Archive for the ‘Oral health’ Category

How your smile provides an insight into your risk of developing heart disease

How your smile provides an insight into your risk of developing heart disease

Heart disease is one of the world’s most potent killers. Many people are aware that being overweight, smoking and drinking can increase your risk of developing heart disease, but did you know that your smile can provide a valuable insight into your risk of experiencing cardiovascular problems? Research suggests that people who have poor oral […]


Homeless people in Wales forced to pull out their own teeth amid emergency dental care access crisis

Homeless people in Wales forced to pull out their own teeth amid emergency dental care access crisis

A patient watchdog has suggested that homeless people in parts of Wales are extracting their own teeth as a result of being unable to access emergency dental care services. The community health council claims that very few homeless people in the Swansea area have access to dental care and added that severe dental issues are […]


Toothache epidemic is contributing to an increase in paracetamol overdoses

Toothache epidemic is contributing to an increase in paracetamol overdoses

An epidemic of toothache is contributing to an increase in paracetamol overdoses, a new study has suggested. The study claims that taking paracetamol for toothache lead to more than 150 overdoses at a single hospital in England. Figures show that more than a third of the 436 overdoses recorded at Queen’s Medical Centre A&E, Nottingham, […]


Health experts issue warning over sugar content of children’s yoghurts

Health experts issue warning over sugar content of children’s yoghurts

Health experts have advised parents to check the sugar content of yoghurts, after analysis revealed that some popular products contain up to 5 cubes of sugar per serving. Research conducted by Public Health Liverpool found that some yoghurts contain the equivalent of the recommended daily intake of sugar for a child aged under 6. NHS […]


US study links tooth loss to higher heart disease risk

US study links tooth loss to higher heart disease risk

A study conducted in the US has linked tooth loss in middle age to an elevated risk of developing heart disease. Dr Lu Qi, from Tulane University, New Orleans, explained that the findings demonstrated a link between losing at least two teeth in middle age and facing a higher risk of heart disease. The assertion […]


US scientists develop new painless treatment for dental cavities

US scientists develop new painless treatment for dental cavities

Scientists in the US have developed a new treatment, which could put an end to painful trips to the dentist. Researchers from the University of Washington have come up with a new formula, which is inspired by the way proteins in the body function, to repair damaged enamel. Using peptides derived from amelogenin, which is […]


Dental Group Calls for Ban on Fizzy Drinks for Under 6s

Dental Group Calls for Ban on Fizzy Drinks for Under 6s

Dental Wellness Trust, one of the leading charities that tackles dental hygiene issues in less economically developed countries, has called for an age restriction on all fizzy drinks, banning them for children under six years old. The British non-governmental organisation wants a ban outright on children under six drinking fizzy and high sugar drinks, and […]


Leading UK dentist suggests plans to banish ‘sugar chicanes’ in shops

Leading UK dentist suggests plans to banish ‘sugar chicanes’ in shops

One of the UK’s most senior dental professionals has called for a ban on ‘sugar chicanes’ in shops and supermarkets. Professor Michael Escudier, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, claims that shops should be forced to get rid of enticing displays of sweets and chocolate bars by the […]


Dental charity calls for age-restricted fizzy drinks sales to prevent childhood decay

Dental charity calls for age-restricted fizzy drinks sales to prevent childhood decay

A dental charity has called for age-restricted sales to be introduced on fizzy drinks. Representatives from the Dental Wellness Trust are supporting an age limit on sugary drinks in a bid to reduce rates of child obesity and dental decay. The Dental Wellness Trust, an NGO, which focuses on promoting good oral hygiene in the […]


New sugar tax comes into play in the UK

New sugar tax comes into play in the UK

A tax on sugary drinks has come into force across the UK. As of Friday 6th April 2018, prices on certain products will increase in line with a new sugar levy, which is designed to tackle rising rates of obesity and dental health issues. The government revealed plans to introduce the tax in 2017 and […]