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Taking care of your teeth could prevent memory loss


According to new research, remembering to brush your teeth regularly could help keep your memory sharp as you get older; a study that has followed 5,500 volunteers over the past eighteen years has found that those who brushed their teeth less than once a day were 65% more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed three times a day. This is not the first time poor oral health has been linked to medical conditions; recently, it was discovered that gum disease could cause narrowing of the arteries, leading to a higher chance of heart attack or stroke. It was also revealed that people with Alzheimer’s were found to have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brain than others.

Lead author of the study, Annlia Paganini-Hill, said in reference to the results ‘Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of oral health habits you practise, it may be that your oral health habits influence whether or not you get dementia’.

After eighteen years studying the elderly volunteers, the scientists found that 1,145 of them showed signs of dementia, with one in 3.7 women developing dementia by 2010, after brushing their teeth less than once a day since 1992. For those who brushed at least once a day, around one in 4.5 women developed the disease. Researchers were keen to stress that this doesn’t prove the two are linked and more study is needed into the idea, but scientists at the University of California said that ‘If confirmed… regular oral hygiene and use of dentures may reduce the risk of dementia.’


Wall Street bankers turning to Botox to hide the signs of stress


It’s not just the economy that is suffering as a result of the recession, stressed bankers on Wall Street are turning to anti-aging treatments to hide the signs of pressure and anxiety brought on my money worries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has suggested that the men working in banking were becoming the ‘fastest-growing segment of [the] patient population currently.’

Dermatological surgeon, Dr Englemen, spoke to Bloomberg TV and explained that clients were looking to ‘reverse all the stress that obviously this economical climate has put on them. They want to look less tired, less wrinkled, they definitely want filler and Botox or some sort of laser treatment to make their skin look refreshed.’ Tension areas located between the eyebrows are a popular treatment site which can easily be improved with the anti-aging drug.

Dr Englemen went on to say that most patients who made one appointment return for further sessions when they realise that their appearance has not been altered beyond all recognition, ‘once they see what it’s like and realise it’s not changing their face, [and that] they look like them only a little better, they tend to be frequent flyers.’ She also commented on the demeanour of male patients compared to female ones, saying that ‘They tend to be really nervous and tentative from the get-go. They’re paranoid, they don’t want their wives to know, they don’t want – obviously – any of their colleagues to know.’

Stress can affect dental health


Members of the Saving Teeth campaign have warned dental patients that stress could be impacting on their teeth as well as their general health. Bruxism – grinding or clenching of teeth – affects around ten percent of the UK population, and is known to wear away enamel, fracture teeth, and cause severe jaw problems.

Endodontic specialist, Julian Webber, has spoken about the lack of information about stress related bruxism, saying that people should talk to their dentist if they are having problems with clenching or grinding, particularly at nighttime. Dr Webber pointed out that it was important to stop the process of wear before it gets unmanageable, saying that the average persons tooth is put under enormous pressure as it is, including fractures, fillings, infections, root canals, and other dental procedures. He said ‘If you add stress into the mix and have people with filled teeth clenching and grinding, they can develop a range of problems in their teeth and jaws. I can generally tell the patients who are stressed just by looking into their mouths’.

24th-30th of October is Bruxism Awareness Week, and campaigners are asking people who think they might be suffering from stress-related dental problems to take advantage of the opportunity and ‘talk to your dentist about wear and tear on your teeth and how he or she can help you’.

Botox patients ‘could inhale lavender to calm nerves’


Botox patients 'could inhale lavender to calm nerves'People nervous about the pain of Botox injections could inhale lavender before the procedure, research has suggested.

According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, the effects of lavender essential oil could ensure individuals are less nervous about the upcoming procedure, the Examiner reports.

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine discovered that patients who inhaled the substance before the injections had a lower heart rate than those who inhaled a placebo.

Members of the public have been urged to use the essential oils as part of a relaxation regime before the procedure.

Lead study author Lisa Grunebaum said: "Lavender has the potential to ease anxiety in patients undergoing invasive cosmetic procedures."

The oils, which are extracted from the fresh flowers of the plant, are also used for a number of medical conditions, such as insomnia, alopecia and stress.

People who suffer from regular headaches or nervous exhaustion may also benefit from the effects of the natural treatment.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800573918-ADNFCR

Botox leads to ‘bright and beautiful eyes’


Botox leads to 'bright and beautiful eyes' Botox treatments can help reduce the signs of wrinkles and lines around tired eyes, a cosmetic dermatologist has claimed.

The treatment can be used to stop the development of wrinkles around the edges of the eyes, leaving a smooth and youthful looking surface.

Lines around the eyes are caused by a number of factors including stress, lack of sleep, smoking and, most commonly, the natural ageing process, but cosmetic procedures such as Botox can help keep wrinkles at bay.

