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Milk could save knocked-out teeth

Wed

A University of Leeds professor has confirmed that storing a tooth in milk after it has been knocked out could help to keep it alive and encourage successful reattachment later on. Professor Monty Duggal, head of paediatric dentistry at the University of Leeds, told The Daily Mail that ‘the most crucial thing for a knocked-out tooth – for both children and adults – is that it needs to go back into its socket as soon as possible.’

Prof. Duggal also said that the tooth could be saved with the correct storage and added that ‘if someone isn’t happy to put a tooth back into its socket, they should immediately put it in cow’s milk.’ He explained that this would keep the tooth alive until the patient can arrange dental care, saying ‘Milk – skimmed, semi or full fat – maintains the correct fluid balance in the root, helping it survive longer.’

It was suggested that a knocked-out tooth is the only ‘true’ dental emergency, and Prof. Duggal says that the tooth must be put back into the socket or it will be lost permanently. He also said that water should not be used to store the knocked-out teeth because this causes the cells in the root to swell and die. If there are no dental appointments available within the hour, patients should go to the local hospital for treatment.

Prof. Duggal said that ‘anything more than ten to fifteen minutes ‘dry time’ is very detrimental to the outcome, but if it’s put in milk within five minutes, the root’s cells can be preserved for up to an hour.’

Economy blamed for drop in dentist visits

Wed

Health officials in Darlington are blaming the economy for a drop in the number of people attending dental appointments. Families in particular are feeling the pinch as the price of consultations and other treatment rises beyond what they can comfortably afford. As a result, more ways of encouraging people to visit the surgery are being considered. County Durham and Darlington’s director of public health, Dr David Landes, published the figures in his report for the Council’s Health and Partnerships Scrutiny Committee, in an attempt to explain why children’s dental health in the area was slipping below acceptable standards.

A 2008/2009 survey revealed that children under the age of twelve suffering with tooth decay made up more than 40% of that age group, the worst in the country after Middlesborough. The figures were thought to be the result of fluoridated water. However, other results were no more promising; 54% of youngsters not in school were not being seen by the dentist, that number rose even further when the children joined mainstream education. More worrying, between the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 period the number of people visiting the dentist had dropped dramatically, more than 10% in some age groups.

Dr Landes blames this on the rocky economic climate, causing people to tighten their belts. He says; ‘If you need a course of treatment and you’re not exempt, the current fee is £47 and it’s a considerable amount of money, and it could be nearer £100 if you’re with a family. We’re promoting informal sessions, so at least if people are not exempt they’re not going to have that potentially embarrassing discussion in the waiting room.’

Smokers should seek regular dental appointments

Thu

Smokers should seek regular dental appointmentsSmokers who are hoping to limit their chances of developing mouth cancer should attend regular appointments with an emergency dentist to check for any symptoms.

The life-threatening illness, which affects almost 6,000 individuals per year, generally affects people aged 50 or over, with 87 per cent of cases in the UK accounted for by this age group.

However, young people who take part in regular drinking and smoking could be increasing their risk of developing mouth cancer, and should attend dental appointments on a regular basis.

This view is echoed by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), which urges individuals of all ages to take small steps to reducing the chances of developing the potentially fatal illness.

Ensuring lips are protected in a warm climate could also be beneficial through the use of a high factor sun cream and block to ensure they are not affected by the sun’s harmful rays.

This advice comes after the BDHF highlighted its role in the Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign, which will take place in November to educate people about the symptoms of the illness.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800715982-ADNFCR

People who avoid dentist ‘more likely to need emergency dentistry’

Thu

People who avoid dentist 'more likely to need emergency dentistry'People who avoid attending regular dental appointments are more likely to have decaying teeth which could lead to emergency dentistry, a report has suggested.

Research conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that people who did not visit the dentist had more than three times the level of tooth decay than those who attend regular check-ups, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Entitled Dental Attendance Patterns and Oral Health Status, the report also revealed those participants who avoided dental health visits had on average 1.6 more missing teeth due to decay.

The chances of contracting gum disease were also significantly increased by people who do not attend oral health check-ups – which could result in emergency dentistry procedures.

Professor John Spencer of AIHW's dental statistics and research unit said: "Those seeking regular dental check-ups were more likely to have dental decay treated promptly, which led to less untreated decay, fewer extractions and more teeth restored."

About Dental Care advises people to attend regular dental appointments to prevent oral cancer and avoid tooth loss.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800509827-ADNFCR

Dental appointments ‘prevent problems’

Fri

Dental appointments 'prevent problems'People are more likely to require emergency dentistry if they fail to have regular check-ups, one expert has warned.

Writing for the Auburn Reporter, Dr Stuart Rich recommended people make regular trips to see their dentist in order to help prevent problems arising.

Cleaning, x-rays and examinations can avert potential issues and if there is something wrong it can often be dealt with before it develops into something more painful or damaging, he explained.

If someone experiences a sudden toothache after eating he suggested they assess whether anything is stuck in the teeth and attempt to remove it using floss, however if it has been developing over time then it could be an abscess and referral to a dental specialist is the only option.

Dr Thomas Connelly recently advised individuals against biting their nails, as it can cause damage to tooth enamel and chip teeth, the Huffington Post reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19846250-ADNFCR

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