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Research claims that brushing your teeth could help to ward off pancreatic cancer


Pancreatic cancer has been linked to the two types of bacteria that cause gum disease, so looking after your teeth properly could actually help to ward off the deadly disease, according to recent research. A team of US researchers have discovered that people with the gum condition are twice as likely to develop pancreatic cancer within the next ten years.

The results of the study were revealed at the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans and the team hope that this means there is an ‘accessible’ way to prevent the disease from developing. Furthermore, it could also help doctors in their efforts to screen for the condition.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease, with on 3% of patients surviving for five years. Because the symptoms of this type of cancer are very hard to spot during the early stage, doctors could diagnose the risk by screening for the bacteria that link the two conditions.

Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the UK Oral Health Foundation, said that this could be ‘an enormously important shift in diagnosis which could ultimately save thousands of lives a year.’ He added that poor oral health has been linked to many medical conditions and people ‘must remember’ that dental health is not too difficult to maintain.



New toothbrush can tell when you forget to brush


Although dental hygiene should be important to everyone, it can sometimes slip by the wayside with the hectic lifestyles we lead in the UK, but now a new toothbrush application can help remind us when we need to brush our teeth, not only that, but it also rewards good hygiene with gold stars! The Beam toothbrush is aimed at children primarily, to help parents who are trying to teach their kids how to brush properly, and the smartphone app monitors the numbers of strokes and can even alert the user if they have forgotten to clean their teeth.

The device connects wirelessly to your phone and monitors daily progress; the inventors are hoping that it will help people in the UK take better care of their teeth, explaining that ‘the average person brushes their teeth for only 46 seconds, but is 50% more likely to brush their teeth for a full two minutes by using just a simple timer. Oral care is considered patient-centred, since oral health is impacted significantly by your daily hygiene habits.’

The aim of the Beam Brush is to raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene; CEO of the – the company who produce the app – said that ‘Nothing about how you brush your teeth changes at all, but what we can do while you’re brushing your teeth does change.’ The manual brush reacts to the body’s bio-electricity, then starts the timer and the information automatically updates to measure progress through the users phone.

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