What Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health

White teeth and fresh breath are a dental care bonus, but the real payoff of proper daily cleaning and dental checkups is healthy gums. Healthy gums equal healthy teeth and a whole lot more.

What Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health

Mouth Body Connection

White teeth and fresh breath are a dental care bonus, but the real payoff of proper daily cleaning and dental checkups is healthy gums. Healthy gums equal healthy teeth and a whole lot more.

Up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has some form of gum disease.  Gum disease causes little discomfort and produces few obvious symptoms in the early stages. But we consider gum disease a problem that can affect the whole body.

Indeed, gum disease — also known as gingivitis — is linked to increased risk for stroke, heart attack, preterm births, diabetes complications, Alzheimer’s and dementia. We must address gum disease as a serious, whole health concern.

Also, a thorough visual exam of the mouth guards against oral cancer. Warning signs of the disease include sores, blisters, white and red patches in the mouth or on the lips and bleeding in the mouth.
Its probable cause is accumulative damage from such factors as tobacco, alcohol and viral infections such as HPV.  And here’s another reason to put out your cigarette: “Smoking kills the mouth’s important tissue cells.”

Dental Dos and Don’ts

Brushing basics

Thorough brushing means using the right tools and the correct technique. Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes, which clean teeth and gums without harsh scrubbing.  The right toothbrush can mean the difference between getting a thorough cleaning or damaging your enamel.  Supersmile Advanced Sonic Pulse Toothbrush, which delivers 30,000 strokes per minute that clean and massage the gums, increasing blood supply. But the bottom line is brushing twice daily for a full two minutes each time without hard scrubbing. Placing too much pressure on our teeth can wear away at the tooth enamel, which causes pain [and] sensitivity, as well as an increased risk of tooth decay.  So be gentle!

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New Trend: Teeth Art Tattoos

Thin film tattoos are available for application on teeth which are affixed by way of a non-toxic edible adhesive.

New Trend: Teeth Art Tattoos

Teeth Tattoos

Temporary tooth tattoos are the latest trend in body decoration. The trend moves on from the tooth gem craze and introduces tiny, temporary tattoos for teeth. As with so many of these things, this idea originated in Japan. Japanese girls wear the trend by coordinating the little images stuck on to their teeth with their nail art, to create a cute, matching effect. Some men are even getting in on the trend, though probably not with a matching manicure.

The first well publicized Western appearance of the fad was when a male plumber in England had tiny pictures of Kate Middleton and Prince William (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) tattooed onto his teeth temporarily in celebration of their wedding. Apparently, the procedure has existed for around ten years, but has only recently come into fashion in Japan, and like so many other quirky Japanese trends, there is every chance it will spread.

What Designs of Tooth Tattoos are Available

So, what sort of designs are people going for? Well, with similar limitations as nail art and transfers in terms of size, simple designs in bold colors are the most popular. A black design, unless seen close up, could just look like tooth decay, and that is never a cool look! Popular designs include heart and diamond playing card style shapes, shooting stars, ladybugs, butterflies and rainbows, though because the decals are printed there is effectively no limit, other than size, to what you could have.

Some salons are already doing tiny portraits of iconic stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and even the Queen of England to go on teeth, as well as little pictures of colorful animals. Cartoon characters and the logos of brands like Harley Davidson have also started to make appearances on the teeth of people jumping on this new trend.

How do Tooth Tattoos Work

Temporary tooth tattoos are glued on to the teeth using a special water resistant adhesive which fixes to the tooth enamel. This glue needs to be strong, to withstand eating and brushing, though you will need to be gentle with the tattoo when you are cleaning your teeth if you have one. The process of applying the tattoo takes less than 20 minutes, and is pain free.

Many people choose to have their teeth whitened, either in a salon or at a cosmetic dentists, or by using one of the many at home tooth whitening kits, prior to having the tattoos stuck on, to make the tattoos stand out more and simply because having the tattoo will draw attention to their teeth.

