Dental implant with slow-release drug reservoir reduces infection risk!

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In the latest news, scientists have developed a dental implant containing a reservoir for the slow release of drugs. Laboratory tests in which the reservoir slowly released a strong antimicrobial agent showed that the new implant can prevent and eliminate bacterial biofilms – a major cause of infection associated with dental implants.

Lead author Dr. Kaat De Cremer, from the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven, explains that the reservoir in the implant can be filled by removing the cover screw. She adds that:

“The implant is made of a porous composite material, so that the drugs gradually diffuse from the reservoir to the outside of the implant, which is in direct contact with the bone cells. As a result, the bacteria can no longer form a biofilm.”

In general, bacteria have two life-forms. In one, the planktonic state, they exist as single, independent cells, and in the other, they aggregate in a slime-enclosed mass called a biofilm.

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Dental-sealant program could prevent most cavities, lower treatment costs in vulnerable children

There is much talk about in school programs that could have such a profound effect on cavity prevention and even long term dental health of children. Dr. Krape Cosmetic & Specialized Dentistry has always encouraged parents to consider dental sealants as a must for their children at such critical development ages. Please don’t put this off. Schedule an appointment for your children today! Call: 561-257-2580.

Dental Sealants prevent cavities

Close-up of little boy opening his mouth wide during inspection of oral cavity

Research shows dental sealants to shield the back teeth could prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in school-aged children. They are quick, easy, and painless to apply – yet according to a new CDC Vital Signs report, about 60 percent of school children ages 6-11 years don’t get dental sealants.

Dental sealants are a thin coating that is painted on teeth to protect them from cavities. One way to provide sealants to more children is by increasing their access to school-based sealant programs (SBSPs).

SBSPs are especially important for children from low-income families because such children are less likely to receive dental care. These programs target schools with a high percentage of children eligible for free or reduced-cost meal programs. As a result, SBSPs provide sealants to children who are at higher risk for cavities and less likely to receive preventive care.

“Many children with untreated cavities will have difficulty eating, speaking, and learning,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Dental sealants can be an effective and inexpensive way to prevent cavities, yet only 1 in 3 low-income children currently receive them. School-based sealant programs are an effective way to get sealants to children.”

School-based dental sealant programs are high impact and low cost

Sealants provided in school settings are effective. Recent studies found that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities for two years after application and continue to protect against 50 percent of cavities for up to 4 years after placement. They can be retained in the mouth for as long as nine years.

Key findings from the report include:

  • About 43 percent of 6- to 11-year-old children had a dental sealant. Low-income children were 20 percent less likely to have sealants than higher-income children.
  • School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.
  • Applying sealants in school-based programs to the nearly 7 million low-income children who don’t have them could save up to $300 million in dental treatment costs.

CDC supporting states to start or increase school-based dental sealant programs

State officials play an important role in increasing children’s access to school-based dental sealant programs in their states. Officials can:

  • Target school-based sealant programs to the areas of greatest need in their state.
  • Track the number of schools and children participating in SBSPs.
  • Implement policies that deliver SBSPs in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Help connect schools with health departments, Medicaid and CHIP offices, community health centers, and dental professionals in the community.

CDC currently provides funding to 21 state public health departments to coordinate and implement school-based and school-linked sealant programs that target low-income children and those who live in rural settings.

The Vital Signs report can be viewed here.

For more information on SBSPs, dental sealants, and CDC’s work, visit: www.cdc.gov/oralhealth.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dentists, Palm Beach Gardens – Who to choose?

It’s no secret with the demise of the Yellow Pages, many dentists have come to rely heavily on the power of the internet and the 100’s of tools and subscriptions offered to place their practice at the top of the list. Anywhere from paid advertising, cooperative banner placement and of course social media options, the race is on. However, the one area that stands heads above the rest is years of happy patients and their 5 star testimonial reviews and referrals.

Experience, consistency and quality dental treatments year after year have truly been the key to Dr. Krape Cosmetic and Gentle Family Dentistry success.

Just drive thru Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and North Palm Beach and notice how many cosmetic dentist offices there are however, most have not stood the test of time that Dr. Krapes office of general dentists and specialists have enjoyed for over 40 years.

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Dr. Krape Cosmetic Dentistry

“You must have a sincere interest and concern for your patients welfare” says, Dr. Krape.

Quality dental care and treatment has come under much scrutiny when it comes to health insurance and what they will and will not pay for. Dr. Krape has always put preventative treatment and care above all else and whenever possible will offer options that can keep a tooth living for as long as possible before root canal, crown, dental implant or other prosthetic options are considered.

