Dental hygiene software helps further oral health research

June 17th, 2014

Dental hygiene programs are often on the front lines when it comes to conducting research on common oral health afflictions. Dental hygiene academic software can make this process more streamlined and effective.

According to a report from Buffalo Business First, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recently awarded the University at Buffalo a $4 million bioinformatics grant. The money was given to the university to help with the National Institutes of Health study of post-menopausal women and their oral health status.The research will revolve around a closer examination of the oral microbiome, which, according to the Human Oral Microbiome Database website, is a collection of nearly 700 microorganisms that are present in the mouth. The University at Buffalo's dental clinic, in collaboration with the university's School of Public Health and Health Professions, could utilize dental hygiene academic software to chart its findings and report them back to NIDCR and the NIH.

"To our knowledge, there is no prospective epidemiologic study as large and rich with available data resources that can address the cutting-edge questions we propose here on the oral microbiome and its relationship to periodontitis in post-menopausal women," Jean Wactawski-Wende, who is a professor at the University at Buffalo and also serves as the director of the Women's Health Initiative's Buffalo Center, told Buffalo Business First.

Other advantages of using dental hygiene academic software in oral health research
Not only is poor oral health a contributor to gum disease, but it can also be the cause of oral cancer as well. According to a report from NPR, citing findings published in the Oral Oncology journal, people who use mouthwash in an effort to address oral hygiene issues put themselves at risk for cancer.

The study was conducted jointly by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology and Glasgow University's Dental School. NPR stated  more than 640,000 people around the world are diagnosed every year with oral cancer, and 7,890 people succumbed to the disease in the U.S. last year.

Although there is no consensus linking gum disease and mouthwash usage to cancer, dental hygiene academic software could also be beneficial in helping to make the findings clearer in any related study. This is one of the advantages offered to dental hygiene schools that use the software and looking to take advantage of grants in order to contribute to valuable research studies. 

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