Early Childhood Oral Health Research Symposium

This was a sell-out event with information-rich presentations and lively discussion.

The speakers have kindly made their presentations available.

Is chewing gum good for your teeth?

Chewing gum can be very bad for your oral health, good for your oral health, or very good for your oral health. It depends on the kind of gum you are chewing.

Acid wash: how foods and drinks can erode your teeth

Unlike dental caries (decay), tooth erosion is not a disease and it’s not caused by bacteria. It occurs when acid dissolves the hard tissues of the tooth.

Oral Health CRC CEO wins Leach Medal

CEO of the Oral Health CRC Melbourne Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO has received the 2015 Leach Medal at the 40th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function.

International GC Corporation in Melbourne

The Chairman of global dental materials manufacturer GC Corporation, Mr Makoto Nakao, recently visited the Oral Health CRC's Melbourne research facilities.

"Why do my gums bleed?"

The Oral Health CRC was recently asked to answer the question: Why do my gums bleed and should I be worried? for the online publication The Conversation. The reply came from Professor Mike Morgan and A/Prof Stuart Dashper, and was published in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, as well as The Conversation.

Porphyromonas gingivalis can cause more than oral disease

In a recent news article Melbourne Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO says there is a plausible biological link between periodontitis and systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis and oral cancer, and that a likely cause of this link is the pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis.   

The bitter truth about sweet drinks

The World Health Organization (WHO) is proposing that the recommended daily sugar intake be halved from 10% of the average adult's daily energy intake to 5% - the equivalent of around six teaspoons of sugar a day. The new recommendation is an attempt to address the global health problems of obesity and dental decay (caries), with the WHO particularly concerned about increasing consumption of sugar in soft drinks and sports drinks.

Protective tooth varnish a commercial success

Two years since its commercial release, the topical fluoride varnish MI Varnish™ is the eighth highest selling tooth varnish in the USA. Fluoride varnishes are used by dental professionals to protect teeth that are demineralised or vulnerable to demineralisation and dental caries (decay), and to reduce tooth sensitivity. 

Tele-dentistry trials show promising results

The data speeds promised by the National Broadband Network is revolutionising tele-dentistry and, as a result the delivery of public healthcare, as a team of researchers at the Melbourne Dental School and the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre are discovering.