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New research suggests a link between dentures and muscle frailty

New research has revealed a link between wearing dentures and musculoskeletal frailty.

The study, which was led by Dr Weal Sabbah, from King’s College London Dental Institute, suggests that people who are aged over 50 and have fewer than 20 natural teeth are more likely to experience increased frailty in the muscles and joints. Researchers believe that wearing dentures could be a significant contributing factor, as denture wearers tend to avoid certain foods, which may mean that they miss out on key nutrients.

The research team said that while wearing dentures can improve the ability to chew food, a denture is significantly weaker than natural teeth and this may restrict the range of foods available to denture wearers.

The team found that over 50’s with more than 20 natural teeth were much less likely to experience frailty compared to those with fewer than 20 natural teeth. This included people who wore dentures and those who didn’t have dentures. People who had more than 20 natural teeth were also more likely to consume more nutrients than those with fewer teeth according to comparisons with recommended daily intake guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Dr Sabbah explained that the study, which involved data collected from 1,000 Americans aged over 50, suggested that wearing a denture could increase frailty because dentures may not ensure that people are able to chew “effectively.” He added that the findings could be used to analyse the relationship between oral health, denture use and frailty in patients who demonstrate symptoms of weak joints and muscles.

The findings of the study have been published in Geriatrics & Gerontology International.

How Snap-On Smiles provide a removable cosmetic dental solution

Do you dream of having a flawless smile? Are you desperate to feel confident when you smile without having to spend hours in the dental chair or endure invasive procedures? If so, we may have just the tonic for you. With a Snap-on-Smile, you can enjoy a stunning smile with no hassle at all.

What is a Snap-on-Smile?

The Snap-on-Smile appliance is a really simple and accessible means of getting the smile of your dreams. This cosmetic dental treatment requires minimal time in the dental chair and the procedure is non-invasive. We simply provide you with a custom-made appliance, which you gently slide onto your teeth to create the illusion of an incredible smile. All you have to do is put the smile on, and you’re good to go. The preparation stage is incredibly quick and simple, no tooth tissue is removed or etched and you don’t have to have any injections or worry about pain.

What does treatment involve?

Treatment couldn’t be simpler! If you’re interested in Snap-on-Smiles, we recommend calling and booking a consultation, so we can talk to you about the appliance and create a mould of your teeth. Snap-on-Smiles are custom-made to ensure a snug fit. Once we have a mould, we can order your Snap-on-Smile, and you can start feeling much more confident when you smile in public. All you have to do is put your Snap-on-Smile over your natural teeth and you’ll have a flawless set of pearly whites ready to show off.

Are you searching for a simple solution for stained, worn or unsightly teeth? If you dream of a cosmetic treatment that will give you a stunning smile in an instant, call us today to find out more about Snap-on-Smiles.

New study suggests lost dentures cost the NHS £1 million per year

shutterstock_626186723A new study suggests that lost dentures cost the NHS around £1 million per year.

The study, which has been published in the British Dental Journal, revealed that almost 700 sets of dentures were lost in hospitals belonging to 11 trusts in England between 2011 and 2016. It is estimated that nationwide, 9,500 dentures are lost each year at a cost of around £1 million.

Peter Dyer, president of the British Dental Association, said that losing dentures can be incredibly distressing for patients and this study shows just how common it is for patients to lose their dentures whilst in hospital. Patients often lack confidence in their appearance without their dentures and it can also affect their ability to eat and also to communicate with others. The situation is also often made worse by the fact that it tends to take several weeks to replace lost dentures.

In light of the findings, the British Dental Association is calling for hospital trusts to do more to prevent patients from ending up waiting weeks for replacement dentures. Research suggests that the most common cause of lost dentures is patients trying to hide or store them in wrapped-up tissue or cloth, which either gets cleared away or caught up in bed linen or dirty washing. The BDA is encouraging hospital staff to be more aware of the impact of denture loss and to try and take steps to help patients store and look after their dentures safely.

New craze sees patients splashing out on diamonds for the ultimate Hollywood smile

shutterstock_51265291A new craze is sweeping the US, as Hollywood stars debut diamond-encrusted smiles on the red carpet.

Beverley Hills dentist, Dr Anjali Rajpal, said that there has been a massive increase in the number of patients seeking blingy smiles after pictures of stars like Katy Perry and Pink showing off sparkling smiles emerged in the press. Not content with a bright white glow synonymous with La La Land, stars are going even further to outshine the competition by having diamonds placed onto the teeth. Styles range from single diamonds to jewel-encrusted grills, according to Dr Rajpal.

