Are you aware of how your oral health habits can impact your ability to get sufficient rest?
The research and statistics do show poor oral health can keep you awake at night! But we are speaking about far more than just poor dental hygiene here. It is possible your problems might not be related to bad dental habits at all. If you’re an individual who suffers from extreme anxiety or who is under a great deal of stress—this will come through in your sleep at night. But how is this possible?
Plain old snoring can get a little annoying, especially for someone listening to it. But when a snorer repeatedly stops breathing for brief moments, it can lead to cardiovascular problems and potentially be life-threatening.
At every age, a healthy diet is essential to healthy teeth and gums. A well-balanced diet of whole foods -- including grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products -- will provide all the nutrients you need. Some researchers believe that omega-3 fats, the kind found in fish, may also reduce inflammation, thereby lowering risk of gum disease, says Anthony M. Iacopino, DMD, PhD, dean of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry.
Most experts recommend a dental check-up every 6 months -- more often if you have problems like gum disease. During a routine exam, your dentist or dental hygienist removes plaque build-up that you can’t brush or floss away and look for signs of decay. A regular dental exam also spots:
Dentists can help patients 'savor the flavor' of healthy eating
March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It's a good time to remind that dentists have a high role in educating patients about proper nutrition.
Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath - but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses.
Here some we have to watch carefully if we don't have good habits of oral hygiene:
The researchers found that heart disease risk increased because - in people who have bleeding gums - bacteria from the mouth is able to enter the bloodstream and stick to platelets, which can then form blood clots, interrupting the flow of blood to the heart and triggering a heart attack.
Gum disease might increase the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women, particularly those who smoke, a new study suggests.
Women with gum disease appeared to have a 14 percent overall increased risk for breast cancer, compared to women without gum disease. And that increased risk seemed to jump to more than 30 percent if they also smoked or had smoked in the past 20 years, researchers said.
These findings are useful in providing new insight into what causes breast cancer," said lead author Jo Freudenheim, a professor of epidemiology at the University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions in New York.
Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth. You can do something about it.
If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth. People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.
Researchers in the Netherlands are making dental implants that kill microbes that settle on them.
The researchers printed teeth with and without antimicrobial properties to test their material. They then put tooth decay-causing bacteria on the samples. More than 99 percent of the bacteria died on the treated teeth, while only about 1 percent were killed on the untreated ones.