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Funding secured for Scottish dental schools


Glasgow and Dundee Universities have jointly been awarded £132,000 from the Scottish Funding Council in order to tackle ongoing issues with their dental services. The money is expected to go towards improving the treatment for oral cancer and birth defects like cleft palates. Joint initiatives between the two schools are also thought to be on the agenda, pooling their resources to build research programmes and seek additional funding.

Dean of dentistry at Dundee University, Prof. Mark Hector, spoke about the ‘unenviable reputation’ that Scotland held in the UK and throughout Europe, referring to it’s poor treatment of oral diseases like caries and cleft lips, as well as some types of cancer.
He said; ‘This funding will facilitate a greater level of effective collaboration between experts in dental research and dental public health at the universities of Dundee and Glasgow to accelerate progress towards finding solutions to such problems and implementing them with a beneficial impact on the health of the population of Scotland and beyond. ’

 Head of the Dental School at the University of Glasgow was in agreement, saying that the money would present them with ‘an excellent opportunity’ to improve their services and build on their research platforms. He added; ‘It will ensure that there is synergy and a sharing of expertise, which will help both institutions to deliver research outputs relevant to the Scottish population and enhance their positions and research reputations within the UK and internationally. ’

Many Plymouth children suffer tooth decay, says report


Sugary snacks can cause tooth decayMany children in Plymouth may find they have to go for emergency dentistry, if new figures are anything to go by.

A report from Plymouth’s NHS Oral Health Strategy has revealed that 29.1 per cent of five-year-olds suffered obvious tooth decay in 2009.

Furthermore, only 11 per cent had these decayed teeth filled, the Herald reports.

According to city healthcare experts, the problem comes as a result of poor diets and a high consumption of sugary sweets.

Dr Gill Jones, Plymouth consultant in dental public health, said many parents do not do enough to give their children’s teeth a proper clean twice a day.

“And we’ve got to get children used to coming into the dentist, giving them fluoride and brushing advice. It’s about raising awareness,” she added.

Dr Jones said that although it is fine to have some sugar at meal times, youngsters should not snack on sweet treats too much.

Earlier this week, the British Dental Health Foundation told Elle magazine that consuming too much sugar can lead to acid attacks.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19904954-ADNFCR

Sugar ‘attacks teeth for an hour after eating’


Sugar 'attacks teeth for an hour after eating'Eating too many sugary foods and drink can cause damage to teeth within one hour of eating, one expert has claimed.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), explained that decay can be caused by too much sugar in the diet and may damage teeth, which could lead to the need for emergency dentistry.

“Each time sugar enters the mouth, it acts with the bacteria in plaque to form acid and teeth are under attack for an hour,” the specialist warned.

The BDHF described how when the product is added to drinks such as tea or coffee it adds no nutritional value and could be bad for oral health.

People are advised to reduce their intake of sweet goods, visit their dentist regularly and brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Dr Carter also recommended chewing sugar-free gum, which can help prevent bacteria build-up and protect smiles.

A survey recently conducted by the Foundation showed that fad diets, such as the maple syrup regime, could cause dental harm due to the high saccharine content.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19876495-ADNFCR

Children need ‘to brush teeth for two minutes’


Children need 'to brush teeth for two minutes'Brushing teeth for at least two minutes a day can prevent tooth decay and the possible need for emergency dentistry to repair cavities, one expert has claimed.

Dr Andrew Choi encouraged parents to instil a good dental hygiene routine from a young age to prevent problems in the future, the Orange County Register reports.

He said: “If you’re brushing your kid’s teeth for a minute in the morning and a minute at night, there’s no reason they should have cavities.”

The specialist explained that the longer – and therefore more thoroughly – teeth are cleaned the less likely problems are to arise.

It was recommended that adults begin looking after a youngster’s teeth as soon as they appear and reduce the number of sugary drinks they give them.

Medical News Today recently claimed that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and could affect other aspects of their daily life.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19864429-ADNFCR

Good oral health care ‘vital for children’


Good oral health care 'vital for children'Dental experts have warned parents about the importance of oral hygiene in their offspring, claiming it is not just crucial to maintain healthy teeth, but to prevent other diseases as well.

Margo Woll and Marcy Borofsky, co-directors of Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists, claimed that tooth decay is prevalent in children and is the most common chronic disease they suffer from, the Daily Republican Register reports.

They encouraged people to recognise the importance of good oral health care among youngsters, not just to prevent emergency dentistry, but to also avoid other numerous complications that could arise as a result.

The specialists said: “We also know poor oral health causes other problems in children, such as diminished growth in toddlers, poor nutrition due to difficulty eating and an increase in bacteria in the blood and respiratory systems.”

