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Child gets baby teeth banked for stem cells


Seven-year-old Becca Graham has become one of the first children in the UK to have her stem cells banked after getting two of her baby teeth extracted by her dentist father. Her parents decided to freeze Becca’s milk teeth so that she can benefit from medical advances in stem cell research in the future.

Mr Graham removed two wobbly baby teeth and collected the dental pulp –thought to be a great source for stem cells, which are often used to treat leukaemia and other diseases of the blood. He went on to explain that ‘There’s been an awful lot of research lately regarding stem cells and how to deliver them and use them to cure diseases; leukaemia, diabetes, and cancers. We had been looking for a way to store stem cells when Rebecca was born. We’d heard all about it and thought it was a good idea.’

Rebecca’s mother was also feeling positive about the decision, saying ‘I knew I wanted to keep her teeth to bank them because with the progress that science has made now, and the things that stem cells can do at the moment, who knows what it’s going to be like in 10 years, 20, or 30 thirty years.’

Despite the significance of her operation, it seems Becca is more concerned about how to deal with the tooth fairy, ‘I wrote a wee letter to her to explain and she sent me back £5,’ she explains.

Emergency dentists ‘could identify undiagnosed diabetes’


Emergency dentists 'could identify undiagnosed diabetes'Patients who attend regular appointments with an emergency dentist could be interested in the results of a recent study.

Researchers from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine suggested that visits to a dental professional could be useful for the diagnoses of diabetes.

With 70 per cent of the US population receiving check-ups on a regular basis, scientists claim the illness could be highlighted in its earliest stages.

Published in the Journal of Dental Research, the study examined high-risk patients – with a history of diabetes in their family – by utilising a plasma glucose test.

Lead author Dr Evanthia Lalla said: "Relatively simple lifestyle changes in pre-diabetic individuals can prevent progression to frank diabetes, so identifying this group of individuals is also important."

According to Diabetes.co.uk, the primary symptoms of the type-two form of the illness are excessive thirst, itchy skin, leg pain and frequent urination.

These telltale signs differ from those of the type-one form, which include loss of weight, blurred vision and weakness. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800622923-ADNFCR

Brushing teeth for two minutes ‘will prevent emergency dentistry’


Brushing teeth for two minutes 'will prevent emergency dentistry'People should brush their teeth for two minutes if they want to avoid needing emergency dentistry, experts have suggested.

Dental experts have launched a new "two minutes twice a day" campaign as part of this year's National Smile Month.

With the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) revealing people usually brush their teeth for 45 seconds on average, the organisation has called for more to be done to highlight the importance of the act.

Ensuring the teeth and gums stay clean throughout the day, brushing teeth also provides people with fresh breath.

Research has also claimed that good oral hygiene could prevent a number of medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and limit the chances of having a stroke.

National Smile Month aims to raise awareness of dental care for people's smiles, teeth and overall health.

The BDHF recently announced the launch of a new scheme that allows dental practices to join forces and discuss ideas for future events to promote oral hygiene. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800523154-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry news: Healthy teeth ‘reduce chances of other illnesses’


Emergency dentistry news: Healthy teeth 'reduce chances of other illnesses'New research has claimed that good oral hygiene can reduce the risks of contracting other illnesses, as well as limit the chances of needing emergency dentistry.

President of the Malaysian Dental Association Dr How Kim Chuan has suggested that maintaining healthy teeth and gums can reduce the dangers of contracting gum disease, which can lead to heart and systemic illnesses, Malaysian news agency Bernama reports.

Symptoms of gum disease, such as redness, bleeding gums, loosening of the teeth and bad breath could lead to systemic illnesses such as diabetes due to bacteria lowering the body's resistance to infection, Dr Chuan revealed.

Studies have also shown that inflammation of the gums could affect cardiovascular health due to plaque formation from the teeth transferring to the arteries and restricting blood flow around the body.

During his speech at the launch of Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, Dr Chuan stressed the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene as a method of ensuring good overall health.

Colgate advises people to brush their teeth twice a day, use dental products containing fluoride and eat a healthy balanced diet to maintain good oral hygiene.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800492265-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry ‘could highlight risk of diabetes’


Gum disease sufferers should not avoid emergency dentistry, as they may have diabetes.  People who fear they have gum disease should not put off having emergency dentistry, as it could provide a vital check for diabetes.

This is according to Scott Navarro, a dental director in New Jersey, who told NJ Today that oral healthcare practitioners could provide an early warning that allows potential diabetics to be on the alert and to get treatment if they need it.

"We've known for a long time that people with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease," he commented.

