Today's Dental News

Tooth Loss May Be Linked to Memory Loss

Elderly people who lose their teeth may be at increased risk for dementia, researchers have found.

The new study included more than 4,000 Japanese participants, 65 and older, who underwent a dental examination and a psychiatric assessment. Compared with participants who still had many of their natural teeth, those with fewer or no teeth were much more likely to have experienced some memory loss or have early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings were published online in Behavioral and Brain Functions.

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Red Wine, Cranberries Are Good for Your Teeth

When you pop open that bottle of red wine, consider toasting its benefits to your teeth. After all, compounds in red wine can prevent cavities and plaque build-up, researchers say.

The compounds—called polyphenols—block a molecule made by the bacteria streptococcus mutans, which are found in all our mouths, said researcher Hyun Koo, a microbiologist at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

Normally, these bacteria break down sugar we eat and make sticky molecules called glucans, which let bacteria to cling to our teeth and damage their surfaces.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Plus Aspirin Reduce Chances of Gum Disease

Disease of the gums and supporting tissue, known to dentists as periodontitis, is a chronic inflammatory condition that destroys gum tissue and bone if left untreated. Signs of the disease are gums that bleed easily, red instead of pink gums, swollen receding tissue and loose teeth. Periodontitis is more likely to develop in individuals who smoke, have diabetes or a family history of the condition. Having the condition puts one at greater risk of heart and artery disease as well. The condition can be treated and managed if attended in enough time.

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Dogs’ Teeth Need Daily Brushing

Precaution is always better than cure. Especially when it comes to health problems may it be for yourself or your pets. According to a new research, New Zealanders are failing to meet new healthcare standards in keeping their dogs teeth hygienic.

According to most of the vets, dogs’ teeth need a daily routine of proper brushing and a check up by dentists every six months for avoiding tooth problems and foul smelling. About 99 percent of dog owners fail to brush their dog’s teeth daily, so they fail to meet the basic healthcare needs of their pets.

The main cause of pain and dental diseases of dogs is the absence of daily brushing. Teeth of dogs accumulate tartar and plaque as rapidly as humans do. The daily routine cleaning is the ideal way to maintain canine oral health.

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Facing Braces with a Little Help from Lego

Two life-size Lego heads will illustrate mouths before and after orthodontic treatment in a new campaign to raise awareness of orthodontic treatment.

The plastic brick constructions will be unveiled at the launch of the British Orthodontic Society’s second National Orthodontic Week (NOW) taking place February 22 to 28. They will be on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, the venue for the launch of the dental campaign.

A competition will be held during the event to encourage visitors to guess the number of Lego bricks it took to build both faces.

The launch will be followed by a week-long event at the museum during half term, when the gallery is visited by more than 2,000 people per day.

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