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Bottle-feeding ‘could cause emergency dentistry’

Mon

Long periods with a bottle could mean babies need emergency dentistry. Bottle-feeding babies for long periods of time could lead to them needing emergency dentistry later in life, one expert has warned.

Associate Professor Richard Widmer from the Children's Hospital in Sydney said he is seeing more cases of tooth decay than ever at present because parents are allowing infants to go to sleep with bottles in their mouths.

Explaining that the decay usually occurs on the backs of the front teeth, he added: "Some of the littlies are in pain. It is difficult some days."

Dr Anne Stewart from the Australian Dental Association said parents do not have to get rid of bottles altogether, but recommended that they should provide the baby with its milk and then remove the container to prevent a pool of liquid remaining in the mouth.

Last month, Health Day said in an article for US News and World Report that it is a good idea to wipe down a baby's gums with a gauze pad before any teeth emerge, as this will keep the mouth bacteria-free.
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Poor oral hygiene ‘can cause bad breath’

Wed

Poor oral hygiene 'can cause bad breath'People who suffer from bad breath have been advised by one expert to clean their teeth after eating and increase their fluid intake.

Dr Nabin Basnet explained bad breath is most common after a night’s sleep due to the saliva flow slowing down as people rest, Republica reports.

He recommended consuming regular fluids that help dispel the scent by washing the mouth out and removing any plaque, which if allowed to build up may lead to the need for emergency dentistry.

Additionally a foul-smelling odour can be the result of inadequate teeth cleaning, in which case it was recommended individuals ensure they scrub around their teeth and gums thoroughly.

The dentist suggested brushing teeth after eating as bacteria can develop within ten to 15 minutes of consuming food and begin to cause damage, he said.

Snacking throughout the day was recently suggested by Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association, to be a contributing factor in why tooth decay appears to be becoming more prevalent, the Herald Sun reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19867515-ADNFCR

Reduce sugar intake ‘to protect teeth’

Mon

Reduce sugar intake 'to protect teeth'Avoiding excessive amounts of sugar is vital for maintaining long-term oral health care, according to one expert.

Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible, associate professor Bernadette Drummond from Otago University’s School of Dentistry, told the National.

She said: “If you dissolve the surface of your teeth there is nothing you can do – it is gone.”

The specialist warned parents that children and teenagers who consume excessive amounts of high sugar items will have corroded teeth and require cosmetic dentistry to prevent further damage.

Ms Drummond recommended having fruit juice no more than once or twice a day and trying not to give very acidic products to youngsters.

She explained how once the harm has been done the only option left is to place crowns on the teeth, which they will have to wear for the rest of their lives.

Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association oral health committee, recently commented that individuals were often unaware of what foods they should be keeping away from in order to prevent tooth decay, the Herald Sun reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19861770-ADNFCR

Beware sugary health foods, experts warn

Tue

Beware sugary health foods, experts warnPeople need to be more aware of food contents in order to prevent tooth decay becoming prevalent, one expert has claimed.

Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association oral health committee, said: “People don’t necessarily understand what causes tooth decay,” the Herald Sun reports.

She went on to explain that snacking throughout the day is a contributing factor in why there has been a rise in the number of cases of rotten teeth, which could lead to individuals requiring emergency dentistry.

The medical professional’s comments came after a study by the Australian Dental Association’s Victorian branch and consumer activist Choice found muesli bars and orange juice had very high sugar and acidity levels.

A warning about fruit was also given by Tania Ferraretto, dietician with Nutrition Professionals Australia, who described how a lot of fruit is acidic so it is necessary to ensure teeth are regularly and properly cleaned to prevent damage.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, recently advised people to limit their intake of sweet drinks and chew sugar free gum to help protect tooth enamel from corrosive fizzy drinks.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19850669-ADNFCR

Sports drinks ‘bad for teeth’

Mon

Many sports drinks could be damagaing to teeth.

While consuming sports drinks could have a beneficial impact on the fitness of sportsmen and those who enjoy being active, they could be having a damaging effect on their teeth, it has been revealed. sports drinks and teeth

Dental surgeon John Banky, a member of the Australian Dental Association and Sports Medicine Australia, told the Sydney Morning Herald that exposure to the amount of sugar found in these drinks could over time erode tooth enamel.

He told the publication: “‘With repeat exposure there’s the possibility of permanent, irreversible damage.”

”Participants need to be aware of the risks beforehand and often that’s not the case.”

Elsewhere, Dr Samuel Low, associate dean and professor of periodontology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and president of the American Academy of Periodontology, recently noted gum disease has been linked to an array of serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and as such, it is important to maintain good oral health.

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