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Diabetics are at greater risk of tooth loss

Tue

A new study has revealed that people who live with diabetes are more vulnerable to dental decay and tooth loss; the research was released in Preventing Chronic Disease and it examined tooth-loss trends concerning 37,000 people over the age of 25 between the years 1971 and 2012. Over the forty year study, it was revealed that there were ‘substantial differences’ between adults without diabetes and those that were living with the condition.

In some areas of the study, there was twice as much tooth loss among diabetics, compared to non-diabetics.

Fortunately, the younger generation have shown better results, with less people in this population suffering tooth loss; researchers have suggested that this is related to better access to dental treatment and knowledge of good oral health, as well as improvements in dental hygiene and advances in technology.

Although it was not immediately obvious why people with diabetes would suffer more tooth loss than everyone else, scientists believe it may have something to do with gum disease, a problem which one in three diabetics suffer from. It is thought that high glucose levels in the blood and certain medications can contribute to the risks of developing gum disease.

Funding secured for Scottish dental schools

Fri

Glasgow and Dundee Universities have jointly been awarded £132,000 from the Scottish Funding Council in order to tackle ongoing issues with their dental services. The money is expected to go towards improving the treatment for oral cancer and birth defects like cleft palates. Joint initiatives between the two schools are also thought to be on the agenda, pooling their resources to build research programmes and seek additional funding.

Dean of dentistry at Dundee University, Prof. Mark Hector, spoke about the ‘unenviable reputation’ that Scotland held in the UK and throughout Europe, referring to it’s poor treatment of oral diseases like caries and cleft lips, as well as some types of cancer.
He said; ‘This funding will facilitate a greater level of effective collaboration between experts in dental research and dental public health at the universities of Dundee and Glasgow to accelerate progress towards finding solutions to such problems and implementing them with a beneficial impact on the health of the population of Scotland and beyond. ’

 Head of the Dental School at the University of Glasgow was in agreement, saying that the money would present them with ‘an excellent opportunity’ to improve their services and build on their research platforms. He added; ‘It will ensure that there is synergy and a sharing of expertise, which will help both institutions to deliver research outputs relevant to the Scottish population and enhance their positions and research reputations within the UK and internationally. ’

Healthy teeth ‘being neglected’

Fri

Oral health is being neglected by many, it has been claimed.

Maintaining a healthy smile is one area that is being neglected in modern society, it has been claimed.

Dr Lee Soon Boon has told NST.com that while overall good health remains a priority for many, the mouth is one area where people are avoiding seeing a medical professional on a regular basis.

Indeed, the fact that many people lead busy lives should not get in the way of good oral health.

He commented: “Cavities or dental caries and gingivitis are prevalent not just among the young but in adults and the older people as well. Many people don’t realise oral health is an integral part of one’s overall health.”

Elsewhere, Bob Manus, an analyst at the NYU School of Dentistry, recently said that Brits who suffer from gum disease could be at a higher risk of developing diabetes.

He stated that gum disease can be very unpleasant and can lead to people losing their teeth.

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