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The singing dentist strikes againThe Singing Dentist strikes again with his new take on Big Shaq’s massive debut single, ‘Man’s Not Hot’. The humorous parody is entitled, Man’s Got Floss – Big Plaq. In true singing dentist style, the lyrics have been changed to instructions on how to look after teeth. The new release includes lyrics such as ‘The girl said I’d got meat in mi teeth, I tell her babes, man’s got floss’. And ‘Tooth and tooth in jaw, minus some that leaves big gaps’. For anyone who is a Big Shaq fan, it is hard to deny how well suited the words are to the rhythm.

Dr. Milad Shadrooh has also gathered massive social media attention for other take offs. These include ‘Gappy’ (Pharell Williams’ Happy). And ‘This Is How We Brush Teeth’ (Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It).

The Singing Dentist has nearly half a million Facebook followers and has received the prestigious blue tick on Instagram. He has also appeared on the ITV show This Morning, to discuss oral hygiene myths. The younger generation has responded well to his campaign.


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Maintaining good oral hygiene could combat arthritis


It has long been predicted that poor dental hygiene could be a contributing factor in developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). New findings have now been published in the Science Translational Medicine Journal that have significant implications for the treatment and even prevention of the potentially debilitating autoimmune disease.

The findings show that the same bacteria that causes infections in the gum can also be a trigger for RA. When the bacteria that causes gum disease, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, is present, it stimulates the production of proteins. These proteins have a negative effect on the immune system and cause it to work less efficiently. The research team from John Hopkins University found that in people with RA, the natural process of producing proteins becomes overactive, which causes the damage and inflammation of the tissue within the joints.

It is worth noting, however, that the findings are not water tight, as half of the RA patients participating in the study did not have any form of gum disease at the time. Researchers have theorized that this could indicate the presence of bacteria present in other areas such as the lungs, gut or possibly elsewhere. The lead researcher, Dr Maximilian Konig was quoted in the Daily Mail, “This research may be the closest we have come to uncovering the root cause of RA.”




Study shows an increased risk of heart disease from untreated tooth infections


The Journal of Dental Research has published new findings that suggest a link between untreated tooth infections and increased risk of heart disease. The findings show that people leaving infections untreated are around 2.7 times likelier to have heart related illnesses, such as, coronary artery disease as opposed to patients that have their infections treated.

It is estimated that coronary diseases contribute to around thirty percent of global deaths, which is making these findings a step in the right direction to lowering the risks. Based on the findings, the Oral Health Foundation have urged patients to attend regular dental appointments, especially if they are displaying symptoms such as, bleeding gums, sensitivity or toothache. The CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, was quoted as saying, “This research is very worrying as tooth infections are initially caused by tooth decay, which is triggered by poor oral hygiene routines and a diet high in sugar.”

Other research undertaken in the past has also linked issues with oral health to other serious conditions, which include, Alzheimer’s, complications in pregnancy and diabetes. The new findings just further concur the importance of good dental health and hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for overall health and wellbeing.




Study suggests that chewing gum could clean teeth better than dental floss


A new study published in the PLOS ONE journal has found that chewing gum could trap and remove bacteria from around ten percent of the mouth, making it as effective as flossing – thought to trap up to 100 million bacteria. The study involved volunteers chewing gum for varying amounts of time, no more than then minutes, as the experiment revealed that the optimal chew time for trapping bacteria was less than one minute.

The paper said that ‘despite an increasing diversity in species developing over time in chewed gums’ chewing gum for longer than a minute led to a gradual decrease in the number of bacteria that were being trapped, so chewing for long periods of time is not going to clean the teeth any more. It was suggested that this is because the bacteria are first trapped and then released back into the mouth as the gum is chewed for longer.

Researchers found that gum might clean the teeth but does not remove bacteria from other places in the mouth, such as the tongue, so modern oral hygiene has not reached beyond the humble toothbrush just yet. However, if you’re not able to floss for some reason, it’s good to know that chewing gum can be substituted in a pinch.