Can You Buy Kits to Apply Tooth Tattoos at Home

At the moment, a temporary tooth tattoo need to be applied professionally. There aren’t any kits available to do it at home yourself, in the style of those nail art kits you can now find in almost any drug store or beauty counter. Whether this is because the trend isn’t popular enough yet for these to have started to be manufactured and sold or whether it is because the glue is not safe to use without proper training, we will find out if the trend catches on.

How Long do Temporary Teeth Tattoos Last

A temporary tooth tattoo only lasts for a few days. This is because the glue that fixes them on will weaken from generally being in your mouth and from the abrasion caused by eating and brushing. Think of it as having a similar lifespan to nail art, which when applied to natural nails only looks pristine for about three days (this can be much longer on acrylic nails, but you can’t get acrylic teeth!). This is another reason why a lot of Japanese girls find it makes sense to get their nails and tooth art done together for a special party or other occasion when they want to make a statement.

Does Food get Stuck under Temporary Tattoos

Because the temporary tooth tattoo is bonded firmly to the tooth enamel and is completely flat, it shouldn’t in theory, allow food to get trapped. It is better for the longevity of your temporary tooth tattoo to try and chew on the other side of your mouth and not eat anything that will scratch away at the tattoo too much though.

Are Tattoos For Teeth Safe

Temporary tooth tattoos, and the glue used to apply them, are non toxic and shouldn’t damage the tooth enamel. The process was actually invented by dentists, and therefore shouldn’t harm your teeth. Some dentists are concerned that plaque can build up around a tooth tattoo, which can of course lead to decay.

This shouldn’t present too much of a problem as you would only have the tattoo in place for a couple of days, but because of this it is advisable, if you wear temporary tooth tattoos often, to vary the tooth you have them applied to so that one tooth isn’t at risk of this additional plaque all the time. It is possible that regular use of temporary tooth tattoos could lead to some discoloration of the tooth’s surface, but this can be easily rectified with a home tooth whitening kit.

Will Temporary Tattoos For Teeth Catch On

It is highly likely, due to the popularity of other mouth decoration such as tooth gems and “grills” that the Japanese trend for temporary tooth tattoos will catch on in the USA and elsewhere in the world. It is a trend that is easy and relatively inexpensive to have done, and it doesn’t last too long so unlike other body decoration or modification like a tattoo, piercing or gold tooth, you don’t have to make a commitment to the fashion or to one particular design.

There is already quite a lot of buzz around temporary tooth tattoos and it is probably only a matter of time before we start to see celebrities flashing their own tooth decals, and that always gives a new trend the boost it needs to go mainstream.

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  1. drrajeeev says:

    i would like to buy some designs for my patients

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How To Select Bone Grafting Materials For Implant Dentistry

What questions should one ask when faced with a decision about selecting a bone substitute: There are at least five important questions to consider.

How To Select Bone Grafting Materials For Implant Dentistry

Dental Bone Grafting Materials

As implant dentistry continues to evolve as an office based sub-specialty, it is now rare for patients to have hospital surgery for reconstructive dental bone grafting procedures prior to or during dental implant placement.  New biological materials are used for office based regenerative surgery and are considered a replacement for conventional autogenous block grafts.  They fall into the category of bone substitutes.

Bone substitutes area a significant component of reconstructive dental implant surgery.  While implants are the most expensive disposable item in any implant practice, bone substitutes are a solid second.  However, the attention clinicians give to the biology of these materials, studies on their effectiveness in regenerating bone, or long-term success following implant placement is often lacking.

Many clinicians will be attentive to details about an implant’s surface treatment and life-table analysis of success rates, and then ignore studies about the long-term effectiveness of implants following alveolar socket grafting with a certain bone substitute.  Consider this:  if a sinus is augmented with a certain bone substitute, but bone doesn’t form after a 6-month healing period, that time is lost forever.  Selecting a bone substitute that performs as advertised in a given situation is very important.  So what questions should one ask when faced with a decision about selecting a bone substitute:  There are at least five important questions to consider.

