Are you planning to have a baby this year?
One of your first trips should be to your
dentist! If you’re not sure why, read the following article.
A new study has found that pregnant women with periodontal disease have an increased
risk of developing gestational diabetes—even
if they don’t smoke or drink. The study of
190 pregnant women was conducted by New York University
dental researchers in
collaboration with the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, where cultural taboos and
poverty prevents the majority of women from smoking or drinking. The results support an
earlier study that found that the women at New York’s Bellevue Hospital Center who had
the most amount of bleeding in their gums also
had the highest levels of glucose in their
This neat article has a pretty
weird topic—but, hey, it worked!
EYETOOTH PROCEDURE SEES
It seems teeth can do more than just cut and mash food; they can help
repair blindness. A
60 year old woman from Smithdale, Miss., who
had been blind for nine years, regained
her sight through the in
innovative thinking of surgeons
from the Bascom Palmer Eye
Institute at the University of Miami. Surgeons performed a sight-restoring procedure,
known as modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (MOOKP), which involved implanting
the woman’s own tooth in her eye to hold a prosthetic lens in place. (Coincidently, the
woman’s canine, or “eyetooth,” was used in
the procedure.) MOOKP procedures are met
with skepticism from some members of the ophthalmology community who feel that less
extreme procedures can have similar success and MOOKP should only be used when no
other alternative is available,
as the procedure is lengthy and
can result in disfigurement.