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Newbridge Dental
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News - April 2020

EFP and WHF release consensus report on links between periodontal and cardiovascular health

dfdfdThe European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) have published a consensus report asserting that there is strong epidemiological evidence demonstrating independent associations between severe periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. The report is the result of the Perio and Cardio Workshop 2019, a meeting of more than 20 representatives from the EFP and WHF, during which the latest research into links between the two diseases was discussed. Among the key findings were that patients with periodontal disease have a higher risk of suffering cardiovascular disease and that patients who already have both of these diseases are at a higher risk of suffering further cardiovascular complications.
“This workshop was a great opportunity for both cardiology and periodontal communities to review the scientific evidence behind these associations in a rigorous and unbiased manner”, commented Dr Mariano Sanz, professor and chair of periodontics at the Complutense University of Madrid and lead author of the consensus report.
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Now that we are aware of the association between periodontitis and coronary heart disease, we need to emphasise risk factors such as smoking and poor diet,” added Dr Pablo Perel, senior science adviser at the WHF and professor of clinical epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Global Chronic Conditions. The report “Periodontal and cardiovascular diseases: Consensus report”, was published in Global Heart and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.



Importance of dental education and research highlighted in recent article series

dfdfdThe Journal of the California Dental Association published a series of articles on the role research plays in dental students’ education. The articles focused on why maintaining innovative research programmes is crucial in preparing students for their careers. Editor-in-chief Dr Kerry K. Carney said the drive for new knowledge needed to remain a core value: “Exposing trainees to the principles and practice of science fuels a sense of curiosity and is one of the primary tools for teaching critical thinking, which in turn promotes a habit of lifelong learning”.
The evolution of dentistry is directly related to research advancements, and this connection has always been relevant. Speaking to Dental Tribune International, Carney said that the idea for the article series came after hearing rumblings of a move away from research in some models of dental training, apparently for reasons of cost and efficiency.
When looking at the figures, those rumblings become quite loud. The author of a paper titled “The impact of research on the future of dental education: How research and innovation shape dental education and the dental profession,” Prof. Harold C. Slavkin, from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, told Dental Tribune International that “the distribution of National Institutes of Health grant support is an excellent approach to evaluating the rankings of dental schools concerning the research scholarship by faculty, students and staff”.
He noted that approximately 15 US dental schools are quite active, whereas most US dental schools have little research activity.



Bioactive tooth surface protective against dental caries

dfdfdResearchers have developed a bioactive peptide that coats teeth, helping to prevent cavities and heal existing ones. The researchers from the University of Hong Kong, and Anhui Medical University in China explained the coating prevents colonisation of the tooth surface by plaque-forming bacteria, and reduces the dissolution of tooth enamel and increases remineralisation.
The researchers based their coating on the natural antimicrobial peptide H5. H5 can be adsorbed into tooth enamel and destroy a range of bacteria. To promote remineralisation, the team added a phosphoserine group to one end of H5, which they assumed could help attract more calcium ions to repair the enamel than natural H5. They tested the modified peptide on slices of human molars.
Compared with natural H5, the new peptide adsorbed more strongly to the tooth surface, killed more bacteria, inhibited their adhesion and protected teeth from demineralisation. However, both peptides promoted remineralisation to a similar degree. According to a press release by the American Chemical Society, the modified peptide could be applied in the form of a varnish or gel to the teeth to prevent dental caries in the future.
Biocompatibility tests revealed the safety of the synthesised bioactive peptide. In summary, the synthesised bioactive peptide could be applied safely to prevent dental caries and effectively induce in situ self-healing remineralisation for treatment of the decayed tooth,” stated the researchers.
The study ‘Constructing an antibiofouling and mineralizing bioactive tooth surface to protect against decay and promote self-healing’, was published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.