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Tramore Dental

Dr Sorcha White
2 Queen St
Co Waterford
T: 051 381499

Opening hours
9.30 - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.30 - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9.30 - 7.00pm
Thursday 9.30 - 7.00pm
Friday 9.30 - 5.00pm
Saturday by appointment


News - November 2019

TV linked to sugar consumption and rotten teeth in children

dfdfdA new study has discovered that young people are one-third more likely to eat sugary foods (33%) and significantly more likely to have decaying teeth (39%), if they watch over an hour and a half of television each day.More than half (53%) of children who watch television for more than 90 minutes a day have some form of tooth decay. Youngsters who eat sugary foods while watching TV are also more than twice as likely to have decaying teeth than those who avoid them.Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes there needs to be a change in the snacking culture around television and says: “There is a clear relationship between the time children spend watching television and how much sugar they are consuming … The results are fillings and tooth extractions – both of which are preventable”.He continues: “Limiting the amount of television children watch, or where they watch it, could be a sensible and easy measure to improve children’s oral health. It would also have other health benefits to a child’s wellbeing”.Further findings from the study raise concerns around the impact that advertising sugary foods and drinks has on parents and children. The study shows that nearly three in four (72%) children ask their parents to buy food they see on television, and more than two in three (69%) parents go on to do so: “It is completely irresponsible to expose children to marketing campaigns that promote unhealthy foods and drinks”.

From: Dentalhealth.org


A secret in saliva: food and germs helped humans evolve into unique great ape

dfdfdTwo million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary tree. The evidence is in our saliva, according to new research from the University at Buffalo (UB), New York. The human diet – a result of increased meat consumption, cooking and agriculture – has led to differences in the saliva of humans compared to other primates. Human saliva is unique in that it is more water-based and contains a different mix of proteins to our cousins. "Salivary proteins in humans and other primates could be overlooked hotbeds of evolutionary activity," said Stefan Ruhl, lead investigator and Professor of Oral Biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine: "We knew already that evolutionary adaptations to a human-specific diet have resulted in obvious changes to jaws and teeth, as well as the oral microbiome. Our findings now open up the possibility that dietary differences and pathogenic pressures may have also shaped a distinct saliva in humans”. The researchers compared the salivary proteins of humans and our closest evolutionary relatives: gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as macaques. Key findings include:

  • overall protein content in human saliva was less than half of the amount in chimpanzees and gorillas, along with macaques; and,
  • human saliva is more adept at breaking down starch, modifying fat, and detecting key flavours in the human diet.
  • The study was published in Molecular Biology and Evolution. The research was supported by the American National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

    From: sciencedaily.com


    Antibiotics not necessary for most toothaches, according to new ADA guideline

    dfdfdThe American Dental Association (ADA) has announced a new guideline indicating that in most cases, antibiotics are not recommended for toothaches. This guidance, published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, aligns with the ADA's longstanding antibiotic stewardship efforts. Patients with toothaches are often prescribed antibiotics by physicians and dentists to help relieve signs and symptoms and prevent progression to a more serious condition. However, the new guideline and accompanying systematic review find that healthy adults experiencing a toothache are best served not by antibiotics but by dental treatment and, if needed, over-the-counter pain relievers. "Antibiotics are, of course, tremendously important medications," said Peter Lockhart, DDS, chair of the ADA expert panel that developed the guideline: "However, it's vital that we use them wisely so that they continue to be effective when absolutely needed”. Studies have shown that antibiotics, which are designed to stop or slow the growth of bacterial infections, don't necessarily help patients experiencing a toothache. In addition, antibiotics can cause serious side effects, and overuse has resulted in bacterial strains that are resistant to them. The guideline offers example scenarios when antibiotics may be prescribed for a toothache. "When dental treatment is not immediately available and the patient has signs and symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, or extreme tiredness, antibiotics may need to be prescribed," said Dr Lockhart: "But in most cases when adults have a toothache and access to dental treatment, antibiotics may actually do more harm than good”.

    From: medicalxpress.com.com