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Toothpaste ‘could help asthma sufferers’

Sat

Desensitising toothpaste could help asthma sufferers.

Individuals who suffer from asthma have been advised that using toothpaste designed to tackle sensitive teeth problems could help with their condition.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the active ingredient in many of these toothpastes is potassium nitrate – also known as saltpetre – and this was used for many years in the treatment of arthritis and asthma, hence its ability to help sufferers.

Meanwhile, Ridzwan Rahim recently wrote in a post for New Straits Times that the introduction of fluoride into the drinking water of western countries in the last century was one of the greatest man-made medical advances of all time.

He argued that the introduction of fluoride into the water of countries across the globe has had the single greatest impact on oral health.

Mr Rahim stated: “Ever since the introduction of fluoride into tap water in 1945, cases of tooth decay around the world has decreased so dramatically that, frankly, we have now few reasons to visit the dentist.”

Older people ‘have a range of problems’

Tue

Older people are findig gum disease to be a bigger problem than decay.

Many older people are no longer suffering from bad teeth, but instead are feeling the pain caused from poor gum health.

The problems facing older people in the modern world are no longer losing their teeth because of decay, but instead they are doing so because of gingivitis and gum disease.

In addition, there is a growing trend for sensitive teeth and exposed gums.

“We see so many perfect teeth now, through orthodontics, great home and dental care, but what we have as a result of the aging population is great teeth and poor gums,” commented Pickering dentist Dr Steven Weiner.

Elsewhere, Doc Q recently posted a blog on Q News that claimed people should look to visit their dentists at least twice a year and they should ensure they brush their teeth twice daily.

Furthermore, oral health can receive a boost through perfecting the technique of brushing, with people advised to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle, circular motion.

Sensitive teeth explained

Fri

Sensitive teeth need not be a problem.

There are many reasons that a person can develop sensitive teeth and napsnet.com has highlighted some of the ways the problem can be tackled.

Individuals who sensitive teeth should remember four easy ways to reduce their problem. These are ensuring they maintain a good oral health routine – ie brushing regularly – avoiding acidic foods, brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using a desensitising toothpaste.

If they follow all these steps, then the publication claims their problems will be reduced and they can look forward to eating what they want without the fear of their teeth causing them pain.

Elsewhere, the Hindu Times recently reported sensitive teeth do not have to be a problem for sufferers.

The publication claimed using desensitising toothpaste can be a simple method for relieving the problem. It works by blocking the path of sensations to the tooth’s nerve, thereby removing the sensitivity.

Regular brushing ‘key to healthy smile’

Tue

Daily brushing is key to a healthy smile.

Ensuring teeth are brushed daily is key to helping teeth stay healthy and a person’s smile stays bright, it has been claimed.
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Fiji Village reported dental officer Dr Maher Angez as saying that as people reach their 20s and no longer have their parents telling them to brush regularly, they can let their oral health routines fall by the wayside and this can lead to health problems in the future.

She noted failure to brush twice a day and the increased consumption of sugary snacks has meant oral health in general has declined in recent years. Dr Angez therefore noted, it is time for young people to get to grips with dentistry and ensure they have a healthy smile for years to come.

Elsewhere, the Hindu Times recently reported sensitive teeth do not have to be a problem for sufferers.

The publication claimed there is a simple and effective way for those afflicted by sensitive teeth to get relief and that is by using desensitising toothpaste.

Sensitive teeth ‘can be a problem’

Thu

Sensitive teeth can be a problem, but there are ways to tackle the issue.

Millions of people suffer from sensitive teeth every day and the problem can be very severe and impact on quality of life for sufferers. sensitive teeth

However, the Hindu Times reported 46 per cent of people who suffer from sensitive teeth are aged between 30 and 40, but there is very little awareness of the fact that desensitising toothpastes are now available.

The toothpastes work by filling small channels in the dentine of teeth that lead directly to the nerve endings. When this dentine is exposed and comes into contact with cold substances, the heat transfer can cause the nerve to fire creating pain.

Elsewhere, dietician Elaine Hastings recently claimed children should eat a healthy mix of foods in order to keep their teeth as strong as possible.

She noted drinking lots of milk is important, as the calcium contained in the drink is needed – especially when children’s teeth are developing – to ensure enamel stays strong.

