12Mar, 2018

Teeth hold the key to early diagnosis of eating disorders

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Dentists can play a key role in the detection of health conditions including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), according to research from King’s College London. The data, published in the British Dental Journal, found that many of the medical conditions that result in the erosion of tooth enamel, known as erosive tooth wear (ETW), can have serious and even possibly fatal consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated. Researchers recommend that dentists be aware of the very specific oral signs of eating disorders, which include the erosion of […]
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5Mar, 2018

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

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Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more. Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, sugared drinks and flavoured water […]
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26Feb, 2018

5 Unexpected Things That Are Giving You Bad Breath

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Got a bad case of stank mouth? This might be the culprit. You probably already know that it’s not a good idea to eat garlic aioli fries before a big date. But what else can give you a bad case of stank breath? Aside from the obvious culprits, like smoking, dry mouth, or halitosis, there are actually a few other, less obvious causes for bad breath. The good news? Once you ID the cause, there are a few quick things you can do to get rid of bad breath. The […]
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10Jan, 2018

How the Western Diet Has Changed the Human Face

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Most people know that children who grow up eating a processed, nutrient-poor diet are at increased risk of a wide range of medical problems, including obesity, type-2 diabetes, and hypertension. What is less known is that diet – particularly the diet you eat when you grow up – can have a major impact on the development of the bones, jaws, and face. There’s solid evidence to show that the “soft” modern diet, in conjunction with other factors associated with Western lifestyles, can promote abnormal development of the skull and face, […]
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25Aug, 2017

Long-Term Gum Disease Tied to Alzheimer’s

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Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers from Taiwan report. Chronic periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss, is also associated with increases in markers of inflammation throughout the body. Some recent studies have suggested that chronic periodontitis might contribute to a decline in thinking ability, the authors note in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy. Dr. Yu-Chao Chang’s team from Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung City used data from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database to examine whether patients age 50 […]
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12Jun, 2017

Research: Vitamin D deficiency leaves its mark on the smile

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A study published by McMaster University in May found vitamin D is vital to more than just skin and the neurological system. Previously, there was no way to prove long-term vitamin D deficiencies in the human species. However, anthropologists studying ancient human teeth found that the main material of teeth — dentin — records when the body undergoes deficient periods. It was discovered that when an extended period of vitamin D deficiency occurred, the dentin of the teeth could not remineralize and form new, healthy layers. This makes sense, as a lack of sufficient vitamin D […]
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22May, 2017

Is Seltzer Bad For You?

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Calling all La Croix fans. The Answer: Be strategic with your La Croix obsession. Manufacturers add pressurized carbon dioxide to produce effervescence in a drink, which is essentially the process that makes those beloved seltzers bubbly and fizzy. This act of carbonation instantly makes the drink acidic ― and that acid can cause the tooth’s enamel to erode over time, according to Mark Wolff, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University’s College of Dentistry. Any and all acid in a drink can do this, […]
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21Apr, 2017

What Our Gums Say About Our Overall Health

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Having all our teeth is a very good sign. Don’t think your oral health is as important as the health of the rest of your body? Think again. Researchers have turned to 57,000 women over age 55 in the Women’s Health Initiative program to conduct the largest study of its kind on the relationship between oral health and mortality, and, reporting in the Journal of the American Heart Association, they note that “how many teeth you have in your mouth at a given point in time” is a pretty good indication […]
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4Apr, 2017

How dentists can help fix America’s opioid epidemic

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid-related drug overdoses have tripled from 1999 to 2014. Additionally, opioids were present in 60.9 percent of overdose deaths in 2014. It is increasingly apparent the United States has an opioid abuse epidemic on its hands, and dentists may be surprised to find themselves in the middle of this rapidly-growing problem. Opioids are powerful painkillers that range from legal prescriptions including Oxycodone and Vicodin to illegal narcotics like heroin. Unfortunately, many patients are unaware of the proper ways to discard […]
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22Mar, 2017

3 lesser-known benefits of flashing your amazing smile

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The Consumer Guide to Dentistry lists eight different components of a smile, practically from ear to ear, beginning with the frame (lips) and ending with the buccal corridor (that’s the dark space between the corners of the mouth and the upper teeth, for those who might not know). While smiling might seem like a complicated process, especially when you consider that it takes anywhere from 11 to 17 muscles just to prop up both sides of your lips, the life benefits that smiling provides are immeasurable. “A beautiful smile is […]
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