At Dr. Krape Cosmetic and Gentle Family Dentistry this modus operandi is not negotiable and is a mandatory practice by all the dentists at Dr. Krapes’ office.

So when it comes to choosing the best dentist in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and North Palm Beach communities, make sure these fundamental concerns are a top priority.

For a free consultation, please call us at: 561-257-2580

Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease May Lead to Oral Cancer Growth

Dr. Krape Cosmetic and Gentle Family Dentistry offers blog articles that he considers of high value to his patients. Awareness and prevention are the keys to a long, happy and healthy smile. Gum Disease is one of the most serious conditions that can develop and often is so gradual that most people fail to recognize it. Routine visits for teeth cleaning and proper daily oral hygiene is paramount to your overall bodies health. As science and medicine has learned…many other complications can develop from poor oral health and gum disease. Read more…

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Gum Disease is no laughing matter!

Fatty acids from bacteria present in gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)-related lesions and tumors in the mouth.

The information comes from a study by Case Western Reserve University. The researchers analyzed how byproducts in the form of fatty acids cause the growth of the lesions.

This finding could result in early saliva testing for bacteria. The person could then possibly be treated for signs of cancer or cancer before it would become malignant.

The information appears in the Journal of Virology.

The study primarily looks at the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum, both of which are connected to gum disease. People with periodontal disease show high levels of these bacteria in their saliva.

KS affects many people with HIV because their immune systems can’t battle many infections. KS initially appears as lesions on the mouth that could turn into malignant tumors. Early detection is a key to surviving the disease.

The goal of this study was to pinpoint why most people don’t develop this type of cancer and what it is that spares them from it.

To compile the data 21 patients were studied. The first 11 had an average age of 50 and dealt with severe chronic gum disease. The other group of 10 maintained good oral health and had an average age of 26.

Numerous aspects of the saliva of each participant were studied. The research team was interested in the two bacteria, specifically, in addition to five short-chain fatty acids.

After first testing the byproducts, researchers concluded the fatty acids impacted the replication KS. They then introduced clean versions of the fatty acids into cells with the KS virus to see what the reaction was. Essentially, the body was prevented from trying to stop the growth of KS.

The study magnifies the importance of oral health for people with HIV.

Article authored by: Dentistry Today

Dr. Krape Cosmetic and Gentle Family Dentistry offers blog articles that he considers of high value to his patients. Awareness and prevention are the keys to a happy and healthy smile.

Palm Beach Gardens offers many options for Cosmetic Dentistry

One of the largest and most populated townships north of West Palm Beach is Palm Beach Gardens with over 50,000 current residences and growing. Jupiter, Florida dominates the north county population beating Palm Beach Gardens only by approximately 7,000. Finding a great local dentist can be like throwing darts blind folded– unless you happen to receive multiple unbiased referrals from friends that happen to point you all to the same dentist. Of course, knowing people that are happy with their dentist is an excellent way of narrowing the list however, here are some very important tips that can help you in finding that perfect cosmetic dentist for your family in Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter communities.

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Happy seniors couple in love with their healthy teeth.

First of all, always make your mind over to interview at least 3 recommended dentists before you choose. Secondly, do not assume anything, but ask the right questions up front.

  1. Do they have the proper education and experience behind them? Don’t be afraid to ask the doctors. The right dentist will respect and appreciate your concern.
  2. Are they using the latest that technology has to offer you? Tour the facility and see for yourself.
  3. Are the doctors and staff courteous and genuinely concerned for your needs? Are they patient or hurried?
  4. Is the practice clean and neat?
  5. How do you personally feel in the way they treat you? Do they truly listen and take the time to explain the procedures, giving you the comfort factor you are looking for?

At Dr. Krape Cosmetic Dentistry, you are not just another number. We get to know all of our patients, and they always return visit after visit, year after year. We get to meet new wives, husbands and their children as time goes on… we even see grandchildren begin to grow before our eyes.

Quaint historical office for Dr. Krape Cosmetic Dentistry Office

Quaint historical office for Dr. Krape Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Krape – Cosmetic and Gentle Family Dentistry has served the Palm Beach Garden and adjoining communities since 1968. We currently have 5 Dentists to tend to all your needs. We utilize all the latest state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, including low level X-rays, Dental Implants, Dentures, Bridges, Veneers, Root Canals, Crowns and of course all the latest teeth whitening techniques. See all of our procedure and treatment videos at: Procedure Videos

To schedule an appointment and get to know our great staff and doctors, please call: 561-257-2580, or schedule online at: Appointment