Study links severe gum disease to raised dementia risk

Oral health plays an increasing role in overall health during ageing

In 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 […]

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Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension, reveals study

High 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 […]

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

A 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 […]

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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 […]

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

Tooth 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 […]

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

Previous 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 […]

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Childhood oral infections associated with high risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood

The 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 […]

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‘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), […]

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