Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello roundup readers! After some time off, we are back to bring you the top trending dental news stories of the week. First up this week, is an article about a groundbreaking study that is trying to grow enamel from mice stem cells. Our second article is an informative piece on infection control. Our final article for the week is a blog post from The Daily Grind, which focuses on the pros and cons of extracting wisdom teeth. Let us know what you think about each of these articles in the comments section below. We love to hear your thoughts.

Stem Cells Investigated for Enamel Growth
Researcher, Anamaria Balic, MD, PhD, has received high-risk funding of almost 120,000 Euros from the Academy of Finland to develop the chemical recipe for growing tooth enamel and whole teeth with stem cells in vitro and in vivo. Balic is beginning her research with mice because the incisors and molars of mice develop similarly to human molars. Once the process has successfully been mastered in mice, they will apply the same process and principles to humans.

Infection control and the dental hygienist: Why not you?
Is your practice in the beginning stages of reevaluating your infection control? If so, take some time to read this detailed article on infection control and the resources that are available from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention to help your practice become the safest and healthiest practice possible.

Teeth That Bother Me
Dr. Lilya Horowitz, contributor to The Daily Grind blog, walks readers through the various reasons why she recommends her patients to have their wisdom teeth removed. According to Horowitz, wisdom teeth should be extracted because of the future risk of pain and infection, the risk of bone loss around second molars and the risk of decay on the distal of the second molars.

What are your thoughts on this week’s stories? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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