Regular brushing and flossing can save your teeth into old age. Could it also save your brain? The bacteria involved in gum disease might play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. DNA from the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis is more often found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, said lead researcher Jan Potempa, a professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Kentucky. P. gingivalis is one of the causes of periodontitis, the most serious type of gum disease. “The DNA can be found in the Alzheimer’s brain, but less frequently at a lower level in the brain of people who died at the same age from causes other than Alzheimer’s,” Potempa said. Alzheimer’s-affected brains also contain higher levels of a toxin secreted by P. ging
Pain is an indicator of an underlying disease process. Pain in itself is not an illness, but a foreteller of an impairment requiring our attention. Dental pain is any form of pain that relates to the lower jaw, upper jaw, cheeks and teeth structures. This distinction is important so that readers may know that dentists (doctors that deal with dental issues) are more suitable to deal with some disease states. What causes dental pain? To start with, we need to understand that everyday of our lives, we use our mouth to eat food and drink water and other liquids. To chew the food into pieces for easy digestion, we need our teeth. Our tongue helps us to move the food around our mouth. The saliva that we produce helps to moisten the food and soften it before we pass the food in
Dr Innocent Osazuwa, a medical practitioner, Benin in Edo, says persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease. Osazuwa, a dentist at the Calvary Estate Hospital, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeriain Benin. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone. Osazuwa said that bad breath, also called halitosis, could be embarrassing and in some cases might even cause anxiety. “Bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odors. “Cleaning between teeth daily once a day is very important. “T
The Federal Government has upgraded Federal Dental College of Technology and Therapy (FDCTT), Enugu, to a degree awarding institution and promised to continue to meet its needs. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the promise during the FDCTT maiden Convocation Ceremony in Enugu on Friday. Mr Adewole, who was represented by Bola Alonge, Director of Dentistry, Federal Ministry of Health, said government had approved the upgrading of the college as a degree awarding institution. He said that consequently, other needs of the college would set in as both the Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education would collaborate to enable it to achieve its mandate. Earlier, the Rector of the College, John Emaimo, appealed to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to assist the ...
How well do you actually take care of your dental health? To make an appropriate assessment of your own situation, ask yourself these questions: Am I steadfast about visiting a dentist yearly for a checkup? Do I brush and floss my teeth twice daily? Am I vigilant about avoiding those sugary foods that can damage the teeth? Unfortunately, we don’t always make our oral heath a priority and it isn’t uncommon that some may go many years without ever seeking out professional dental care. Strong oral hygiene habits must be initiated at a young age; and if you’ve neglected your teeth when you were younger, then chances are that you’ve set yourself up for a lifetime of chronic (and expensive to manage) dental problems. More focus must be placed on oral health maintenance, since poor oral care
Say cheese! That is the most widely used confirmation call used by people to inform any photographer that they are ready to have their picture taken. The purpose of saying cheese is so that your teeth will be visible, giving the appearance of a smile. Imagine this scenario: you are in the front row, getting ready for the end of year school album photo-shoot. If you have a bad dental hygiene habit, giving that “cheese smile” will be difficult. A bright smile and healthy teeth are the results of good dental care habits. As you may know, plaque build-up is usually the cause of gum disease. If you don’t remove plaque in time it can cause tooth decay, bad breath and discoloured teeth. Furthermore, maintaining proper dental hygiene can prevent serious medical problems and help you keep your t
Having a smelly mouth can be greatly embarrassing. As a result, nobody wants to have bad breath. According to experts, our mouth is a window into what is going on in the rest of your body, often serving as a helpful vantage point for detecting the early signs and symptoms of systemic disease a disease that affects or pertains to your entire body. However, the good news is that for the most part with proper dental care, bad breath can be avoided. Studies have shown that hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them on the tongue or below the gum-line or in pockets created by gum disease between gums and teeth. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. Some of the causes of bad breath f...