Dr Rajpal, who treats a number of celebrity clients, said that demand has soared after images of stars appeared in the media. She explained that it is possible to create a raft of different designs using diamonds or crystals to create shapes, such as hearts and stars. The Chanel logo has also proven a popular choice. Once they have been placed, the diamonds can last a lifetime, but as trends come and go, most dentists expect their clients to return and have the gems removed after a fairly short period of time.

Dr Rajpal said that people are increasingly keen to show off a unique look and the standard Hollywood smile simply doesn’t cut it anymore for some stars. The cost of a single diamond is estimated at around $1,500 to $2,000. The exact cost depends on the size of the diamond and the carat.

New study shows half of children tell white lies about teeth cleaning

shutterstock_648370846A new study has revealed that half of children tell white lies about cleaning their teeth.

Research conducted by a group of dentists who have developed the Brushlink brushing tracker, suggested that up to half of kids tell fibs about brushing their teeth. One in five children try and trick their parents into thinking that they’ve cleaned their teeth by using ploys like wetting the brush head and an even larger proportion either exaggerate the amount of time they have brushed for or say they have cleaned their teeth when they haven’t bothered to.

Brushlink is the first smartphone brushing tracker that is compatible with any toothbrush. The app provides a brushing mark and it also analyses technique and frequency. If a patient consents, the information obtained by the device can be shared with dentists. Dr Dev Patel, one of the dentists behind Brushlink, said that it’s clear from research that many children aren’t doing a brilliant job with it comes to brushing their teeth and Brushlink is an aid that can benefit both kids and parents.

Information about brushing habits was obtained in a study involving 2,000 people. The survey also revealed that only a third of children are supervised when brushing. More than 10 percent of parents admitted that they had never supervised their child cleaning their teeth.

Many dentists will be unsurprised by the study findings. Statistics show that dental issues are the most common cause of hospitalisation in children, with more than 40,000 extractions carried out under general anaesthetic in English hospitals per year.

Why it is Important to Use Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment

You’ve been wearing braces for weeks, months or years and now it’s time to enjoy the results. When you’ve always wanted a straight, beautiful smile, there’s nothing more exciting than having those braces removed and being able to feel confident when you smile. The trouble is that you run the risk of undoing all the hard work if you don’t continue to care for your teeth. The teeth can continue to move once treatment is complete, and this is we strongly recommend using retainers.

What are retainers and why do I need them?

Retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are designed to hold the teeth in place after treatment. When the braces are removed or you finish treatment using removable appliances, there is a risk that the teeth will continue to move, and this may mean that they slip out of position. When the teeth move, this can result in relapse and you may need further treatment. To prevent relapse and prolong the results of wearing braces, we recommend wearing retainers.

There are different types of retainer available, and we can make recommendations based on your orthodontic prescription and your treatment preferences. You can wear fixed or removable retainers and your dentist will give you more information about when you need to wear your retainer and how long for. If you do choose a fixed retainer, we can usually position it behind the teeth, so you don’t have to worry about the aesthetic of your smile. You can still show off your amazing new smile in all its glory.

We recommend retainers for the simple reason that without them, there’s a real risk that you’ll end up needing repeat treatment in the future. Retainers are specifically designed to prevent your teeth from moving once your braces have worked their magic.

If you’re keen to learn more about retainers or you’d like more information about your options, call us today and we’ll be happy to help.

Swansea dentist backs calls in Liverpool for Coca Cola truck to be banned

shutterstock_177385157A dentist from Swansea has called for the Christmas Coca Cola truck to be banned from the city in a bid to clamp down on dental decay. Karl Bishop has spoken out after health officials in Liverpool urged a planned visit to be cancelled to try and discourage people from indulging at Christmas.

Karl, clinical director for dentistry at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said that promoting the consumption of fizzy drinks, which are crammed full of sugar, is not a positive message for children and adults in the city. Swansea has high rates of childhood decay and health experts are also worried about rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The truck has been visiting towns and cities over the festive period for the last five years and this year it is due to stop off in Swansea on the 16th November.

The latest figures show that around 3,800 children had their teeth extracted under general anaesthetic in South West Wales in 2016/2017.

Mr Bishop is not the only person fighting for the tour to be called off and health officials in Liverpool have been campaigning against the visit for weeks. The Swansea dentist said that the decision to welcome the truck to the city is “really disappointing” and urged people to consider the impact of consuming fizzy drinks. Rates of decay among children are sky high, and fizzy drinks are one of the main issues dentists are trying to tackle.

A representative for Coca Cola said that children under the age of 12 will not be provided with samples unless they have parental permission.

