tooth decay

Yeast-bacteria interaction implicated in tooth decay

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Though most tooth decay can be blamed on bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, a new study published in June in the journal PLOS Pathogens, has found the fungus Candida albicans may be a joint culprit in an alarmingly common form of severe tooth […]

A timely reminder

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Half the number of six-year-olds presenting to public dental clinics have experienced tooth decay according to data from Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV). Worse, around 4,500 Victorian children aged 0-14 years are hospitalised due to dental conditions. It is statistics […]

Thumbs up for school-based dental sealant programs

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New research findings demonstrate that school-based dental sealant programs, in which students receive preventative oral care while at school, are cost-effective in protecting at-risk children’s permanent teeth from decay. As described in a paper to be published early next year […]

‘Selfies’ can help people brush up on our tooth-brushing ability

A small pilot study published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research has found that recording smart phone video ‘selfies’ of tooth-brushing can help people improve their tooth-brushing skills. Tooth-brushing helps avert preventable oral diseases, such as tooth decay and […]