Monthly Archives: September 2016

Study Shows that Cavities are Contagious

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Cavities are Contagious

A recent study by the University fo Louisville in the United Stated has shown that cavities are contagious.

Cavities are a common dental condition, and now they are proven to be infectious. Common causes for transmission of the bacteria which causes cavities are parent to child infections. Parents who clean their child’s dummies in their own mouths or share spoons whilst feeding increase the risk of transferring oral bacteria which can erode teeth and cause cavities.

The study recommends good oral hygiene for both parents and children. Children especially are to be registered with a dentist as soon as milk teeth start to grow. Parents are encouraged to maintain their own oral health and observe that of their child to prevent infection and development of cavities.

Cavities are shown to be Contagious [via Science Daily]

Could Dentists Screen for Diabetes?

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Dentists Screen for Diabetes

Discussion has arisen as to whether to have dentists screen for diabetes. A number of studies carried out across the world in dental practices have produced positive results in increased diabetes diagnosis.

Dentists can test small samples of blood which can appear on the gums during routine dental treatment. This small step could help the estimated 8 million people in the United States who are unaware fo the fact they have diabetes. “If dentists can screen for diabetes, it may help people get treated sooner when we can get better results managing their disease,” said Sheila Strauss, a lead study author of the studies carried out in recent years.

The study she worked on targeted people who were most at risk of diabetes. Most of the patients in the study were over 45 years old, with any younger patients chosen due to being overweight or displaying another risk factor associated with diabetes. Finger prick and oral blood samples were taken and tested, with the success rate of both for detection of diabetes being roughly equal.

Training and equipment for dentists, would have to be provided, but the arguments for dentists to carry out diabetes tests are becoming more convincing.

Dentists might be able to screen for diabetes [via Reuters]

Guide to Children’s Dental Care Launched for Parents

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Guide to Children's Dental Care

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has launched a guide to children’s dental care for parents in an effort to bust dental myths and set children up for a life of good oral care.

The 11-page guide is available online, and covers the stages of milk teeth, when to start cleaning teeth, when to first visit the dentist, and maintaining good oral health. Broken down into age stages, the guide is quick and simple to understand, and confronts common misconceptions which can lead to poor habits and unsatisfactory oral care.

A dangerous myth which abounds is that milk teeth “don’t matter”. Highlighting this, a spokesperson for the BSPD said: “Your child’s baby teeth – also known as milk teeth – do matter and have an important role to play. They hold the space for second teeth to come through into but because the enamel is thin, they are highly susceptible.”

The guide has been launched to counteract the current downward spiral of children’s dental health in the UK, with one in three eight year old children showing signs of dental decay. Explaining the guide, the BSPD said its aim is to: “support parents to access accurate and easy to understand information. The kindest things a parent can do is pay attention to their child’s teeth from an early age. Our new guide explains how. We would strongly encourage all parents to ensure that their child is taken for a dental check as soon as their teeth come through and certainly before their first birthday. This allows families to get preventive advice before problems occur.”

A practical guide to children’s teeth [via the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry]

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