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Research suggests that flossing could be pointless


After being told for decades that flossing is a vital part of any dental hygiene routine, it may surprise you to know that dental researchers are currently saying that the practice could actual be a complete waste of time. According to a study in America, there is not much evidence that flossing is helpful to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and it has been recommended that it is removed from official health guidelines in the country.

The Associated Press revealed that studies investigating the benefits of flossing provide only weak evidence that the practice is beneficial to dental health, after looking at ‘the most rigorous research conducted over the past decade.’

Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific advisor at the British Dental Association, said that there is actually ‘little value’ to flossing around the teeth and inter-dental brushes are much more effective, where there is space to fit them between the teeth.

Professor Walmsley added that the best way to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease is to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and enjoy sweet treats at mealtimes only.


Fruit juice could be rotting your child’s teeth


Dentists are warning against giving too much fruit juice to children because it has caused decay in the teeth of more than 1,200 toddlers in the UK. Although parents might be assuming that they are giving their children a healthy snack, in fact the sugar in the juice could be eating away at the teeth and may lead to tooth extractions later on.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre said that 1,235 children under the age of two had to be put under general anaesthetic to have teeth removed, including 134 who had only just grown their milk teeth. Dentists blame the problem on increasingly sugary diets, coupled with visiting the dental clinic less frequently.

Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser at the British Dental Association (BDA) said that this problem can affect patients of any age but he explained that toddlers can get cavities because they are given too many sugary foods and drinks. He added that ‘most damaging of all’ is giving sugary drinks in bottles for children to sip during the night; Professor Walmsley said that tooth decay is ‘largely preventable’ and also ‘the main reason why youngsters are admitted to hospital to have a general anaesthetic.’

New teeth gel ‘could prevent need for fillings’


Teeth could regrow using the gel, scientists have claimedA new gel being developed by researchers in France could help teeth to grow back and reduce the need for fillings.

The discovery may aid those who provide emergency dentistry, with scientists claiming tooth tissue can be regenerated within four weeks.

Containing a melanocyte-stimulating hormone, which has now been linked with bone growth, the gel was rubbed onto dead cells within the mouth and caused them to reactive.

Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific advisor for the British Dental Association, admitted the experiment looked promising.

However, he added it is unlikely to be helpful for people whose teeth have been badly damaged by decay.

“We will have to wait for the results to come back from clinical trials and its use will be restricted to treating small areas of dental decay,” Professor Walmsley explained.

A recent study presented at the International Association of Dental Research found men with diabetes are twice as likely to lose their teeth compared with males who do not have the disease.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19909282-ADNFCR

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