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Tramore Dental

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

Opening hours
Monday
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 - July 2019

What to know about antibiotics and tooth infections

dfdfdA tooth infection, or an abscessed tooth, generally occurs as a result of tooth decay and poor oral hygiene. However, it can also develop due to previous dental work or traumatic injury.
When an infection occurs, it causes a pocket of pus to form in the mouth as a result of an overgrowth of bacteria. This infection often causes swelling, pain, and sensitivity in the area. Without treatment, the infection may spread to other areas of the jaw or even the brain.
As one article notes, up to 91% of adults aged 20-64 have cavities. Also, around 27% of people in the same age group have untreated tooth decay. Treating tooth decay early is important to prevent complications such as tooth infections.
Anyone who experiences a tooth infection should see a dentist right away to prevent the infection from spreading. One of the first things a dentist will likely recommend is an antibiotic to kill the infection.
Dentists will typically only recommend antibiotics in dentistry for tooth infections. However, not all infected teeth require antibiotics. In some cases, a dentist may simply be able to drain the infected area, remove the infected tooth, or perform a root canal to fix the issue.
They tend to avoid recommending antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary, such as when the infection is severe or spreading, or if a person has a weakened immune system. Although antibiotics can help clear a tooth infection, it is important to use the appropriate antibiotic in each situation.

From: Medicalnewstoday.com

 

Good oral hygiene could prevent stroke

dfdfdEnsuring good oral hygiene could help to prevent stroke. Scientists have proposed this after finding DNA traces of oral bacteria in samples of blood clots that caused strokes.
Researchers from Tampere University in Finland analysed clot samples from 75 people who had suffered an ischaemic stroke. The researchers found that 79% of the samples bore DNA from common oral bacteria. Most of the bacteria belong to a group that scientists call viridans streptococci.
The levels of the oral bacteria were much higher in the blood clot samples than they were in other samples that surgeons took from the same patients. The team reported the findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The study forms part of a larger investigation that Tampere University is conducting into the role of bacteria in cardiovascular diseases. This investigation has already found that blood clots that have caused heart attacks, brain aneurysms and thromboses in leg veins and arteries, contain oral bacteria, particularly viridans streptococci. The researchers believe that the new study is the first to implicate viridans streptococci in acute ischaemic stroke.
In discussing the implications of the results, the authors note that streptococci bacteria from the mouth can cause serious infection, such as of the heart valves. The researchers note that while the results show that oral bacteria are involved, it is still unclear whether they cause strokes or play bystander role.
In the meantime, they suggest: "Regular dental care should be emphasised in the primary prevention of [acute ischaemic stroke]”.

From: Medicalnewstoday.com

 

Brush your teeth – postpone Alzheimer's

dfdfdResearchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have discovered a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
"We discovered DNA-based proof that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain," says researcher Piotr Mydel of the University of Bergen.
The bacteria produce a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain, which in turn leads to loss of memory and ultimately, Alzheimer’s. Mydel points out that the bacteria do not cause Alzheimer’s alone, but the presence of these bacteria raises the risk for developing the disease substantially. However, the good news is that this study shows that there are some things you can do yourself to slow down Alzheimer’s.
"Brush your teeth and use floss," says Mydel and adds that it is important, especially if you have established gingivitis and have Alzheimer’s in your family, to go to your dentist regularly and clean your teeth properly.
Researchers have previously discovered that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain where the harmful enzymes they excrete can destroy the nerve cells in the brain. Now, for the first time, Mydel has DNA evidence for this process from human brains. Mydel and his colleagues examined 53 persons with Alzheimer’s and discovered the enzyme in 96% of cases.
"We have managed to develop a drug that blocks the harmful enzymes from the bacteria, postponing the development of Alzheimer’s. We are planning to test this drug later this year”, says Mydel. .

From: Sciencedaily.com