1.  What is the intended use for the product

The material must be FDA approved (if in the U.S.) for the intended indication.  They always list all indications in the product’s package insert.  If not listed, the company probably doesn’t have the appropriate studies for the specific indication, or they cannot verify scientific validity.

2.  Does the product resorb

If the product acts either via an osteoinductive or osteoconductive mechanism, the material will ultimately be replaced by new bone.  In this regard, the material must have a documented and published “resorptive curve.”  This is not just a spot trephine biopsy at, say, six months documenting the presence of bone.  It should be a time course study (usually at three-month intervals) demonstrating precent new bone and percent bone substitute remaining at each time point.  Ideally, one wants implants in new bone, not the old grafting material.

3.  Does the product remodel adjacent to dental implants

An implant placed adjacent to a grafting material is expected to undergo a remodeling process just as normal bone will.  This will influence osseointegration and loading parameters.  Some grafting material have slower resorption/remodeling times.  Loading of dental implants will be affected.  Therefore, studies validating a bone substitute’s remodeling properties adjacent to titanium are vital.

4.  Is the product packaged in cc’s or grams

Bone substitute must be cost effective for your practice.  Normally, surgeons place bone grafting materials based on volumes (cc’s), yet some companies package materials based on weight (in grams).  This practice makes it hard to estimate the volume required (after all, surgeons don’t weigh materials out in grams).  Companies should be challenged to provide equivalent product weights in cc’s.  This will allow a product comparison based on cost per cc.

5.  Can the company give you peer reviewed articles and studies, in English, supporting their claims for their product

While articles published in a foreign language can add substantially to a product’s clinical validity, evaluation by English speaking clinicians can be difficult unless the articles are in English.

Many bone substitutes are currently on the market, and more are on the way.  Selecting the appropriate one for a given situation can be a challenging task.  Hopefully,  these questions can help streamline the process of selecting the bone substitute that are right for your office.

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FireCr Dental Reader: New Technology For Dental Radiography

Designed to provide a compact, economical imaging solution, the Fire CR Dental Reader provides rapid, high-quality reading of reusable dental imaging plates.

FireCr Dental Reader: New Technology For Dental Radiography

FireCr Dental Reader

Designed to provide a compact, economical imaging solution, the Fire CR Dental Reader provides rapid, high-quality reading of reusable dental imaging plates. It features an optional tablet computer for immediate viewing of images, which is said to improve practice workflow and facilitate chairside patient consultation. Smaller than a shoebox, the system offers integrated UV sterilization and erase functions.

3DISC Imaging inc., Dulles, VA, a manufacturer of digital imaging products, has developed a compact imaging device that provides reading of reusable dental imaging plates. The FireCR Dental Reader features a tablet computer to immediately view and share imaging results at the chair side and features touch screen software that provides dentists with immediate access to the history of the patient’s dental images.

The reader is DICOM 3.0 compatible with existing systems and uses low-cost, reusable imaging plates in a variety of sizes, including bite-wing and intraoral dental imaging plates.

FireCr

Sigrid Smitt-Jeppesen, CEO of 3DISC Americas, commented in the press release:

We’re setting a new standard in dental imaging by offering a reader and tablet computer that rapidly deliver high-quality digital images at the chairside, eliminating the need to leave the room to scan and review images on a central computer. FireCR Dental Readers are compact and affordable, so dentists can distribute units in each examination room, increasing patient throughput and improving overall productivity of the practice.

The FireCR Dental Reader will be introduced at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in Chicago Feb. 23–25 and will be available worldwide in mid-2012.

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Top Signs You Should See A Dentist

For some reason, most people get an unpleasant feeling at the thought of visiting their dentist. But staying on top of your dental health can save you from even worse unpleasantness later.

Top Signs You Should See A Dentist

For some reason, most people get an unpleasant feeling at the thought of visiting their dentist.  But staying on top of your dental health can save you from even worse unpleasantness later.Aside from the regular check-up appointments – which dentists stress are highly important and can prevent or catch problems early – there are several signs that it may be time to pay a visit to your dentist.

