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

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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 - August 2019

Electric toothbrushes win the head-to-head against manual in record breaking new study

dfdfdElectric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums much better than manual toothbrushes, according to the findings of a new study. Scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush. The ground-breaking research took 11 years to complete and is the longest study of its kind into the effectiveness of electric versus manual brushing. Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter believes this study backs up what smaller studies have previously suggested: “Health experts have been speaking about the benefits of electric toothbrushes for many years. This latest piece of evidence is one of the strongest and clearest yet – electric toothbrushes are better for our oral health. Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or 'oscillating' heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. As the science behind the advantages of electric toothbrushes is mounting, the decision whether to invest in one becomes much easier.” For those who use a manual toothbrush, the cost of going electric is often a turn off. However, Dr Carter says that electric toothbrushes are more accessible than ever before: “As technology has developed, the cost of having an electric toothbrush becomes even more affordable”. Further findings from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that electric toothbrushes resulted in 22% less gum recession and 18% less tooth decay over the 11-year period.

From: Dentalhealth.org


Excessive computer use linked to poor oral health in teenagers

dfdfdThree hours of computer use each day is enough to put a teenager at risk of poor oral health, a new study reveals. An examination of more than 1,500 18 year olds showed that those who spend more time on computers are significantly more likely to neglect their oral health. Researchers found that they were less likely to brush their teeth, floss and visit the dentist. The results are particularly worrying for boys, where twice-daily brushing dropped below 50% for those with excessive computer use.
Youngsters with a high level of computer use are up to 25% more likely to suffer from bleeding gums, and almost twice as likely to be absent from school because of dental pain.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes the results could call for information about the dangers of excessive computer use to be included in educational programmes promoting healthy lifestyles.
Dr Carter says: “There is growing evidence to suggest that computer use is linked with a number of health problems for teenagers. Much of the attention in the past has focussed on its relationships with obesity, smoking, drinking and changes in behaviour. However, we are now seeing signs that it could affect a person’s oral health as well”.
While computers can provide a necessary and important distraction, children should prioritise their oral health, says Dr Carter: “There is an urgent need for more education; both on the consequences of excessive computer use, and the benefits of maintaining good oral hygiene”.

From: Dentalhealth.org


Study ties unhealthy gums to liver cancer risk

dfdfdA large study has found that those who reported having poor oral health had a 75% higher risk of developing liver cancer. Previous studies have already established that gums and teeth that are in poor health are a risk factor for a number of long-term conditions.
Haydée W.T. Jordão from the Centre of Public Health at Queen's University Belfast says: "However, there is inconsistent evidence on the association between poor oral health and specific types of gastrointestinal cancers, which is what our research aimed to examine”.
Jordão is the lead author of a recent United European Gastroenterology Journal paper on the study.
The researchers drew on data from the UK Biobank project. The final dataset included information on more than 490,000 adults who were between 40 and 69 years of age when they signed up from 2006-2010. Among these, 4,069 developed gastrointestinal cancer over an average follow-up of six years.
Of the individuals who developed digestive cancer, 13% had reported having poor oral health at the start of the study period. The researchers defined poor oral health as "painful gums, bleeding gums, and/or having loose teeth”. They tracked the incidence of gastrointestinal cancer through cancer registries. The analysis found no link between oral health and overall risk of gastrointestinal cancer. However, there was a strong link to hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common of the adult cancers that start in the liver. The analysis showed that having poor oral health was tied to a 75% higher risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma. .

From: Medicalnewstoday.com