Charity exposes meal deals that contain up to 30 teaspoons of sugar in a bit to curb public health crisis

shutterstock_330671918Action on Sugar has exposed some of the worst supermarket meal deals in a bid to crack down on sugar consumption and reduce rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and dental decay.

Research conducted by the charity suggests that some popular supermarket combinations contain up to 30 teaspoons of sugar. This represents four times the recommended daily intake for an adult. ‘Grab and go’ deals offer good value for money and they’re popular with people on the go, but they’re not always as healthy as they appear. The combination of sandwiches, wraps, drinks, crisps and sugary treats can actually be lethal, as the WH Smith Munch deal confirms. One combination, which contained a tuna sandwich, a 500ml bottle of Mountain Dew and a bag of Skittles Crazy Sours contained more than 30 teaspoons of sugar. Another offender at the top of the list with 30 teaspoons of sugar was Tesco’s meal deal with a pulled pork sandwich, a Monster energy drink and a Mars Duo. Both Morrison’s and the Co Op also sold products that contained up to 28 teaspoons of sugar.

Action on Sugar is now calling for more to be done to educate people about sugar content and to reduce sugar consumption. The charity is urging the government to consider tougher measures on value deals, which promote the purchase of sugar-laden products.

Last week, the Scottish Government revealed plans to regulate the promotion of foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fat.

Action on Sugar is also encouraging retailers to advertise healthier products. Almost 80 percent of Morrison’s meal deals had a red light under the traffic light warning system, compared to just 38 percent of products available at Marks and Spencer.

5 Tooth Friendly Halloween Treats to Avoid a Dental Trick

shutterstock_695451109It’s that time of year again when supermarket shelves are filled with bags of sweets and other treats in preparation for knocks at the door on the 31st October. Trick or treating may be a tradition and there’s nothing wrong with having a couple of sweeties, but we tend to go overboard at Halloween and indulge. If you’re throwing a party or you’re looking for tooth-friendly alternatives to chocolate and cakes, here are 5 foods that could help you steer clear of dental tricks:

  1. Dipped strawberry monsters: if you can’t imagine Halloween without chocolate, dipped strawberries shaped like monsters are a great compromise. You get a hint of chocolate and you can enjoy the benefits of eating fresh strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and they can also help to remove surface stains thanks to their rough surface.
  2. Pumpkin oranges: if you’re keen to embrace the spirit of Halloween without splurging on sugar, use your pumpkin carving skills to create devilish oranges and tangerines. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and they contain natural sugars, which are much better for you than added sugars found in sweets and biscuits.
  3. Banana ghosts: these are really easy to make and they should satisfy your sweet tooth. All you need to do is cut the banana in half and stand the bananas on a plate. Add raisins to make eyes and a mouth.
  4. Ghoulish green smoothies: smoothies can be a really healthy choice provided that you know exactly what’s in them. It’s always best to make smoothies at home, as the products you buy in shops and cafes often contain a lot of sugar. To make green smoothies, a perfect drink for Halloween guests, combine apples, kiwis, lime and kale and add a twist of lemon juice.
  5. Mushroom skull pops: you’ve probably seen cake pops and this is a great idea for an easy, quick Halloween treat. Place a button mushroom on a skewer and use a knife to hollow out two eye sockets and create a few teeth to turn your mushroom into a spooky skull.


Men who perform oral sex on women may be more likely to develop oral cancer, new research reveals

shutterstock_310324232New research has revealed that men who perform oral sex on women may be more likely to develop oral cancer.

Researchers in the US claim that men who have performed oral sex on at least 5 female partners are more likely to develop head and neck cancer. The risk is further elevated in those who smoke. A US study of 9,425 people aged between 20 and 59 suggested that men who had more oral sex partners had a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Study participants were tested for HPV (human papilloma virus) and asked about the number of oral sex partners they had.

HPV is a very common virus. In the majority of cases, it doesn’t cause any problems, but certain strains are linked to an increased risk of some forms of cancer, including oral and cervical cancer. The findings of the study show that 6 percent of men and 1 percent of women carried potentially harmful strains of HPV. In men, oral HPV was more prevalent in smokers and those who had a high number of oral sexual partners.

The study authors claim that more research needs to be done find out more about the link between oral sex and oral cancer and stressed that the findings do not “prove causation.” Data analysis suggests that harmful strains of HPV are very rare, with 1 in 500 women and 7 in 1,000 men affected.

The study was carried out by research teams at John Hopkins University and Information Services Inc. The findings have been published in the Annals of Oncology journal.

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