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Almost Half of All People in United Kingdom Don’t Brush Before Bed

According to a new study in the United Kingdom, about 47 percent of people don’t brush their teeth at bedtime on a routine basis.

About 60 percent of women skip out on brushing their teeth before going to sleep. Among men, about 35 percent don’t brush their teeth at bedtime.

The number of people who go to sleep without brushing far outweighs the amount of people who don’t brush in the morning. The numbers indicated that only one out of 10 people don’t brush after waking up.

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Mechanism in Saliva Production Could Provide Dry Mouth Relief

A University of Louisville research team may have made a breakthrough it aiding dry mouth.

The findings of Douglas Darling, PhD, professor, Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation, University of Louisville School of Dentistry could help people whose salivary glands don’t function because of a disease or some form of treatment. The research team pinpointed a protein-sorting mechanism that the salivary gland uses.

The study is published on the Web site for the Journal of Dental Research.

This information could lead to more research for patients with damaged salivary glands, which often result from any kind of radiation treatment, prescription drugs or Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s Syndrome is an immune system disorder that results in a dry mouth and dry eyes.

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Longing for White Teeth can Ruin Healthy Teeth

Americans are beginning to go overboard with whitening their teeth.

In the last 10 years, people trying to achieve the perfect smile are bleaching their teeth to a point of no return.

This condition of overbleaching, or “bleachorexia” as it’s sometimes referred to as, is the result of the way these people abuse their teeth. They use the in-office and at-home bleaching agents, which erodes their teeth. Their teeth also become susceptible to sensitivity. The teeth basically become unhealthy, regardless of the way they look.

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Mouth Contains More Germs than Total Number of People on Earth

There are more germs on one person’s mouth than ever thought, according some dentists.

For comparison’s sake, the number of germs on one person’s mouth may outnumber the total number of people on earth.

These germs stem from plaque biofilm. The germs multiply and become embedded in this layer of biofilm. This type of environment makes it more difficult to kill the germs by just doing the basic brushing and flossing. The germs can then cause bad breath, gingivitis or other issues.

There are many studies that back up the idea that poor oral health is connected to other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Poor oral health makes a person susceptible to various other issues.

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Canadian Research Team Analyzes Early-Stage Oral Cancer

The University of British Columbia’s Faculties of Medicine, Science and Dentistry are compiling a study involving patients who undergo surgery for oral squamous cell cancers.

The Canadian Optically Guided Approach for Oral Lesions Surgical Trial study could provide innovative information for clinical practices throughout the world.

In 2010, about 1,150 of the 3,400 Canadians diagnosed with oral cancer died. There are also roughly 30 percent of the patients who undergo oral surgery that see their cancer return. The point of this study is to analyze fluorescence visualization to determine which tissues are healthy and which tissues may have tumors or be precancerous.

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