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Eating Disorders Cause Dental Erosion

According to the findings of a recent study carried out by a group of experts by the University of Bergen in Norway, there is a strong scientific evidence of the fact that eating disorders like the most common bulimia or anorexia, are closely linked not only to deep emotional and psychological stresses, but also to various dental problems, namely increased tooth sensitivity, chronic tooth aches, severe dental erosion, and many others. As the studies have shown, those people who suffer from the mentioned eating disorders have substantially higher chances to develop dental problems and face the necessity to spend much more money on dental services than those who do not have eating disorders.

Eating DisordersIt is estimated that up to 1.2. million people in today’s United Kingdom are diagnosed with bulimia, anorexia or other serious eating disorder. In addition, the experts underline that many more modern women and men are not aware about their problems as they do not seek medical help. Vomiting, one of the most common symptoms of eating disorders, is a sign of other numerous health conditions, that is why sometimes it can be not easy to recognize an eating disorder with the proper accuracy.

For the study, two teams of volunteers were formed. The first group included only the individuals who suffer from an eating disorder, and the other control group included the participants free from such a problem. After a series of dental check ups and analysis of health records, the scientists found out that over 36 per cent of the sufferers from eating disorders had serious dental conditions like severe dental erosion. At that, after working with the members of the control group, the experts found out that only 11 per cent of those suffer from dental problems.

Dr Nigel Carter, a specialist of the British Dental Health Foundation and one of the study leaders, commented on the research findings as the following: ‘The high levels of acid in the vomit can cause damage to tooth enamel. Acid attacks of this sort on a frequent basis means the saliva in your mouth won’t have the opportunity to naturally repair the damage done to your teeth by the contact with the acidic vomit, hence the increased severity of dental erosion witnessed in the study.” To prevent the development of dental diseases and dental problems, scientists recommend all people who suffer from eating disorders regular mouth rinsing and visiting their dentists more often.

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Latte Consumption Is Linked To Higher Risks Of Dental Problems

LatteIt is a known fact that those who like drinking sugary beverages like carbonated sweet drinks, coffee and so on, have higher risks of developing such dental problems like tooth decay, cavities and others. In particular, popular coffee drinks like latte, mocha and others are believed to be quite harmful to our dental health. We spend hours working at our computers and drink pretty many cups of sweetened tea or various types of coffee, exposing our both dental and overall health to great risks and dangers.

Heidi Hackett, a Canadian dental specialist, says that from her conversation with her patients she understood that drinking coffee on an every day basis can seriously elevate the risks of having dental problems in adults. “The constant exposure to the lactose or milk sugar is giving the bacteria in the mouth a flood of raw fuel or ‘food’ to metabolize,” she says. The specialist says that Streptococcus mutans known as the most common type of bacteria causing tooth decay and cavities, works on metabolizing sugars and carbohydrates, turns them into acid that in turn lead to tooth enamel damage, cavities and possibly even tooth loss. Sweetened drink consumption creates the most favorable environment for the bacteria growing and having their harmful effects.

Dental specialists tend to connect increasing popularity of various types of coffee which has been taking place for the last 6-7 years, with current increase of the number of tooth decay occurrences. Drinking hot sweetened drinks like various types of coffee for less than 15 minutes a day is fine. However, drinking 4-5 sweetened drinks a day or using it a a snack for several hours a day can get you into a trouble and make you a regular visitor of dental clinics. This sad tendency takes place in most countries and nations of the world putting to danger global dental health, the experts are convinced.

For everyone of us it is necessary to pay close attention to this problem. Is you drink several cups of sweetened tea or coffee a day, there’s quite an easy solution for your suggested by world’s leading dental care specialists. Try to rinse your mouth with a fluoride rinse or at least with some mineral water after finishing your cup of drink. This is a great technique to neutralize the activities of acids in your mouth this way preventing their harmful effects and lower the risks of tooth decay and cavities. The same rule can actually be applied to those who like drinking carbonated drinks or commercially produced sweetened juices.

 

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More Of Worrying Statistics About Dental Care

All of us know so well that preventive dental care is one of the most effective tools and factors to lower the risks of very serious dental problems and diseases. However, more and more experts are point on modern tendency to neglect easy rules of dental care. Certainly, people with good jobs and proper insurance in the economically strong countries of the world observe the rules more or less regularly. We brush our teeth twice a day, floss and follow the routine of biannual dental check-ups. We teach out children and grand children to do the same. However, there are many nations with extremely high risks of dental problems. For those, regular dental check-ups and even daily dental care is something luxury.  Moreover, there’s no access for them to good or high quality dental care.

There is some worrying statistics even about today’s citizens of the US.

dental careFor adults:

  • Every year, 164 million working hours are lost due to dental problems and emergency situations with adult working people.
  • Every year, about 30,000 Americans are being diagnosed with pharyngeal and other types of oral cancer, and every year about 3,000 Americans die from these cancers. At that, five-year survival rate for people with such type of cancers is 56 percent for white Americans, and 34 percent for African Americans.
  • For a great deal of modern Americans, whose parents did not pay attention much on regular dental care of their children, periodontal diseases, cavities and other dental problems contributed greatly in the development of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and other serious health conditions.
  • About 23 percent of today’s Americans aged over 65 have severe periodontal disease.

For children:

  • Every one of four children from low-income families never see a dentist prior entering kindergarten.
  • Every year, about 51 million school hours are lost due to various dental problems of children.
  • Currently, tooth decay is the leading chronic disease of children aged between 7 and 17. It is 7 times more common than hay fever and 5 times more common than asthma.

It is very important for everyone of us to pay proper attention on dental care issue. And it is very important to remember that for those who can not afford dental check-ups or dental care services, there are numerous government and charity programs to support nation’s dental health. To name just one: recently, the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation $11.7 million to local universities for free dental care services, for education programs and dental researches. The main purpose of these grants is to decrease the effects of overwhelming lack of dental care in modern society.

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