What Makes Teeth Chatter
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY
Published: July 11, 2011, New York Times - Science
Q. What might cause teeth to chatter other than the cold?
A. There are several kinds of involuntary jaw movements, said Dr. Steven Syrop, section chief of temporomandibular disorders at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and it is important to distinguish chattering from grinding and from still another problem, called oromandibular dystonia. Read more...
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Dentists Can Identify People with Undiagnosed Diabetes, Columbia Researchers Show
NEW YORK – In a study, Identification of unrecognized diabetes and pre-diabetes in a dental setting, published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Dental Research researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental visits represented a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. The study sought to develop and evaluate an identification protocol for high blood sugar levels in dental patients and was supported by a research grant from Colgate-Palmolive. The authors report no potential financial or other conflicts.
"Periodontal disease is an early complication of diabetes, and about 70 percent of U.S. adults see a dentist at least once a year," says Dr. Ira Lamster, dean of the College of Dental Medicine, and senior author on the paper. "Prior research focused on identification strategies relevant to medical settings. Oral healthcare settings have not been evaluated before, nor have the contributions of oral findings ever been tested prospectively."More...
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