New figures show that over 25,000 British children visit hospital for dental treatment


A new report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that more than 25,000 British children aged between five and nine have been admitted to hospital for tooth extractions as a result of tooth decay. This number is an increase of over 3,000 from 2010/2011.

The British Dental Health Foundation has spoken about this worrying trend and chief executive Dr Nigel Carter OBE, described it as ‘incredibly worrying’ and commented that it is ‘unacceptable’ that these children were not being taken to the dentist from the age of two or three, as is suggested by dental professionals. He added that a child’s first visit to the dentist should not be left until they are in pain and they need to have numerous teeth extracted to combat the decay, Dr Carter commented that this would ‘[set] the child up for a potential lifetime of poor dental health and dental phobia.’

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, the responsibility for arranging dental care lies with the parents and Dr Carter maintains that it is down to them to stick to basic oral hygiene principles to avoid problems with their child’s dental health. Finally, Dr Carter says ‘Tooth decay is entirely preventable through nothing more than a few very basic oral health messages’, including a visit to the dentist on a regular basis. Parents should also encourage children to brush their teeth every day for at least two minutes using fluoride toothpaste and reduce intake of sugary foods and drinks to protect the teeth.

Parents are failing to teach their children good oral hygiene


According to new research millions of parents in the UK are neglecting their children’s teeth by failing to teach them about brushing and visiting the dentist. The study, carried out by market analysts Mintel, found that only half of those with children under twelve said they took their kids to the dentist on a regular basis. Furthermore, only 57% said that they make sure their children look after their teeth properly.

The research involved questioning 2,000 UK adults and according to Roshida Khanom, a personal care analyst at Mintel, it reveals a ‘distinct lack of awareness’ with regards to children’s dental care and visiting the dentist. Khanom explains ‘it’s likely that parents think of oral care to be limited to toothbrush and toothpaste when it comes to their children, and so don’t feel the need to take their child to the dentist regularly or see the need for products beyond basics such as toothpaste, despite the increase in products designed for this age group.’

The study also showed that around 10% of parents are under the impression that baby teeth do not have to be treated because they fall out anyway. Khanom added ‘what is more, only a quarter of parents agree that it is important to visit the dentist as soon as babies develop their first tooth, despite NHS recommendations to take children to the dentist as young an age as possible – and at least once by the time they are two.’ A further one in five parents admitted that they did not feel confident about taking care of their children’s teeth.

Seven million Brits don’t clean their teeth regularly


According to a new survey, seven million British people do not clean their teeth regularly; one in seven even admitted leaving it two days before brushing and 21% of those asked said they forgot to floss. The research, carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation, found that the public’s attitude towards oral hygiene has not improved over the last two years; a previous study in 2011 found that around 28% of Britons admitted they didn’t brush once in a 24 hour period, whereas one in seven people said they went longer than two days without cleaning their teeth.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, was surprised by the lack of basic oral hygiene, saying ‘It is troubling to learn that people still have a poor attitude when it comes to their oral health.’ Experts recommend that teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes twice a day and patients should visit the dentist once a year for a check-up.

Dr Carter added that anyone who neglects their oral health may find that they suffer with dental problems at a later date, such as tooth decay and gum disease, he said ‘Brushing last thing at night removes the deposits which have built up from eating and drinking during the day, as well as removing plaque. The last brush of the day also coats the teeth with fluoride, which is not washed away through eating and drinking, and continues to protect the tooth’s surface further during sleep. Flossing is also something that really is not a luxury – removing food stuck in between your teeth close to the gum lines is a really important step to preventing gum disease.’

Astronauts demonstrate oral hygiene in space


The weightless conditions that affect astronauts can make it difficult to carry out even very simple tasks, such as making dinner or pouring a drink, but astronaut Chris Hadfield is hoping to educate viewers and fans of space travel on how these things are done at zero-gravity; and he’s starting small, with oral hygiene.

