Losing teeth is not only bad for your self esteem but has also been linked to heart disease. The heart disease risk factors are obesity, diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure.
In a recent study, 16,000 people were analyzed to determine the association of tooth loss and heart disease. The population being derived from 39 countries provided information regarding the teeth they had remaining, and how frequent they experienced bleeding gums. Up to 40% of the sample population had less than 15 teeth while 16 % had no teeth, and 25% reported of bleeding gums.
For every individual who reported a decrease in their teeth, it was noted that they had high levels of a harmful enzyme linked to hardening and inflammation of the arteries. It was also found that fewer teeth also led to an increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, bad cholesterol levels and waist size.
Individuals with few teeth were found to have a high risk of diabetes with an 11 percent increase in the risk for every decrease in the teeth. Former or current smokers were also found to experience tooth loss which consequently increased the risk of a heart attack. Bleeding gums were also linked to high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Continue reading
Different people deal with stress and anxiety in different ways. One common response to stress that is often unconscious is bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.
Experienced by somewhere between half and 96 percent of the adult population, teeth grinding isn't always a serious habit, but if left unnoticed, it can have grave consequences. These consequences include the wearing down of enamel and eventual loss of teeth altogether, and painful disorders, such as TMJ. More common and less serious symptoms include facial pain and jaw clicking-- although the latter could be considered more serious if the jaw joint were to become arthritic. Continue reading
Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans. The CDC estimates that 47.2 percent of adults older than 30 have it in some form and 70.1 percent of adults over the age of 65 have it. This disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, problems with the jaw and numerous other issues that can become lifelong problems.
The most effective way is to begin treating periodontal disease in its earliest stages. This allows progression to not only be halted, but to also be reversed with the right amount of care.
Gingivitis can be considered the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Learning how to recognize it and what can be done to treat it can be essential to keeping your mouth free of periodontal disease. Your teeth and your whole mouth will thank you when you do. Continue reading
Most people realize that cavities are unhealthy, but many do not understand just how prevalent of a problem tooth decay actually is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now reports that as many as 19 percent of children and 26 percent of adults have untreated cavities. When left untreated, tooth decay can cause a variety of aesthetic and medical issues that will require comprehensive treatments. These are just some of the reasons that everyone should know about the importance of regular dental treatments and how important annual appointments are when it comes to finding and treating cavities.
The easiest way to describe a cavity is a hole in one's tooth. These will develop in a number of stages beginning with harmful bacteria being left in the mouth. Certain substances such as sugar will cling to teeth and gums after being ingested. When it is not removed by brushing or flossing, then these different substances will develop into harmful bacteria. In turn, this bacterium will eat away at the outer layer of enamel on the teeth. Cavities occur when the damage has penetrated the outer layer of the teeth, but there are quite a few different types of damage that can take place with tooth decay. Continue reading
According to the National Institute Of Dental And Cranofacial Research, oral cancer makes up about two percent of the cancers that are diagnosed each year. Approximately 34,000 people are diagnosed each year. It is also estimated that 7,900 people die each year from oral cancer. The good news is that early detection helps save lives. If oral cancer is diagnosed before it spreads to other parts of the body, then a person has a 83 percent chance of surviving. There are several ways oral cancer can be treated if it is caught early including surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Continue reading
Tooth sensitivity can have many causes, can affect one or several of your teeth, and may be a temporary side effect or a chronic problem. One thing is for certain, everyone wants to avoid that sharp, shooting pain. Read on to find out what may be causing your tooth sensitivity.
Brushing Too Hard
Applying too much pressure when you brush your teeth, or using too hard of a toothbrush, can cause tooth sensitivity by wearing down enamel and gum tissue, exposing the most sensitive parts of your teeth.
This is a pretty obvious culprit, and probably what most people fear when they start to feel tooth sensitivity. Visit a dentist to treat the decay, and do what you can to prevent decay by keeping up good oral hygiene. Continue reading