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Fluoride In Water Assists In Tooth Decay Prevention

Fluoride In WaterIt is a known fact that the presence of fluoride in water we drink or use for brushing out teeth is a controversial issue. Many of the experts point to negative effects of fluoridated water and argue for removing this chemical element from our drinking water. Studies have shown that fluoride in water leads to a variety of problems with our digestive system, including even such serious health condition as stomach ulcer. Besides, fluoride overdose which can possibly be a result of using fluoridated water, can have serious negative effects on our bone structure, leading to a variety of bone health related problems. In addition to the mentioned facts, excessive fluoride in water can be especially dangerous for little children whose body is still developing and can be really very sensitive to any chemical imbalances in the daily diet or drinking water quality.

On the other hand, fluoride is a chemical vital for our excellent dental health. It is a component of almost all dental care products like tooth pastes or mouthwashes because it helps prevent most of the known dental diseases and dental conditions. According to the most recent findings of an international scientific team, those people who use fluoridated drinking water have lower risks of tooth decay, one of the most common dental health conditions which usually results in quite serious dental problem including tooth loss. The research group based at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) at the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry, found some strong evidence to the fact that those people who use fluoridated water have better dental health since fluoride in water can play a role of a very effective instrument for tooth decay prevention. At that, as the study leaders underlined, the mentioned benefits can be clearly traced in adult people rather than in kids and teenagers.

For the study, the scientists analyzed extended data collected on over 3800 people of Australia continent aged 15+. The participants were asked to answer a number of questions about their current dental health, their dental care habits, and also the water they usual use. Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson, one of  the study leaders and the director of ARCPOH at the University of Adelaide, said that the main idea was to focus mainly on adult participants since the effects of fluoride in water on kids are more or less researched. “We’ve known for some time that fluoridated drinking water can prevent tooth decay in children, but this is the first time that research has conclusively shown this in an adult population,” he said. After analyzing the data and looking closer at the results, the scientists came to the conclusion that those adult people who used fluoridated water for about 75 per cent of their lifetime enjoyed up to 30 per cent more effective tooth decay prevention compared to those who used fluoridated water for less than 25 per cent of their lifetime.

Thus, longer exposure to fluoridated water brings to more significant benefits, the Australian researchers are convinced. In addition to that, the scientists came to one more quite interesting conclusion. “Even those people who were born before water fluoridation existed have since received some benefit in their lifetimes,” Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson said. The study leader underlined the importance of the findings of his scientific group on the background on the unfolding public controversy related to the effects of fluoride in water on our overall and dental health. He said that the discovered links should contribute to supporting using fluoridated water by all adult Australians and people around the world. The findings of the scientific group of the University of Adelaide were published earlier this month in the Journal of Dental Research, and if you want to find more information, see the detailed report about the study in this webpage.

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Seaweed Give A Clue To Tooth Decay Prevention

tooth decay preventionUndoubtedly, tooth decay and cavities are among the commonest conditions, both in the framework of dental health and our overall health. Overwhelming majority of people suffer from this problem, spending thousands of dollars annually for dental fillings or special preventive dental care products. Tooth decay prevention is an objective for many scientific studies, and dental specialists around the world are looking for effective tooth decay treatment technologies, based on natural or synthesized materials. World’s leading scientists are studying various chemical elements, herbal remedies, plants and seeds, animal products, and various microbes. A group of British dental health experts at Newcastle University went deep under waters in their search for possible tooth decay treatment clues, and they were lucky to find special seaweed enzymes which have amazing effects on tooth enamel and can assist in preventing tooth decay.

Special types of microbes, Bacillus licheniformis, found in seaweed were proven effective for cleaning tooth enamel from harmful dental bacteria which commonly cause plaque formation, tooth decay and cavities. The laboratory tests at Newcastle University have shown that the discovered bacteria can effectively stop the development of dental bacteria formation, this way protecting our tooth enamel from decay. Moreover, the researchers underline that the main advantage of using this potential tooth decay prevention and treatment technology is the following: it is possible to use this effects to reach the areas between our teeth which is hard or even impossible to reach by tooth brush, this way substantially decreasing the risks of tooth decay and all related risks of serious dental problems. At that, the enzymes were discovered to cut through the existing plaques and kill all harmful dental bacteria, this way neutralizing even the existing plaque.

This discovery can open a way to creating a brand new amazing revolutionary tooth decay treatment and prevention. Newcastle experts underline that it is possible to maximize preventive effects of the enzymes by adding newly discovered compounds into tooth pastes or mouth washes, which can assist reaching the most hidden parts and areas in our mouth. “Plaque on your teeth is made up of bacteria which join together to colonise an area in a bid to push out any potential competitors. Traditional toothpastes work by scrubbing off the plaque containing the bacteria – but that’s not always effective – which is why people who religiously clean their teeth can still develop cavities,” said Dr Nick Jakubovics, of the study leaders and a specialist at school of dental sciences in Newcastle University. The scientists say that the found enzymes can have really amazing effects and successfully remove killing bacteria from dental plaque.

Dr Jakubovics explained that when dental bacteria cells die, the sticky substance is formed, and tooth brushing is mainly directed on removing this sticky substance or scrubbing off the plaque entirely. The advantage of newly discovered tooth decay prevention enzymes is neutralizing dental bacteria and preventing sticky substance formation, this way substantially decreasing our risks of tooth decay and making stripping our tooth enamel unnecessary. He said that further studies required to prove the safety of newly discovered method, but Newcastle researches are very hopeful about their proposal. The findings are to be presented at an annual meeting of the Society for Applied Microbiology, and it is expected to receive funds from this organization for further research by Newcastle scientific group right after the presentation.

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