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Good oral health ‘could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s’


Good oral health 'could reduce risk of Alzheimer's'Health-conscious individuals who attend regular check-ups with an emergency dentist could be limiting their risk of dementia, a study has suggested.

According to the Daily Mail, maintaining a high standard of overall health is vital for staving off the symptoms of Alzheimer's in later life.

The connection was established after Canadian researchers carried out a series of experiments to assess the effects a range of illnesses had on older people.

Scientists revealed that the likelihood of dementia increased 3.2 per cent for every complaint, including poor oral hygiene, which affected them.

"It's very important to try and maintain fitness and health at whatever standard you are able," explained Dr Marie Jackson.

Alzheimer's Association states that age, family history and genetics are the most important factors when considering the likelihood of the illness.

The organisation urges older people to ensure they live an overall healthy lifestyle in a bid to keep their brain and body in a good condition.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800622409-ADNFCR

London dentists ‘can help reduce chance of developing disease’


Good oral hygiene can help lower people's chances of developing other types of illnesses News that good oral hygiene can help lower peoples' chances of developing other types of illnesses could see cosmetic dentists in London enjoying full appointment books.

According to The Now News, there is research which shows a "direct link" between how healthy our teeth and gums are and how healthy our body is in general. The source noted that suffering from gum disease can increase the risk of developing conditions including diabetes, respiratory trouble and heart problems.

In older people, tooth and gum disease is one of the most common dental problems, it noted. The warning signs of this condition can be flagged up by regular visits to a cosmetic dentistry practitioner and as such, people should take a trip to their London dentist every six months or so.

Those who enjoy a diet rich in omega-3 can benefit from a lower risk of developing gum disease, Dr Kenneth Mukamal from the Harvard Medical School told Reuters last year.

The doctor and his team looked into the dental health of more than 9,000 people as part of a study and found that those who had eaten "intermediate or high amounts" of omega-3 fatty acids – which are found in fish – were less likely to have the condition.


Teeth whitening more popular for men?


Many men are concerned about discoloured teeth, one survey has found. Tooth whitening might be necessary for men as they admit they are concerned about their appearance, according to a new survey.

The report by market research company Mintel revealed that nearly one-third are worried about having yellow teeth, the fifth most common beauty paranoia.

It is a problem that increases with age, with more than a quarter of all males over the age of 45 acknowledging they were unhappy with their looks.

Head of beauty research Vivienne Rudd explained that ageing and its associated physical changes can lead to mid-life crises, but many older gents are unlikely to believe beauty treatments will work.

“As the UK population ages, men will have to work into older age, bringing them into direct competition with younger colleagues. As a result, older people may feel the need to try to maintain appearance,” she said, adding that this would lead to an increase in sales of male grooming products.

Teeth whitening will not cause a complete colour change but will lighten the natural shade, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800013619-ADNFCR

Visit dentist regularly, older people urged


Visit dentist regularly, older people urgedOlder people have been advised to take extra care with their dentures and make regular visits to the dentist in order to maintain a healthy mouth.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association provided tips for those aged over 65 on how to ensure good oral health care, including going to see a dentist every six months for a check-up and professional clean.

Dentist Dr Craig Pate, a PDA member, said: “Since poor fitting dentures can lead to a host of problems, it is very important that patients continue to visit their dentist annually.”

He also encouraged older patients to consider new alternative treatments to dentures such as dental implants, which he described as a “life-changing procedure”.

Dr Lawrence Singer of the Connecticut State Dental Association recently explained how people aged over 65 have a higher risk of developing oral illnesses and should therefore ensure they brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash.

The PDA conducted research that found 26 per cent of Americans aged over 65 had none of their natural teeth remaining, a decrease from 27.6 per cent from 2004 to 2007.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19810563-ADNFCR

Older people urged ‘take care of teeth’


Older people should take care of their teeth.

Older people have been advised they need to take greater care of their teeth and gums than people who are younger.

Dr Lawrence Singer of the Connecticut State Dental Association said once a person reaches 65 they enter a higher risk category for a range of oral illnesses and they should therefore have a regular health routine in place to combat this.

He stated that older people should look to see a dental professional at least once a year and that they should ensure they brush twice a day and use both floss and mouthwash to remove as much plaque and food debris from their mouth as possible.

Elsewhere, the Grand Forks Herald recently reported the number of men and women over 40 and looking for work who plan to have teeth whitening treatments has increased sharply since the onset of the economic downturn.

Older people ‘have a range of problems’


Older people are findig gum disease to be a bigger problem than decay.

Many older people are no longer suffering from bad teeth, but instead are feeling the pain caused from poor gum health.

The problems facing older people in the modern world are no longer losing their teeth because of decay, but instead they are doing so because of gingivitis and gum disease.

In addition, there is a growing trend for sensitive teeth and exposed gums.

“We see so many perfect teeth now, through orthodontics, great home and dental care, but what we have as a result of the aging population is great teeth and poor gums,” commented Pickering dentist Dr Steven Weiner.

Elsewhere, Doc Q recently posted a blog on Q News that claimed people should look to visit their dentists at least twice a year and they should ensure they brush their teeth twice daily.

Furthermore, oral health can receive a boost through perfecting the technique of brushing, with people advised to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle, circular motion.

Older people ‘have better teeth’


Older people are keeping their teeth for longer.

Improvements in oral care are leading to more older people having healthier teeth than ever before, it has been claimed.

The Auburn Reporter revealed that in times past it was unusual for people aged over 60 to have all of their own teeth, but medical advances in recent years, as well as an increase in the number of preventative treatments against gum disease, decay and other oral ailments has meant this is now not the case.

“Older teeth may need additional treatment to keep them healthy. But today, most people can keep the majority of their existing natural teeth for a lifetime,” the publication noted.

Elsewhere, the Herald Sun recently reported 22-year-old Nicky Welfare has been told he will have to have all his teeth removed due to the amount of alcohol he consumes.

The publication revealed Mr Welfare drank 24 cans of lager every day, as well two litre bottles of cider and as such, his alcoholism has cost him his teeth, as he will now need to have dentures fitted.

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