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New Worrying Trends In Dental Care

Today’s dental specialists can’t stop bumping into more and more risks that we tend to expose ourselves to. In addition to the current decreasing demand for regular dental services and a certain decline in dental treatments, new health surveys reveal that more and more people in the UK are failing to observe the principal rules of basic dental care this way highly increasing their chances to suffer from serious dental problems including gum disease. This is considered the most common cause of tooth loss in modern adult people, and the experts from the company-manufacturer of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste conducted a survey in order to understand the present time’s tendencies in personal dental care of the Brits.

gum diseaseIt turned out that 17% of people brush their teeth as much as  just once a day leaving their gums and tooth enamel exposed to a great number of risks, primarily plaque formation. One of every three British people never flosses, and only 14% of the Brits reported flossing once a day, the rest just floss once in a while.

Moreover, about 30% of the respondent reported never using mouthwashes though they are well aware of the fact the rinsing can assist in lowering the risks of gum disease. In addition, the majority of the participants of this survey have stated that they use mouthwashes mostly with the purpose of refreshing their breath. Not a better situation turned out to be about choosing the best toothpaste and mouthwash. About 60% of the participants stated that they do not give much of thought about getting stuck with one particular brand of these dental care products. Actually, they say that they usually opt for the dental care product which can be purchased for a cheap promotion price.

The scientists at Eludril and Elgydium are worried and disappointed, because the findings of this survey is more than dejecting. “People with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease,” says a spokesman for Eludril and Elgydium. “Also, pregnant women with gum disease can be up to seven times more likely to have a baby born too early and too small. Recent evidence also suggests a link between gum disease and breast cancer.” It is very important to pay a proper attention on our basic dental care in order to avoid gum disease and other serious dental problems.

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Omega 3 Products Can Help Us Lower Risks Of Gum Disease

Specialists do not stop reminding us that eating a healthy and balanced diet is very important for maintaining good dental health. In particular, according to a new research carried out by a group of the experts of Harvard Medical School, Boston, it is essential to provide your body with sufficient amounts of Omega 3 fatty acid which mainly can be found in oily fish like tuna, salmon, cod, herring, etc., as well as in other natural sources (walnuts, flaxseeds and so on). The researchers have found scientific evidence of the fact that regular consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids is closely linked to lower risks of gum disease or periodontitis (bacterial inflammation at the gum line).

lower risks of gum diseaseThe scientists leaded by Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal reviewed diet habits and studied medical histories of more that 9,000 participants of the previous experiments and researches by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. About 8 per cent of those had gum disease, and those of the other participants who reported high consumption of omega-3 rich products had almost 22 per cent less chances of developing gum disease.

Dr. K. J. Mukamal comments on the study as the following. “The bacteria involved seem to need inflammation to grow. Indeed, anti-inflammatory treatment with omega-3’s seems to help experimental periodontitis in rabbits. Our hope was to extend that to humans.” The scientist also underlines that further studies and experiments are necessary to find out in what exact ways omega 3 fatty acids can protect us against gum disease and inflammations, and whether the effects of these natural compound should be associated only with fish oil or not.

It is a known fact that Omega 3 fatty acids have a vast variety of health benefits and therapeutic effects on many body systems. This natural product is an excellent natural solution which can protect us against stroke and heart attack, reduce our chances of having cancer, assist in weight loss and improve our brain function. To enjoy all these benefits, specialists suggest eating 2-3 portions of oily fish every week. The property to lower risks of gum disease now can find its place among these advantages of regular oily fish consumption. Read more about the findings of this important study in November issue of Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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Periodontal (Gum) Disease and Its Prevention

Periodontal or gum disease is one of the chronic inflammatory diseases caused by bacteria attacking the tissues that surround and support your teeth (gums or gingivitis). This is one of the most dangerous and most frequent dental problems which nowadays can be found in every three of four Americans over 35. At the same time, according to the research carried out by Harris Interactive Inc, only 60% of adult Americans have enough information on how to recognize the symptoms and prevent gum disease. Many people are also not aware about the fact that this disease is one of the leading reasons of tooth loss.

Periodontal disease usually starts with formation of bacteria (or plaque) around your teeth, that within the time accumulates and hardens into calculus (or tartar). After this, bacteria begin affecting the gums around your teeth, so such effects as bleeding or receding gums, sensitive or swollen gums can take place. On the second stage of the disease, bacteria can grow below the gumline and affect the teeth, make them lose and damage the connective tissues.

Gum Disease Development

Gum Disease Development

Therefore, the following symptoms must give you a signal about inflammation and possible serious problems with your gums:

•    Bleeding gums;
•    Swollen or sore gums;
•    Too red or too pale gums;
•    Gum recessions;
•    Painful teeth;
•    Loose or shifting teeth;
•    Bad breath.

On its early stages gum disease can be quite painless and hard to be detected. Certainly, the earlier the disease is detected, the more effective medical treatment will be. Generally, the treatment is aimed on removing the tartar from the roots of teeth and assisting gums in healing and reattaching. Modern medicine offers the following options for periodontal disease treatment: operative procedures, laser treatment, antibiotic treatments, scaling and root planing, medications and other periodontal procedures.

The specialists recommend regular dental check-ups and healthy diet as the most effective preventive measures for gum disease. Do not delay seeing your dentist after you have noticed the first symptoms of possible inflammation in your gums. Also, always remember that proper dental care (regular brushing, flossing, as well as visiting your dentist twice a year) is sufficient for keeping you gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime!

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