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County in the United Kingdom Lags in Dental Visits

Despite modern-day information, not everyone realizes the importance of maintaining good oral health.

According to a study, about a third of people from Norfolk County in the United Kingdom cannot visit the dentist because they have no access. The reason for this may be that this is a largely rural area.

As a result, NHS Norfolk has begun a campaign to improve the county’s overall oral health. The goal of this campaign to is to instill upon the people how vital it is to have solid oral health and the necessary ways to achieve that. The program will also be offering free dental care for children to ensure that parents make a point to take their children to the dentist.

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The Toothbrush, Dental Floss Effect Of Streptococcus Enzyme

Investigators from Japan show in vitro that the bacterium Streptococcus salivarius, a non-biofilm forming, and otherwise harmless inhabitant of the human mouth, actually inhibits the formation of dental biofilms, otherwise known as plaque. Two enzymes this bacteria produces are responsible for this inhibition. The research is published in the March 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

“FruA may be useful for prevention of dental caries,” corresponding author Hidenobu Senpuku, of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo said of one of the enzymes.

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Dental Bib Chains are Potential Source for Infection

Wet, used towels left in the gym. Dirty tissues discarded by someone suffering from a nasty cold. A toothbrush discovered in a hotel room.

Most of us would never use or even touch these items. But without knowing it, we may be sharing something that could be just as disgusting and potentially dangerous. When we visit a dental office and a bib chain that is not sterilized between patients is placed around our neck, we may be unwittingly exposed to pseudomonas, E. coli and S. aureus—the most common cause of staph infections and a potential “superbug.”

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Tooth Loss Could Increase Risk of Stroke

A new study by researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan ties tooth loss with a higher risk for strokes.

The research indicates that people with fewer than 24 teeth are 60 percent more likely to have a stroke. Strokes result from a disruption in the blood supply to one’s brain.

To conduct their research, the people at Hiroshima University put together a group of 358 patients. Among the people studied, there was a correlation between tooth loss and a higher risk for strokes. It was also concluded that stroke patients that were in their 50s and 60s had fewer natural teeth that the patients who had other health issues.

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Dentists Express Concerns with Sports Drinks

Australian dentists are worried about the possibly dangerous effects that will result from sports drinks.

These sports drinks and energy drinks were created to help athletes to improve performance in some form, most likely by aiding hydration or providing some kind of energy boost. But the problem is that large amounts of sugar are needed to accomplish those objectives in some drinks. When more sugar is present, the less healthy the drinks become to one’s dental health.

According to some dentists, there’s a rising number of Australians that have encountered acid erosion since the Olympics were held in Sydney. These dentists have found that many of these problems stem from the consumption of sports and energy drinks.

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