Dental Health In The Stone Age

Dental Health In The Stone Age Despite all the modern advancements in the field of nutrition and modern dentistry, recent bodies of research acknowledge the possibility that ancient humans might have had healthier teeth than most modern humans.

Researchers believe that the significant oral health decline over the past 7500 years can be attributed to several factors. The most prominent of which being human evolution in the face of aggressive industrialization. Researchers say that these unnatural changes have brought about the evolution of oral health bacteria, along with a wide range of unwanted oral health problems.

Methodology

Lead author of the study and professor-director of the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA reports that since the introduction of processed sugar in the Industrial Revolution, people have suffered a dramatic lack of diversity in oral bacteria. This decrease in diversity allowed for cavity-causing strains of oral bacteria to run rampant and dominate both the modern man’s dental and periodontal surfaces.

The international team of researchers that conducted the study examined the ancient DNA samples that have been preserved in calcified dental plaque. The DNA samples were harvested from 34 prehistoric Northern European skeletons. Using these samples, the researchers of modern dentistry were able to analyze how oral bacteria have changed over the course of time— from Stone Age, to the time of hunter-gatherers, to medieval, and to present-day that came about after the industrial revolution.

Calcium, Vitamin C, and Dental Care

Calcium, Vitamin C, and Dental Care

Your diet directly affects your mouth and your oral health. If you eat right, the nourishment you receive helps build a better body, and therefore healthier teeth and gums. It is not an exaggeration to say that the food you eat can ultimately prevent dental decay and periodontal disease.

While a healthy diet, especially one that is rich in fruits and vegetables, generally improves the wellbeing of your mouth, there are a few standout foods that can bolster your oral heath.

Calcium

While most vital during the physically formative years of childhood, the value of calcium doesn’t diminish even as we get older. A daily diet with adequate calcium levels help prevent otherwise unnecessary cases of dental decay.

A study that saw publication in the Journal Of Periodontology reports that people whose daily calcium intake are at 500mg, or about half the recommended dietary allowance, were at a significantly higher risk of suffering from periodontitis than people who meet the recommended calcium intake.

Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C are essential both in repairing connective tissues of the body and in fighting off viral and bacterial infection. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo publish a study that reports that people whose daily vitamin C consumption are at 75 mg per day are approximately 25% more likely to develop early stage gum disease that those whose daily diet meet the average vitamin C requirement.

What You Should Know About Gum Disease

What You Should Know About Gum Disease
Technically referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is a chronic infection that affects the soft periodontal tissues. Gum disease typically results to a number of unwanted dental anomalies such severe soft tissue damage and tooth loss, among many others.

If left untreated for a significant amount time, chronic infection of the gums is known to negatively impact the heart, overall health, and general wellbeing, altogether.

Types Of Gum Disease

Gum disease typically falls under 2 basic classifications. Gum disease is either in its earlier age, which is referred to as gingivitis, or in its more advanced stage, which referred to as periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Typically characterized as early stage gum disease, gingivitis often manifests as swollen gums that bleed easily. For the better part of it, most cases of gingivitis are still easily treatable and even reversible.

All it takes to treat gingivitis is the rigorous practice of good dental habits such as brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing with good quality mouthwash, and rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash. These, of course, are to be complemented with regular visits to your dentist.

Tips On Choosing The Right Mouth Rinse

Tips On Choosing The Right Mouth Rinse

If you were to visit the local oral health section of your pharmacy, chances are that you would be confronted with an all too wide array of mouth rinse products, all of which promising to be the very best in protecting your teeth and gums.

Which of these products live up to their promises? And perhaps more importantly: Do you really need to use a mouth rinse?

According to Assistant Dean for Community Partnerships and Extramural Affairs at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Michelle Henshaw, DDS, MPH, there are essentially 3 major categories of mouth rinse from a consumer perspective.

First, there are mouth rinse products that are formulated with fluoride. Then there are mouth rinses that formulated to fight against plaque and gingivitis. And there are cosmetic mouth rinse products that most obviously freshens your breath.

The Tooth Fairy Before The 1900s

The Tooth Fairy Before The 1900s

Together with Santa Claus and the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy is among the most recognizable figures of childhood. In true secret fashion, parents get the fallen deciduous tooth underneath the pillow, leaving a money bill or two in its place.

All around the world, parents go to great lengths just to make the story of the tooth fairy as real as possible in the young-unadulterated minds of their children. And not for nothing. The tooth fairy perhaps best symbolizes the earliest physical changes that people undergo during childhood.

Origins 

The story of the tooth fairy as it is told today has only been around since the early 1900s. Prior to this time, many of the early European cultures practice the ritual of burying the milk teeth of their children. People of the time believe that burying deciduous teeth deep in the earth ensures that the child grows a healthy set of adult teeth.

