1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Action on Sugar and BDA’s Call for Reduction of Sugar in Children Foods

    1st November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty teeth Food manufacturers in the UK have been urged to comply and commit to the plan to reduce sugar levels in foods. This will go a long way toward fighting children’s obesity and dental problems.

    Key takeaways:

    • The Childhood Obesity Plan by government is a way to improve diet through phased reduction in the amount of sugar and sweetness in foods.
    • Action on Sugar supports the targeted 20 percent reduction in sugar which they believe is achievable by the year 2020 if food manufacturers commit to it.
    • The campaign to reduce sugar consumption in children has received widespread support from dentists; they advocate for measures that include effective public education, taxation, and changes to advertising and marketing

    The BDA is supporting Action on Sugar’s call for a reduction in the shocking levels of sugar in some popular foods, many of which are aimed at children.

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  7. Learn More about Teeth Grinding

    31st October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beauty Teeth grinding can be caused by tense jaw muscles or by a misaligned bite. Avoid chewing on objects such as pens and pencils, as well as chewing gum, since it leads to jaw clenching.

    Key takeaways:

    • Teeth grinding can be caused by anxiety, stress, sleep apnoea, other sleep disorders, and abnormal bite.
    • A sore jaw and a dull headache upon waking up may signal the problem of teeth grinding.
    •   You dentist will fit you with a mouthguard to prevent any further damage to the teeth. The underlying cause should be addressed to finally stop the grinding.

    The problem of teeth grinding is not limited to adults. Approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. Children who grind their teeth tend to do so at two peak times — when their baby teeth emerge and when their permanent teeth come in.

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  8. Your Next Dental Appointment Might Protect You from Pneumonia

    by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth smile beautyYour mouth contains lots of bacteria that are both useful and harmful to your health. You cannot get rid of all these bacteria, but regular dental cleaning eliminates “bad” bacteria that leads to health problems like pneumonia.

    Key takeaways:

    • Previous research has already established a connection between pneumonia and oral health.
    • Numerous microbes (bacteria, viruses) in the mouth are beneficial, but in certain conditions may lead to diseases.
    • Pneumonia-causing bacteria are inhaled, and regular dental cleaning will help to eliminate these bacteria.

    In her presentation, Dr. Doll acknowledged that people who see their dentist regularly are also likely to practice other healthy-mouth behaviors (like brushing and flossing regularly). They may also have healthier behaviors in general, which might affect their pneumonia risk, as well.

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  9. Coconut Pulling is No Better that Chewing Gum

    29th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beautyResearchers are finding the truth about coconut oil in dental health — that it leads to more plaque formation.

    Key takeaways:

    • Coconut oil is thought to pull out toxins from the mouth as these particles adhere to the fat and are then spat out.
    • Coconut oil was put to the test against sugar-free chewing gum to find out which of the two is the best in fighting off plaque.
    • Coconut oil was found to make the teeth dirtier and caused an increase in the levels of plaque in the entire mouth.

    We’re looking at a few of the ridiculous myths that are out there and trying to delve into them, and figure out what the truth is. The idea is to empower people to be a bit more knowledgeable about their own health.

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  10. Fossil Analysis of Teeth Reveals Human Diets

    28th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beauty Comparison of different teeth can helps show differences in diet across periods in the lifetime on an individual. Wisdom teeth that appear much later will have different information to the canines.

    Key takeaways:

    • Teeth are preserved very well when fossilized and hold lots of information in the form of isotopes. Newer and more advanced techniques have helped to study teeth.
    • Thick enamel on the molars indicates that they were used for crushing foods such as grinding seeds or crushing the marrow out of bones.
    • Dental microwear refers to the marks left behind by food on teeth that result from food particles being dragged across and pressed into our teeth.

    Teeth from more recent fossils reveal more because they have more isotopes preserved in them. For example, the nitrogen in the teeth of Neanderthals can reveal whether the protein they ate came from plants or animals.

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