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‘Take the time’ to look after teeth


People should ensure they look after their oral health.

Busy people should take the time to look after their teeth properly, it has been argued.

Michael Thomas, from the Wessex Dental Specialist Centre, claimed having the forethought to stay on top of dental health issues will help people avoid costly and painful emergency dentistry treatments in the future and could help them keep a bright and appealing smile for the rest of their life.

He said: “As the mouth is the gateway to the body, a healthy mouth will be part of having a healthy body and leading a healthy lifestyle.”

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

Indeed, he 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.

Laser treatment for gum disease developed


A new laser treatment has been developed to tackle gum disease.

A new treatment which uses laser technology to treat gum disease has been developed in the US. gum laser

Dental surgeons in the US are pioneering a treatment which entails a small laser being used to kill bacteria in the mouth, while stimulating recovery in healthy tissue.

Periodontist Dr Robert Yu commented: “The laser kills disease-causing bacteria below the gums, while leaving healthy tissue alone. Studies show it helps regenerate lost gum and bone.”

He added the surgery is relatively straightforward and there is “very little bleeding”.

Elsewhere, periodontist Dr Roger Parkes recently told the Clarion Ledger that if gum disease is left untreated, it can pose a serious risk to a person’s health.

He noted signs of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily even with gentle brushing, bright red or red-purple colour to the gums, bad breath, swollen gums that may be tender to the touch and abscesses.

Gum disease: A major health threat


Gum disease can cause many health problems for a person.

Gum disease or gingivitis poses a major threat to a person’s health if left unchecked, it has been claimed.gum disease

When the illness becomes acute, toxins created by bacteria in the mouth could enter the bloodstream, causing problems throughout the body, including increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Signs of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily even with gentle brushing, bright red or red-purple colour to the gums, bad breath, swollen gums that may be tender to the touch and abscesses.

Periodontist Dr Roger Parkes noted: “Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 30 and has also been linked to osteoporosis, lung problems, diabetes and premature births.”

Elsewhere, Dental Plans recently reported research published in the US journal Pediatric Dentistry revealed the breakfast foods that was found to be the most damaging to the teeth are those which contain both raisons and bran, as they lead to the creation of the greatest amount of acid in the mouth.

Need for tooth implants ‘may be genetic’


Genetic factors could make gingivitis more likely – leading to a need for cosmetic dentistry solutions such as tooth implants.Tooth loss and the associated need for tooth implants and cosmetic dentistry may be predicted by genetic factors, research has revealed. teeth implants


Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discovered that a large proportion of an individual’s genetic code plays a part in whether they are likely to develop gingivitis.

This is associated with reddened, sensitive and bleeding gums, as well as raising the likelihood that teeth will fall out – which could lead individuals to seek cosmetic dentistry solutions such as tooth implants.

Scientists also found that the complexity of the causing factors behind the condition could mean it is difficult to prevent its development or to reverse its effects.

British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter comments: “Gum disease affects most people at some point in their lives, so there is no excuse for ignoring good dental hygiene.”

Dr Steven Offenbacher, lead author of the study for the university, adds that “thousands of individual genes” must be considered in order to determine what is occurring at the onset of gingivitis.

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