A recent study by the National Dental Inspection Programme found that dental health awareness had improved in Scottish kids as fewer than the expected target were showing signs of decay.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19862445-ADNFCR

Reduce sugar intake ‘to protect teeth’


Reduce sugar intake 'to protect teeth'Avoiding excessive amounts of sugar is vital for maintaining long-term oral health care, according to one expert.

Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible, associate professor Bernadette Drummond from Otago University’s School of Dentistry, told the National.

She said: “If you dissolve the surface of your teeth there is nothing you can do – it is gone.”

The specialist warned parents that children and teenagers who consume excessive amounts of high sugar items will have corroded teeth and require cosmetic dentistry to prevent further damage.

Ms Drummond recommended having fruit juice no more than once or twice a day and trying not to give very acidic products to youngsters.

She explained how once the harm has been done the only option left is to place crowns on the teeth, which they will have to wear for the rest of their lives.

Dr Philippa Sawyer, chairwoman of the Australian Dental Association oral health committee, recently commented that individuals were often unaware of what foods they should be keeping away from in order to prevent tooth decay, the Herald Sun reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19861770-ADNFCR

To prevent decay ‘use fluoride’


To prevent decay 'use fluoride'Lack of fluoride can lead to brittle teeth and decay, which could result in the need for emergency dentistry, one expert has warned.

Writing for the Hindu, Dr Vijailakshmi Acharya stated the importance of using fluoride to maintain a healthy smile.

He described the best method of preventing tooth decay is to regularly use the mineral to clean the mouth.

To help combat the erosion of tooth enamel and weakening of teeth by acidic food and drink, the specialist recommended using fluoride toothpaste.

Teeth absorb the compound and through this remineralisation teeth are made stronger and resistant to corrosion, he explained.

Dr Acharya encouraged mothers to ensure children are taught how to thoroughly clean their teeth twice a day and in particular after meal times.

Individuals were recently advised to brush for at least three minute to guarantee effective cleaning and maintain a good level of oral hygiene, IBT Health stated.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19861764-ADNFCR

Fluoride toothpaste protects against tooth loss


Fluoride toothpaste protects against tooth lossTo protect teeth from developing decay one industry commentator has spoken of the importance of using fluoride toothpaste.

Social activist Michael Vaughan has encouraged people to protect against rotting teeth and gum disease which could result in tooth loss and the need for cosmetic dentistry.

He recommended regular brushing to prevent the build-up of plaque which if left untreated can cause teeth to fall out and harm to the jaw bones.

Bad dental hygiene can increase the risk of cavities caused by bacteria that damages the enamel, he explained.

Mr Vaughan suggested using fluoride toothpaste to help reduce the chance of this and prevent infected gums.

Dental expert Dr Albert Wesley recently advised patients to have dental implants fitted to replace missing teeth rather than opt for traditional bridge work, reported.

He stated that the procedure was cost effective in the long-term as the crowns would need to be replaced less frequently than the customary alternatives.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19860446-ADNFCR

Children ‘must have good dental hygiene’


Children 'must have good dental hygiene'Children who suffer from tooth problems could require emergency dentistry for tooth loss, according to one publication.

Medical News Today has claimed tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and can have a significant effect on all aspects of a youngster’s life.

Being taught how to maintain a daily tooth cleaning routine that covers all aspects of oral health, such as brushing and flossing, is vital the paper explained.

It said that failure to maintain dental hygiene can have painful consequences and the child may find they become ill, cannot eat or sleep and in some cases it could even affect their growth.

Dr Ronald Smith, president of the Canadian Dental Association said: “A child with tooth decay can suffer from great pain and an inability to learn … children should not have to wait for urgently needed dental care.”

His comments came after the Wait Times Alliance (WTA) report card found that some children in Canada have to wait long periods of time for dental treatment.

Individuals were recently warned by Dr Thomas Connelly in the Huffington Post that nail biting can damage teeth.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19856039-ADNFCR

Poor food choices ‘to blame for tooth decay’


Poor food choices 'to blame for tooth decay'A study of children being treated for dental cavities has further confirmed among experts that poor nutritional choices are to blame for the number of children needing emergency dentistry.

The University of Buffalo carried out tests on 65 children aged between two and five years of age and found that tooth decay was more prevalent in those who were overweight.

Kathleen Bethin, associate professor of pediatrics at the university, explained that the research aimed to assess if there was a link between poor nutritional choices, obesity and rotten teeth.

She said: “The main point of our findings is that poor nutrition may link obesity to tooth decay, thus the dental office … may be an ideal place to educate families about nutrition and the risks of … dental decay.”

The results showed that the amount of calories were the same in both groups of children, suggesting the types of foods being eaten was the main cause of problems, Ms Bethin claimed.

Having more water fountains in parks was recently suggested as a way to help combat poor oral hygiene by the Children’s Food Campaign, which claimed lack of resources encouraged kids to drink sugary alternatives.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19853583-ADNFCR

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