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Clean teeth can help keep your heart healthy

19th February 2013

A type of bacteria found in the mouth could cause blood clots and a life-threatening heart condition if it escapes into the blood stream, scientists say.

Streptococcus gordonii normally contributes to plaque forming on teeth but researchers say if the bacteria gets into the blood stream it could lead to endocarditis, a dangerous infection in the heart.

June Davison, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: "It's already well established poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of endocarditis. The condition is very rare but it's also very serious - the lining of the heart becomes infected which can damage your heart's valves.

"Good oral hygiene can help to protect you against endocarditis so it's really important to clean your teeth everyday and visit your dentist regularly."

The research was presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin.

A new study claims that people who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day cut down on the risk of oral cancer

4th January 2013

Habitual coffee drinkers had about half the risk of dying from cancers of the mouth and pharynx than others who never drank coffee or only had it occasionally, the researchers found.

Lead author Janet Hildebrand and colleagues from the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Atlanta, Georgia, write about their findings in a paper published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

However, the researchers say their findings need to be confirmed by more research.

Previous epidemiological studies have suggested coffee drinking is linked to a reduced risk for mouth and throat cancer.

It has also been suggested it may not be the caffeine in coffee, but the fact it is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and other compounds, that help prevent or slow the development of cancer.

For their study, Hildebrand and colleagues used data from the Cancer Prevention Study II, a prospective US cohort study that the ACS started in 1982.

That study gathered lifestyle and health information on 968,432 men and women, including their tea and coffee consumption. When they enrolled on the study, none of the participants had cancer, but in the 26 years of follow up, 868 died from oral/pharyngeal cancer.

When they analysed the tea and coffee consumption in relation to deaths from oral/pharyngeal cancer, the researchers found those participants who reported drinking more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 49% lower risk of death from oral/pharyngeal cancer compared to those who reported not drinking coffee at all or only an occasional cup.

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/news/coffee-cuts-oral-cancer-risk

Raising Awareness to Mouth Cancer Action Month

1st November 2012

Only 13 per cent of people ask their dentist to check them for signs of mouth cancer and shockingly almost the same amount of people have never heard of the disease

Over the past 20 years the Dental Profession has rallied to help promote awareness of mouth cancer and Dentists in particular have been among the first to offer free oral cancer screenings. We are a major sponsor of Mouth Cancer Action Month; the annual awareness campaign in November. www.mouthcancer.org.

Mouth cancer campaign supports Stoptober

1st October 2012

Mouth cancer campaign supports Stoptober the UK's largest oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, is backing Stoptober - a national campaign which is challenging Britain's 8 million smokers to quit for a month.

Launched by the government, the Department of Health campaign runs throughout October and offers support by providing useful tips, daily motivational text messages and invaluable tools to help people kick the habit.

Smoking remains the biggest cause of premature death in the UK and accounts for one in four cancer mortalities and nearly a fifth of all cancer cases. http://smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober/

Mouth Cancer Action Month

1st November 2011

The first of November marks the start of Mouth Cancer Action Month. At Church Road Dental Care your oral health is our prime concern. At each 6 monthly check up your Dentist will carry out a full Oral Cancer screening.

Visit www.mouthcancer.org for more information.

A new study suggests that women may be over 11 times more likely to suffer from breast cancer if they have missing teeth and gum disease.

11th February 2011

The study carried out by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on over three thousand patients, showed that out of the 41 people who developed breast cancer those who had gum disease and loss of teeth were 11 times more likely to develop cancer.

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The Government's tough monetary policy may be having an unexpected benefit to the nation's oral and general health.

31st January 2011

The recent rise in VAT to 20 per cent is forcing some confectionery manufacturers and retailers to look again at the price and size of their chocolate bars.

The result may be a welcome and unexpected reduction in sugar intake - helping to improve dental health and lower rates of obesity.

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Useful Links

10th January 2011

Check out the following links for great information on all the latest dental health messages

http://www.bda.org/public/smile.aspx

https://www.dentalhealth.org/spx

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