The Canadian astronaut currently calls the International Space Station home and he has been uploading videos and pictures to the internet to show how daily activities are performed in space. He explains that brushing teeth is hard because ‘we don’t have running water. You can’t have a tap; you can’t have a sink ‘cause water would flow everywhere.’ He then goes on to demonstrate the use of water droplets from a bag that absorb into the bristles of the tooth brush, after applying a small amount of toothpaste from a tube.

After giving his teeth a good clean, Hadfield then shows viewers what to do instead of rinsing out after brushing – he simply swallows the toothpaste and water, although he doesn’t seem to enjoy it. He then adds ‘It’s edible. Won’t kill you, and what else am I gonna do? Put it in a rag and have a dirty rag? Doesn’t make any sense.’

He has also posted several other step-by-step guides on how life in the Space Station works, including how to make sandwiches, how to wash your hands, and how to cut your finger nails.

Hadfield is part of Expedition 35, which includes five other astronauts, two Americans and three Russians as part of rotational staffing of the Space Station.

Blackberries may help fight dental problems


New research published in the Journal of Periodontal Research suggests that the antibacterial properties contained in blackberries could help prevent or at least help with the treatment of gum disease. When compared to other berries, it was revealed that blackberries contain the most antioxidants that have been linked to blocking the spread of cancer cells – which could mean that they also assist with the prevention of oral cancer.

Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation said that this backed the theory that a good, balanced diet benefits all aspects of health. He commented that a healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, and fresh product can offer a high level of anti-oxidants to help in the fight against numerous ailments, including gum disease and oral cancer – he even added that a New Year’s resolution involving diet improvement would be a good way to start 2013.

Dr Carter went on to say that; ‘Although the study is promising, it is important that any use of blackberries in preventing and treating gum disease should be as well as maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Prevention is a really important word when it comes to oral health and it is fairly easy to keep on top of. It does not take up too much time or a lot of money, yet it is surprising how many people actually forego basic oral hygiene principles, including brushing for two minutes twice a day.’

Patients at a Yorkshire dental practice have been brushing up on their oral hygiene techniques


Patients at a Yorkshire dental practice have been brushing up on their oral hygiene techniques in the run-up to Christmas with the help of no less a person than John Lennon.

The clinic really got its teeth into the subject on the occasion of a special week celebrating fifty years of Beatlemania by exhibiting a fragment from one of the legendary singer’s molars – which brought open-mouthed reaction recently when it was bought at auction for a remarkable £19,000.

The buyer was Michael Zuk, author, dentist-to-the-stars and a man with an unusual obsession for collecting the teeth of celebrities.

Apparently Lennon, the musician and singer-songwriter who together with Paul McCartney formed one of the most celebrated song-writing partnerships of the 20th century. had originally asked his former housekeeper Dot Jarlett to dispose of the extracted tooth sometime in the mid-sixties, but  then, on second thoughts, suggested that she might keep it and present it as a memento to her daughter, who was, not surprisingly in the circumstances, a big fan of the Beatles.

Part of that famous tooth was later turned into a ‘DNA necklace’ by the world-renowned Beverley Hills jewellery design expert Ari Soffer, and it was that which was loaned to the dental practice as the dentists there sought to highlight the risks of mouth cancer and encourage people to make regular check-up appointments, warning that the earlier the disease is diagnosed the better are the chances of a complete cure.

The clinic had been trialling a new piece of equipment, which uses a fluorescent light to pick up early symptoms of mouth cancer and this particular awareness campaign targeted people over 55.

There just happens to be quite a few fanatical ‘Fab Four’ followers amongst the clinic’s list of clients, and one of them, Keith Lowe, added a further shine to the occasion by loaning his  comprehensive collection of Beatles memorabilia to be put on display.

He was only too happy to do so, as he had just lost a very good friend to cancer, and he was therefore especially keen to do everything he could to make the public aware of the dangers.

It proved a very popular and worthwhile promotion. All those who attended were not only given very important dental advice, they were also able to enjoy a nostalgic touch of Beatlemania.

You can just imagine all the people…

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