NEW YORK, U.S.: Certain traits may define a type of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that can be effectively treated with an oral appliance, according to new research. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered the gold standard for preventing the obstruction by blowing air through a mask into the nose and throat. However, many patients have trouble sleeping with CPAP. For these patients, an oral appliance that moves the lower jaw forward to prevent the periods of obstructed airflow offers an alternative.
SCHWALBACH, Germany/GREIFSWALD, Germany: A new study has shown that the long-term use of an electric toothbrush slows progression of periodontal disease and helps to prevent tooth loss. As indicated by an 11-year observational study, electric toothbrush users demonstrate 20 per cent less tooth loss than manual toothbrush users do. For one market leader in electric toothbrushes worldwide, Oral-B, the results confirm the company’s efforts to improve periodontal health by plaque removal.