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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.

Natural ways to carry out teeth whitening


Advice has been isusued on how to whiten teeth naturally.

Brits looking to brighten their smile using natural methods might like to heed the advice of MSN Health.

The online publication noted there are a number of foods that are bad for the teeth and will in fact darken tooth enamel over time, as they attack the enamel causing it to erode, with orange juice being one of the worst offenders. zoom teeth whitening

Furthermore, the website noted yoghurt eaters are less likely to suffer from gum disease, as the food contains healthy bacteria that help to displace harmful organisms within the mouth.

In addition, Brits are advised to drink through a straw, as this can help reduce the amount of time teeth are exposed to acids.

Elsewhere, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recently advised anyone considering a teeth whitening treatment to weigh up all their options before going ahead with the procedure.

It warned there are a number of possible side effects, including increased tooth sensitivity, tissue irritation or possible root damage.

New teeth whitening products to be launched


2010 is set to be a good year for teeth whitening treatments.

This year will see the launch of a range of new teeth whitening products, it has been announced.

The White Teeth Company has claimed there will soon be a treatment to suit every pocket. laser teeth whitening

In addition, it noted specific teeth whitening clinics are popping up across the UK – especially in the south of England – with demand for the service continuing to grow.

Marketing manager Jason Scott noted: “Products can range from a few pounds for home whitening kits purchased in supermarkets or online to more professional services like laser teeth whitening.”

Elsewhere, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recently advised anyone contemplating a teeth whitening procedure to weigh up all courses of action before carrying out the procedure.

The organisation noted that side-effects can include increased tooth sensitivity, tissue irritation or possible root damage, although in the majority of cases these issues will not be felt.

Brits advised to weigh up teeth whitening options


Teeth whitening treatments should be well thought through.

Before carrying out any cosmetic dentistry procedures, Brits have been advised to weigh up the various courses of action that are open them. london teeth whitening

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, before carrying out bleaching or teeth whitening, people should ensure they have taken all the preventative measures they can to reduce discolouration of the teeth.

It advised considering the possible side effects of treatment, such as increased tooth sensitivity, tissue irritation or possible root damage.

Furthermore, it noted that bleaching is not recommending for baby teeth and should only be carried out on adults.

Elsewhere, a recent survey of 2,227 US adults by Harris Interactive showed more than half (55 per cent) would like to have teeth whitening treatments carried out in 2010.

Tom Seery, president of – the firm that commissioned the study – said: “While cost is a major factor, cosmetic surgery requires a much deeper set of considerations around safety and knowledge of what to expect.”

Diet ‘impacts dental health’


Different foods have been foound to effect teeth differently.

While it is well known that eating sugary foods is detrimental to oral health and could result in a trip to the emergency dentist, a study has been carried out showing which foods can be the most damaging. dental health

Dental Plans reported research published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry revealed the breakfast food which promoted the worst amounts of acid creation – leading to dental plaque – were those which contained raisins and bran.

Dr Christine Wu, director of cardiology research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, noted this food type showed significant acid production into the “well-documented danger zone”.

Elsewhere, a vaccine that could help stop gum disease has been created by pharmaceutical company CSL.

The project has now entered a phase where it will be tested on mice, with human trials likely to begin in the near future if it shows positive results.

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