Prof. Felix Chukwuneke, a renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon, on Monday said the country needed no less than 300,000 dental surgeons to boost oral health care. Chukwuneke, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said the number was at least the minimum to cover the 36 states and Abuja. The don, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu Campus of the institution, advocated for more dental surgeons to ensure the oral health of Nigerians. He said that the current number of dental surgeons in the country was inadequate to take care of a population of about 190 million people. “For now, the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is inadequate considering the importance of oral health to the life of any person. “When you
Tooth discolouration (also termed tooth staining) is abnormal tooth colour. Tooth discolouration can be the cause of great embarrassment and can make people feel self -conscious about smiling. According to reports, it could cause mouth odour which could affect a person psychologically, because he or she loses self-confidence in public. No one’s teeth are perfectly white and to some extent our teeth will become a bit duller as we age, studies have revealed. But depending on your genetic makeup, everyone is born with a slightly different tooth shade, with some faring better than others. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from teeth discolouration, teeth can appear yellow, brown or even grayish in colour. Some may have overall discolouration while others have dark spots on their teeth. Yo
Have you ever had your friends turn away while you are talking to them or your significant other not longing for that goodnight kiss? Or, imagine this: talking to someone and feeling like you have to take a few steps back just to get out of the range of their smelling breath. If there was one problem some people would desperately want to get rid of, it would be bad breath. When it comes to improving oral health, most people believe brushing and flossing is all it takes. However, if you are not cleaning your tongue, you are neglecting an extremely important part of good oral hygiene practices. Whether it is to fight bad breath or just for good dental health, cleaning your tongue is equally important, dentists say. Dr. William Christensen, a prosthodontics practitioner in Utah, is of the v...
It's a sensitive subject. But halitosis can happen to the best of us. Evidence already shows that eating certain foods, such as garlic and fish, can only make the smell worse. Now, leading dentist and bacteriologist Dr Howard Katz, founder of The Breath Company, provides a handy guide to the questions everyone has about bad breath. In a piece for Get The Gloss for World Oral Health Day - which occurs every year on March 20, he explains the causes of and cures for halitosis. And Dr Katz, who trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, reveals the best ways of letting someone know they have it without risking a relationship rift. Bad breath (or halitosis to give it its proper name) is the presence of a foul-smelling odour that is expelled from the mouth cavity. Unfortun...
As the world marks the 2018 World Oral Health Day, Dr Seye Logede, Vice-Chairman, Dental Association of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter, says the general attitude of Nigerians to oral health has significantly improved unlike in times past. Logede who is a Principal Dental Officer in the Oral Diagnosis Unit of the National Hospital, Abuja, told our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja that the use of social media contributed to the success recorded. He said that poor dental health could affect a person’s general health and well-being as the mouth is the gateway to the body. According to him, contrary to what people think, there is nothing happening in the body that does not have symptoms or indications in the mouth. The dentist explained that poor oral hygiene could also affect the psychologic
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defences and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. The bacteria in your mouth can spread throughout the rest of your body, says Beverly Hills periodontist Sanda Moldovan, D.D.S. This can lead to a whole lot of health issues. Here’s a look at how your poor oral health can affect nearly every part of your body. Poor oral health raises your risk of heart disease and stroke Several studies have shown a link between gum disease which is known as periodontitis and heart disease, a
* Kissing babies on lips could cause cavities An analysis of nine toothpastes found that none of them protects enamel or prevents erosive wear. Specialists stress that diet and treatment by a dentist are key to avoid the problems originated by dentin exposure. The rising prevalence of dental erosion and dentin hypersensitivity has led to the emergence of more and more toothpastes on the market that claim to treat these problems. While no such toothpaste existed 20 years ago, today, many brands with different attributes are being offered. However, a study conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland with the participation of a researcher supported by a scholarship from the São Paulo Research Foundation — FAPESP showed that none of the nine analyzed toothpastes was capable of m
Most times, we are all busy with a full time job, a family and home to attend to. Having had long day at work the last thing you want to do is add another step to your nightly routine before going to bed. Rather than brush your teeth, you fall into bed exhausted. By the time your eyes are closed you don’t want to open them again till dawn. Arguably, this is a typical routine for most people in this part of the world. Keeping your teeth clean goes a long way toward keeping them strong and healthy. So, how often should you clean your teeth? There are many ways to maintain your oral health. Brushing once a day is not one of them according to experts. You have probably heard your dentist say on more than one occasion that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. (Brush at-least twice