Archive for June, 2011

Morden Dentist Studies links VCJD to Dental Decay

20th June, 2011

A new study has linked the life-threatening disease variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease, with dental decay. It has suggested that the route of infection may be via untreated dental decay and not via the stomach as previously thought.

A group of Welsh researchers have put together the hypothesis that vCJD is linked to dental decay. The hypothesis suggests that tooth decay may be the means by which people became infected by the deadly disease after eating contaminated meat in the 1980s. Dr Roland Salmon, one of the Public Health Wales members who have come up with the hypothesis, said that the hypothesis also explains the geographical spread of the disease, as the number of cases is higher in Scotland and the North East of England, where dental decay rates are highest.

Dr Salmon said that there were three main problems which were difficult to explain -the number of cases of vCJD, are very low, considering that tonnes of contaminated meat were consumed during the 1980s, the age of the people who have developed the disease remains unchanged  and the geographical spread of the disease. The positive correlation between dental decay and vCJD arose from analysis of data collected by the British Association of the Study of Community Dentistry. The group surmised that people had become infected by the disease through minute gaps between the teeth in people who were suffering from untreated decay.

According to Dr Salmon, the hypothesis linking dental decay to vCJD has “some mileage”; the study has now been published in the journal, Dental Hypotheses

Taking Care of Your Childs Teeth with your Sutton Dentist

13th June, 2011

During a child’s early years, a lot of activity happens in the mouth as they starts to grow teeth. A child has two sets of teeth: the first set is most commonly called milk teeth or deciduous teeth, and the second set which will stay on the person for the whole lifetime are the permanent teeth. The set of milk  are replaced by the permanent teeth around the child’s sixth year until the twelfth, give or take a couple of years. In Sutton, there should be numerous dental clinics to aid you in your child’s dental care but here are a few basic guidelines.

Dos and Don’ts for Early Childhood Dental Care

Here are some helpful facts about milk teeth and dental care for your children that most dentists would give:

oGive your child a small soft childrens toothbrush to practice brush there gums with, this gets them used to having something in there mouths and also it good for there gums to be brushed. They must always supervised whilst they have the brush.

o Start brushing your child’s teeth once they start coming out at 6 months. Milk teeth usually come out in pairs and all twenty of them will most probably be through by your child’s thirtieth month. Once the first tooth has come through, you can start brushing to prevent decay.

o Do not deliberately pull out a deciduous tooth. Milk teeth should always be allowed to fall on their own as their opening is where the permanent teeth will also come out. Pulling out a deciduous tooth too early may cause that opening to close, creating some problems for the following permanent tooth to come out. If early removal is necessary, a space-maintainer must be constructed and worn by the child.
o Always remember that milk teeth are smaller in size and are usually more susceptible to decay. Proper care and oral hygiene must be observed at all times. You should be able to easily locate good resources in Sutton for your oral hygiene needs.
o Bring your child to the dentist for regular checkups. This is very important if you want to make sure your child’s teeth and oral condition is healthy from the start. There should be no problem in finding the most suitable dentist around Sutton for your child and your whole family.

Ask for the best oral hygiene advice from your Sutton Dentist

Maintaining good oral hygiene routine is not really a complicated business. It is mostly about following the advice that you get from your dentist so that you have a healthy set of teeth and gums. The main aim of the maintenance of oral hygiene is to try and minimise the amount of plaque that is in your mouth. This is because plaque damages teeth and gums, causing teeth to decay and gums to become inflamed and diseased.

The most important thing to do is to brush your teeth. Use a brush with firm bristles that have not been worn down or become dirty. Apply a pea sized amount of fluoride enriched tooth paste and brush every corner of your mouth, including the inside of your teeth. Once you have done this, don’t forget to floss. By pulling dental floss between your teeth you are removing the plaque which can linger there, out of the reach of the bristles on your tooth brush.

Along with this, you should go and visit your Sutton dentist every six months so that your mouth can be checked over. Preventive dentistry is far more preferable than having to undergo  what could be costly and invasive treatment for a condition that has begun to develop such as gum disease or dental decay. As part of this you should pursue a generally healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and avoid activities such as smoking tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

Having excellent oral hygiene means that you will be able to eat and drink in comfort. Not only that, you will be able to smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth look strong and healthy. If you follow the simple advice set out above then you won’t even have to think about the health of your teeth and gums.