Simple and effective remedies to treat toothache at home

 These home remedies are meant to provide temporary relief only. It is important to seek immediate treatment from a dentist once a toothache lasts for more than a day or two

Simple and effective remedies to treat toothache at homeA toothache is a pain in and around the teeth and jaws. Tooth decay, an infection, loose or broken fillings, or receding gums can cause it. If the pain lasts for more than 1 or 2 days, it is best to see a dentist immediately to have it treated. Until then, the following simple remedies […]

Want to keep your blood pressure steady? Don’t forget to brush and floss

Researchers reported Monday that in adults whose hypertension was being treated with medications, systolic blood pressure - which measures pressure in the vessels when the heart beats - got higher as the health of their teeth and gums declined

Want to keep your blood pressure steady? Don’t forget to brush and flossCompared to hypertensive patients who had no signs of periodontal disease, those with inflamed gums were 20% less likely to have gotten their blood pressure within healthy limits. In addition, patients whose dental health was poor had systolic blood pressure readings that were 3 mm HG higher, on average, than similar patients with healthy gums. […]

Tooth loss linked to malnutrition risk in older adults

The results showed that more than 25 per cent of the patients had malnutrition or were at risk for malnutrition. The researchers saw a trend in which patients with 10 to 19 teeth were more likely to be at risk for malnutrition

Tooth loss linked to malnutrition risk in older adultsOlder adults are at risk for both impaired oral health and malnutrition, according to a study by Rutgers University researchers. The study, recently published in the Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, analysed the health records of 107 community-dwelling senior citizens treated at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic between 2015 to 2016. […]

Know the measures to have best oral health

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Oral heath includes fresh breath, strong teeth and healthy gums. That's why it's important to brush every day, and also to get regular check-ups and cleanings at the dentist’s office

Know the measures to have best oral healthOral diseases are the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and affect people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and even death. Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. WHO defines oral health as “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat […]

Here’s why dental care should not be ignored during pregnancy

Dental care has greatly progressed in India. The visit to the dentist gone from being pain-oriented to become prevention-oriented. However, there are certain areas in dental care which are as yet not considered as important as medical care by the population at large

Here’s why dental care should not be ignored during pregnancyThis article will discuss and focus on aspects of antenatal dental care for the mother. Compulsory dental check-up of women after confirmation of pregnancy Dental check-up of a woman should be done in the first trimester of her pregnancy. Hormonal changes may lead to swelling of gums called pregnancy gingivitis. They should brush their teeth […]

Here’s how you can self-examine oral cancer symptoms

Every day, Mumbai's state-run Government Dental College and Hospital witnesses around 300-500 patients in the OPD (Out Patient Department). As many as 2,281 patients, with pre-oral cancer symptoms, are identified in the last two years. To spread the awareness among the people, St George Hospital, recently, launched a programme on oral health  

Here’s how you can self-examine oral cancer symptomsMumbai’s state-run Government Dental College and Hospital, has started a programme to create awareness among people about oral hygiene. The doctors are teaching the patients, through a demo, how to conduct a self-oral examination. Doctors say, by following these simple steps, a common man can identify the symptoms of oral cancer. If you happen to […]

Visiting your dentist before cancer surgery can reduce complications post-surgery

Patients undergoing major cancer surgery might reduce their risk of post-operative pneumonia by seeing a dentist beforehand, a study from Japan suggests

Visiting your dentist before cancer surgery can reduce complications post-surgeryPatients who visited a dentist were slightly less likely to have post-surgery pneumonia or die within 30 days of surgery, the study authors found. “Oral care is one option for preventing post-operative pneumonia as post-operative pneumonia can be precipitated by aspiration of oral and pharyngeal secretions,” said lead researcher Miho Ishimaru of the University of […]

Soon: Dental colleges to start tobacco cessation centres

The Dental Council of India (DCI) has directed 310 dental colleges across the country to set-up Tobacco Cessation Centres (TCCs) with a vision to help build the capacity of aspiring dental students and to help tobacco users quit it

Soon: Dental colleges to start tobacco cessation centresThe need for such centres has been felt lately in view of rising oral cancer cases in India. Presently, Institute of Behavioural, Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital have three TCC centres in Delhi. This program is actively targeted at younger persons using tobacco, women users, rural populations […]

Your mouth bacteria can influence the health of your lungs: Study

These bacteria were found predominantly in seniors with more plaque, more cavities, and fewer teeth. Additionally, the study found more fungi in these seniors' microbiotas, as well as among those who wore dentures

Your mouth bacteria can influence the health of your lungs: StudyThe new study was carried out by a team of Japanese-based scientists affiliated with the Kyushu University in Fukuoka. Dr Yoshihisa Yamashita, from the Division of Oral Health, Growth, and Development in the Faculty of Dental Science at Kyushu, is the corresponding author of the study. As Dr Yamashita and his colleagues explain in their […]

Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased heart disease risk

People who lose two or more teeth during middle age may be more likely to develop heart disease, scientists have found. A study of nearly 61,000 adults aged between 45 and 69 showed those who lost two or more teeth had a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who didn't lose any teeth

Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased heart disease riskLosing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests. “In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased […]
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