Generally, anything out of the ordinary may indicate it’s time to call your dentist, whether it be tooth pain, bleeding gums or discoloration.

Tooth pain

Toothaches are a common reason that people might need to make that appointment.  Some symptoms would include a dull throbbing in the jaw that leads to the ear, hot or cold sensitivity, or an obvious sharp pain.

Pain comes in different degrees and has different causes. Usually tooth pain that causes you to wake up in the middle of the night is an automatic visit to the dentist.

But some tooth pain could be triggered by clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth while you sleep. Often, using a nightguard will relieve this pain.

Gums

Bleeding gums are another reason to make an appointment with the dentist.  If your gums bleed when you floss for longer than a week, see your dentist.  Bleeding during brushing, or for no reason at all, also warrants a visit.

Other problematic symptoms for the gums include discoloration or inflammation.

If their tissue is not a coral pink, or a light shade of pink, if it starts to turn red in color, that means there is some type of inflammation caused by bacteria or other immune system issue.  Swollen gums are also a reason to see the dentist.

Inflamed or bleeding gums are often a sign of periodontal disease.  Smoking, hereditary diseases such as diabetes, and the lack of proper oral hygiene cause periodontal disease, which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Headaches

People often don’t connect headaches with dental problems, but can they can be related.  Headaches that are felt in the morning, especially accompanied by soreness or stiffness in the neck, could be due to clenching or grinding during the night. These headaches can also be prevented by nightguards.

Other symptoms

Other things to be on the lookout for are a bad odor in your mouth, pressure or “bubbles” above your teeth, or white patches on your tongue.

Pressure or “bubbles” that form above the teeth could be infections.  And white patches on the side of the tongue that cannot be wiped off could be a sign of oral cancer.

But dental problems do not always present themselves in identifiable ways, which is why it is important to regularly see your dentist rather than wait for the pain to set in.

The tooth actually does not feel decay until it has progressed, sometimes for years.  If they feel pain, it’s too late.

McCormick said teeth are like bones – neither have nerves in them. So the pain of decay is not felt until it reaches the core of the tooth, by which time it is too late.

Franklin said it is important to brush your teeth three times a day – after every meal – and consistently floss.  The best dentistry is preventive dentistry.

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Dried Licorice Root Found To Fight Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice – used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine – that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.

Dried Licorice Root Found To Fight Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

Dried Licorice Root

Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice – used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine – that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study

Printing Body Parts – The Future Is Now

The printing process used a laser to heat and melt metal powder in the shape of the jawbone.

Printing Body Parts – The Future Is Now

Printing Body Parts

It is amazing to me what technology is capable of, and everyday I learn something that makes me wonder just how close we will actually come to some of the fictitious “marvels” seen on the sci-fi movies.  Space travel, whole body health scanners, robotic arms and limbs. An 83 year old woman who was afflicted with a bone wasting disease that had claimed most of her lower jaw and left her unable to properly eat, or speak was the recipient of the very first 3-D printed jawbone. The jawbone, was made completely of a titanium powder sintered together layer by layer.

The “printing” process used a laser to heat and melt metal powder in the shape of the jawbone. That process, carried out by Belgian manufacturer LayerWise, allowed the 3D printer to sculpt and build up the patient’s medical implant layer by layer. A bioceramic coating ensured that the patient’s body would not reject the implant.

“The new treatment method is a world premiere because it concerns the first patient-specific implant in replacement of the entire lower jaw,” said Jules Poukens, a surgeon at the University Hasselt in Belgium.

After the lower mandible was constructed, it was coated in a biocompatible ceramic and then it was surgically placed during a four-hour surgery. The woman was able to say a few words only hours later. Her new jaw is a bit heavier than her old one, but appears to be well tolerated. She was able to go home just four days later.

