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

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


News - December 2018

Tooth brushing habits tied to risk of heart disease

dfdfdBrushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste can lower your risk of heart disease according to a new study. The study examined the tooth-brushing habits of nearly 700 adults and investigated the risk of having or dying from a heart attack, heart failure or stroke. It also highlighted the likelihood that poor oral health can lead to poor general health.
In response to these findings, the Oral Health Foundation stresses the importance of taking good care of your oral health, believing it can provide benefits that go far beyond the mouth.
Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “Findings like this may sound slightly scary to hear but it could prove to be just the push we need to take better care of our oral health.
“This study adds to the growing scientific evidence that there is a strong link between the health of our mouth and that of our body. For many years, gum disease has been linked with conditions like strokes, diabetes, dementia, and pregnancy outcomes. These are all serious conditions that could impact on a person’s quality of life.”
The new study was presented during an American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago. It follows European research conducted earlier this year which highlighted a link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction. Dr Carter adds that brushing twice a day, cleaning in between your teeth once a day and regular visits to the dentist are the best way to avoid problems like gum disease.

From: www.dentalhealth.org


What to do to keep gums healthy

dfdfdGum disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, a person can take many steps to prevent and even reverse gum disease.

1. Brush teeth properly:

  • brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste;
  • replace your toothbrush every three to four months;
  • brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gums;
  • move the toothbrush in short strokes and press gently; and,
  • clean the insides of the front teeth by turning the brush vertically and making several short strokes along each tooth.

2. Choose the right toothpaste
When choosing a toothpaste, a person should ensure that it contains fluoride.

3. Floss daily
Flossing removes food and plaque from between the teeth and gums. If food and plaque remain in these areas, this can lead to tartar, which is a hard build-up of bacteria that only a dentist can remove. Tartar can lead to gum disease.

4. Rinse your mouth out with care
When a person washes their mouth out with water after brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, they wash away the fluoride. Conversely, when a person rinses their mouth out after eating, they may rinse away food and bacteria that can lead to plaque and tartar.

5. Use mouthwash.
However, it is not a replacement for brushing or flossing.

6. Get regular dental checkups
Dental checkups typically include a professional cleaning of the mouth. Professional cleaning is the only way to remove tartar.

7. Stop smoking
Smoking makes a person more susceptible to gum disease because it weakens the immune system.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.org


Irish Famine victims' heavy smoking led to dental decay, new research reveals

dfdfdGreat Irish Famine victims were heavy smokers which caused badly rotten teeth, researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand and Queen's University Belfast (QUB) have discovered. The research was carried out on the teeth of 363 adult victims of the Great Irish Famine, who died in the Kilkenny Union Workhouse between 1847 and 1851.
The findings show poor oral health among most of the famine victims, with 80% of the adult remains showing evidence of tooth decay, and over half missing teeth. There were also revealing signs of pipe smoking marks on their teeth.
This is the first study that explores the relationship between smoking and oral health in an archaeological sample of a historical population. Prof. Eileen Murphy, from QUB explains this research is important as the current clinical understanding of how smoking affects oral health is not fully understood, and this study adds to that discourse: "As well as this, the study also gives us a unique insight into the living conditions of the working classes in Victorian Irish society at the time of the Great Famine”.
Dr Jonny Geber, from the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago says: "We believe the bad condition of the teeth studied was because of widespread pipe smoking in both men and women, rather than their diet of potatoes and milk, as a comparative study of the 20th century population on the same diet didn't have the same evidence of poor oral health".

From: www.sciencedaily.com