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Cheese Can Help Prevent Cavities

Prevent CavitiesThe importance of a proper calcium intake for our excellent dental health is known and received plenty of scientific support from numerous studies and researchers. Dental care specialists and experts recommend us consume plenty of natural sources of calcium, including dairy products, some fresh fruits and vegetables rich in this mineral. In order to support calcium absorption in your body, you must have proper amounts of vitamins, namely vitamin D and vitamin E which play a role in calcium absorption. A proper calcium intake is also very good for our bones, and it is especially important for women over 50 in order to provide their body with good amounts of this mineral, in order to prevent bone weakening and such health condition as ostheoporosis.

Recently, the findings of one more related study appeared in the  popular peer reviewed scientific journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, the General Dentistry. A group of researchers led by Vipul Yadav, MDS, recommend everyone consuming cheese and other dairy products which, as their scientific work has shown, can assist in preventing cavities and improving our dental health. For the study, the scientists took samples of biological material from the dental plaque of participants of the study, 68 young teenagers aged between 12 and 15. This was the selected approach to evaluate dental plaque pH of the participants who were divided into three trial groups. The members of the first group were asked to consume cheese, the second group members were assigned to consuming milk, and the third group members were asked to use sugar-free yogurt. The participants were assigned to the mentioned diet for a few months before actual taking the biological materials for analysis and making strong conclusions.

Moreover, before measuring dental plague pH levels, the participants were asked to consume the main product in their diet, then rinse their mouth with drinking water, and then the measurements were carried out in as much as 10, 20 and 30 minutes after rinsing the mouth. After analyzing the collected information, it turned out that those participant who were assigned to consuming sugar-free yogurt and low fat milk did not demonstrate serious changes in the levels of pH on their tooth enamel. At the same time, those participants who consumed cheese (namely cheddar cheese) have demonstrated quite rapid increase in their dental plaque pH levels within the time of measuring. Therefore, consuming this type of cheese can play a great role of a food to improve our dental health and prevent cavities. After discovering the mentioned properties of cheese consumption, the scientists decided to look closer at the issue and find the possible factors behind the discovered phenomena.

Further analysis has shown that the discovered pH level rise can be attributed to increased saliva production taking place in higher amounts after consuming cheese comparing to consuming milk and yogurt. Saliva is one of the best types of natural protection against increased acidity levels in our mouth and creating great environment for cavity formation. Besides, certain compounds in cheese can stick to our tooth enamel and create extra protection. Therefore, cheese consumption can be recommended as a great technique to prevent cavities and improve our dental health. “It looks like dairy does the mouth good. Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities,” an expert from of the Academy of General Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery Seung-Hee Rhee, commented on the findings of the researchers. More of the related materials and information on the reported study can be found in the website of the Academy of General Dentistry.


Our Teeth Can Be Used As An Effective Source For Stem Cells

Stem CellsA lot is known about miraculous properties and health effects of stem cells. Nowadays, this amazing technology can be used widely in order to treat and prevent a great number of diseases, including really hard and very serious ones. Stem cells can be used as raw material for generating virtually every body organ, starting from bones or cartilage, and ending up with heart and even vessels. Moreover, according to the latest findings, by using stem cells it can be possible to generate even neurological system cells, which is simply an unbelievable thing! There is plenty of experiments are being carried out now, and there are optimistic thoughts that in the nearest future, stem cells can give us a cure for such terrible neurological system diseases as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. It could be a revolutionary turn in the whole medical science.

Stem cell extraction techniques are also being studied and substantially improving. Scientists say that stem cells can be found in human embryos, umbilical cords, and other tissues. It has also been proven that in adults, teeth and bone marrow are among the best natural sources for stem cell extraction. At the same time, children’s teeth are considered more effective sources of stem cells compared to the teeth of adult people. The concept of this type of stem cells extraction, or using teeth for extracting stem cells, emerged in 2003, when Dr Songtao Shi, a paediatric dentist and an Associate Professor at Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, came up with this idea after years of studies and successfully extracting stem cells from teeth of his six year old daughter. The scientists managed not only to extract, but also preserve and grow stem cells received from his daughter’s teeth. The proposed technology is now known as SHED (Stem cells from Human Exfoliated Deciduous teeth).