Doctors feel as though this opens the door for the technology to allow for custom bone and joint replacements and someday It could pave the way for all kinds of 3-D printed body parts.

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Beam Brush: World’s First Bluetooth Enabled Toothbrush

Self monitoring of activity levels using accelerometer activated devices like Striiv and FitBit is all the rage these days, and now the field is expanding into dentistry thanks to the Beam Brush.

Beam Brush: World’s First Bluetooth Enabled Toothbrush

Beam Brush

Self monitoring of activity levels using accelerometer activated devices like Striiv and FitBit is all the rage these days, and now the field is expanding into dentistry thanks to the Beam Brush.  The device transmits data about its use via Bluetooth to a matching smartphone app that keeps track of when and for how long the brush was used for. Beam Technologies, a year-old startup, is set to introduce a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush and app that will launch next month. The toothbrush contains a sensor and Bluetooth radio that will send your brushing information to a smartphone app. Later versions will also track how long you spent in certain areas of the mouth and might add some kind of gamification layer to help encourage better brushing.

Alex X. Frommeyer, the CEO and founder of Beam, says the Beam Brush should hit shelves in early March and retail for about $50 for the base and $3 for a replaceable brush head. The Android app is ready, and the iOS app should be ready when the toothbrush launches or soon after. His startup, which is based in Louisville, Ky., is set to close on an initial round of funding in a few weeks. He didn’t disclose the amount but said it is less than $1 million.

The idea for creating a connected toothbrush came from a deeply personal and deeply practical place for Frommeyer. He had long been interested in the ways broadband and connectivity could upend the medical market, and had a personal connection to dentistry thanks to several  family members working in the field. On a practical side, dentistry is an easier entry point into the medical field because the Food and Drug Administration has more lenient rules for approving toothbrushes. They are medical devices, but as long as someone submits the design to the FDA, he can sell it. That means Beam can sell its toothbrush without spending millions and waiting for FDA approval.

Beam Brush

The first generation toothbrush may not appeal to those seeking the ultimate in data on their dental hygiene, as it will consist mostly of letting you track how long and when you brushed your teeth. To jazz up the experience, Frommeyer will let the app play songs and may incorporate a social element or game element into the process. At first this seems bizarre (although maybe not to those people who share their pictures of their dinners), but as a parent I would love one of these things so I can monitor how often my daughter brushes her teeth without standing right there in the bathroom.

Future iterations will also be able to show the user how long they spent in certain areas of the mouth. The sensor works via contact with the mouth, so it registers when the brush is scrubbing your teeth. I’d love for the app to become almost a reward system and prompt for good brushing, so when my daughter (or I) is brushing, the app could play a video or something fun, but if the brushing slacked off or spent too long in one place, the video stopped playing.

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  1. as d tim change evrything changes….sceience bcom a cup of tea in d morning…go ahead always!!!awesomessss!!!!!!!!

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Preserve Toothbrush Made From Recycled Yogurt Cups

The Preserve Toothbrush is priced right (less than $3 each), is good for the environment, is BPA free, and comes with a postage paid mailer to return the toothbrush for another round of recycling.

Preserve Toothbrush Made From Recycled Yogurt Cups

Preserve Toothbrush

So the folks at Preserve Products are taking old yogurt cups and using them to make toothbrushes.  Makes sense to me.  The Preserve Toothbrush is priced right (less than $3 each), is good for the environment, is BPA free, and comes with a postage paid mailer to return the toothbrush for another round of recycling.

How much of a difference? Preserve plastic requires:

  • At least 54% less water than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 64% less greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 75% less oil than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 48% less coal than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 77% less natural gas than virgin polypropylene
  • At least 46% less electricity than virgin polypropylene

Where item(s) can be purchased:Online, Target, Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods Markets

The claim of the product: This toothbrush is the first truly green toothbrush.

The problem the product solves: Preserve, who has been making toothbrushes from recycled yogurt cups since 1997, has partnered with the design firm Continuum, to take their sustainability commitment one step further.

