Navigation Links
Tray bleaching may improve oral health of elderly, special-needs patients
Date:6/28/2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. A tooth-bleaching agent may improve the oral health of elderly and special-needs patients, say dentists at the Medical College of Georgia and Western University of Health Sciences.

Standard oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, can be difficult or impossible for patients with mental challenges or impaired manual dexterity. Additionally, when health problems or medications cause xerostomia, or dry mouth, the lack of saliva reduces the mouth's natural protective mechanisms. These problems lead to plaque accumulation, cavities and periodontal disease, and could further impact the patient's health.

A report featured on the cover of this month's Journal of the American Dental Association noted that applying the tooth whitener carbamide peroxide through a custom-fit mouth tray might combat those problems. The report was based on a literature review and the authors' clinical experiences with special-needs patients and tooth bleaching.

"What we've noticed through whitening patients' teeth over the years is that as they bleached, their teeth got squeaky clean and their gingival health improved," said Dr. Van Haywood, professor in the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry and co-author of the report.

Dentists have used carbamide peroxide, or urea peroxide, for decades to whiten teeth, but its original use was as an oral antiseptic. It removes plaque, kills bacteria and elevates the mouth's pH above the point at which enamel and dentin begin to dissolve, which results in fewer cavities.

"All these benefits lead us to believe that tray bleaching can be a very effective supplemental method of oral hygiene for patients facing greater challenges keeping their mouths clean," said Dr. David Lazarchik, associate professor in the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and the report's co-author.

The trick is in the tray, Haywood said. After a complete dental exam, the dentist can make the custom-fit tray that the patient can wear comfortably at night or for several hours during the day. The carbamide peroxide gel can be prescribed or purchased over-the-counter.

Lazarchik said further research is needed to determine a specific protocol for using tray-applied carbamide peroxide specifically to improve oral health.


'/>"/>

Contact: Paula Hinley
phinely@mcg.edu
706-721-3646
Medical College of Georgia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. LA Dentist, Dr. Katherine Galina, Offers Free Bleaching for Life
2. UPMC Health Plan Offers Brain Fitness Software to Improve Health
3. Landmark Textbook Aims to Improve Clinician, Consumer Understanding of Lesbian Health
4. News brief: Contrast agent with MRI improves detection of lymph nodes metastases
5. Nuclear Power Plant Improves Site Security with Blast Resistant Guard Booth
6. Loving Foster Homes Improve Kids Attention, Impulsivity
7. Improved air quality linked to fewer pediatric ear infections
8. Mayo Clinic Recognized by Three Certifying Boards for Quality Improvement Activities
9. Integrating private insurance with public health would improve US health care -- study
10. Everyone Could Benefit From Dr. Clint Pearman's New Book, "The Gift: Twelve Ingredients To Improve Your Life."
11. Banner Health Systems Adopts Quantros Regulatory Reporting Management (RRM) to Manage Clinical Quality and Performance Data and Support Improvements in Quality of Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tray bleaching may improve oral health of elderly, special-needs patients
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... There are many ways to cook a hot dog, ... that Americans prefer their dogs straight off the grill. Of the 90 percent of ... way to cook a hot dog, far outpacing other cooking methods such as steaming ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cabot Corporation, ... defective respirators, according to court documents and SEC filings. A jury has ... Tyler v. American Optical Corporation, Case No. BC588866, Los Angeles County, California. The ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Georgia State ... its specialty academic programs. , Answering to the increasing demand for curricular specializations, ... health law, and environmental and land use law. ,  , “The demand for ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... On Memorial Day, Hope For Heroes ... lives in military battle for the country. The nonprofit Hope For Heroes partnered ... programs that empower independence for disabled military veterans, as well as police, firemen, and ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cardiac ... significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers ... this week in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, provide critical information ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... Hutchison China MediTech (Chi-Med) ... the highly lucrative global oncology and immunology markets. ... first-in-class or best-in-class tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) drugs, ... partners. HCM,s profitable Chinese healthcare business continues to ... progress of the mid-to-late-stage pipeline during 2016-17 (including ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Amarantus BioScience Holdings, Inc. ... products for Regenerative Medicine, Neurology and Orphan Diseases, today announced that ... at two upcoming investor conferences: SeeThru Equity MicroCap ... New York City , NY When: ... Marcum MicroCap Conference   Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ALBANY, New York , May 26, 2016 ... Transparency Market Research "Medical Waste Management Market - U.S. Industry ... the medical waste management market in the U.S. was valued ... expand at a CAGR of 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 ... report provides exhaustive analysis of current and emerging needle free ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: