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News - November 2018

Giving healthy drinks with kids’ meals will help protect children’s teeth, claims charity

dfdfdThe Oral Health Foundation is calling for the introduction of healthy drinks as the default option with children’s meals in restaurants, insisting that it will significantly help to improve oral health.
The call follows a pioneering law passed in California, which will see milk or water being sold as the default drink with kids' meals in restaurants throughout the state.
The legislation comes into effect next year and means that only milk, a non-dairy milk alternative, or sparkling, still or flavoured water can be served as primary choices and advertised on menus.
The charity believes rolling out similar initiatives elsewhere will help combat the health effects of sugary drinks and protect thousands of children from tooth decay every year.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “We know that some children are consuming several sugary and fizzy drinks every day. This is not only contributing to oral diseases like tooth decay but is at the forefront of rising general health issues like childhood obesity and diabetes”.
Simple dietary changes, such as water or milk being the default drinks given with children’s meals, will have a big effect on childhood sugar consumption, adds Dr Carter.
Dr Carter says: “In time, it could help change attitudes we have around sugar, and ultimately help us develop a far healthier population”. The new law in California does not ban restaurants or fast-food chains from selling fizzy drinks or juice with children's meals. From January 2019, parents must specifically ask for them.

From: www.dentalhealth.org


Is the possibility of regrowing our own teeth about to become a reality?

dfdfdOne of the biggest worries we have when it comes to our oral health is the possibility of losing our teeth, either naturally or because of an accident. But what if we could grow them back? Two new pieces of pioneering research have given hope that this could one day be a reality.
In the first of these, scientists in America created tooth buds which can grow and look like natural teeth. The second shows how tooth stem cells can be used to partially repair teeth that have been damaged.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation believes that, while this may be a long way from becoming a reality, the prospect of re-growing our own teeth is highly exciting.
Dr Carter says: “Millions of people across the world lose teeth for many different reasons. Tooth loss can happen because of an unfortunate accident, poor oral health or another illness. But no matter how we lose them, missing teeth can mean problems in our everyday life. Missing teeth can affect how we eat, smile and speak. It can even have an impact on our confidence and mental well-being”.
Current options to replace missing teeth include bridges, dentures and implants. These are effective ways to replace lost teeth but given the choice people would always prefer to have their own natural teeth.
Scientific breakthroughs in similar fields have already led to developments in many other areas of healthcare, such as prosthetics and tissue regeneration.

From: www.dentalhealth.org


Periodontal disease bacteria may kick-start Alzheimer's

dfdfdLong-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
The findings, which are published in PLOS ONE, suggest that periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer's. Dr Keiko Watanabe, corresponding author on the study said: "Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer's patients.
"This was a big surprise. We did not expect that the periodontal pathogen would have this much influence on the brain, or that the effects would so thoroughly resemble Alzheimer's disease."
To study the impact of the bacteria on brain health, Watanabe and her colleagues established chronic periodontitis in 10 wild-type mice. Another 10 mice served as the control group. After 22 weeks of repeated oral application of the bacteria to the study group, the researchers studied the brain tissue of the mice and compared brain health.
The researchers found that the mice chronically exposed to the bacteria had significantly higher amounts of accumulated amyloid beta – a senile plaque found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer's patients. The study group also had more brain inflammation and fewer intact neurons due to degeneration. Watanabe said: "Oral hygiene is an important predictor of disease, including diseases that happen outside the mouth”.

From: www.sciencedaily.com