In other early European communities of the time, people practice the ritual of burying fallen deciduous teeth out of fear that witches might use them to place a curse on their children.

Eventually, as the world progressed into modernity and people moved from the country and into city, the ritual changed from burying deciduous teeth underground to planting them into flowerpots. It wasn’t until later on that the narrative and practice of the tooth fairy mythology was transformed into the tooth-underneath-the –pillow modern retelling that most of us are familiar with today.

Understanding Water Fluoridation

Understanding Water FluoridationFluoride is a naturally existing mineral that is commonly present is most public water supplies across the globe. Fluoridation is the process of adding and adjusting one part fluoride to one million parts water.

Over the course of the last 50 years, fluoridation has repeatedly been proven to be a safe and extremely effective means of reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Water fluoridation mainly works by supplying the teeth with low-levels of fluoride throughout the day.

And even now, when there are fluoride-formulated dental products, water fluoridation still accounts for reducing both the frequency and severity of dental decay to approximately 25%.

History

Back the in the 1930s dental experts first noted that both the occurrence and severity of dental decay was significantly lower among people who are exposed to tap water supply that contains elevated levels of natural fluoride. Major research and extensive studies soon followed these findings.

Dental experts were then able to prove that fluoride has the natural ability to breakdown plaque build-up, which are noted to be the most common culprit for tooth decay.

Oral Health Management And Cancer Treatment

Oral Health Management And Cancer TreatmentAggressive cancer treatments generally make the mouth more vulnerable to unwanted oral health anomalies. Most people are aware that cancer treatments typically cause adverse physiological side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, and hair loss, among many others.

What most people don’t realise, however, is that approximately 1/3 of patients who are undergoing cancer treatments develop oral health complications.

Comprehensive, frequent, and regular professional dental care is all the more necessary to people who are undergoing cancer treatment. Oral health complications of head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, and blood and marrow transplant widely ranges from dry mouth to life-threatening bacterial infections.

What Can Be Done?

A high quality   before, during, and after cancer treatment is crucial in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and intact. A dental maintenance program that properly caters to the needs of cancer patients should, among many other things:

  • Reduce the risk and severity of oral health complications
  • Immediately identify and treat existing infection
  • Improve the patient’s tolerance to cancer treatment, oral health-wise
  • Prevent, eliminate, and reduce incidence of bone necrosis
  • Provide highly relevant information for patient education

Preventive Dental Care: Saving Your Smile For Tomorrow

Preventive Dental Care Saving Your Smile For TomorrowIf you’re not taking good enough care of your teeth and gums, you’re not only compromising your oral health and general wellbeing, you are also setting your future self up for $80,000 worth of full mouth reconstruction treatment.

What Is Preventive Dental Care?

Alternatively referred to as preventative dentistry and preventive dentistry, preventive dental care is a branch of modern dentistry that actively works to prevent the very onset of common dental anomalies such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventive dental care constantly works to minimise the impairments that are commonly caused by these dental anomalies, which often result to bacterial infection and the loss of teeth. Preventive dental care programs largely consist of regular dental checkups, dental and periodontal screenings, and professional dental checkups.

At its very core, preventive dental care focuses on various dental hygiene techniques and processes that actively prevent tooth loss and chronic gum disease. General dentists are essentially preventive dental experts. Similarly, dentists who specialise in Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry are almost always practicing preventive dentistry as an active part of their patient treatment plans.

What Should I Know About “Dry Mouth”?

What Should I Know About Dry Mouth?

 

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Relieving Dentin Hypersensitivity

Relieving Dentin HypersensitivityIt barely matters whether it’s caused by sipping drinks that are a tad too warm or a little too cold, or by munching on treats that are a bit too sugary, or even just by brushing your teeth too aggressively, teeth sensitivity literally is a pain in the mouth that is sure to make jump out of your seat.

Technically referred to as “dentin hypersensitivity”, having “sensitive teeth” is a wildly uncomfortable condition that could easily result from a number of causes. Among the most common causes teeth sensitivity include: worn out tooth enamel, exposed tooth root, and other dental injuries.

If you are suffering from dentin hypersensitivity, then it is best to seek professional dental help right away. Regardless of cause, teeth sensitivity often means that the affected tooth is compromised, in one way or another. Until you are able to visit your dentist, here are a few things that should help your momentarily relieve the discomfort:

  • Soft-Bristled Toothbrush. It is best for people with already sensitive teeth to use soft-bristled toothbrush and apply only a small amount of force when brushing their teeth. While it is always a good idea to keep your dental surface plaque-free, brushing too aggressively with hard-bristled toothbrush could actually cause dental enamel abrasion, which could worsen dentin hypersensitivity.