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Could unhealthy teeth affect your love life?


The chances are that when looking for a new partner, people have a set of ideals in mind for that special someone. It could be a person’s eye, hair, physique or personality. However, what is the most sought after feature when looking for a potential date?

A study in 2013 by surveyed 5,481 singles of both sexes to investigate what was important for a person when looking for a new relationship. The results showed that the number one featurepeople value was actually their teeth. Fifty eight percent of men, and a staggering seventy one percent of women said that healthy teeth were the most important out of all attributes. A previous UK study in 2012 also found that people took into consideration the colour and spacing between teeth.

New research suggests that people reaching young adulthood around the turn of the millennium feel just as strongly about teeth as the older generations do. Chief scientific advisor for, Doctor Helen Fisher, was not shocked by the results. She was quoted in a USA Today article as saying, “From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indication of your health — how much you drink, smoke, what you’re eating.” It just goes to show that good dental care can have wider reaching benefits than just a healthy mouth.




Study shows that citizens of ancient Pompeii had perfect teeth due to diet


Ancient Romans had perfect teeth because of a low sugar diet, according to studies that have involved scanning the remains of those killed in the city of Pompeii in AD79. Scientists appointed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii carried out CAT scans on the preserved remains of people who died after Mt Vesuvius erupted and destroyed much of the ancient city.

Researchers were surprised to see how perfect the teeth were when the results of the scan were shown; it is believed that this is due to low sugar, high fibre diets, and the ancient Romans may have had a better diet than modern man.

Dental expert Elisa Vanacore, director of the site, said that the people of Pompeii ate a lot of fruit and vegetables but did not include much sugar in their diets; she also observed that ‘Studying their teeth could reveal a lot more about their lives.’ This suggests that the Romans ‘ate better than we did’ and this would explain why they have very healthy teeth. As well as perfect dental health, the scans revealed cranial injuries which are likely to have been the cause of death as rubble fell from the sky during the eruption of the volcano.

Is being vegetarian bad for your teeth?


According to new evidence put forward by dental experts, diets that include meat and dairy products could be better for naturally healthy teeth – meaning that strict vegetarian or vegan diets could be damaging to dental health. A common amino acid that occurs in certain food products has been shown to break down plaque effectively, helping to fight against problems like decay and gum disease.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Newcastle University found that L-arginine stops the formation of dental plaque and it is primarily found in meat, fish, and dairy products, and it has already been added to some dental products to help with sensitive teeth.

Alexander Rickard, Assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan called this discovery ‘important’ and explained that it could save billions of dollars in dental treatment every year in the US. Dr Nick Jakubovics, of Newcastle University, says that the amino acid is only effective in very high quantities; he explains that ‘there is no evidence yet that lower concentrations found in foods such as red meats would have benefits for removal of dental plaque.’

Their findings are reported in the current issue of PLOS ONE.

New BBC series shows that Tudors did not necessarily have bad teeth


Programme-makers behind the BBC’s four part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall have spoken about the lengths they have gone to ensure that the Tudor story is told with great historical accuracy. Critics have previously complained about unrealistic levels of hygiene and dentistry in period dramas, such as last years The White Queen, based on the Wars of the Roses.

Although most people might expect to see rotten, stained teeth in a Tudor story – given the lack of toothpaste in that era, author Hilary Mantel insisted that the actors should have white, healthy teeth, as the drama is set in a time when sugar was not widely available in England. Wolf Hall has been adapted for the screen by Peter Straughan and Ms Mantel told cast members, including Damien Lewis as Henry VIII, that they ‘do not have bad teeth’ and that they would not be dirty either.

Mantel said that ‘there are two ways in historical drama; either glamorise them impossibly or rough them up in some picturesque way so they all have bad teeth.’ She maintains that people ‘at this stage in history’ did not have rotten teeth because they ate so little sugar.

Wolf Hall premieres on BBC two this week and it chronicles Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power as well as Henry VIII’s attempts to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon.

Tooth tattoos take off as a new dental trend


Tooth tattoos have been around for twenty years but they have only just taken off as an emerging trend; many people are getting pictures of their favourite cartoon character or football team permanently tattooed onto their dental crown. This treatment cannot be carried out on healthy teeth but it is becoming very popular with patients who require dental restorations.

A dental stain tattoo costs between $75 (£44) and $200 (£118) at the Suburbia Dental Laboratory in Bloomfield, Connecticut; the process involves applying the design to a crown in an oven where it is fired at 212 degrees. Dentist Steven Landman, who provides the treatment, even has his own tooth art; a drawing that was done by his daughter of her and her two brothers. He has also done everything from band logos to patient signatures over the past decade.

One satisfied customers, Tim Miller, spoke to WFSB after he had a shamrock tattooed onto his tooth as a tribute to his wife’s Irish heritage. He said ‘I thought about tattoos in the past but let’s face it, everyone has a tattoo and it’s no longer cool or unique. So that’s why I went ahead and got the tooth.’