Since those times, children’s teeth of the kids around the world were scientifically tested and successfully used for stem cell extraction. However, children’s teeth are usually gone in teenagehood. That is why recently, more and more of dental experts are talking about possible advantages of storing teeth of children for using them further as sources of stem cells. There are plenty of cases of storing children’s teeth by the world’s leading scientists, especially in the most developed countries of the world. Due to the fact that children lose their teeth in anyway in their early teen ages, it is quite easy to store the teeth for being used in the future.Moreover, the procedure of tooth extraction has become very easy and totally painless nowadays, that is why those kids who have problems with losing their teeth on time can go through the procedure and leave their teeth as a material for stem cells.

It is reported that nowadays, in the United Kingdom it is already possible to give teeth for being stored in a special lab. This service costs £1,385 and it covers storing the teeth for 30 years. For the moment scientists can not say for how long it is possible to preserve teeth for them being good for stem cell extraction in the future. More research is required to look closer at the issue. At the same time, all scientists are convinced that stem cells as a regenerative, rejuvenating and health supporting technology have a huge potential. It is possible to receive all possible tissues by using stem cells, even fat or genetic material. It is reported that modern time’s scientists can extract up to thousands of stem cells from one tooth. However, for some treatments as many as millions of them may be needed for certain treatments. Fortunately, it is possible to use stem cells from donors.


Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Disease Risk In Women

Calcium SupplementsWe all know that calcium is one of the primarily minerals and nutrients that can be found in a human body. Calcium is important for our dental and overall health, and nutrition experts recommend us adding plenty of natural sources of calcium to our daily diet. Or, some people who are in need of increased amounts of this mineral can sometimes make a choice to take calcium supplements. Calcium is the main building material for our bones and teeth, and it is estimated that 99 per cent of calcium in the body is stored in our teeth and bones. However, as we age, the ability of our body to digest calcium declines. That is why aging people are sometimes recommended to take the supplements. Unfortunately, along with positive effects of taking such supplements, there are also negative effects. According toe the findings of a study published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association, taking calcium supplements is linked to increased heart disease risk, especially in aging women.

Th research included collecting data and following about 4,000 study participants, women aged 50+, for the period of time over 12 years. This study was a follow up of another study which found out that men who take calcium supplements regularly have a little  higher heart disease risk compared to those men who never use this kind of supplements: for some men the chances to develop this serious disease go as high as 20 per cent. According to the published report about the study on women, it was discovered that the same kinds of risks are valid for women as well, and those who take calcium supplements have higher chances to die from a heart disease. The found out effects are most likely caused by excessive calcium getting collected in the arteries and this way increasing heat disease risk, as well as the risk for some other cardiovascular diseases.

Unnecessary calcium supplementation should be avoided at all costs, unless there’s a clear indication of deficiency ascertained by a bone scan or other vitamin deficiencies,’ said senior heart surgeon Dr Ramakant Panda, one of the leading heart surgeons and the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Asian Heart Institute, who led the study. He underlines that despite a common recommendation which people aged 55 and over can received from their dental care specialists to take calcium supplements in order to support their dental health, it is necessary to do everything possible to avoid using this supplements. He said that those who are taking the supplement have elevated heart disease risk which goes on increasing withing the time the supplement is being taken, so in the end of the ends the risk for developing a serious heart condition can go way higher than the stated 20 per cent.

So, the best solution is adding plenty of natural sources of calcium to our daily diet. Natural calcium does not have that property to build up in our blood vessels, but it is still recommended to control daily calcium consumption, especially in the elderly. Daily doses of calcium recommended by the specialists are the following: 900-1,000 mg calcium per day for men, and 1,300 – 1,400 mg of calcium per day for men. There are a few types of foods rich in calcium which can play a role of natural alternatives to calcium supplements. Those include cheddar cheese (contains 300 mg of calcium in 20 ml of high quality product), plain curd (450 mg in a small cup), soy milk (almost 400 mg per cup), milk (300 mg in one glass), and tofu cheese (250 mg per cup). Besides, such natural food as almonds and sesame seeds are also considered excellent sources of calcium. Learn more about the issue and consult your dental care specialist before taking calcium supplements.

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