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Nursery worker suffers with strange condition that makes her teeth fall out when she sneezes

Sun

 

A woman from Milton Keynes has developed a mysterious condition that means parts of her teeth fall out when she sneezes. Linzi Grant, 18, suffers with toothache and painful gum abscesses and has even been hospitalised due to repeated dental infections.

Doctors now believe that Miss Grant’s type 1 diabetes may be causing the tooth weakness but Linzi is not convinced this is the reason for her dental problems and her healthcare providers don’t believe it is the case either.

She spoke to MailOnline about her ongoing issues and explained how she had been bullied and finds the situation ‘humiliating’. Dr Ben Atkins, trustee of the Oral Health Foundation suggested that Miss Grant’s diet was to blame for her dental decay and broken teeth; despite the fact she says she does not eat any sugar. Dr Atkins says that perhaps she does not realise the amount of sugar she is actually consuming and suggests that she has the badly decayed teeth removed to get rid of her toothache.

A spokesman for NHS England said that many people who have diabetes are susceptible to oral infections and this could be what is happening in Miss Grant’s case. He added that they are ‘working hard to find the best way to help the patient’. Miss Grant is now raising money to try and go private in order to find out what is wrong with her teeth.

 

 

Diabetics are at greater risk of tooth loss

Thu

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.

 

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.

Child gets baby teeth banked for stem cells

Fri

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’

Fri

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’

Fri

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’

Fri

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’

Fri

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.

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Diabetes ‘doubles’ risk of losing teeth

Wed

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

Sat

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.

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