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Mucus Combats Cavities

Strange as it may seem but the mucus that naturally exists in the body could also be protecting our teeth against cavities. This is not to be confused with well-known nasal mucus. Research now suggests that mucus found in different internal linings contains various proteins that help to protect the teeth.

This mucus can be found in the lungs, intestine and cervix.

According to the Huffington Post, scientists are trying to develop a synthetic mucus which “which they would add into toothpaste and chewing gum”. This should cut down on needless visits to the dentist.

More information can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/picking-your-nose-and-eating-it-is-great-news-for-your-teeth_uk_59005bc9e4b081a5c0f8ddb5.

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The Symptoms of Tooth Grinding

teeth health smile dentistTooth grinding is a surprisingly common condition that may remain untreated for years. The end results can include headaches, pain in the jaw and an erosion of enamel that will eventually require treatment by a dentist.

There are still several symptoms which hint that this condition may be present. A handful of the most common include:

– An unusual soreness in the jaw after waking.

– Teeth that are sensitive for no apparent reason.

– Fractures in the surface enamel or other abrasions that cannot be explained.

“People grind their teeth during the day, at night or both.” Talk to your dentist to get treatment for tooth grinding.

Read more:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/waking-up-with-headache-sore-jaw-you-may-be-grinding-your-teeth/

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Why you have white marks on your teeth

Although painless and harmless, dental fluorosis can be unpleasant as it is sometimes rather unsightly. The condition causes white lines or spots on the teeth and affects one in four American citizens. The good news for sufferers who are afraid to smile through embarrassment is that dental fluorosis is easily treatable by your dentist. The condition is caused by a mineral deficiency in the tooth enamel which is caused by excessive fluoride from various sources:

– Added fluoride in drinking water

– Toothpaste

– Mouth rinse

Fluoride is recommended to combat tooth decay but as a recent article points out “too much fluoride is just as bad as not enough” so it would be wise to limit your intake. Further information can be found at:

yourdentalhealthresource.com/spotlight-on-dental-fluorosis/.

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Periodontitis – More Than Just a Gum Disease

Bacterially-triggered gum disease periodontitis not only robs you of a few teeth and wipes the smile off your face, but can also cause a host of other diseases or complicate existing health conditions as the bacteria move freely throughout the body.

Observations of a study reported at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam have, in fact, established that periodontitis, when not addressed on time, increases mortality rates amidst patients with severe liver scarring aka cirrhosis.

Key takeaways:

– Periodontitis is a treatable dental problem. Your dentist can help tackle this gum disease before it gets out of hand.

– Build-up of harmful bacteria weakens supporting tissue that binds the tooth to the jaw bone, eventually causing loss of teeth.

– Steady source of bacteria from untreated gums have been associated with several systemic as well as cardiovascular, liver and kidney diseases.

You can get more details on the periodontitis-cirrhosis study at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/317063.php

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How Might You be Placing Your Oral Health in Jeopardy?

There can be times when regular visits to the dentist may not be enough to guarantee the health of our teeth and gums. In fact, some seemingly common practices could very well place our oral health in jeopardy.

For example, were you aware that drinking excessive amounts of sparkling water can leave your mouth exposed to high levels of carbonic acid? In the same respect, tongue piercings may inadvertently damage tooth enamel. What are some other conclusions and how can these practices have a positive impact upon your smile?

– Certain medications are known to dry out our mouths and increase the likelihood of developing cavities.

– Workout drinks laden with sugar might likewise contribute to tooth decay.

– Chewing ice is not recommended, as these shards could cause unintended damage to your teeth.

There is some research that suggests that drinking sparkling water can harm your teeth.”

Read more:

http://www.refinery29.com/bad-oral-dental-health-habits#slide-4

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What Causes White Patches in Your Mouth?

Have you noticed raised white patches on your gums, teeth or tongue? If so, you might be suffering from a condition known as leukoplakia. In the majority of cases, these lesions will not impact your smile and they will disappear within a short period of time.

However, there are other instances when it is wise to seek the advice of a dentist or a similar professional. Maintaining proper oral hygiene involves much more than your teeth alone. What are some of the warning signs that you may be suffering from a more serious illness?

– Having difficulty chewing, swallowing or otherwise moving your jaw.

– If the white patches develop purple or red spots within their confines.

– Any type of sore that does not disappear after more than two weeks has elapsed.

As with most health conditions, there is no single or definitive cause for leukoplakia.”

Read more:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317689.php

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Going To The Dentist Has Just Got Better

For most people, going to the dentist is not the most pleasant experience, but things are set to change thanks to the arrival of new technologies.

Key takeaways:

– Cavities can now be treated using oral lasers instead of traditional (and painful) drilling and filling techniques

– Lasers can also be used to kill the bacteria responsible for teeth decay during root canal treatment, and in approximately 10 years, stem cell treatment could revolutionise the way root canals are done

– 3D printer technology is currently used to create customised implants, and researchers are studying how nanotechnology could aid bone regeneration after dental implants are fitted

However, there is one thing that new technologies cannot replace: good oral hygiene habits, which remain essential when it comes to looking after your smile.

Read the full story here: http://www.rd.com/health/healthcare/new-dental-technology/

 

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Have Scientists Uncovered an Early Example of Dentistry?

Heading off to the local dentist to clean our teeth, to fill a cavity or to address an issue with our smile is a decidedly modern practice. However, this observation may soon be changing. A set of teeth dated to no fewer than 13,000 years in the past is beginning to challenge these perceptions.

Several modifications seem to be related to medicinal requirements. These could indicate that a crude understanding of oral hygiene was present much earlier than previously thought.

– They found bitumen within the teeth; a possible indication that it was used to treat an infection.

– Some chipping of the surfaces could have been done to remove a damaged portion of enamel.

– It is not yet known whether these are signs of a rudimentary dental intervention.

So, was this therapeutic dentistry? Maybe not—after all, lots of these neolithic groups modified their teeth for non-health related reasons, write the authors.”

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Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help With Gum Disease?

Hormone replacement therapy has been developed to help women manage the symptoms of menopause, but according to recent studies, it appears that HRT could also contribute to a better dental health.

Key takeaways:

– Changes in estrogen levels (which are characteristic of menopause) entail a higher risk of gum disease, inflammation, and tooth loss

– The study found that one in four post-menopausal women lost one or more of their teeth within five years

– Women taking hormone replacement therapy were less likely to experience gum disease, and some even reported an improvement in their symptoms and overall gum health

Whether you are taking HRT or not, it’s important to look after your smile by maintaining good dental hygiene practices and reporting any problems to your dentist as soon as the first symptoms appear.

Read the full story here: https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/957

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How you could be at the risk of getting tooth abscesses

Tooth abscesses are very painful infections on the teeth and around gums. Patients with tooth abscesses can hardly afford to smile because of the awful pain and swellings around the infected areas. If left untreated, a tooth abscess could lead to the destruction of the pulp and loss of teeth. Here is how you could be at the risk of getting teeth abscesses and how to treat it.

Key takeaways:

– Teeth abscesses are caused by severe cavities and teeth-trauma, meaning you are at a higher risk if you smoke or have poor oral health habits.

–  Treatment could either be with root canal therapy, sealing your cavities and tooth removal.

– Symptoms include toothaches, fevers, swollen or red gums, sensitivity and a strange taste in the mouth.

For more, visit:

http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-an-abscessed-tooth-and-how-is-it-treated/

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