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DentistNote: Below is an article from Children's Health Defense's The Defender. It's more than relevant to the autism community.  Dental work is often difficult for our kids.  And worse so for adults with autism.  Did you know that Medicaid only pays for 1 cleaning a year for adults?  Many of our adult children require hospital based general anesthesia for a routine cleaning or filling and X-rays.  I recently saw a hospital bill for a hospital filling.  $16,000. Autism will bankrupt everyone everywhere. Few adult dentists will even treat special needs adults. And most?  They just YANK OUT THE TEETH. Take a look at older individuals with ID - gaps, toothless. It's a travesty.  Yet another.


Study Sheds New Light on Kids, Tooth Decay and Bacteria ‘Teamwork'

New research by University of Pennsylvania scientists shows how multiple oral bacteria interact in complex ways to form dental plaque, leading to cavities in children. The study found a little-known bacterium that teams up with a known decay-causing microbe to attack tooth enamel aggressively.


Angelo DePalma, Ph.D.

More than half of young children and adolescents in the U.S. have at least one dental cavity, with lower-income children more than twice as likely to be affected as kids from well-to-do households.

Gum disease, an even more serious consequence of oral bacteria running amok, has been detected in up to 73% of children under age 11, with incidence climbing during adolescence.

Cavities may be filled, and gum disease successfully treated — but not addressing the underlying causes of these conditions can lead to serious health problems later in life.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic describes oral health as the “window” to overall health, linking poor oral hygiene to several serious conditions related to inflammation, including cardiovascular disease and endocarditis, plus birthing and maternity complications and pneumonia.

Oral bacteria also have been linked to bone loss (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis and dementia.

Now, new research — focused on preschoolers — has uncovered a more complex picture of how bacteria interact in the mouth to cause tooth decay.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that a relatively obscure oral bacterium, Selenomonas sputigena (S. sputigena), collaborates with the well-known decay-causing Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) to form a “biofilm,” the technical term for plaque, that attacks tooth enamel more aggressively than either bacterium does on its own.

The findings suggest tooth decay may be caused by teams of bacteria working together, rather than a few individual microbe species.

Understanding these complex bacterial interactions could pave the way for more effective strategies to combat cavities, the researchers wrote.

What the researchers found

The study, published earlier this year in Nature Communications and headed by Hyun Koo, D.D.S., Ph.D., analyzed plaque from 416 preschoolers.

Investigators collected biofilm samples and subjected them to several different genetic analyses to identify the bacteria present, their spatial associations and interactions, and which combinations were most strongly associated with tooth decay.

  1. mutans has been known for some time to be a significant bacterial component of dental plaque, a major contributor to tooth decay.
  2. mutans are oval-shaped cells that grow in chains or pairs. Cavities form when the mouth’s capacity to neutralize the acid produced by S. mutans is overwhelmed.

Among the most prevalent bacteria in humans, S. sputigena are commonly found in the upper respiratory tract. They usually present no problems to their hosts. However, under the right conditions, they become overgrown and cause blood infection, gum inflammation and tooth decay.

That much was known. What Koo discovered was that S. mutans is most destructive when it joins forces with other bacteria, in particular S. sputigena.

Classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts

Read more at The Defender HERE.


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Mike Lynch

How can anyone be having cavities since our water is fluoridated? Something doesn't add up. Maybe fluoride in drinking water doesn't really help.

Gerardo Martinez

Our kids have so many struggles to deal with everyday. For the past few years we have had success using organic coconut oil for brushing Sam's teeth. Caution it stains clothes, so we usually do it before he puts his shirt on for the day. Put a little bit on his toothbrush, and start on bottom rows saying 1234, 1234, repeat three times switch to top rows. He now tries it on his own, with help from us. rinsing has been an issue sometimes he swallows the water instead of spitting back out. But it is progress. Blessings to all.


Dilantin: a seizure medications depletes the calcium out of the teeth.

My son after only taking Dilantin for a couple of years developed bright white spots on his teeth. They were about the size of a head of a pin. That is Calcium depletion and it effected the enamel. Good news though is when he went off of it, the white spots disappeared. And darken the teeth.
phenytoin (PHT) that is Dilantin does cause gingival hyperplasia

Phenobarbital that my son had as a 16 month old , I was told by one doctor said it caused darkening of teeth.


Teeth grinding is a real thing.
So all of this two or three unknown bacteria working with the one known to cause tooth decay just might happen then.

No child or adult is suppose to be asleep and clenching, or grinding their teeth . My daughter was the worst. Perfect teeth and all ruined. She ground them so loud that it sound like a little drummel grinding some metal knife.


My son is seven. We live in eastern NC. I had to pay around 6K for dental work for my son because the procedure had to be done at a hospital under general anesthesia. And we have dental insurance. We struggle brushing his teeth and we have a terrible time getting him to the dentist. And he just lost his first tooth. We’ve really got to figure out the brushing now before he gets all of his permanent teeth. We’re going to start ABA so maybe that will help …

mauine Meleck

Josh has both Medicare and Medicaid. It's been impossible to find a decent dentist that will take either. We used to use Medicaid, but dentists we had(2) were terrible. Josh had a number of cavaties and the dentist we finally found only fills 1 cavity every six months.(utterly ridiculous). So now we have to pay with one nearby that takes neither Medicare or Medicaid. I don't know about other states, but Florida is terrible.

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