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Sports dentistry really takes off

Mon

Sports dentistry is fast becoming recognised as a vital aspect of professional sport. Good oral health and hygiene is now starting to be seen as an essential part of an athlete’s overall health and wellbeing, which could also have a bearing on their performance.

The issue was first highlighted, on a larger scale, from the London 2012 Olympics, where an abundance of athletes demonstrated poor oral health. This became a hot topic for discussion which clearly needed addressing. Following this, a study was undertaken which investigated the overall dental and oral health of Olympic athletes, with revealed shocking results. Over 300 of the athletes in the study were found to have poor dental hygiene, an abundance of cavities and decay, tooth erosion and periodontal disease. This was seen to not only be impacting on their general health and quality of life, but also, potentially, on their performance.

Following this study, the UCL Eastman Centre for Oral Health and Performance, situated in London, was established to address the growing issue. As the centre has grown and developed, more networks have been set up to provide people with information on the subject of sports dentistry and for people who have an interest in getting into a career in the field.

 

 

 

Woman’s teeth form ‘fangs’ after gum disease is left untreated

Fri

A 49-year-old woman has developed fang-like teeth after a case of serious gum disease went untreated despite repeated check-ups at the dentist. Charlotte Bateman said she knew something was ‘seriously wrong’ when her gums bled profusely with each visit to the dentist but the dentist treating her did not deal with the problem accordingly.

After years of visiting the dentist with no results, Ms Bateman was finally diagnosed with severe periodontal disease in 2011 after a trip to an orthodontist revealed bone loss beneath her teeth. By the time the condition was diagnosed, Charlotte’s teeth had formed into ‘fangs’ and her gums had drawn back from the teeth dramatically. She says she had ‘raised concerns’ about the problem and was embarrassed to be seen in public after a friend who had not seen her in some time appeared ‘visibly shocked’ by the way her teeth looked.

Ms Bateman, a baker from Collington in Herefordshire, has been awarded £25,000 in compensation and she plans to put this towards treating the condition, although it is likely that she will lose the affected teeth in the future.

Her dental surgery did not admit liability and the practice manager at Smith, Holloman and Associated said that ‘due to patient confidentiality’ they could not comment on the case.

Tooth loss could represent a higher risk of health problems

Tue

According to researchers, losing teeth and suffering gum disease long-term could increase the risk of serious health problems, such as cardiovascular complications, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Previous research into the area found that poor dental hygiene could allow up to 700 different types of bacteria to get into the bloodstream, increasing the dangers of heart problems – regardless of the person’s general health and fitness.

The study, which was carried out at Uppsala University, Sweden, included participants from 39 countries, who were asked to classify their number of teeth (from none up to 32) and the frequency of gum bleeds (from never to always). Around 40% of patients had fewer than fifteen teeth and 16% had none at all, with a quarter of respondents reporting bleeding gums. As the number of teeth dropped, the risk markers for cardiac problems increased; researchers found that this was because of a rise in the levels of an enzyme that causes inflammation in the blood vessels and hardening of the arteries.

However, at this stage there is not much data on how periodontal disease affects heart health – according to Professor Robin Seymour, a member of the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel, who says that check-ups and treatment may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. He added that ‘It is vital for people to go through basic periodontal screening at least once a year so that a thorough inspection of periodontal tissues can be achieved.’

Emergency dentistry news: Gum disease ‘could lead to wider health problems’

Mon

Emergency dentistry news: Gum disease 'could lead to wider health problems'People worried about needing emergency dentistry could be interested to hear that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack, scientists have claimed.

The importance of maintaining good oral health has been highlighted due to the wider health risks associated with the contraction of periodontal problems.

Although a definite cause has not been established, scientists have identified a number of possible reasons for a link between the two conditions.

Experts have suggested that inflammation of the coronary arteries caused by bacteria from the mouth could be a causal factor for a heart attack, WorlDental.org reports.

The publication also states that bacteria found in the gums through the contraction of periodontal disease could make its way into the bloodstream and lead to a number of health issues.

Previous studies have also identified a link between poor oral hygiene and wider health problems such as diabetes and stroke.

Emergency dentistry patients are advised to ensure teeth and gums stay healthy by brushing teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent a build-up of damaging plaque.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800553727-ADNFCR

Flossing ‘helps overall health’

Wed

Flossing could help people to stay healthy.

A study published by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London has shown a link between poor memory and tooth loss – a condition which could be averted through the daily use of floss.

Dr Nigel Carter, head of the British Dental Health Foundation, said the findings were interesting and are helping to highlight the importance of good oral health and the benefits this can bring to overall wellbeing.

