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Preventing Gum Disease Benefits Long Term Health

Gum disease is an important early warning sign of potentially serious health problems later on in life, warn oral healthcare experts at Eludril and Elgydium.

Going to bed without brushing your teeth correctly “could potentially have a devastating effect on your long-term health.”

It is widely accepted that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without it.

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Routine Dental Checkups Could Save Lives

Most people view their routine checkup as an annual 30-minute appointment, but research is consistently suggesting that dental checkups are extremely important for good general health.

A routine dental checkup promotes good oral health by allowing dentists to keep an eye on existing or developing conditions and enabling them to identify early warning signs of gum disease or tooth decay. It can also help dentists to diagnose more serious health conditions, including oral cancer.

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Clinical Trial of Tooth Regeneration

It is well known that oral infection progressively destroys periodontal tissues and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. A major goal of periodontal treatment is regeneration of the tissues lost to periodontitis. Unfortunately, most current therapies cannot predictably promote repair of tooth-supporting defects. A variety of regenerative approaches have been used clinically using bone grafts and guiding tissue membranes with limited success.

In a new article published in the International and American Associations for Dental Research’s Journal of Dental Research, M. Kitamura, from Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry, Japan, and a team of researchers conducted a human clinical trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) for clinical application. This is the largest study to date in the field of periodontal regenerative therapy.

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Fish Fights Gum Disease

A diet full of fish and nuts goes a long way to protect people from gum disease—a new study has shown. The research has suggested that polyunsaturated fatty acids found in foods such as fatty fish and nuts will help keep people’s smiles healthy, as it has been shown to help lower the risks of gum disease and periodontitis.

The research examined the diet of 182 adults between 1999 and 2004, and found that those who consumed the highest amounts of fatty acids were 30 percent less likely to develop gum disease and 20 percent less likely to develop periodontitis (severe gum disease).

Lead researcher of the study, Dr. Asghar Z. Naqvi of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said: “We found that n-3 fatty acid intake, particularly docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid are inversely associated with periodontitis in the US population. To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application. A dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis.”

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Home Teeth Whitening Can Cause Permanent Damage

Self-treatments using baking soda, ash and hydrogen peroxide, many of which are detailed online by members of the public with no dental experience, can strip tooth enamel and cause lasting damage to the gums, experts cautioned.

The techniques are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to expensive professional treatment, especially among teenage girls.

Examples of the potentially hazardous advice offered online include brushing the teeth with soap, salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide or bleach.

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