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Expert claims braces could be harming children’s teeth


International expert, Professor Robin Seymour, has issued a warning that orthodontic treatment, in particular fixed braces, could be risky to children’s dental health. It is estimated that around two hundred thousand young people undergo teeth straightening in England and Wales every year.

Professor Seymour expressed his concerns that braces with fixed brackets and bands attached can make it very difficult for children to brush their teeth. This could then lead to a build-up of plaque and potentially gum disease. He was quoted in the Daily Mail, “While the demand for orthodontic treatments has increased, it needs to be recognised that there are risks associated with such treatments.” He also went on to say that in certain cases, the risks of having a brace could outweigh the benefits, if the patient has existing poor dental hygiene.

The professor also undertook research into effective cleaning methods for people undergoing orthodontic work. His research suggests that there were no extra benefits to using electric tooth brushes, and the interdental brushes, recommended by many dentists, showed no additional benefits in the prevention of plaque. He did however suggest that using alcohol free mouth wash, alongside regular brushing, showed significant removal of debris which could help to maintain good oral health.




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

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

Emergency dentistry news: Good oral health ‘can be achieved in the home’


Emergency dentistry news: Good oral health 'can be achieved in the home' Emergency dentistry patients could take more action to promote oral hygiene in their own home, an expert has suggested.

Leading peridontologist and spokesperson for Dentyl Active Professor Robin Seymour has urged families to pay more attention to their daily oral health routines.

With gum disease being found among some young teenagers, Professor Seymour has called for action to encourage members of the public to adopt an effective system of regular teeth brushing and flossing.

Carrying out these procedures regularly is vital to ensure excess bacteria does not build up on the teeth, he said, warning that failure to do so could lead to decay or tooth loss.

He said: "The message is clear, we have an urgent need to encourage the UK public into more thorough, oral care regimes at home."

The British Health Foundation has recently launched its latest National Smile Month campaign, which aims to promote oral hygiene to families across the UK ADNFCR-2621-ID-800549223-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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