collected from 122,000 participants, and their oral bacteria was assessed. After 10 years, 106 of those participants had developed cancer of the esophagus. Through analysis of the participant data, researchers found that some oral bacteria were linked to a higher risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma.

The oral bacteria that causes gum disease has also been linked to other cancers such as oral, neck and head cancers in other research, according to Dr. David Buck, DDS, founder of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics in Lynnwood, Washington.  

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Tips for Helping Kids with Dental Anxiety

Is your child having a hard time going to the dentist without getting upset? They’re not alone. Statistics show that children between the ages of 8 and 12 experience the most anxiety when it comes to a dental visit. Of course, dental anxiety can happen at any age, so here are a few tips to help kids handle their fears.

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3 Types of TMJ Exercises to Help Relieve Pain

Living with TMJ disorder can be painful, but relying on pain medication to manage the discomfort can be dangerous and interfere with your daily life. Here are a few exercises to help ease the pain and avoid taking medications that can be addicting and lead to unpleasant side effects.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Braces Colors

No matter how bad you’ve always wanted straight teeth, the thought of having to wear braces for so long can leave many patients feeling discouraged. As with most things in life, it’s all about perspective! Try focusing on the positives such as defining your braces style with different color combinations. It’s great to start planning ahead, even if you haven’t gotten your braces put on yet. If you already have them, you can change colors next time you come in so now is the perfect time to start brainstorming.

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Never Too Old for Braces

Thanks to social media and an ever-growing digital presence in the day-to-day lives of people around the world, appearance is arguably more relevant today than in any other period in history. Whether you’re looking for love or searching for your next career move, your profile picture on apps and websites will likely be seen long before you meet someone face to face.

For some, finances in childhood made achieving that dream smile impossible; others just didn’t see it as a priority. But times have certainly changed.

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Hot Flashes Linked to Sleep Apnea

A new study published in the journal of the North American Menopause Society examines the potential link between hot flashes and obstructive sleep apnea in menopausal women. Researchers discovered that women who reported experiencing severe hot flashes were 1.87 times more at risk for obstructive sleep apnea than those who reported only mild or no hot flashes.

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How Posture Affects Oral Health

Posture is a cause for concern for many in the medical field as people spend more and more time looking down at mobile devices, hunched over laptops or sitting at computers at work day after day. Medical professionals agree that poor posture can put a strain on the entire body, but many people are surprised to find out it can also have a negative effect on their smile.

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Extraction-Free Orthodontics

One of the most popular methods used by orthodontists across the country to make room for teeth in a crowded mouth is extraction. However, at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we believe in assessing the big picture by determining why the teeth don’t all fit and solving the problem as a whole without pulling teeth just to make room.

Dr. Buck has discovered that the reason many people suffer from crowded teeth is that their jaws never fully developed to the size nature intended in order to accommodate the full smile they were meant to have. Using his revolutionary system to help stimulate jaw growth, patients don’t need to have teeth extracted in order to have a beautiful smile.

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A Guide to the Best Halloween Treats for Teeth

It’s no secret that sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth, but that’s no reason not to enjoy the holiday festivities that come with the fall season. Here’s a guide to some better treat choices that will sweeten your Halloween fun without hurting your teeth.

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Chronic Migraines Linked to TMJ Disorder

Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil have discovered that patients suffering from chronic migraine attacks more than 15 days a month are three times more likely to have severe TMJ disorder symptoms than patients with only episodic migraines.

"It makes sense when you think about basic anatomy," said Dr. David Buck, DDS, an innovative orthodontist who treats both TMJ disorders and migraine conditions in his Lynwood, Washington, practice.

"The temporomandibular joint is located on each side of the face, just in front of the ear," he said. "You can feel it by placing your hands there and opening and closing your mouth. This joint connects the jaw to the skull, so anything that causes pain in the jaw could easily radiate upward and cause headaches or migraines."

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Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea a Serious Danger

According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology titled "Increased Prevalence of Sleep-disordered Breathing in Adults," 5.9 million American adults have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but 23.5 million remain undiagnosed.

Sleep apnea has made headlines in recent years, bringing awareness to the dangers of the condition. For example, when actress Carrie Fisher died last year, sleep apnea was listed as one of the leading causes of death.

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Could Glass Toothpaste Help Repair Damaged Teeth?

A research team from Queen Mary University in London have developed a new "bioactive" glass designed to help repair decaying teeth. The glass dissolves quickly to form chemicals that mimic tooth minerals to help restore the damaged teeth. The toothpaste has already been launched by the university's company, BioMin Technologies Ltd., under the name BioMinC. Last year, the team developed a fluoride-containing glass toothpaste called BioMinF. The new product, BioMinC, uses chloride-containing glass as an alternative for those who choose to forego fluoride toothpaste or for those in areas where the water is already fluoridated.

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How to Brush With Braces

For anyone new to braces, learning how to care for your teeth and the wires being used to shape them can seem like a confusing, complicated process. In many ways, brushing your teeth after you’ve had braces put on is very similar to the routine you likely had before braces. However, there are a few things to consider.

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Tips to Stop Nail Biting

Nail biting is one of the hardest bad habits to break. If you’ve ever tried, you know just how true that is. What you may not know is just how bad chewing or biting your nails can be for your teeth.

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How is Functional Orthopedic Orthodontics Different?

Deciding to undergo a treatment plan to straighten teeth, whether for cosmetic reasons or for functionality, can be daunting. There are many niches within the field of orthodontics, and it can be a challenge to evaluate them all before making a decision.

The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics reports that orthodontics has been around for more than 2,000 years. In fact, archaeologists have discovered the remains of ancient people with bands wrapped around teeth in what they believe was some of the earliest examples of orthodontic treatment.

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Can Bad Habits Cause Malocclusion?

The most basic definition of malocclusion is "the misalignment of the jaw." This common disorder affects people of all ages. The Mayo Clinic estimates more than 200,000 cases are diagnosed every year in the United States alone.

Some of the most common complications associated with malocclusion are crowded teeth, cross bite, overbite, under bite and an open bite, according to Healthline. Symptoms caused by the misalignment of the jaw include frequent biting of the tongue or cheeks; discomfort or difficulty when chewing, biting, speaking or yawning; and the feeling that your teeth don’t line up correctly.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Help Delay Onset of Age-Related Diseases

Sleep apnea affects over 100 million people worldwide, and many researchers believe the disorder is still largely undiagnosed. Two of the most well-known and common risk factors are obesity and advanced age. Researchers in Portugal published an article in the medical journal Trends in Molecular Medicine expressing their concern that as human life expectancy continues to increase, the need for delaying or stopping the onset of age-related diseases becomes more important than ever. The research team believes that sleep apnea is connected to the onset of some of the most concerning age-related diseases.

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TMJ Pain Often Traced to Faulty Dental Care

If you’ve ever experienced chronic jaw pain that led you to seek medical treatment, you were more than likely diagnosed with a TMJ disorder. Sadly, many of the patients Dr. Buck treats for TMJ-related pain often can trace back the history of this disorder to faulty dental care in the past.

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