Cheese May Protect Teeth From Decay
  A Protective Effect of Dairy Foods in Oral Health
Mechanisms for Dairy Foods' Protective Effect in Oral Health: Some Possibilities

Several potential mechanisms by which dairy foods such as cheese and milk may protect dental health are proposed. These include stimulation of the flow of saliva which, in turn, increases plaque pH, prevents enamel demineralization, and helps clear fermentable carbohydrates from the oral cavity (9,40,41). However, cheese has been demonstrated to inhibit dental caries in the absence of saliva thereby indicating the possibility of other mechanisms (11).

Dairy foods' protective effect in oral health is largely explained by their components such as protein, lipids, calcium, and phosphorus.

Nutrients in cheese and milk such as protein, lipids, calcium, and phosphorus may contribute to their beneficial effects on oral health. Casein(s) has been demonstrated to prevent enamel demineralization in an intraoral caries model (30). Also, researchers have suggested that casein phosphopeptides released by the proteolysis of cheese following intake lead to the formation of casein phosphopeptide-calcium phosphate complexes (CPP-CP) and increase calcium and phosphate in plaque thereby increasing its pH (42). Dairy food proteins may also protect against caries by reducing the adherence of mutans Streptococci to tooth surfaces (43-45). Lipids in dairy foods such as cheese may be protective by forming a coating on enamel surfaces which can reduce demineralization of tooth enamel surfaces and/or by an antibacterial action of fatty acids (11,41). Intake of dairy foods, by increasing calcium and phosphorus in dental plaque, may favor remineralization of tooth enamel (15,31,46).

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Reported case of Hepatitis B Transmission from One Dental Patient to Another

The Journal of Infectious Diseases has reported the transmission of Hepatitis B from a 36 year old chronically infected patient to a 60 year old patient who was treated in the same operatory three hours later.  Read more at

FDA Warning Regarding Toothpaste Made in China

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June 1, 2007

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FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste From China Containing Harmful Chemical
FDA Detains One Contaminated Shipment, Issues Import Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States.

DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent.

Consumers should examine toothpaste products for labeling that says the product is made in China. Out of an abundance of caution, FDA suggests that consumers throw away toothpaste with that labeling. FDA is concerned that these products may contain "diethylene glycol," also known as "diglycol" or "diglycol stearate."

FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from toothpaste containing DEG. However, the agency is concerned about potential risks from chronic exposure to DEG and exposure to DEG in certain populations, such as children and individuals with kidney or liver disease. DEG in toothpaste has a low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but FDA is concerned about unintentional swallowing or ingestion of toothpaste containing DEG.

FDA has identified the following brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert: Cooldent Fluoride; Cooldent Spearmint; Cooldent ICE; Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste; Superdent Toothpaste; Clean Rite Toothpaste; Oralmax Extreme; Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor; Bright Max Peppermint Flavor; ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste; DentaPro; DentaKleen; and DentaKleen Junior. Manufacturers of these products are: Goldcredit International Enterprises Limited; Goldcredit International Trading Company Limited; and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Company Limited. The products typically are sold at low-cost, “bargain” retail outlets.

Based on reports of contaminated toothpaste from China found in several countries, including Panama, FDA increased its scrutiny and began sampling toothpaste and other dental products manufactured in China that were imported into the United States.

FDA inspectors identified and detained one shipment of toothpaste at the U.S. border, containing about 3 percent DEG by weight. In addition, FDA inspectors found and tested toothpaste products from China located at a distribution center and a retail store. The highest level found was between 3-4 percent by weight. The product at the retail store was not labeled as containing DEG but was found to contain the substance.

DEG poisoning is an important public safety issue. The agency is aware of reports of patient deaths and injuries in other countries over the past several years from ingesting DEG-contaminated pharmaceutical preparations, such as cough syrups and acetaminophen syrup. FDA recently issued a guidance document to urge U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers to be vigilant in assuring that glycerin, a sweetener commonly used worldwide in liquid over-the-counter and prescription drug products, is not contaminated with DEG.

FDA continues to investigate this problem. If FDA identifies other brands of toothpaste products containing DEG, FDA will take appropriate actions, including adding products and their manufacturers to the import alert to prevent them from entering the United States.

Consumers can report adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
(800) 332-1088

Listerine Recalls Plaque Detection Mouthrinses
  McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has announced a voluntary nationwide consumer recall of all lots of the GLACIER MINT™ and BUBBLE BLAST™ flavors of LISTERINE® AGENT COOL BLUE™ Plaque-Detecting Rinse after the Company determined that the preservative system is not adequate against certain microorganisms. McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has been in full communication with the FDA regarding this issue and the decision to implement a voluntary recall. For more information, visit

New Guidelines for the Prevention of Bacterial Endocarditis

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Missouri Health Center Highlighted in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article on Access to Dental Care

"For Want of a Dentist"...Boy Dies from Infection Caused by Decayed Tooth

American Dental Association Oral Health Curriculum Available Online
  The American Dental Association has developed Oral Health education curriculum for children up to the eighth grade level.  To download the educational materials, visit

Children's Oral Health Training for Pediatricians and other Child Health Care Providers
  Oral Health Risk Assessment Training for Pediatricians and Other Child Health Professionals is a training kit available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The kit includes an hour-long power point presentation on CD-ROM and addresses the role of child health care professionals in children's oral health.  To request a free copy of the training, contact Wendy Nelson at

Yellow Tooth Fairy Campaign

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Oral Health Network of Missouri becomes ADA CERP Rocognized CE Provider
  In July of 2006 the Oral Health Network of Missouri submitted an application for recognition as an ADA CERP continuing education provider.  The Network was notified in September that the ADA has approved the Oral Health Network of Missouri as an ADA CERP recognized continuing education provider until December, 2009.  Therefore, all dental CEUs will be offered through the ADA CERP program for the next three years.  After December, 2009, the Network will re-apply for continued recognition through this prestigious program. Members Only Site Completed
  10/11/06 - The newly revamped Members Only site features Policy & Procedure Manuals as well as other files & documents for members to download.  Upcoming events and an online calendar round out the advanced features of the new password protected site.