"It is emerging that periodontal (gum) disease is associated with increased risk for diabetes complications."

According to Diabetes UK, there are 2.8 million people with the condition in Britain, as well as another 500,000 who have it but do not realise.

Last month, Dr Bianca Flora, an oral health specialist in the US, told the CT Post that patients could avoid gum disease and having to have their teeth pulled out via emergency dentistry by getting regular check-ups and appointments with a hygienist.


Diabetes ‘doubles’ risk of losing teeth


Men with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of losing teeth compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a new study.Dental implants may be more common in men with diabetes, as new research has shown they are twice as likely to lose their teeth than those without the disease.

A study presented at an International Association of Dental Research conference last week found that type 2 diabetes increased the risk of tooth loss, as did poor diet and smoking.

Over 2.5 million people across Britain are diabetic, according to the charity Diabetes UK.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Nigel Carter suggested he was shocked by the results.

“Although we have known for many years that diabetics are more likely to suffer from gum disease, the extent of the increase in such a large study is surprising,” he said, adding that good dental health was important for the entire body.

The survey, carried out at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, followed 38,000 men over 20 years.

None of them had any gum disease at the start of the trial, but over the time period around 11,000 teeth were lost, more often by type 2 diabetics.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19900354-ADNFCR

Dental health advice for diabetes sufferers


Diabetes sufferers have been advised how to boost their oral health.

Individuals suffering from diabetes but hoping to improve their oral health routines could benefit from some handy advice.

Perth EMC reported that sufferers can be at a higher risk of oral health concerns, but by handling their day-to-day oral hygiene correctly, they could reduce this danger.

The publication noted that high blood sugar can cause a decrease in saliva production, but this can be tackled by ensuring people drink lots of water and keep themselves well hydrated.

Furthermore, quitting smoking could be highly beneficial to oral health, as well as eating healthily by consuming a good mix of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Elsewhere, the Windsor Star recently reported that poor nutrition can lead to a shortage of the minerals needed to maintain strong bones and teeth.

As a result, it advised having a balanced diet to promote healthy development and maintenance of the mouth’s tissues.

Gum disease ‘linked to diabetes’


Guim disease is a risk factor for diabetes.

Brits who suffer from gum disease could be at a higher risk of developing diabetes, it has been claimed.

Bob Manus, an analyst at the NYU School of Dentistry, has said gum disease can be very unpleasant and can lead to people losing their teeth. Furthermore, research has shown that untreated gum disease can heighten a person’s likelihood of developing other illnesses, such as diabetes.

He said: “Ninety-three percent of people who have gum disease, but who indicated that they had never been told by a medical provider that they had diabetes, were in fact at risk for diabetes,”

Elsewhere, Dr David Mady Jr recently told the Windsor Star that people who keep their teeth in good condition have faster check-ups with the dentist and suffer from less stress as a result.

He claimed it is important to keep up a regular oral health routine and this will ensure a person’s teeth are kept in the best condition.

Gum disease linked to diabetes


A link between diabetes and gum disease has been discovered.

Research carried out at the New York University (NYU) has shown that 90 per cent of people with gum disease are at high risk of developing diabetes. gum disease

As a result, maintaining good oral health should be a priority for everyone, with regular trips to the dentist advised to ensure people are keeping their mouths in the best possible condition.

“In light of these findings, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct an initial diabetes screening – an important first step in identifying those patients who need follow-up testing to diagnose the disease,” commented Dr Shiela Strauss, an associate professor at NYU’s dentistry school.

Elsewhere, Chronicle Live recently reported the importance of maintaining good oral health to help Brits reduce their risk of having a stroke.

The publication revealed how Christine Walker, 33, of Newcastle, suffered a stroke when she was 22 due to a bacterial infection in her mouth which spread to her heart and caused a blood clot in her brain.

Regular visits ‘cut down dentist costs’


People could cut down the costs of trips to the dentist by having regular check-ups, it has been claimed.

Local paper the Star reported individuals could avoid costly emergency dentist treatments by ensuring they maintain good oral health and part of this process is seeing a dentist on a regular basis.

The article stated: "Scaling and polishing is cheaper when there are less stains and calculus and treatment is done in a shorter time."

It added that people should schedule an appointment at least once a year and although the majority of people do not see a dentist unless they have a problem, waiting until treatment is necessary could be the wrong way to keep costs down.

Elsewhere, the International Diabetes Foundation recently stated a link between the development of periodontal disease and diabetes has been discovered.

The foundation noted there are approximately 246 million people who suffer from diabetes in the world.

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