Study shows electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums better than manual ones

Study shows electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums better than manual ones

Electric toothbrushes have won the head-to-head against manual toothbrushes in a record breaking new study.

The ground-breaking research took 11 years to complete and is the longest study of its kind into the effectiveness of electric versus manual brushing.

Scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, believes this study backs up what smaller studies have previously suggested. He said:  “Health experts have been speaking about the benefits of electric toothbrushes for many years. This latest piece of evidence is one of the strongest and clearest yet – electric toothbrushes are better for our oral health.

“Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or ‘oscillating’ heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Continue reading “Study shows electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums better than manual ones”

How long will you live? Just count your teeth.

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A study looking into tooth loss and mortality has revealed the number of teeth we have is significantly correlated to our life expectancy.

Results found those with 20 teeth or more at the age of 70 had a considerably higher chance of living longer than those with less than 20 teeth.

According to Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation, the health of our mouth has consistently been a reliable marker for assessing the health of our whole body.

Dr Carter said: “Oral health indicators such as gum disease have regularly been linked to a wide range of general health problems such as heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, dementia and problems during pregnancy. Continue reading “How long will you live? Just count your teeth.”

Link between frailty and oral health

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Research has shown that elderly people with muscular weakness, sudden weight loss or impaired mobility are substantially more prone to issues with their oral health.

The report published in the Journal of Gerondontology, linked frailty to a number of consequences for oral health including the ability to bite and chew food, as well as sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.

Experts have also been able to form a relationship between frailty and difficulties with speech, as well as the likelihood of taking medication for oral pain.

In the United Kingdom, more than five million people aged over 65 have significant health problems. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes the oral health of older people remains an ongoing issue. Continue reading “Link between frailty and oral health”

Mental health problems could be diagnosed using children’s teeth

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Children’s teeth could provide a window into their minds and help doctors diagnose mental health problems at an early stage, according to new research.

Scientists examining teeth lost by six-year-olds found traces on their surface that were associated with behavioural problems.

Children with thin tooth enamel in particular often found it hard to pay attention or were more aggressive, the study found. These traits that have been linked to poor mental health in later life.

The association was so clear the team think they may have come across an overlooked resource for predicting future issues in children.
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The danger of dirty dentures

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It’s important to regularly remove plaque and food deposits from your dentures to lower the risk of mouth infections, such as:

Cheilitis – a painful infection that causes inflammation and cracking at the corners of your mouth. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast can accumulate in moist areas of your mouth if your dentures don’t fit properly.

Stomatitis – a general term for an inflamed and sore mouth which can disrupt a person’s ability to eat, talk, and sleep. Stomatitis can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the inside of the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, and palate.

Both cheilitis and stomatitis can be treated with medicine and proper denture care. Continue reading “The danger of dirty dentures”

Keep your child’s baby teeth as they could treat cancer

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Keeping teeth that fall out during childhood could be a lifesaving move, according to the United States National Center for Biotechnology.

Researchers have found the stem cells in a younger tooth tend to be less exposed to environmental damage than adult teeth and can help regenerate new cell growth in other parts of the body. It could replace the difficult process of accessing bone marrow from other areas of the body for the stem cells.

While the new method is still in development, in years to come it could be widely used to help fight cancer and regrow neural cells in the brain to prevent possible heart attacks. There are also other uses for human deciduous pulp stem cells (hDPSC) which could be used to regrow bones, regenerate the liver, treat diabetes, and reproduce eye tissue. Continue reading “Keep your child’s baby teeth as they could treat cancer”

Regenerating gum tissue and preventing tooth loss

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Gum disease is one of the most widespread diseases in the United Kingdom. When left untreated, the consequences can become irreversible. Long-standing gum disease often turns into periodontal disease, affecting the tissues supporting the teeth. And as the disease gets worse, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw wears away and tooth loss occurs.

Now, a new procedure could treat the problem. In an exciting study published by the American Chemical Society, scientists have been able to combine biological and mechanical techniques to repair and regenerate bone and gum tissue.

Researchers surgically implanted a thin, film-like membrane between the inflamed gum and tooth. This membrane blocks the infection from the gums and delivers antibiotics, medication and growth factors to the gum tissue.

Co-author of the study, Alireza Moshaverinia says: “We’ve determined that our membranes were able to slow down periodontal infection, promote bone and tissue regeneration. Continue reading “Regenerating gum tissue and preventing tooth loss”