Before working with Continuum, Preserve had been grappling with how to make the toothbrush completely green. After all, how green was this toothbrush though made from recycled yogurt cups, that still ended up in landfill?

Preserve approached Continuum and challenged them to make Preserve toothbrushes even greener by keeping them out of landfills.

Continuum’s response: Eco-friendly packaging and closed loop recycling. Continuum then developed the Mail Back Pack for Preserve.

How the product works:

  1. The lightweight biodegradable package encases the toothbrush, protects it during shipments and presents the products at point of sale at retail locations.
  2. This also doubles as a return envelope.
  3. Consumers simply put their used toothbrush in the envelope and mail it back to Preserve free of charge so it can begin its next life stage.
  4. Preserve turns the used toothbrushes into plastic lumber for picnic tables and boardwalks.

What is great about the product:

  1. Made from recycled yogurt cups (Handle 100% recycled #5 plastic; bristles new nylon).
  2. Cost is on par or less than the average toothbrush.
  3. All the features of a regular toothbrush (Easy-to-grip curved handle, Tiered bristles for gentle, thorough cleaning).
  4. Completely recyclable after use.
  5. The mailback recycling program does not cost the consumer additional money, also not incurring any extra carbon footprint as it is using a service already in existence, the mail.
  6. BPA Free.
  7. Made in the USA.
  8. Available in 5 colors: Grass Green, White, Magenta, Sky Blue, Midnight Blue.
  9. Bristles come in: Extra Soft, Soft & Medium.
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    1. As someone who tries to be a responsible citizen of this planet, I was glad to learn of this toothbrush program~ I’ll pass the word along…

      • Elaine Poirier says:

        I am always happy to hear about a program which is utilizing recycling , now every time I wash my yogurt cups, I will feel even better…..WTG! I will definitely share this with my friends.

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Weight Loss Improves The Health Of Your Gums

The human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear.

Weight Loss Improves The Health Of Your Gums

Gum Disease And Weight Loss

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers found the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear.

Findings come from a pilot study of 31 obese people with gum disease. Half of the group with an average body mass index (BMI) of 39 had gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells from the abdomen removed. That half fared better than a control group of obese people with a BMI of 35 who also were treated for gum disease but did not have the gastric bypass surgery or fat removed.

What intrigued the researchers is that the majority of those who underwent surgery had a drop in their glucose levels after the procedure, a result that bodes well for overweight people predisposed to diabetes and insulin-related problems.

All study participants underwent nonsurgical periodontal treatments of scaling/root planing and oral hygiene instructions for home care. While both groups showed improvement, the surgery group did even better on the measures for periodontal attachment, bleeding, probing depths and plaque levels.

Inflammation that continues to brew in the body can have harmful effects over time, and inflammation from gum disease can erode bone and cause tooth loss. It can also cause breaks in the gums where harmful oral bacteria can enter the blood stream. Such bacteria have been linked to preterm birth, fetal death, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, said Nabil Bissada, chair of the department of periodontics at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine.

Bissada is the lead author of the study, “Response to periodontal therapy in subjects who had weight loss following bariatric surgery and obese counterparts: a pilot study,” published in the Journal of Periodontology.

This study raises two hypotheses about why the surgery group improved.

The first theory is that excessive fat cells (adipocytes) secrete more cytokines (such as TNF and IL-6), which make insulin more resistant to doing its function. As a result, more accumulation of sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia) occurs. Losing weight, therefore, makes insulin less resistant and improves the diabetic status. This in turn helps in the response to periodontal treatment.

The other theory relates to the presence of the leptin hormone that regulates appetite. Leptin plays a role in regulating metabolism and has been linked to inflammation by increasing the production of cytokines and the -C-reactive protein, which is also linked to inflammation. Bissada said leptin production was reduced after bariatric surgery and may be one explanation for the better outcomes in the periodontal treatment.

As the researchers look to the further their research, their next step will be to conduct a longitudinal study to support their preliminary findings.

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