Research 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.
– 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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Recent 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 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/long-term-gum-disease-linked-to-alzheimers-disease_us_59974d9de4b0a2608a6c768a.
– 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.
Read the full story here: http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/tooth-abscesses-vs-tooth-infections-whats-the-difference/
Occasionally 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.
– 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.”
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 http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/from-what-age-should-i-get-screened-for-oral-cancer/.
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.
– 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.”
Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40593028
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?
– 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.
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.
– 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!”
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.
– 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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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