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Tooth fairy writes a letter

A father, who says his son Henry is bad at brushing his teeth, has written an impressive letter to his son, pretending to be the tooth fairy. The letter, signed by the tooth fairy, says that Henry will no longer receive a £1 coin in exchange for a tooth unless the conditions of the teeth get better. The tooth fairy says that chocolate, and cereal was found on the tooth, and includes a review of his tooth brushing method. The letter ends by saying, “We will accept the tooth on this occasion but we need your assurances that the condition of your next tooth will be significantly better or we will withhold payment.” The father hopes that this will encourage his son to take better care of his teeth.

Could an anti-inflammatory diet stop you from losing your teeth?

A study that was conducted by the University of Washington, School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics, showed that eating an anti-inflammatory diet could mean losing fewer teeth.

Such a diet consists of good amounts of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D.

NHS says supervise your children while they brush their teeth

NHS guidelines recommend that parents supervise their children while brushing their teeth, in order to make sure that they’re brushing their teeth correctly, at least until they turn 7 years old. However results of a new poll, conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation, show that 37% of parents admit to having stopped supervising their children before they turned 7 years old.

The British Dental Health Foundation says that they believe that this could be a significant factor adding to the children’s oral health crisis that is currently going on in the UK.

It is important to teach your children good oral hygiene from a young age to avoid serious oral health problems in the future. It is vital to get into the habit of brushing your children’s teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste straight away when their first milk teeth, or baby teeth, appear. When they become old enough to brush their teeth themselves, supervise them to check they are continuing to correctly brush their teeth. Once they reach the age of 7 you do not need to supervise them every time they brush their teeth, but it is recommended to check every so often that they’re still brushing their teeth correctly, and for two minutes twice a day.

British Adults Afraid of the Dentist

A new study has found that over a third of British adults are afraid of going to the dentist.

Of the 2000 adults who took part in the questionnaire, almost 80% said they avoid going to the dentist because of their fear.

There were five main reasons why adults are afraid to visit the dentist. The most common reasons were the fear of finding an new undiscovered health problem and being afraid of the medical equipment used during an appointment. Another common reason for fearing dental appointments was due to a bad childhood memory. Finally, the last two main reasons why adults avoid medical appointments were because of a previous uncomfortable experience at the dentist, and the potential pain.

Increasing Number of Oral Cancer Cases

New statistics say that nearly 2000 people will die from oral cancer each year. Over the past decade oral cancer cases have increased by about a third. Despite this, awareness of the topic has not amplified.

Although mouth cancer can affect anyone, previously it has been found that people over the age of 40 and men are more likely to be targeted. However, latest research has shown that oral cancer cases are becoming increasingly more frequent amongst younger people and women.

Many deaths by oral cancer can be avoided as long as the cancer is caught early on. The cancer can appear in various forms in all parts of the mouth, such as a painless ulcer that will not heal normally or simple red or white patch inside the mouth. Oral cancer can often be noticed by your dentist during an examination thus it is vital to not miss your regular check-ups or pay the dentist a visit if you feel something is not right. The early the cancer is found, the higher the chances are of curing it.

Fluoridated Drinking Water

New research in the journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology has shown that adding the recommended amount of fluoride to drinking water may aid in reducing the number of children’s tooth extractions, while not causing a detrimental effect on their health.

 

Tooth extraction is the main reason why primary school children are admitted into hospital and the latest figures show that 500 5-9 year olds are taken to hospital for such reasons on a weekly basis.

Currently, 6 million people in the UK live in areas where fluoridated drinking water is available. In such areas, the level of fluoride in water is artificially adjusted to the recommended levels.

This study looked at such areas and saw that there were 55% less admissions in hospitals for tooth extractions compared to areas without fluoridation schemes. The study also showed that the fluoridated drinking water has no adverse health effects.

Fluoride is vital as it strengthens tooth enamel by making it more resilient to tooth decay and by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the bacteria on your teeth. Thus this study suggests that fluoridation schemes can help to reduce the burden of tooth decay on the NHS.

LINK FOUND BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

It has been found by scientists that the same bacteria that cause infections of the gum triggers rheumatoid arthritis, says The Daily Express. Many studies held over the past few years have found that gum disease is more commonly, and more severely, found amongst people with the condition. Therefore, brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily and regular visits to the dentist could potentially prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis.Blog