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Irish dentist says design student is risking his teeth with DIY braces


Amos Dudley has been making headlines for the past week because he decided to carry out his own orthodontic treatment using his college’s 3D printer to make a set of aligners; however, a dentist has been speaking to The Irish News about the reasons this is a very bad idea. Dentist Lucy Stock wrote a piece for the paper about this ‘worrying’ new trend, where people forego a visit to the orthodontist and instead try their own dental work at home using various techniques.

Referring to the many YouTube videos on the topic, Lucy – who works at Gentle Dental Care, in Belfast – warns against these DIY attempts to straighten teeth, saying that the techniques are ‘questionable, at best, and possibly illegal’.

The American Orthodontics Association has reacted to the increase in DIY dentistry by releasing a statement urging ‘anyone considering any type of teeth –straightening procedure to see an orthodontic specialist’ in order to avoid the risks that could come with using unsuitable products to move the teeth. The AAO explained that people might think closing one gap up is easy but this can lead to tooth movement in other places on the jaw, affecting the bite, tooth wear, and possibly causing pain later on.


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’.

Cut out caffeine ‘to stop tooth grinding’


Cut out caffeine 'to stop tooth grinding'Regularly grinding teeth can put individuals at risk of needing emergency dentistry to repair tooth and jaw damage, according to one industry commentator.

Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Alison Johnson claimed that 20 per cent of adults suffer from the disorder and advised people on what to do to help prevent them from clenching their teeth at night.

Getting a professionally made mouthguard is a good idea she said, as they disable the ability to rub teeth together while sleeping.

More basic methods recommended included relaxing the mouth during the day by not clenching and attempting to reduce stress through exercise, deep breathing and meditation.

Equally beneficial are cutting out caffeine and alcohol before bed and unwinding with a bath or glass of warm milk, she suggested.

Ms Johnson explained that worn teeth, jaw pain, headaches and gum sensitivity are all signs of a grinding problem and it is important to seek medical guidance if the issue persists instead of relying on pain relief.

Dental splint specialist S4S will be running a campaign from October 25th to 31st to highlight the condition and raise awareness.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19855864-ADNFCR

Fizzy drinks ‘can damage teeth’


Fizzy drinks 'can damage teeth'Teeth can suffer long-term damage if people regularly indulge in high sugar drinks, a dental specialist has claimed.

Frequent exposure to the acidity in carbonated drinks can cause tooth enamel erosion, it has been warned, which can then lead to decay due to the high sugar content also found in the products.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), said: “Every time you eat or drink something sugary or acidic your teeth are under attack for a whole hour.”

He advised people to protect their teeth by limiting their intake of sweet drinks and chewing sugar free gum to help maintain good oral hygiene.

The comments come after a survey conducted by the BDHF found that of the 1,000 people questioned, one in seven respondents said they have a fizzy drink most days.

Men were shown to be the most likely to sample sugary beverages, with people aged under 30 classed as the worst offenders, with one in four admitting to having one regularly.

Brits were also recently advised by the foundation to be wary of smoothies, which are high in sugar content and can have a negative impact on oral health if consumed too often.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19837817-ADNFCR

Teeth grinding ‘on the rise’


More people have started grinding their teeth.

The number of people who grind their teeth is increasing, it has been claimed.

According to CNY Life, the stress of the global recession and the impact this has had on many people’s day-to-day lives has resulted in an increasing number of dentists claiming they are treating people for bruxism – better known as teeth grinding.

New York dentist Dr Vincent DiMento told the publication: “A lot of times, patients don’t even know they’re doing it, until they are made aware.”

He added that for some patients, however, the problem has completely taken over their lives.

Elsewhere, the Windsor Star recently reported that many children suffer from this affliction, but it is not something that parents should be unduly worried about.

Indeed, the newspaper noted that this is often just a phase and can be caused by a range of factors, most of which are to do with the normal growth of a child’s body.

Stress ‘increases teeth grinding’


Stress could make people grind their teeth without knowing.

Not coping with stress properly can lead to real problems with oral health as people tend to grind their teeth more, it has been claimed.

The CNN Wellness blog revealed in many cases, people who are stressed do not realise they are grinding their teeth as they do it in their sleep, but this does not mean the damage caused is any less severe.

Indeed, a study, led by Maria Giraki from Heinrich-Heine-University in Germany, showed individuals diagnosed with sleep bruxism could benefit from using bite plates to stop them grinding down their teeth during the night, as this can lead to increased sensitivity and long-term damage to the enamel.

Elsewhere, the Times recently reported that in many cases teeth grinding is a result of having an imperfect bite, although stress can also be a factor in a person increasing their tendency to grind their teeth.

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