He told the Independent that this research will “add to a growing list of evidence of the wide-ranging systemic links relating to poor oral health”.

Elsewhere, Dr Robert MacGregor recently told the Vancouver Sun that one of the biggest threats to oral health is smoking and that most of the damage caused to an individual will be in their gums.

He argued that periodontal disease, loss of jawbone density, loss of teeth and oral cancer are all possible outcomes of the habit.

Smoking ‘bad for oral health’

Wed

Brits have been warned of the dangers of smoking in terms of their oral health.

Dental health professionals have told smokers that the habit could be harming their oral health.

Dr Robert MacGregor told the Vancouver Sun that smoking can lead to an array problems, most of which will impact on the gums, as well as weakening the mouth’s defences against other oral health issues.

“Smokers need to be aware that they’re also contending with gum disease, periodontal disease, loss of jawbone density, loss of teeth and oral cancer as well,” he commented.

Elsewhere, individuals worried about harming their teeth through teeth whitening treatments have been reassured that as long as the procedure is carried out by a professional then they have nothing to worry about.

A study carried out in the US has shown that the average levels of hydrogen peroxide in teeth whitening treatments is 38 per cent and at this level, even after repeated procedures, the structure of the enamel of the tooth will be unaffected.

Advice for a healthier smile

Tue

Individuals have been advised on how to achieve a healthier smile.

People planning to have a healthier smile should stop smoking and ensure they brush their teeth properly, it has been advised.

MSN Health has reported that smoking can be particularly harmful to the teeth and gums, while flossing daily and not brushing too vigorously can help people to keep a perfect smile for longer.

Indeed, people should “perfect their stroke” by ensuring they brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and use gentle, circular motions.

“Smokers get periodontal disease at two to three times the rate of non-smokers,” Sally Cram, a periodontist in Washington, told the website.

Elsewhere, individuals who suffer from diabetes have been warned that their condition puts them at a higher risk of dental health problems, but there are a number of ways they can minimise this danger.

People should ensure they keep themselves well hydrated, as this will ensure they suffer less from dry mouth, a condition that can lead to increased risk of gum disease, according to Perth EMC.

Oral health ‘key to healthy heart’

Fri

Oral health linked to heart disease risk.

Overall health can be greatly impacted upon by a lack of oral hygiene, it has been argued.

According to My Republica, Shyamsehkar Bikram Rana of People’s Dental College & Hospital at Naya Bazaar has said that instances of coronary heart disease are more common in those individuals who do not maintain a good oral health routine and especially in those who suffer from gingivitis.

The American Academy of Periodontology stated: “People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.”

Elsewhere, Michael Thomas, from the Wessex Dental Specialist Centre, recently claimed that busy people should take the time to look after their teeth properly and there should be no excuse for those who say they do not have the time to brush and floss their teeth daily.

Indeed, Mr Thomas said that having the forethought to stay on top of dental health issues will help people avoid costly and painful emergency dentistry treatments in the future.

Green tea ‘could boost oral health’

Tue

Brits could improve their oral health through drinking green tea.

Research carried out in Japan by Yasushi Koyama from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine has shown a link between drinking green tea and improved oral health.

The report showed a 23 per cent reduction in the risk of decay in those people who drank a cup of green tea every day in comparison to those that did not.

It concluded that catechins found in the tea help prevent the build-up of bacteria that are linked to the risk of periodontal disease and decay and as such, regularly drinking the beverage can help improve overall dental health.

Elsewhere, C Health recently reported many people falsely assume that stained teeth come about as a result of poor oral health and this is not always the case.

Indeed, the other factors which can increase the likelihood of stains include smoking, bad diets, drinking large amounts of coffee or red wine.

Tooth identity chip developed

Wed

A new chip has been developed that can be implanted in teeth.

A new identity chip that can be fitted inside a tooth has been developed in the US.

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide reported Dr Kevin Brunski has developed the I-Denti-Fied chip, which can be implanted into teeth then be scanned to prove a person’s identity. tooth identity chip

The technology has been given the green light by the US Food and Drug Administration, with possible applications including identifying lost or abducted children, as well as enabling medical professionals to access an individual’s medical records more easily.

Elsewhere, ABC News recently reported Professor Saso Ivanovski at Brisbane’s Griffith University has developed a new treatment that could help restore lost tissue for sufferers of gum disease.

Harvested cells from ligaments around the teeth of sufferers is being used to regenerate lost tissue, as at present one in ten sufferers of periodontal disease end up losing teeth and this treatment could be one way of addressing this statistic.

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