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Poor Oral Hygiene In Men Leads To Problems In Bed

poor oral hygieneThere are plenty of risks linked to improper dental care and  poor oral hygiene which go far beyond just developing serious dental problems. Studies have shown that improper dental care can cause increased vulnerability to various infections, impaired function of cardiovascular system, increased risk of mental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, and many other potentially very harmful health conditions. The researchers and scientific works aimed to study health risks related to poor oral hygiene and dental care are being carried out throughout the world. In the end of 2012, the findings of Turkish specialists from Inonu University in Istanbul were published in most of the online media resources. After carrying out a series of experiments and analysis, Turkish scientists came to a conclusion that those men who have bad breath, suffer from other dental problems caused by improper dental care are very likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and have quite serious problems in bed.

Such dental problems like gum inflammation or gum disease can definitely play a role of a sign of sexual dysfunction in modern men, the Turkish scientists are convinced. For the study, Istanbul researchers invited 82 young men in good health (both dental and sexual), aged between 30 and 40, and 80 young men suffering from erectile dysfunction and other related health conditions. After analyzing tons of various information collected on the participant for the last ten years, including the information about their daily diet, bad habits, lifestyle, and, certainly, dental health, the scientists could see that 53 per cent of the participants who reported suffering from sexual disorders had clear signs of gum inflammation, and some of them had obvious signs of gum disease. Among those participants who had no erectile dysfunction and did not have other health problems, less than 20 per cent were found to demonstrate very early signs of gum inflammation, but nothing more than that.

After taking into account other important factors, including being overweight, education level, level of income, social status, and many more, it became apparent for the researchers that poor oral care can play one of the leading roles and be one of the main causes of problems in bed in modern men. Turkish specialists suggest that having sever periodontal disease and other related dental conditions is linked to a very serious increase to suffer from erectile dysfunction: up to 3.3 times higher risk. “Physical factors cause nearly two-thirds of cases, mainly because of problems with the blood vessels, with psychological issues like emotional stress and depression accounting for the remainder,” said Doctor Faith Oguz, one of the authors of the research and a leading specialist of Inonu University in Turkey. It is estimated that in the modern world, there are more than 150 million men suffering from erectile dysfunction making this health condition one of the leading public health problems of modern times.

Certainly, the discovered risks are not the only unwanted health condition caused by poor oral hygiene and serious dental problems. As it was reported before, those who suffer from gum disease have increased risk to develop vascular diseases including coronary heart disease. Periodontists or gum disease is a condition caused by a common bacteria in patients’ mouth. This bacteria causes gum inflammation and affects other body organ and systems. According to the study leader, other factors like smoking or having a systemic disease could also play a role in erectile dysfunction in men. ‘To our knowledge, erectile dysfunction and chronic periodontitis in humans are caused by similar risk factors, such as ageing, smoking, diabetes and coronary artery disease,” he said. Thus, chronic gum inflammation should be considered one of the leading causes of sexual dysfunction and problems in bed for today’s men, Dr. Oguz underlined. The findings of this interesting study were published in the end of the year 2012 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.




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Magazines In Dental Cabinets Can Increase Dental Infection Risk

Waiting rooms of dental clinics and dental cabinets are always filled up with plenty various magazines, newspapers, fashion catalogs, and other similar editions to help the clients spend their time, keep away from negative thoughts and do not get focused on the pain linked to most of today’s dental procedures. However, according to the recent findings published by the specialists at the British Dental Association keeping such kind of printed editions in the waiting rooms for many years is linked to increased risks of dental infections and other types of infections for all the visitors. Dental InfectionsA series of tests have shown that printed editions used in the waiting rooms have incredible amounts of various bacteria and viruses, and it is very easy to catch an infection, especially for small kids and those people who suffer from too weak immune system.

It is interesting that, according to the findings of the same group of experts received during the same data analyzing research, such common things as posters which can be found in plenty both in dental waiting rooms and dental cabinets, also impose us to quite high dental infection risk since plenty of bacteria were found there, too. At that, most of the infection sources were found in those rooms with posters where adhesive materials like Blu-Tack were used. According to the report about the research, using this type of adhesive putty is linked to the risk of cross-infection causing serious health conditions for dental clinic visitors. The researchers also analyzed the risk for dental infections and other types of infection coming from cushions and soft furniture in the waiting rooms, and it turned out that it would be better never use soft furniture at all, offering the visitors to sit on plastic chairs instead.

