1. DNA of Ancient Teeth Reveals Dog, Human Link

    14th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth healthDNA analysis of fossils indicates that even 7000 years ago, dogs had the ability to digest starch — just like humans.

    Key takeaways:

    • A team of researchers has come across genetic evidence that both humans and dogs developed the ability to digest starch at the same time.
    • Through DNA analysis of fossils unearthed in Eurasia, the researchers identified copies of the AQmy2B gene, known to help digest starches.
    • The ability to digest starch is a unique characteristic among canines and it allowed dogs to co-exist with human beings.

    The finding also indicates that dogs likely developed a means for digesting starches during the same time period as did humans, a sign that dogs and humans were co-existing and that both were gaining an ability to live at least partly off the crops that humans learned to grow.

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  2. Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Negatively Affect Sleep

    13th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    sugar health teeth sleepBreaking the sugar habit may call for a method that is rarely thought about. Getting sufficient sleep is the remedy to the sugar cravings linked to sleep loss.

    Key takeaways:

    • People will drink significantly more sugar sweetened and caffeinated drinks if they get little sleep.
    • Sleeping for less than five hours predisposed people to drinking 21 percent more sugar sweetened, caffeinated beverages.
    • By improving their sleep, people can then improve on their ability to break the habit and limit their sugar intake.

    “We think there may be a positive feedback loop where sugary drinks and sleep loss reinforce one another, making it harder for people to eliminate their unhealthy sugar habit,” said lead author Aric Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry.

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  3. Women’s Everyday Stressors Leading to Bruxism

    11th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    dentist TMJ teeth grinding,Increasing numbers of women are grinding their teeth in their sleep. Teeth grinding will in most instances be noted by a partner. A dentist can help with this serious problem.

    Key takeaways:

    •   An estimated 6 million people in Britain suffer from bruxism with an increasing number of cases in middle-aged women.
    •     Bruxism may cause problems such as migraines, jaw pain, earaches, and chipped tooth enamel among others.
    •  The major cause of bruxism is stress. Everyday stressors such as juggling jobs, family, childcare and ageing parents are predisposing women to teeth grinding.

    When we sleep, any worries or concerns we have, even if only in our subconscious mind, can lead to clenching, nocturnal grinding and, in some cases, pain and dysfunction of the jaw muscles.

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  4. Regularly Brushing Your Teeth Could Help Prevent a Heart Attack

    10th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth, oral health, dental health, Plaque-fighting toothpaste can be used to protect heart health. These are the results of a small study looking into the effects of oral health on heart health. The effect was similar to taking stating drugs, without the side effects.

    Key takeaways:

    • Thoroughly brushing teeth with toothpaste to remove plaque helps to keep gums healthy, preventing damaging inflammation in arteries which reduces risk of stroke and heart attacks.
    • Using plaque-fighting toothpaste was successful in removing plaque with a 29 percent drop in inflammation levels.
    • Other measures that help prevent accumulation of plaque include reducing sugar consumption.

    The reduction in C-reactive protein seen with the better tooth cleaning could translate into a reduced risk of heart disease, but this would require a much larger and longer-term study to prove.

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  5. What Dental Problems Reveal About Your Health

    8th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth, oral health, dental health, It is recommended that we should brush the teeth at least twice every day. Not to be forgotten are the semi-annual dental visits for checkups and to rule out any oral health problems.

    Key takeaways:

    • Cavities are caused by sugary foods and should be filled as soon as possible to prevent damage to nerves.
    • Bad breath could be a pointer to gum disease, a gut problem or post-nasal drip. A dental visit will diagnose the root cause of the problem.
    • Cankers and cold sores are a source of concern if they persist for 2 or 3 weeks. See your dentist to get the cold sores treated.

    “Research shows that infections in the mouth can travel via the bloodstream, permeating organs and your immune system,” says Dr. Habsha. “Studies have linked poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and periodontal disease to a number of illnesses, including heart and respiratory disease.”

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  6. Veterinarians Fear That Anesthesia-Free Dentistry May Cause Greater Harm

    7th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    dogs teeth anaesthesiaNormally, dental procedures in pets are carried out under general procedures. However, there have been considerations to carry out teeth cleaning without anesthesia.

    Key takeaways:

    • Just as human beings brush their teeth, dogs and cats require regular teeth cleaning.
    • Keeping the pet awake during the teeth cleaning procedure has potential for risks such as severe injuries to the gums and tongue caused by dental equipment.
    • For the animal, the procedure is scary and may lead to high stress levels making them anxious and restless.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association recently stated dental cleanings for pets should be done under anesthesia, but some veterinarians said, for certain pets who can’t handle anesthesia, cleaning without it might be the only option.

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  7. Dog Teeth Cleaning Is Important For Good Oral Health

    6th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth dogs cleaningMajority of dogs suffer from periodontal disease by the time they reach their third birthday. Proper dental care combined with regular checkups will prevent onset of the disease.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dental cleaning helps get rid of plaque and tartar that builds on your pet’s teeth.
    • Clean the dog’s teeth cleaning on a daily basis to avoid problems such as bad breath, tooth loss, bleeding gums, and the inability to eat. However, make sure you use toothpaste made specifically for dogs — as human toothpaste is toxic for dogs.
    • Bacteria in the oral cavity may find its way into blood circulation causing systemic infections and diseases. Oral health is a reflection of overall health — in humans, and in pets.

    A pet having healthy teeth means a pet having better breath. Dental diseases can generate problems for a pet.

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  8. The Meaning of the Dream about Teeth Falling Out

    4th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty teeth Dreams are very much part of our sleep cycle occurring during REM sleep. For many people, their dreams do not make a lot of sense and may end feeling confused.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dreaming of losing your teeth can be terrifying and you may end up wondering what it all means.
    • Dreaming about the teeth indicates you are considering how confident and assertive you are.
    • Dreaming of wobbly teeth and teeth that are falling off suggest that you are losing your confidence in certain situations.

    Clenching together your teeth together in your dream suggests that you are trying to resolve the situation by simply gritting your teeth and saying nothing.

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  9. Women AND Men Opting for Botox Injections

    3rd November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile, beauty, botox, If you’re sad seeing those little wrinkles and lines on your face, you’re certainly not alone. Botox has become a popular treatment for both women and men who want to keep their youthful good looks.

    Key takeaways:

    • Injecting botulimum toxin type A (Botox) into facial muscles inhibits muscle action, thereby decreasing forehead furrowing, frown-lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
    • Botox can effectively combat excessive perspiration in the underarms, palms and soles of feet, known as hyperhydrosis.
    • Results last up to 4 months. Repeated injections visibly improve the appearance of the skin. These anti-wrinkle treatments are a preventative treatment.

    Brotox has risen over 40% over the past year, with up to one in five patients now male. What was once considered a procedure predominantly for women has seen a huge surge in popularity amongst men.

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  10. Growing Evidence Indicates That Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Unwarranted

    2nd November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beauty The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has advised against the removal of the third molars in patients who don’t have a problem. The removal of wisdom teeth is advised only when there are problems caused by wisdom teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Wisdom teeth may be impacted, may be infected, may cause tooth decay, push other teeth, cause cysts and cause excessive pain.
    • Dental experts are questioning if the wisdom teeth extraction is really necessary for cases without these problems.
    • Studies have shown that the risks of surgery far outweigh the risk of keeping wisdom teeth.

    The APHA also approved a policy that year saying the concerns of leaving wisdom teeth in don’t justify the risk of surgery – which aren’t small. Aside from associated risks of anaesthetic, the surgery can lead to possible nerve damage, loss of the sense of taste, and sometimes even death.

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