Your dental health could provide clues about your overall health

Taking care of our dental health is something we all do but did you know that maintaining it can also help affect our overall health?

Your dental health could provide clues about your overall healthLooking after our dental health should be no surprise for many since it’s one of the most basic lessons in hygiene that we learn early in our lives. This means that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, floss as much as we can (preferably after every meal) and going to the […]

Oral health plays an increasing role in overall health during ageing

Oral health is a critical component to overall health for all ages, but according to dental and medical experts from UConn Health, vigilance is especially critical for the elderly

Oral health plays an increasing role in overall health during ageingIn a review article recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the authors outline the potential complications that can arise from poor oral hygiene in older adults and cite the role of all health care professionals in working to promote good oral hygiene in this population. “All health care professionals should work […]

Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension, reveals study

People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a study published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension, reveals studyHigh blood pressure affects 30-45% of adults and is the leading global cause of premature death, 2 while periodontitis affects more than 50% of the world’s population. Senior author Professor Francesco D’Aiuto of UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK, said, “We observed a linear association—the more severe periodontitis is, the higher the probability of hypertension. The findings […]

Poor teeth-brushing habits can increase risk of developing cardiovascular diseases

The link between gum disease and heart attacks has long been known. The scary reality is that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease

Poor teeth-brushing habits can increase risk of developing cardiovascular diseasesA study found that people who brushed their teeth less than twice a day for less than two minutes had an increased risk for heart diseases. Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggests. Previous studies have found a link between […]

Is there a connection between menstruation and oral hygiene?

Menstruation gingivitis is a common oral problem women go through. It occurs due to hormonal fluctuations during the course of menstruation or before. Further gingivitis can also make you fall prey to periodontitis (tooth mobility)

Is there a connection between menstruation and oral hygiene?The surge in the production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone that occurs during menstruation increases the blood flow to the gums. In this process the gum tissues become red, soft, swollen and tender, further leading to conditions like bad breath, bleeding gums, bleeding while tooth brushing, gingival pain and discomfort while chewing hard foods. This condition is experienced one […]

Genes could play a role in tooth decay and gum disease, reveals study

Tooth decay and gum disease impact on illness and healthcare spending, yet the role of genetics in dental problems is largely unknown. New research led by an international team, including researchers at the University of Bristol, suggests hereditary traits and factors such as obesity, education and personality could play a role in tooth decay and gum disease

Genes could play a role in tooth decay and gum disease, reveals studyTooth decay and periodontitis, also known as gum disease, are among the most common diseases around the world but unlike many other well-known diseases knowledge of how genes affect the risk of developing these dental diseases is still limited. Researchers know that two people who eat the same things and take care of their mouth […]

Study warns: Undetected diabetes may double the risk of heart attack, periodontitis

New research finds an intriguing link between undetected blood sugar disorders and the development of heart attacks and severe gum disease

Study warns: Undetected diabetes may double the risk of heart attack, periodontitisPrevious research has pointed to a connection between periodontitis, a chronic condition that affects the gums and bones that support the teeth, and diabetes. The latter is a major risk factor for the former, with data showing that people with diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontitis. Also, the risk of mortality from […]

Childhood oral infections associated with high risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood

A Finnish 27-year follow-up study suggests that common oral infections in childhood, caries and periodontal diseases, are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood

Childhood oral infections associated with high risk of atherosclerosis in adulthoodThe association between childhood oral infections and adulthood carotid atherosclerosis was observed in The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, an on-going prospective cohort. “The observation is novel, since there are no earlier follow-up studies on childhood oral infections and the risk of cardiovascular diseases,” says docent Pirkko Pussinen from the University of Helsinki. More […]

Severe gum disease could lead to pancreatic cancer 

The study found Treponema denticola, bacteria that causes periodontitis, could potentially cause cancer. This study's finding was originally published in the British Journal of Cancer. These studies have demonstrated for the first time that the virulence factors of the central pathogenic bacteria underlying gum disease are able to spread from the mouth to other parts of the body

Severe gum disease could lead to pancreatic cancer Periodontitis, or gum disease, is characterised by the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the base of the teeth, or the gums. In its more advanced stages, periodontitis might lead to the destruction of the gums and even begin to attack the bone that holds teeth in place. As if living with the symptoms of periodontitis […]

‘Consumption of supari leads to cancer’

Consumption of supari causes periodontitis, buccal mucositis, sub mucous fibrosis and leucoplakia, leading to oral squamous cell cancer. The regular use of areca nut stains the mucosa, gums and teeth, stated Anupriya Patel, the Minister Of State In The Ministry Of Health And Family Welfare in Lok Sabha

‘Consumption of supari leads to cancer’The consumption of supari causes periodontitis, buccal mucositis, sub mucous fibrosis and leucoplakia, leading to oral squamous cell cancer. The regular use of areca nut stains the mucosa, gums and teeth. To prevent use of supari, all States/Union Territories have issued orders for implementation of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales), […]