Australian cosmetic dermatologist Professor Greg Goodman from the Dermatology Institute of Victoria stated that the appearance of bags and puffiness around the eyes are caused by the expansion of the pads that cushion the eyes in the socket.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Professor Goodman said: "As you get tireder and tireder the muscle tone sags a bit and the secondary defence, that muscle tone that keeps the eye pads back if the wall is weak, then that will show more."

Reports have suggested that a number of celebrities have opted to try Botox, including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Kim Cattrall and Simon Cowell.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800481551-ADNFCR

Teeth-grinding ‘needs treatment to prevent dental problems’


Teeth-grinding 'needs treatment to prevent dental problems'Teeth-grinding has been noted as an usual reason why people suffer from lack of sleep.

Analysing different reasons why individuals suffer from poor quality of slumber, the Daily Mail quoted sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley, who said there is not a serious cause to the problem.

While he stated that it is mainly down to genetics but can be brought on by stress, the newspaper explained that it can result in some people grinding their teeth down to stumps, which could require emergency dentistry.

"Treatment is important, as people who grind their teeth have dental problems but also tension headaches," said Dr Stanley.
Methods of dealing with the problem were stated to be wearing a gum shield, or dealing with the cause of underlying stress.

The condition, which is also known as bruxism, is thought to affect around one in ten people, with symptoms including premature wear on the tooth enamel and aching jaws in the morning.


Botox ‘may help with eye twitches’


Botox could be helpful for excessive eye twitching.People who suffer from twitching around their eyes that goes on for an abnormally long period of time could be helped by Botox.

Dr Peter Gott was writing for in response to a query from a 58-year-old man, who said he has been having this problem for around a year.

The expert said that although most twitching is benign and caused by things like stress and fatigue, this particular case seems to be a cause for concern.

"More serious and uncommon symptoms should be brought to a physician's attention for evaluation," Dr Gott commented.

He pointed out that a doctor may be able to suggest a reason and possible treatments, which could include Botox or allergy medication.

Last month, a study carried out by scientists at the International Anesthesia Research Society found that Botox could be a viable treatment for inflammation-related pain when injected into the spine, without negative effects on movement.


Could Botox beat cold sores?


Botox may be useful in the treatment of cold sores.  It is hoped that Botox could be used as a way of beating cold sores in the future.

Scientists at the Chicago Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery in the US have been testing the substance on sufferers of the condition in the hope that it could prevent the herpes simplex virus from getting to the surface, the Daily Mail reports.

Participants will be given an injection of Botox every three months for a year to see whether it could become a valid treatment.

Researchers believe the Botox will be able to block the nerve in which the virus lies dormant without affecting other areas of the face, stopping it from coming back.

Infection with the cold sore virus usually occurs in childhood and some people go on to suffer from them regularly, particularly when they are under stress or have had an illness.

The virus hides in the nerve root until activated, whereupon it produces a painful, itchy red sore on the lip.

Mouth guards ‘can stop grinding and prevent root canals’


Mouth guards that stop bruxism could prevent the need for root canals.The simple measure of using a mouth guard could help protect people who grind their teeth from needing root canal treatment and other emergency dentistry.

Dr Joe Pelerin from Michigan said that stress is responsible for much of the night-time grinding his patients experience.

However, this can cause damage to teeth, receding gums and root canals, as well as migraines.

He recommended using a mouth guard such as GrindGuardN – which releases the stimulus for clenching teeth – to reduce grinding activity by up to 70 per cent.

Dr Pelerin said even such a simple measure can change lives "in dramatic ways".

The Bruxism Association – which provides information for people who grind their teeth at night – can also offer advice on mouth guards that are approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.

This could help to avoid emergency dentistry in the long term and reduce the likelihood of people needing root canal treatment.

Sweets enjoyed in moderation ‘can help to avoid emergency dentistry’


Consuming confectionary moderately can reduce the need for emergency dentistry, a doctor has said.Eating sweets in reasonable quantities is a good way to avoid a trip to the dentist for some emergency dentistry, an expert has said.

Dr Karen Collins of the American Institute for Cancer Research said scientific studies have shown that when it comes to confectionary consumption, limiting variety is an effective way of keeping teeth in good condition.

Writing on MSN Health & Fitness, Dr Collins highlighted one study in particular which revealed that after two weeks of eating chocolate twice a day, 15 to 30 minutes after a meal, chocolate cravers experienced a reduction in their desire for confectionary.

"The researchers suggested that regularly using chocolate to satisfy hunger teaches us to crave it," she commented. "If true, that could apply to other sweets too."

Dr Collins added that people with sweet teeth should try as much as possible not to focus on the treats they are trying to avoid, but should instead divert their attention to non food-related strategies to tackle stress.

A recent survey reported on found that there is an increase in demand for cosmetic dentistry work during Halloween as sweets accumulated by trick or treaters take their toll.

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