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Tooth loss could represent a higher risk of health problems


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.’

Scientists discover link between osteoporosis and gum disease


According to new research carried out by Newcastle University, getting treatment for thinning bones could have a huge effect on dental health, even stopping teeth from falling out. Two large-scale studies have revealed that there is a link between osteoporosis and gum disease, with older women at risk of losing bone density and possibly their teeth. Osteoporosis reduces bone strength and density, leaving the teeth unsupported in the sockets. Gum disease has been linked to several chronic health problems, such as heart disease.

Professor Robin Seymour, who works in restorative dentistry at the University, said that the research ‘confirmed that women with a history of periodontitis or osteoporosis experience accelerated bone and tooth loss.’ Further studies revealed that almost half of the osteoporosis sufferers who were tested found that their gum tissue became increasingly unhealthy over a two-year period, indicating a link between the two conditions.

It is thought that nearly one in three women over the age of fifty who have experienced menopause will suffer with osteoporosis. Professor Seymour explained that the reduced level of oestrogen in post-menopausal women could aggravate the condition and lead to plaque development and bone loss in the jaw. ‘As a result, patients suffering from osteoporosis have fewer teeth,’ he said, adding that hormone replacement and regular dental appointments could help with the problem; ‘Patients who suffer with osteoporosis should undergo six-monthly dental inspections,’ he advises.

Parents ‘should make oral hygiene fun and interactive’


Parents 'should make oral hygiene fun and interactive'Parents who want to prevent their children from requiring emergency dentistry should take action to ensure oral healthcare is fun, an expert has suggested.

According to peridontologist Professor Robin Seymour, youngsters are more likely to adopt reliable cleaning routines if the process is interactive and appealing.

His comments come after the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) appointed Happy the Hippo to teach young children to look after their teeth and gums as part of the National Smile Month campaign.

Ensuring youngsters maintain oral health through the correct methods of brushing and flossing is vital to dental care in later life, Professor Seymour remarked.

He added: "Often the taste of toothpastes and mouthwashes can put kids off from carrying out a thorough oral care routine."

Professor Seymour's advice comes after the BDHF revealed that approximately one-third of children in the UK continue to suffer from tooth decay due to the lack of a healthy routine.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800576206-ADNFCR

Oral health news: Expert offers tips for teeth brushing


Oral health news: Expert offers tips for teeth brushingPeople who want to take precautions against emergency dentistry could be interested in a number of tips from a dental expert.

Dentyl Active spokesman and periodontologist Professor Robin Seymour has advised individuals to start brushing at the back of their mouths to ensure the best results.

He also advised members of the public to brush each tooth surface and the area around the gum line in order to ensure all areas of the mouth are cleaned.

With statistics revealing that less than ten per cent of people take part in regular flossing, Professor Seymour stated that an interproximal toothbrush can be just as useful.

He added: "With people's brushing habits being very poor for ridding plaque from their mouths, using an alcohol free mouthwash, twice daily is vital."

This news comes after the launch of the British Dental Health Foundation's National Smile Month campaign, which aims to promote oral hygiene to families across the UK.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800565212-ADNFCR

Teeth whitening news: Diet ‘has an impact on oral health’


Teeth whitening news: Diet 'has an impact on oral health'Dental patients who are contemplating London teeth whitening could be interested to hear that dietary habits can have an impact on oral health, according to an expert.

Consumption of high levels of acid, which is found in energy drinks and wine, could cause erosion of the teeth's protective layer of enamel.

Professor Robin Seymour, a peridontologist and spokesperson for Dentyl Active, addressed a link between modern diets and an increase in dental health problems.

He stated that consuming food and drink containing high levels of acid "causes a chemical loss of minerals to the tooth enamel, causing it to erode".

However, eating some foods could prove to be beneficial to overall oral health, Professor Seymour remarked.

Diets containing antioxidants and omega-3 oils are found to offer protection to the gums from harmful bacterial plaque.

The importance of a healthy smile has been highlighted by the British Dental Health Foundation.

Results from a recent survey conducted by the organisation revealed that 56 per cent of respondents think a nice smile is the most attractive quality in a prospective partner.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800554210-ADNFCR

Cosmetic dentistry ‘will not hide poor oral hygiene’


Unless you look after your teeth in the first place, cosmetic dentistry may be a mistake.People should not try to hide poor oral health with cosmetic dentistry, one expert has warned.

Leading periodontologist and Dentyl Active spokesperson Professor Robin Seymour said that not following a proper emergency dentistry prevention regime is likely to lead to gum disease in the long term.

This could then result in teeth becoming loose and falling out.

"Such tooth loss would make any cosmetic work a waste of time and money," the expert pointed out.

Professor Seymour recommended brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and following this up with an alcohol-free mouthwash in order to keep the mouth and gums in top condition.

The recent Adult Dental Health Survey suggested more people may be trying to take better care of their teeth, showing that the proportion of adults in England with visible decay had fallen by a fifth since the last research was carried out in 1998.

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