Researchers at King’s College London are developing a procedure that uses low frequency electrical currents to help teeth “self-heal” early-state cavities and moderate tooth decay without drilling. This could mean pain-free, effective solutions that don’t discourage people from returning to the dentist due to a fear of needles and drills.
University of Florida researchers discovered that difficulty understanding and using health information, or poor health literacy, is one of the key reasons people avoid the dentist. This contributes to poor oral health in rural, low-income and vulnerable U.S. populations. To improve communication, the researchers suggest that dentists should avoid using technical language, and oral health education materials should be rewritten to reflect a sixth-grade reading level. Test your Oral Health IQ with our online quiz here.