December 19th, 2018
A new study has linked mental health disorders with an elevated risk of oral diseases.
A research project, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, suggests that experiencing symptoms of illnesses, including depression, can increase the risk of gum disease.
Researchers evaluated and monitored both the mental and oral health of a group of more than 500 people from birth to the age of 30. The findings show that people who have symptoms of depression have a 20% higher risk of developing periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease. The study links depression with difficulty in fighting inflammation, the most common sign of severe gum disease.
Chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said that the findings of the study highlight the importance of mental health. Several studies have linked poor oral health and physical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, but less is known about the connection between the mind and the mouth. This research underlines the significance of a healthy mind and provides an insight into how other forms of health can impact oral health.
Dr Carter also added that the study provides an interesting and useful resource and point of reference for dental professionals. Depression is an increasingly common condition in the UK, and it’s crucial that health and dental workers are able to spot signs and symptoms to support and treat patients effectively. It is estimated that around 20% of people in the UK have symptoms of anxiety or depression, but the figure may be much higher, as many cases go undiagnosed.
Depression can be a barrier for seeking any kind of medical treatment, and Dr Carter suggests that dental patients may be anxious about seeing a dentist due to phobias, a fear of the unknown, or even shame or embarrassment linked to their oral health status.
May 23rd, 2012
Gingivitis can cause mayhem in your mouth in London: This disease inflames and infects the tissues that support your teeth, the gums and the tooth sockets themselves. Again and again, all problems in the mouth stem from plaque and once this is allowed to harden into tartar, it attacks the gums, causing swelling and infection, but this is not the only cause of gingivitis, prolonged illnesses can lower the immune system and dry up the saliva in the mouth- as can prolonged medication and having lots of bad habits, a poor diet and bad oral hygiene.
Diabetics are also exposed to the threat of this disease.The signs are easy to spot; swollen, weeping and bleeding gums are the most common signs, but if you do have these, the problem must be tackled head on in order to save your teeth in the end. To start with, you need to see your dentist immediately for a proper clean in and around your gums and teeth. This can be quite an uncomfortable procedure but a necessary one in order to clear your mouth of bacteria. Then it is down to you; you need to change the way you do things and especially how you look after your teeth. After such a clean from the dentist you need to learn how to floss and brush properly and use a good anti-bacterial mouth-wash.
You can follow this up by incorporating some herbal remedies into your regime; rinsing with salty water, soaking your floss in tea-tree oil, using Echinacea on your toothbrush, all of these will help to soothe the gums and induce a better blood flow through the nerves.
September 13th, 2008
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that is frequently encountered in London with the use of certain systemic medications, such as cyclic antidepressants. The major effects of xerostomia are increased oral diseases (particularly caries), speech dysfunction, and difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and altered or diminished taste acuity.
Individuals with xerostomia and pre-existing periodontal disease are also at increased risk for developing root surface caries. Root surface caries can occur when there is a loss of supporting bone around the necks of the teeth. The neck areas of the teeth are more prone to caries development because the tooth structure is much softer there when compared to the hardness of enamel. Therefore, root surface caries can progress much faster than enamel caries and can be more detrimental to the tooth’s health.
Nutritionally, individuals with mouth dryness have been shown to have significant deficiencies in fibre, potassium, vitamin B6, iron, calcium, and zinc. Treatments may include the use of salivary substitutes and stimulants, ongoing dental treatment (i.e., fillings) and prevention. Your physician may also be able to help by reviewing your medications and possibly eliminating or substituting drugs that have an anti-cholinergic effect. Mouth care products can help alleviate mouth dryness. Xytitol, which is contained in toothpastes and gums, has been shown to stimulate salivary flow. So, visit your London dentist to receive the proper advice and treatment when you develop mouth dryness!