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Figures reveal that a third of four-year-olds in Southampton have tooth decay

Fri

Shocking figures have shown that one in three children who have yet to start school in Southampton has tooth decay, and the numbers are apparently on the rise – despite national averages dropping overall. According to the statistics, this makes Southampton the worst area for dental hygiene in the South East.

Health officials were planning to add fluoride to drinking water in a bid to improve dental health but the plans were scrapped eighteen months ago as the public rallied against the idea. Public Health England reversed the decision despite their assurances that the practice could help improve dental conditions in the poorer areas of Southampton and south west Hampshire. PHE is undecided about putting the plans back on the table after these latest statistics revealed that 33.7% of 1,155 four-year-olds showed obvious signs of tooth decay.

The results show an increase from 29.9% in 2012 and city councils are hoping that new initiatives to promote healthy dental habits could reduce the numbers in the coming year. Programmes such as Saving Smiles are being rolled out to pre-schools, day nurseries, and among childminders in the area, in an effort to educate carers, parents, and children about how to stop tooth decay from developing.

 

Study shows that adding milk to tea can stop dental stains

Mon

According to new research, adding milk to tea can be as effective as whitening toothpastes when it comes to fighting off stains, and could actually be as good as some bleaching products. According to Dr Ava Chow, of the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry, the addition of milk to tea – which would normally cause teeth to become stained – could reduce enamel stains and help teeth to stay whiter.

Dr Chow explained that the tannins in tea – water soluble compounds – is what causes the staining, but that the main protein found in milk can bind the tannins to stop stains from developing. The study was initially supposed to be used to introduce undergraduate dental hygiene students to research techniques but Dr Chow was surprised by the results and felt that they were significant enough to warrant publication in the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

Using human teeth that had been extracted, the study involved placing the teeth in a solution of tea on its own or tea with milk, with the results being recorded after twenty-four hours. Dr Chow said that ‘The results we found showed that casein is the component of milk that is responsible for the reduction in tea-induced staining. The magnitude of the colour change observed in our experiments is comparable to the colour change seen by vital bleaching products and more effective than whitening toothpastes.’

Dental hygiene ‘important for overall health’

Wed

Dental hygiene 'important for overall health'No one likes having to get emergency dentistry and it can be avoided with good dental hygiene, which can also benefit overall health.

This is the suggestion of Robert Shechet, director of dental programmes at Health Net, who highlighted the link between poor oral health and other medical problems ahead of America’s National Dental Awareness Day

“Too often, we see people with deteriorating dental conditions go on to experience significant medical problems,” he said.

Those with low dental health are more susceptible to heart conditions and diabetes, while women with poor dental hygiene appear more likely to suffer a premature birth when pregnant, the specialist added.

Mr Shechet recommended brushing and flossing daily and ensuring toothbrushes are replaced every three to four months or when the bristles start to fray.

The news followed comments from Dr Mehmet Oz, who recently pushed for individuals to remember to floss as it clears the mouth of any remaining bacteria missed by simply brushing.
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Children ‘must have good dental hygiene’

Thu

Children 'must have good dental hygiene'Children who suffer from tooth problems could require emergency dentistry for tooth loss, according to one publication.

Medical News Today has claimed tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and can have a significant effect on all aspects of a youngster’s life.

Being taught how to maintain a daily tooth cleaning routine that covers all aspects of oral health, such as brushing and flossing, is vital the paper explained.

It said that failure to maintain dental hygiene can have painful consequences and the child may find they become ill, cannot eat or sleep and in some cases it could even affect their growth.

Dr Ronald Smith, president of the Canadian Dental Association said: “A child with tooth decay can suffer from great pain and an inability to learn … children should not have to wait for urgently needed dental care.”

His comments came after the Wait Times Alliance (WTA) report card found that some children in Canada have to wait long periods of time for dental treatment.

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Flossing ‘should be regular’

Wed

People should remember to floss regularly.

Individuals worried about their oral health should ensure they floss regularly, it has been claimed.

Dentistry IQ reported Chicago periodontist Dr Robert Pick has said people should be aware of the dangers of not flossing regularly, as this can lead to gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.

In fact, Dr Pick claimed poor oral health is a contributory factor to cardiovascular disease and this accounts for the deaths of more than 2,400 people per day.

As a result, he highlighted the importance of regular brushing and flossing and maintaining a good oral health routine at all times.

Elsewhere, I-Newswire recently reported the use of teeth whitening gels or strips may be pointless if a person does not carry out a good oral health routine.

The publication noted that ensuring teeth are kept clean and healthy will make sure plaque build-up is kept to a minimum so stains and yellowing of teeth can be kept under control.

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