Chinese woman sues unlicensed dentist for £10,000


A mother from China is suing her dentist for compensation, claiming that her botched treatment has made her so ugly that her child is afraid of her and cries when she sees her smile. 33-year-old Xu Feng paid £1,200 to have twelve crowns fitted when she visited a clinic in Chongqing, central China, but not long after the procedure was carried out, she developed infections and abscesses around her teeth, and was left in constant pain.

Surgeons later revealed that the unlicensed dentist had reduced perfectly healthy teeth to stumps, leaving the nerve centre exposed and vulnerable to bacteria. Xu said of her ordeal; ‘Once the anaesthetic wore off, I was in more pain than I could ever have imagined.’ Thankfully, several certified dentists have stepped in to help out, removing the infected crowns and dealing with her pain so that she is at least able to function properly day to day, but Xu is still suffering the aftermath, saying ‘I look like a monster’, without the crowns covering her peg-like teeth. She added ‘I have a one-year-old daughter who won’t come near me if I open my mouth, and screams and cries until I close it. Those people stole my smile.’

Xu’s husband, Zhang Lu, has contacted a lawyer to negotiate with the unlicensed clinics owners, in the hopes that they can recover some funds to put the damage right; initially, the team are aiming at a compensation pay-out of around £10,000.

Reality stars show off gleaming teeth


There are those who would suggest that the TOWIE girls and boys have overdone it with the bleach, but there’s no denying that the sales of tooth whitening treatments have gone through the roof since the Essex group hit the big time last year. Cosmetic Dentist to the celebrities, Genevieve Keane, of the Start Smiling Clinic in Essex, explains why the unnaturally white look is so popular.

Dr Keane counts many of the TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex) stars among her clients, and she’s particularly impressed with newcomer Georgina Dorsett, saying that she had ‘possibly had orthodontics when she was younger, plus she’s had them whitened. She is blessed with a beautiful smile…. I think she has cared for [her teeth] very well.’ She also commented on regular cast members Billie and Sam Faiers, saying the pair have ‘great teeth.

The Brentwood dentist was quick to give advice on teeth whitening to any wannabe reality stars; ‘Before you proceed with any dental cosmetic procedures, you need to ensure your teeth and gums are in optimum condition.’ she said, adding that her clinic always advises a consultation first and them an appointment with an oral hygienist, so that the teeth can be scaled and polished. Dr Keane recommends these treatments every three months or so, adding that ‘if you don’t have healthy teeth, any procedures you have will never last.’

North Yorkshire care homes receive dental funding


North Yorkshire care homes receive dental fundingOlder individuals in North Yorkshire who rely on home visit dentistry to ensure their oral health is maintained could be pleased to hear news about increased funding.

Four care homes across the region are set to be awarded their share of a cash injection provided by the British Dental Health Foundation and the Wrigley Tooth Fairy Fund.

As part of the scheme, in which 12 organisations will receive financial support, staff will receive more training and each resident will be given an individual care plan.

The news comes after health officials had struggled to provide oral health planning for older people as a result of limited time and resources.

Shaun Raval, associate dental director at Harrogate and District Foundation Trust, said: "This will enable us to roll out our skills to areas that we have not previously been able to develop."

According to Colgate, it is vital for individuals to ensure they have healthy teeth and gums in a bid to prevent oral health issues when they reach older age.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800700535-ADNFCR

Emergency dentistry patients ‘should care for their teeth as they age’


Emergency dentistry patients 'should care for their teeth as they age'Health-conscious individuals hoping to prevent emergency dentistry should take care of their teeth as they get older with an effective hygiene routine.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums from a young age can considerably limit the risk of issues with dental hygiene in later life, with effective care recommended for everyone.

This view has been supported by a recent article in Australian newspaper the Fraser Coast Chronicle, which suggests that people continually monitor their oral health.

Changes that the body encounters as individuals age can have an effect on the conditions of teeth and gums, therefore preventative care is recommended for all types of people.

Written to mark the start of Australia's Dental Health Week, the article stresses the importance of preventative care and regular trips to the dentist.

According to Bupa, attending children's dentistry from a young age is an effective way to promote oral hygiene habits among influential youngsters.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800697279-ADNFCR

Twelve businesses receive slice of BDHF oral health fund


Twelve businesses receive slice of BDHF oral health fundEmergency dentistry patients looking for new ways to improve their oral health could be interested in a recent announcement from the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).

On Wednesday (July 20th), the organisation revealed that twelve practices had qualified for increased investment provided by the Oral Health Education Project.

As part of the scheme, which was created with assistance from the Wrigley Tooth Fairy Fund, the successful companies will carry out educational programmes in a bid to raise awareness about healthy teeth and gums.

The money is set to go towards helping disadvantaged families and the elderly, including in-patients during hospital stays.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: "As well as lobbying government to keep oral health a priority, we will continue to work hard to secure new funding to help more projects in the future."

News of the initiative comes after the organisation revealed that people spending time in hospital could see their oral health deteriorate due to lack of care.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800630543-ADNFCR

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