Dr Ronan Kennedy BDS (QUB)

Dr Ronan Kennedy
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News - June 2018

What does it mean when you have white gums?

dfdfdWhite gums often suggest that something is amiss with a person's oral health. Several conditions can cause white gums, from simple canker sores to long-term inflammatory illnesses. In rare cases, white gums can indicate oral cancer, so it is essential to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. The following conditions and situations can lead to white gums:

  • anaemia;
  • canker sores;
  • gingivitis;
  • oral thrush;
  • tooth extraction;
  • teeth whitening; and,
  • oral cancer.

Symptoms that may occur alongside white gums vary depending on the underlying cause. Sometimes, a person may have no other symptoms. In other cases, white gums can be accompanied by:
  • pain;
  • swelling;
  • bleeding;
  • sores and lesions;
  • loose teeth;
  • redness;
  • fatigue, dizziness, or weakness;
  • headaches; or,
  • cold hands and feet.

Keeping track of any additional symptoms can help a doctor or dentist diagnose the underlying cause. White gums are treated according to their underlying cause. Some treatments include:
  • dietary changes;
  • managing any chronic health conditions;
  • medication for pain relief;
  • salt-water rinses; and,
  • avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco.

Home remedies

Several home remedies can alleviate the symptoms associated with white gums, although they may not necessarily treat the underlying cause:
  • brushing teeth twice daily;
  • flossing once a day;
  • using an alcohol-free mouth rinse at least once a day;
  • seeing a dentist at least twice yearly;
  • cleaning the tongue with a scraper to remove bacteria and food particles;
  • rinsing the mouth with salt-water;
  • using a soft or medium toothbrush;
  • eating a balanced diet;
  • reducing sugar and alcohol consumption; and,
  • quitting tobacco products.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.org


Drug-filled, 3D-printed dentures could fight infections

dfdfdMany denture wearers suffer fungal infections that cause inflammation, redness and swelling in the mouth. To better treat these infections, called denture-related stomatitis, researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB), USA, built 3D-printed dentures filled with microscopic capsules that periodically release an antifungal medication. A study describing the work, published in Materials Today Communications, found the drug-filled dentures can reduce fungal growth. Unlike current treatment options, they can also help prevent infection while the dentures are in use.
Praveen Arany, the study's senior author said: "The major impact of this innovative 3D printing system is its potential impact on saving cost and time”.
Applications from this research, he says, could be applied to various other clinical therapies, including splints, stents, casts and prostheses. To test the strength, researchers used a flexural strength testing machine to bend the dentures and discover their breaking points. Although the flexural strength of the 3D-printed dentures was 35% less than that of the conventional pair, the printed teeth never fractured.
To examine the release of medication in the printed dentures, the team filled the antifungal agent into biodegradable, permeable microspheres. The microspheres protect the drug during the heat printing process, and allow the release of medication as they gradually degrade.
The dentures were tested with one, five and 10 layers of material to learn if additional layers would allow the dentures to hold more medication. The researchers found the sets with five and 10 layers were impermeable and were not effective at dispensing the medication.

From: www.sciencedaily.com


Looking after your oral health may help you recover after a heart attack, research shows

dfdfdWhen heart attack victims look after their oral health and prevent gum disease, it helps their cardiovascular systems recover, new research has shown. The study found that bacteria which cause gum disease can also impair the healing and repair of arteries after a heart attack. The researchers believe that this impaired healing may be due to an enzyme produced by the bacteria that stops the body's immune cells from repairing the arteries. By keeping their mouths free of gum disease, people who suffered a heart attack may be able to avoid further cardiovascular problems. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, but many of these deaths could have be prevented with relatively simple lifestyle changes. The Oral Health Foundation is calling on people to understand the links between oral health and cardiovascular disease in order to reduce their chances of potentially fatal illness. Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Foundation, said: "There has been evidence for some time that gum disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease but to now understand that preventing gum disease can also prevent further problems for victims of a heart attack opens up many interesting avenues for ongoing treatment. Preventing gum disease is relatively simple, you need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and clean in between your teeth with an interdental brush or floss once a day. Combined with regular visits to a dentist, you can prevent gum disease from progressing and affecting you in further ways.

From: www.dentalhealth.com