Colgate predicts dental future

Fri

Toothpaste manufacturer Colgate has predicted the future of dentistry.

Colgate has published its predictions of what it feels will be the major developments for dentistry over the next decade. colgate

The company claimed that by 2020, remote dentistry will have taken off, with dentists now making house calls and visits to offices to carry out simple procedures and offer check-ups.

In addition, it predicted a new generation of technology for improving oral health, including the invention of a handheld device that can check everything from plaque and bacteria to infection and how recovery from treatments is progressing.

Finally, the firm noted “the perfect smile” will start to take on a greater significance, with success being a measure of a person’s pearly whites.

Elsewhere, the company recently announced the launch of its new toothpaste designed to help tackle the problem of sensitive teeth.

Its Sensitive Pro-Relief product contains a special formula which it claims blocks the pores in the teeth that lead to the nerves, thereby reducing sensitivity.

Brits ‘grind teeth without knowing’

Fri

People grind their teeth when they least expect it.

People could be grinding their teeth without even knowing it and this could be causing them to have a range of problems including headaches, toothache or a sore jaw. teeth grinding

My Local Health reported bruxism – as the problem is technically known – happens more often than people realise, with many grinding their teeth during their sleep.

Figures from Advanced Dental Care showed a quarter of all people suffer from this condition, with things like stress and anxiety or problems sleeping being major developmental factors.

“Beyond causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and possibly loosen teeth. It can also cause damage to the temporomandibular joints,” the article noted.

The temporomandibular joints are the ones which connect a person’s jaw to their skull.

Elsewhere, individuals who suffer from sensitive teeth might be pleased to learn that Colgate has launched a new toothpaste designed to tackle this problem.

Its new Sensitive Pro-Relief product contains an active ingredient designed to fill the pores in teeth that lead to nerve-endings, thereby making them less painful.

New toothpaste for sensitive teeth

Fri

A new toothpaste to help those with sensitive teeth has been released.

Colgate has launched it new Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste to help stop the pain caused for sufferers of sensitive teeth. Toothbrushing sensitive teeth

The company noted that more than half (57 per cent) of the world population have sensitive teeth.

As a result, the firm has developed this new product which uses Pro-Argin – a combination of amino acids, soluble calcium, arginine and calcium carbonate – to block pores in the teeth leading to the nerves, thereby reducing sensitivity.

Elsewhere, Jennifer Lee recently wrote in a blog for the New York Times that a new waterless toothbrush has been invented which allows people to brush their teeth using liquid toothpaste.

Brush inventor Todd Cinelli noted the device uses replaceable cartridges that enable the brush to be used approximately 30 times before refilling.

He said it will have numerous applications, including in the armed forces and for improving dental health in developing countries.

Gum recession ‘a sign of poor oral health’

Thu

Receding gums have been described as a sign that a person is not taking sufficient care with their oral health and could lead to problems in the future, it has been claimed.

MC Ortega wrote in her blog for Empowher that gums typically recede over many years, often among the over-40s but sometimes it can begin in the teenage years.

She noted: "Gum recession symptoms include hypersensitive teeth, the roots of the tooth are exposed and visible, the tooth feels notched at the gum line, change in the tooth’s colour and cavities below the gum line."

Elsewhere, research carried out by the Academy of General Dentistry recently showed that the top cause of sensitive teeth is individuals brushing too aggressively.

The study revealed that heavy-handed brushing can rub away the dentin which protects the teeth and could lead them to becoming porous, providing access to underlying nerves and making the teeth painful.
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Over brushing ‘top cause of tooth pain’

Fri

Britons have been warned that aggressively brushing their teeth is the number one cause of dental pain and could lead to problems in the future.

According to Emax Health, research carried out by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) revealed that one in three dentists claim that heavy-handed brushing of the teeth is the most common cause of sensitive teeth.

Dr Van Haywood told the resource: "Dentin connects to the tooth’s inner nerve centre, so when it is unprotected, the nerve centre can be left unshielded and vulnerable to sensations, including pain."

The research also showed that eating highly acidic or sugary foods was the number two cause.

Elsewhere, the AGD also recently advised anyone with sensitive teeth to book a check-up with their emergency dentist, as the problem could be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition.

The organisation warned that sensitive teeth could be an early sign of enamel erosion or gum disease.
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