Today's Dental News

Removing Some Types of Bacteria Key in Preventing Gum Disease

Eliminating certain bacteria is the key to preventing gum disease and tooth loss, according to a new study.

The bacterial access key may be a drug target for people who are more susceptible to gum disease. The study was published in the journal Microbiology.

One type of bacteria, Treponema denticola, builds up in communities to develop into dental plaque. This type of plaque generally results in bleeding gums and gum disease. It could eventually lead to periodontitis or tooth loss.

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Sports Drinks Continue to Ruin Oral Health

Next time you consume a sports drink think about the impact on your teeth.

Sports drinks and energy drinks were originally created to improve health but have had the opposite effect. With the amount of sugar in these drinks, people who consume them are seeing their teeth destroyed. The sugar combines with the acid, meaning these drinks have no redeeming quality for teeth.

After just one day of soaking in Gatorade, Red Bull or coke, the enamel of the teeth already was slightly eaten away, according to research by the University of Iowa.

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Daily Drinking May Increase Oral Cancer Risk

Two glasses of wine or some types of beer on a daily basis can increase oral cancer risk, according to a recent study.

The information came to light after the United Kingdom unveiled an advertising campaign aimed at discouraging daily drinking. The campaign also hopes to raise awareness about the causes and symptoms of oral cancer.

Some of the advertising will also target drinking and some of the other health problems associated with excessive drinking, such as high blood pressure.

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Report Proposes New Pay Scale for Dentists

Dental professionals should be paid differently and should be monitored more closely, according to a report by the Kellogg Foundation and the DentaQuest Institute.

The report suggested these changes based on the increasing cost of dental care and the inability of many people to receive dental care.

Dentistry is one the highest out-of-pocket healthcare costs, with prescription medicines topping the list, according to the report. May people can’t even afford any type of dental treatment.

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People With Bad Breath May Have Other Issues

Bad breath is a common dental problem that may be a cause for concern.

With halitosis, as the problem is known as, a person needs to visit a dentist to find out why he or she is having bad breath. It often develops because of a more serious dental issue.

Bad breath clearly can come from certain foods that a person may eat. It also can stem from types of sulfur compounds that may exist in the mouth because of some type of gingival inflammation. Gum disease can become a major problem if it isn't treated. Some of the possible effects include softened gums that will be unable to prevent bacteria from entering the bloodstream and eventually moving throughout the body.

The bacteria associated with periodontal disease is known to be extremely harmful, and can cause major illnesses or issues with the heart, such as a stroke or heart attack.

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