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What is periodontitis?

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Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost. The name "periodontitis" means "means inflammation around the tooth." Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and in the pockets surrounding the …

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Bruxism is the technical term for the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. Most people will do this from time to time and it does not usually cause any harm. However if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, it can cause significant damage to your teeth and make any gum disease worse. In some cases it can also cause or aggravate headaches, or pain and discomfort in the jaw.

Bruxism is usually a subconscious behaviour performed whilst one is asleep and can cause facial pain and headaches. It is commonly caused by anxiety. Left untreated, it often gives rise to poor quality sleep and damaged teeth. Bruxism may lead to a variety of problems. Excessive grinding can damage teeth and dental fillings, often resulting in loose or broken teeth and crack-lines in teeth which results in further complications and possible tooth extraction. It can cause the outer enamel of the teeth to slowly wear away, leading to tooth sensitivity. It can cause jaw dysfunction, headaches (particularly morning headaches), and pain in the muscles of the face: bruxing causes the muscles to be overactive, giving rise to these symptoms. It can cause inflammation of the temporo-mandibular joint. Noisy tooth grinding may disturb your sleep - or your partner's!.

Do not hesitate to contact BrightSmile Clinic if you experience any of the signs of bruxism, consult your dentist who will carry out an examination of your mouth with special attention to your jaw and your bite.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 11:42

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If you missed your last dental checkup, a new study might encourage you to book that appointment right away; researchers have identified a higher risk of heart disease for individuals who have hidden tooth infections. Researchers suggest people with apical periodontitis are at greater risk of heart disease. Researchers from the University of Helsinki in Finland have uncovered a link between dental root tip infection, known as apical periodontitis, and greater risk for acute coronary syndrome. For the full article from MNT, click here

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 21:10

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In a new study, researchers propose for the first time that Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bacterium behind gum disease could be a risk factor for esophageal cancer. The researchers, from the University of Louisville (UofL), KY, and Henan University of Science and Technology in Luoyang, China, report their findings in the journal Infectious Agents and Cancer. For the full article from MNT, click here

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road dental clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options. 

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 15:04

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Sporting a sugar-free label does not make a product tooth-friendly, warn oral health experts who urge consumers to be aware of the potential for sugar-free beverages and confectionery to be as damaging as those containing sugar. Researchers at the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), based at the University of Melbourne, Australia, tested 23 different types of sugar-free drinks - including soft drinks and sports drinks - and found those that contain acidic additives and those with low pH levels cause measurable damage to tooth enamel, even if they have no sugar. For the full article from MNT, click here.

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road dental clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 16:56

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Postmenopausal women with periodontal disease are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Those with a history of smoking are particularly affected. Periodontal disease is a common condition that ranges from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease causing major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth, and loss of teeth. It has also been associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as oral, esophageal, head and neck, pancreatic and lung cancers. Previous studies have suggested that chronic inflammation could provide the link. For the full article from MNT, click here

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road dental clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options. 

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 15:50