The British Dental Association suggest all modern dental care specialists pay a proper attention to the mentioned issues. There is no special regulation or specific requirement is going to be issued for dental practices around the country to stop using old magazines and old fabric furniture in order to decrease dental infection risk and risks for other types of infections. However, the recommendation to follow the mentioned advice will most likely be kept under review, and may possibly be modified in the future. “The only time these things would be an issue would be if our inspectors found them being used in such a way as to compromise the safety of someone using the service,” a spokesman for the Care Quality Commission, an organization responsible for regulating the national standard observation by national dental practices, said to the media.

It is reported that most of dental care specialists found the findings of this research too exaggerating and even somehow absurd. They are convinced that it is always very easy to see the signs of the magazines or furniture being too dirty and cause possible dental infection risk. Many experts are convinced that most of dental clinics or dental practice workers in the UK take the requirements of hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. “Dentists are not opposed to regulation, but believe that it should be proportionate, cost-effective and non-duplicatory. Too often, in recent years, it has felt like regulation has been designed to hinder, rather than support, dentists’ efforts to care for their patients,” Dr John Milne, an official of the British Dental Association’s General Dental Practice Committee commented on the situation.

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Vitamin D Deficiency If Linked To Tooth Decay And Cavities

In our times, a lack of organic foods and high quality nutrients very often causes a chronic deficiency of certain vitamins, minerals, or other essential elements. In particular, a lack of vitamin D which is produced in human body when we’re exposed to sunlight is very often linked to quite serious health risks and health problems. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms embrace muscle weakness, bone aches, headaches, kidney problems, psoriasis and related skin problems. Tooth Decay And CavitiesUndoubtedly, this vitamin is one of the key nutrients our body needs to function normally, and its deficiency can result in bone health problems including rickets, mental problems and cognitive impairment, respiratory system problems, elevated risk for serious cardiovascular problems, etc. According to the findings of a recent study, a lack of vitamin D is also linked to high risk of tooth decay and cavities, and these connections are especially strong in children.

An expert team from University of Washington summarized the findings of a number of clinical studies conducted by other specialists form the United States, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, etc., and analyzed the data collected on about 3,000 children aged from 2 to 16. All the clinical trails were carried out in schools, hospitals, dental practices, and other types of institutional settings, and the findings of all of  those were reported in time in various scientific magazines and journals. Washington scientists led by  Dr Philippe Hujoel have come to the conclusion that vitamin D levels do play a role in dental health, and a lack of this vitamin can be associated with up to 50 per cent increase of tooth decay and cavities risk. This is especially valid for kids who demonstrate vitamin D deficiency symptoms.

The issue about the role and importance of vitamin D for our dental health is quite controversial, and it has been brought to public attention for a few decades. After a series of researches in 1950s, the specialists at the U.S. National Research Council and the American Medical Association were first to point to the significance of vitamin D for effective prevention of tooth decay and cavities. Decades later, the experts from  the American Dental Association came up with other findings based on the same data analysis. This way, in 1989 it was announced by the specialists the National Research Council that the importance of vitamin D as an effective supporting element for boosting tooth decay prevention in children and adults still remain uncertain. However, the scientists around the world continued their studies, and the current findings are the results of these long-term scientific work of international teams.

The findings were highly appreciated by other experts and came as no surprise. “Children who are vitamin D deficient have poor and delayed teeth eruption and are prone to dental caries,” said Dr Michael Hollick, a dental care expert and a professor of medicine at the Boston University Medical Center. The criticism was only focused on using some outdated studies for their analysis, and a few experts underlined that newer evidence supporting the role of vitamin D should be brought to light. Anyways, in order to enjoy the stated benefits of vitamin D for preventing tooth decay and cavities, it is strongly advised to support children’s diet with special natural sources of vitamin D like cod-live oil and other products enriched with vitamin D. It is possible to find more detailed information about the findings of the study by University of Washington scientific group, as well as the reviews and comments of the specialists in one of the latest issues of the journal Nutrition Reviews.

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