Latest Dental News

By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell

Find out the latest dental news here; there are constant developments in the world of dentistry, from toothpaste to dangers of gum infections.

I'll be adding news here as it comes along, with links to the authority publishing the news and my personal opinions.

Be sure to bookmark this page, and come back regularly to keep up to date!

An article in the British Dental Journal says that over-the-counter tooth-whitening products may damage tooth enamel. Five over-the-counter products - available from Boots and Superdrug - were tested to determine whether or not non-hydrogen peroxide products are safe. The lead author of the study said that they discovered damage to the enamel surface, similar to that caused by acids.

A number of the products tested contained sodium chlorite, which combined with other ingredients such as citric acid, will dissolve the surface layer of the enamel.

British Dental Association scientific advisor Professor Damien Walmsley said that, "at best, consumers are wasting their money - and at worst you could be gambling with your teeth."

Read the full story HERE.

Added February 22nd 2019

HERE is an interesting new development in toothbrushing. The Y-brush uses a complete U-shaped brush device driven by ultrasonics, to brush your teeth in 10 seconds flat! I have not yet personally tested the device, but it looks very interesting. I have contacted the company, and will keep you up to date with developments! Have a look at their homepage.

Added February 5th 2019

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Recent research has shown a link between gum disease and the risk of getting Alzheimers. Published in the journal "Science Advances", the research showed that bacteria involved in gum disease was found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.

This news has also made the cover story of the prestigious magazine "New Scientist" this month.

According to the BBC in the U.K.;

"Tests on mice confirmed the bacteria could travel from the mouth to the brain and showed the toxic protein they secrete, called gingipain, destroyed brain neurons.

The bacteria also increased production of amyloid beta, a component of the amyloid plaques commonly associated with Alzheimer's."

I think it's important to realize that the term "gum disease" does NOT mean that you have to have red, bleeding gums and wobbly teeth. Sure, these are signs of ADVANCED gum disease, but many people have low-grade (or "chronic") gum disease without realizing it! I recommend tat you visit my page about how to cure gum disease for a full run-down on how to avoid this insideous condition.

Here is the link to the BBC article.

Read my own page about this new connection HERE.

Added January 26 2019

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According to the BBC here, our ancestors 10,000 years ago had figured out how to drill holes in teeth to relieve the pain of toothache. This coincides with the development of farming, and the increase in carbohydrates in the diet may have contributed to the rise in dental cavities.

Before organised farming became established, dental disease was relatively rare, according to fossil records.

Added December 20 2018

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