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”

7 weird things your teeth are trying to tell you

7 weird things tooth pain is trying to tell you
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Sharp tooth pain
If you experience a sudden pain in one or more of your teeth when biting down, you may have tooth decay or cavities, says Sally Cram, DDS, a Washington DC-based periodontist. “There’s a particular type of bacteria that takes sugar from your diet and coverts it into acid, which causes tooth decay, or holes in your teeth. And when those holes get deep, that causes sensitivity and, eventually, cavities.

If the tooth pain occurs only once in a while, and isn’t confined to single spot, it’s probably nothing to worry about, Dr. Cram says. But if it’s consistent—meaning it recurs for a week or more—you should pay your dentist a visit.

Achy tooth pain
A throbbing or achy tooth pain may be nothing if it only last a day or two, says Sherri Worth, DDS, a reconstructive dentist in Newport Beach, California. But pain that lasts for more than a week may be a sign you’re grinding or clenching your teeth. If that’s the case, Dr. Worth says you might benefit from a night guard.

Persistent pain accompanied by swollen gums or glands could also be caused by an abscessed tooth—a.k.a. a tooth with a root infection, adds Dr. Worth. Only your dentist can tell for sure.

Yellow or stained teeth
Stained or yellow teeth are almost never a sign of serious dental concerns, says Dr. Worth. “These stains develop from drinking coffee, tea, wine, or other dark or staining liquids.” Whitening toothpastes, strips, or a trip to your dentist can solve the problem. “It’s also a good idea to rinse or brush your teeth after consuming these liquids to prevent staining in the first place,” she adds.

If the stains are brown or stripey, on the other hand, this could be the result of tetracycline antibiotics you were administered as a child, or from other medications, Dr. Cram adds. “It doesn’t mean the teeth are damaged, but your dentist can take cosmetic steps to remove those stains.” Continue reading “7 weird things your teeth are trying to tell you”

Be mouthaware of a deadly disease

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A survey by the Oral Health Foundation reveals one in three (33%) are not aware that smoking causes mouth cancer while more than half (57%) do not know that alcohol contributes to the disease.

More concerningly, only a third (36%) of people recognise the early warning signs of the mouth cancer – long-lasting mouth ulcers, lumps in the mouth and red or white patches.

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, believes by improving our knowledge of mouth cancer, we can significantly reduce the number of lives affected by the disease.

Dr Carter says: “When compared with other cancers, our awareness of mouth cancer remains staggering low. Education about mouth cancer is without doubt the biggest roadblock we face in transforming the landscape of the disease.

“Both the number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer, and those losing their life to the disease, can be dramatically improved with more information about the causes and early warning signs.”

During the last year, more than 8,300 people have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the United Kingdom. It is one of the fastest-growing cancers in the country, with cases rising by 135% over 20 years. Continue reading “Be mouthaware of a deadly disease”

Fresh Breath For Valentine’s Day

Fresh Breath For Valentine's Day
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Regular dentist visits and proper oral hygiene are critical for a healthy mouth. But there are other things you can do to help fight off bad breath and halitosis. Home remedies for bad breath can make a big difference to your oral hygiene over time, when used in conjunction with your daily dental care and visits. So adopt these simple but effective habits to treat bad breath.


Drinking enough water is one of the simplest steps you can take to curb bad breath. When your mouth doesn’t have enough moisture to produce saliva, odor-causing bacteria can develop. Side effects from certain medications, medical conditions and diseases can deprive you of that necessary moisture, but not getting enough water can also contribute to dry mouth in otherwise healthy people.

Staying hydrated is important, particularly before and after heavy exercise, when rapid breath can increase dry mouth. While it’s a healthy practice in and of itself, be sure to drink water when you first wake up. Dry mouth can occur while you’re asleep, so hydrating first thing in the morning gives you a jump on a night’s worth of collected bacteria.

Brush and Floss

Daily tooth brushing along with flossing are the most important actions you can take to ward off bad breath. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), if you neglect to brush and floss daily, food particles can linger in your mouth, causing bad breath. So, it’s recommended to brush two times a day for at least two minutes.

Today, flossing has become an integral part of daily oral care and the American Dental Association recommends you floss once daily at least. Correct flossing after each meal consistently cuts down on plaque, bacteria and odor-causing food particles. Flossing helps stop periodontal disease as well, another cause of bad breath. Continue reading “Fresh Breath For Valentine’s Day”

Keeping good oral habits

The best way to protect against dental disease is to stop plaque, the film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don’t brush properly. Plaque contributes to gum disease and tooth decay so it’s important to brush and floss daily as well as have regular dental checkups.

Here are some useful FAQs that can help keep good oral habits.

When should I brush my teeth?
Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes last thing at night before you go to bed and on 1 other occasion every day. Your dentist or hygienist may give you more advice based on your own dental health and needs.

Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?
It doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush. They’re both equally good, as long as you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and you use fluoride toothpaste. But some people find it easier to clean their teeth thoroughly with an electric toothbrush. Continue reading “Keeping good oral habits”