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New Dentures Cleaning Technologies From Brazilin Dentists

It is estimated that in today’s US, about 20 million people are using partial or full dentures. Certainly, both types of dentures require good care and regular cleaning, just like our teeth require daily brushing or flossing. Scientists underline that dirty dentures expose denture-wearers to increased risks of suffering from many serious diseases, both dental and the ones related to overall health. Dentures are covered with a great deal of bacteria which can be felt as a sticky layer sometimes referred to as biofilms. Such biofilms contain extreme amounts of bacteria like staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, and many others very dangerous ones which can cause dental and lung infections followed by other serious health conditions and diseases linked to our body’s important organs or systems. Such infections can be very hard to treat, and in the worst case scenario they can bring to developing of very serious and even terminal health conditions.

dentures cleaningThat is why all of us who are using dentures should never forget about oral hygiene and learn about the safest and the most effective dentures cleaning technologies. A group of dental care specialists at the Araraquara Dental School at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Sao Paulo offer new interesting ways to clean dentures which are really very simple and effective. The first one is placing the dentures into a microwave oven for as much as three minutes. Another solution is also quite easy and can be good for disinfecting dentures: it is offered to place the dentures into a germicide rinse, or a solution of 2 per cent chlorhexidine gluconate, for as long as just 10 minutes.

According to the official report about this interesting research which was published recently in the Journal of the American Dental Association, both of these dentures cleaning technologies should be considered effective and perfectly enough to disinfect both partial or full dentures. You can read more information about the report here. There is also a third technology offered by the experts, which involves placing dentures fir cleaning into sodium hypochlorite for some time did not show the same excellent effects as the two dentures cleaning technologies mentioned before. Brazilian scientists underline that the third method can be used for cleaning dentures for only a short period of time, or should be supported with other effective ways of disinfecting the dentures.

Other dental care specialists valued highly the findings of the expert group from Brazil, especially the technology involving microwaving dentures as a great disinfecting approach. “To our knowledge, we are the first investigators to report the effectiveness of this method in killing MRSA,” said Karen Tereza Altieri, a study leader and a dental care expert at the Araraquara Dental School at the Universidade Estadual Paulista. She said that it is possible to implement this dentures cleaning technique by using any type of microwave oven with over 650 watt capacity. She says that the offered technologies are very simple and can assist to all denture-wearers around the world to ward off infections and stay healthy for many years.


Dental Care And Family Dental Health

Family Dental HealthFor all of us, regular dental check ups and regular visits to our dental care specialists are nothing else but just too boring routine, or sometimes too expensive necessity. Those are two main reasons why a great deal of today’s people delay or avoid visiting dental clinics, even in the cases when they are suffering from very serious toothache or gum problems. However, more and more often dental care experts are talking about very strong connections between dental diseases and many other serious health conditions, including the life threatening ones. Therefore, good personal and family dental health is a guarantee of good overall health of the family and even coming generations.

Moreover, according to the findings of recent studies, such usual factors as regular flossing and brushing, the absence of bacteria in the mouth, regular dental check ups, and real concern about our dental health can not only prevent scores of serious illnesses, but also lead to substantial improvement in most of the existing health conditions. Finally, the British Dental Association experts tell us that a proper oral hygiene and regular dental care can even save our lives at a certain point. Supported with such factors as leading a healthy lifestyle, getting rid of bad habits, following a healthy diet, and monitoring own general health condition regularly, proper dental care can boost our health and be a lifesaver!

In particular, it is said that a lack of dental care can initially lead in increased amounts of peridontal bacteria, causing built-up of plaque, gum bleeding and irritating the gums. Those are actually outsets of gum disease. As a result, a great deal of the bacteria go into our bloodstream and reach the main body organs and systems causing serious health conditions and diseases of the organs. In particular, research has shown that a lack of dental care is linked to much higher risks of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and a stroke. According to cardiologists at the University of Athens, there are links between gum disease and elevated blood pressure. Experts at the American Academy of Periodontology say that oral bacteria can cause lung diseases and respiratory problems which are quite common in children and increase the importance of family dental health.

Besides, a study by a group of specialists by the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Disease resulted in finding the links between gum disease and diabetes mellitus. Actually, it is reported that people who have type 2 diabetes have about 3 times higher chances to suffer from gum disease as well, but there is still no proper prove of the fact that gum disease can be caused by diabetes itself. American scientists at the University of Alabama found out that gum disease is connected with increased concentrations of prostaglandin, a compound that induces labor and causes premature birth. Problems with gums and teeth are very often linked to bad bone heath and increase risks of osteoporosis. Finally, according to the most recent statistics, those who have gum disease have twice less chances to live longer than 64 years compared to the people with excellent own and family dental health.



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Rubbing Toothpaste On The Teeth Is As Effective As Brushing

Rubbing ToothpasteWe all know that the basic rules of effective dental care embrace three simple steps: brushing our teeth twice a day, flossing our teeth daily, and visiting our dental care specialist for a dental check-up once per ever 6 months. For some of us, it can be hard or sometimes impossible to observe these easy rules. For instance, what will we do if we do not have a good toothbrush at hand? For such moments of our life, scientists say, we can use our fingers for usual rubbing toothpaste on the teeth and gums (with or without toothbrush). According to the findings of a group of Swedish scientists, from the University of Gothenburg, rubbing toothpaste can be as effective as traditional brushing our teeth.

After a series of the experiments, Swedish dental care experts developed this new interesting technique for brushing our teeth, which can help us not only improve our basic dental health but also substantially reduce the risks of having very serious dental problems like tooth decay and tooth loss. Dr Anna Nordstrom, one of the study leaders, reported that: ‘Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth increases the fluoride protection by 400 per cent.‘ The study was focused on analyzing the effects of fluoride on the most common toothpastes we all used for our daily brushing. 16 volunteers were asked to use such toothpastes several times a day, and the technique of finger rubbing was tested.

It turned out that simple massaging toothpaste into our tooth enamel with our fingertips can help strengthen our enamel and receive an excellent “fluoride shot”. It allows us using the maximized effects of fluoride to protect our dental health and lower the risks of all main dental problems. However, this procedure should be used only in conjunction with usual brushing two times a day, the experts underline. ‘This should not replace brushing with a fluoride toothpaste morning  and evening – it’s an extra,’ Dr. Nordstrom said. Also, she says that it is necessary to avoid rinsing our moth with water after rubbing toothpaste in our teeth surface.

Using such kind of fluoride treatments is a bit controversial. Fluoride is a mineral that is known to strengthen our tooth enamel and prevent many serious dental conditions. That is why in many houses we have fluoridated water (however, the number of such houses has been drastically decreasing lately, especially in the UK). Some scientists believe that fluoride is harmful to our health. In particular, it can cause increased risk of bone cancer in young kids, as well as elevated risks of developing serious digestive problems including stomach ulcers.  However, the experts of the British Dental Association recognize most of the existing fluoride dental treatments as safe and effective for our dental health and reducing the risks of dental problems.