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Professor Eric Reynolds—the irrepressible innovator

Professor Eric ReynoldsPhotography: Eamon Gallagher

Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds invented a key weapon in the fight against tooth decay while building Melbourne Dental School into a world-class institution. Now he’s taking on periodontitis with a new vaccine that’s about to go into human trials. By […]

Tooth decay revealed as leading oral health issue

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Nearly six million Australians are living with tooth decay or other oral health issues, according to Medibank data released earlier this week. Findings from the Medibank Better Health Index—which surveys 1,000 Australians every week—show that 5,707,000 people are affected by at […]

Dental biomaterial resists plaque and kills microbes

dental biomaterialBiofilms composed of Streptococcus mutans—a common cause of tooth decay—were much easier to remove when grown on a newly developed dental material (right image), which has an antimicrobial agent within it, compared to a control material. Credit: University of Pennsylvania

Dentists rely on composite materials to perform restorative procedures such as filling cavities. Yet these dental biomaterials—like tooth enamel—can be vulnerable to the growth of plaque, the sticky biofilm that leads to tooth decay, a new study has found. In […]

Study to help fight tooth decay in children

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Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has announced its Australian-first study investigating the use of silver diamine fluoride to fight tooth decay and reduce dental hospitalisations in Victorian children. Silver diamine fluoride is a topical medicament that can be applied to […]

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 […]