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Prolonged Gum Disease can cause Alzheimer’s

teeth, health, smile, dentistResearch reveals that people with prolonged gum disease (periodontitis) are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people without This is why you should be aware of the potential risks of gum disease.
Key takeaways:
– Periodontitis increases inflammation in the body and is suggested to cause a decline in thinking ability.
– Older people with gum disease are at 70% higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
– Gum disease symptoms include bleeding gums, pain, sensitivity and tooth loss.
Brush and floss your teeth daily and regularly visit the dentist for treatment and checkups.
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Gum Disease Linked to Alzheimer’s

teeth, health, smile, dentistRecent research has shown a clear connection between long-term gum disease and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Experts have established that patients with periodontitis (gum disease) for ten years of more are up to 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those without.

Chronic cases of gum disease can cause:

– Severe inflammation of gums

– Damage to teeth and tooth enamel

– Possible deterioration in mental ability

Although the research has proven “no overall link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s”, any sign of gum disease is something your dentist should be made aware of. A full article on the research can be read at


How To Tell A Dental Abscess From An Infection

teeth, smile,dentist healthPain is a symptom of both teeth abscesses and infections, so how can you tell them apart?

Key takeaways:

– A tooth infection develops when some kind of trauma or decay results in a dead nerve within the tooth

– Abscesses can form a lump in the gums as well as swelling.

– Infections are treated with root canal; abscesses may require extraction and drainage.

If in doubt, the best thing is to see your dentist so he can put a stop to the spread of infection.

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Chewing Gum Test Trials

smile health dentist teethOccasionally patients experience an inflammatory response to dental implants which can lead to tissue and bone damage. Scientists are developing a form of chewing gum which allows patients to detect early signs of inflammation.

Key takeaways

– Keep teeth and dental implants clean by brushing twice daily

– See your dentist for regular check-ups

– Follow a healthy diet and quit smoking to promote good oral health

Self-testing with gum is still a few years away but could lead to early detection of dental problems.

“Chewing gum rapid tests for other medical applications are presently under development.”

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Screening for Oral Cancer

teeth health smile dentistOral cancer affects almost 50,000 people annually with nearly a fifth of those cases ending in death. Screening for oral cancer is a fast and simple process and can be conducted by your dentist.

Annual screenings are advisable for those over eighteen and more often for smokers and users of tobacco products. Warning signs of possible oral cancer include:

– White or red blotches on the tongue

– Persistent sore throat

– A sore in the mouth that won’t heal

Your dentist can check for possible signs of cancer when checking your teeth and “screenings are non-invasive and pain-free”. For more information see the online article at


Teeth grinding – what does it mean for your teen?

You may hear your teenager’s teeth grinding in the night, or they may complain of a sore jaw and headache when they wake up.

Key takeaways:

– Young teenagers (13–15 years) who experienced verbal bullying at school are nearly four times as likely to grind their teeth at night compared with those who are not being bullied

– Teeth grinding can result in headaches, worn-down teeth and disrupted sleep – your dentist can advise on treatment

– Experts say teeth grinding appears to be on the rise

“An oral health charity said parents and schools should be aware of the problem.”

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Treating a Loose Filling At Home

Calling your dentist’s office is a must when you lose a filling. But what if your dentist doesn’t have any appointments immediately available?

Key takeaways:

– Avoid leaving the area exposed so that bacteria don’t get in. Dental cement (from the pharmacy) can be used as a temporary filling material

– Keep teeth, tongue, and mouth clean at all times

– Clove oil is an excellent natural painkiller with antiseptic properties

To avoid problems, have your fillings checked regularly by a dentist, so they can be replaced before they come loose.

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Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay

Saliva prevents harmful acids from eroding your teeth. It also helps us chew and swallow food, moving debris from between the teeth. A dry mouth can be damaging to teeth.

Key takeaways

– Dry mouth can be caused by medications, dehydration and mouth-breathing

– See your dentist or doctor if you suffer from dry mouth

– Keep rehydrated with water

Visit your dentist if you start to experience bad breath as this can be an early sign of oral problems.

“Getting the cause of dry mouth addressed is essential to having a healthy smile for the future!”

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How Genetics Can Affect Your Dental Health

Genes are known to increase the risk of certain diseases in our body, even teeth. As it turns out from research, your poor dental health could have been taken from your parents.

Key takeaways:

– People with parents who suffered tooth decay are more prone to cavities.

– You have more chances of developing orthodontic problems if your parents have crooked or uneven teeth.

– People in family lines with autoimmune disorders are more susceptible to gum disease.

Regardless of genetics, maintain oral hygiene, avoid smoking and regularly visit the dentist.

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“Dry Socket” Warning

After the extraction of wisdom teeth a blood clot develops in the empty space to prevent infection. If the clot is disturbed or dislodged the bone and nerves can become exposed leading to “dry socket”. There are a few simple preventative measures that can be taken to avoid this happening including:

– Avoiding carbonated drinks

– Not touching the socket

– Not smoking

Your dentist should advise you on the best ways to prevent dry socket and may prescribe medication. As Dr. Michael Ellis states in a recent article “allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket” and you can get more details at