Why you should ensure gum disease is treated

Researchers in Taiwan have investigated the association between chronic gum disease and the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease in adults over the age of 50.

Key takeaways:

- Previous studies had suggested chronic gum inflammation may lead to a decline in cognitive ability (thinking).

- A team of researchers looked at health insurance records to examine the development of Alzheimer’s disease and found that a 70% higher incidence was seen in those adults who had chronic gum inflammation for at least a decade.

- Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams to prevent gum disease.

- Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent gum disease.

“These findings highlight the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease.“

Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/long-term-gum-disease-linked-to-alzheimers-disease_us_59974d9de4b0a2608a6c768a

Are There Risks With Laser Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening using a laser is commonplace today. The procedure itself is quite simple and can often be completed in about an hour by any qualified dentist and there are safeguards in place to protect your mouth and gums from the whitening agent. Typically, these will include:

-  Placing rubber dams on the gums

- Retracting the cheeks

- Use of a low heat laser to avoid damage to the teeth

It is usual to have the teeth properly cleaned before whitening to “remove surface stains” and you can find out more about teeth whitening at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/does-laser-teeth-whitening-damage-teeth/.

Why Diabetics Could Be More At Risk Of Tooth Loss

Scientists have recently conducted research which links diabetes with an increased risk of inflammation of the teeth and gums (periodontitis). In serious cases, the inflammation can result in tooth loss.

- Outcomes     of the research suggest that diabetics may need to monitor their oral     health even more carefully.

- Regular     visits to see the dentist will help to identify any problems in their     early stages.

- Daily     brushing and flossing will also help to reduce the risk of inflammation     and gum disease.

The research showed that diabetes was associated with increased inflammation and bone loss. Read the full story here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/318447.php

Chewing Gum Test Trials

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.

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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Detecting Bacteria with the Help of a Special Chewing Gum

Scientists have recently created a type of chewing gum which releases a bitter taste when it is exposed to bacteria within the mouth. This is quite useful, for up to 15 per cent of patients will experience some form of inflammation after receiving implants. This can make the job of a dentist much easier while helping to protect any remaining teeth. Some supplemental benefits include:

- The test takes only five minutes to complete.

- It can be performed anywhere.

- Early detection is the key to relieving symptoms.

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

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