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Diabetes and gum disease: is there a link?

teeth health smile dentistA study in mice has shown a link between diabetes-related changes in mouth bacteria can cause periodontitis (gum disease).

Key takeaways:

– Controlling blood sugar helps prevent these changes.

– Talk to your dentist about this link with diabetes.

– Practice good oral hygiene – brushing and flossing regularly – to prevent these complications.

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Self-diagnosis with Super Gum

teeth, smile,dentist, healthNew self-diagnosis tools are being developed in the form of a chewing gum which indicates if someone has an inflammatory condition in the mouth. This should lead to early diagnosis and treatment, preventing tissue damage and possible bone loss.

Key takeaways

– Dental implants can occasionally trigger an inflammatory response

– Schedule regular checkups so your dentist can monitor your teeth and general oral health

– Seek help immediately if you experience any dental problems

Early treatment of any problem is always advisable.

“If there is an inflammation in the oral cavity, a bittering agent is released while chewing the gum.”


Why you should have regular oral cancer screenings

teeth, smile, dentist, healthAt what age should you be screened for oral cancer? Although uncommon, patients of oral cancer usually suffer from it unknowingly. That is why we all need regular oral cancer screening.

Key takeaways:

– 18 is the age where you are supposed to start going for screenings.

– Tobacco users are at a higher risk of oral cancer and should attend screenings as soon as they start smoking.

– Symptoms include; soreness on gums, mouth lining, throat and tongue.

Avoid smoking and ask your dentist to assess you, during teeth check up.

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Research indicates that teeth-grinding in teens is a sign of bullying

teeth, health, smile, dentistLook out for teeth grinding in your teenager because it could be a sign of bullying. Recent research shows that teens being bullied have higher chances of suffering from bruxism.

Key takeaways:

– Bruxism is a condition whereby people grind their teeth when frustrated, asleep or anxious.

– Symptoms of teeth-grinding are; headaches and jaw pains in the morning and chipped and cracked teeth.

–  Bruxism is manageable through getting enough sleep, using other stress-coping mechanisms and avoiding smoking and alcohol.

Take your child to the dentist, immediately you notice signs of teeth-grinding.

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Why having a dry mouth is increasing your risk of tooth decay

teeth health smile dentistResearch shows that people with dry mouths are at a higher risk of tooth decay. Whether it is from dehydration, medication or mouthy breathings, here is how a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

Key takeaways:

– Saliva is important in keeping our teeth moist, balancing PH, thus preventing decay from harmful acids.

– Saliva prevents a permanent case of enamel erosion, which facilitates decay and sensitivity.

– Saliva helps in flushing out plaque-causing food particles between teeth.

Prevent decay by, drinking water, closing your mouth during workouts and regularly visiting the dentist.

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What if your dental health problems are genetically inherited?

teeth health smile dentistIf your family has a history of dental illnesses, see your dentist regularly. Researchers have revealed that genetics have a great effect on our teeth’s strength, shape and size and susceptibility to infections.

Key takeaways:

– If you inherit poor immune genes from your parents, you are more prone to gum disease.

–  It is possible to inherit orthodontic problems like crooked, uneven and crowded teeth.

–  If your parents had tooth decay, you have higher risks of developing cavities.

See your dentist for regular checkups and maintain high standards of oral care.

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What is dry socket and how can it be avoided?

teeth health smile dentistAfter a wisdom tooth is removed, a blood clot will temporarily form to protect the gum and nerves. If these are exposed, a condition known as ‘dry socket’ can develop, causing sensitivity, pain and infection.

– Help to keep the area clean whilst it heals. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, taking care around this area.

– Smoking, stress, carbonated drinks and straws can slow the healing process.

– If you experience sensitivity, pain, discharge or a strange taste in the mouth, speak to your dentist straight away.

Allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket.

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Do I need antibacterial dental products?

teeth, health, smile, dentistOur bodies have an amazing ability to keep us healthy naturally. Using antibacterial toothpastes and mouthwashes might interfere with those natural cycles. Some experts suggest it can lead to deficiencies in nitric oxide production – which can cause ill health.

Your tongue is especially sensitive to antibacterials, and mouthwash containing triclosan can kill the good bacteria on the tongue. This causes inflammation in every part of the body, and over time can increase risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Key takeaways

– Make sure you eat a healthy diet and include green, leafy vegetables and beets, which contain nitric oxides.

– Brush your teeth not your tongue with antibacterial toothpastes

– Avoid antibacterial mouthwash

Visit your dentist regularly and talk to them if you are concerned about which products to use.

“That’s why we should not use antiseptic mouthwash”

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Mucus and your teeth

Mucus contains proteins that have been shown to have a protective effect on the teeth by preventing the detrimental impact of oral bacteria.

Key takeaways

– Mucus is found in the linings of the body such as the lungs, mouth and cervix

– Recent research has suggested that synthetic mucus could be added to toothpaste and chewing gum to improve oral health

– See your dentist if you have any concerns about your dental health

“While toothpaste and mouthwash kill bacteria, mucus prevents the bacteria itself from attaching to teeth and causing holes in the enamel.”

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Need to know: bleeding gums

If you are just starting to floss your teeth your gums may bleed a little but bleeding from the gums during routine teeth brushing isn’t normal. Early signs of gum disease are sore and irritated gums which bleed easily.

Key takeaways

– Gum disease can be treated with help from your dentist

– Gum disease can cause teeth sensitivity, receding gums and tooth loss

– Regular brushing and flossing helps fight gum disease.

Visit your dentist if your gums bleed when you brush them

“The accumulated plaque around the gumline will cause problems if it’s not removed“.


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