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General dentistry residents have high implant success rate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– First-year general dentistry residents at the UF College of Dentistry Jacksonville Clinic have the right stuff when it comes to successfully placing tooth implants. In fact, their success rate of 98 percent exceeds the 90 to 95 percent reported by the American Dental Association as the average survival…

Practice-based dental research networks receive $75 million

Gainesville, Fla —The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR) made an April announcement that $75 million in federal funding will be used to establish three dental practice-based clinical research networks. These regional practice-based clinical research networks will investigate with scientific rigor the everyday…

Some rural residents with oral pain wait too long before seeking help

Joseph Riley, Ph.D., M.S. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Rural residents are nearly twice as likely as their urban counterparts to postpone timely trips to the dentist, seeking help only after they develop a problem and oral pain is severe, University of Florida researchers report.

Live oral bacteria found in arterial plaque

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gum disease has been linked to hardening of the arteries for nearly a decade, and scientists have long fingered a gang of oral bacteria as the obvious suspects behind many cases of the vessel-clogging killer.  Now University of Florida researchers have cornered the bacterial ringleaders of gum…

UF researchers map bacterial proteins that cause tooth loss

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The human mouth teems with millions of enamel-eroding, gum-inflaming microbes. One of these, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is a bacterial homesteader that stakes a claim deep within the spaces between teeth and gums. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss — secreting proteins that destroy the soft…