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Pre-op Oral Care Can Be Good For Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who are soon to undergo major surgery could reduce their risk of complications after the procedure by visiting their dentists in Guildford, or wherever they live, a new study has suggested.

Research from Japan found that those patients who made an appointment with a dentist shortly before having their cancer surgery slightly reduced their risk of developing post-surgery pneumonia or of dying within 30 days of having the surgery, Reuters reported.

Lead researcher for the study Miho Ishimaru, of the University of Tokyo, explained why oral health is particularly important for preventing postoperative pneumonia.

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Warning Issued Over DIY Braces

Dentists and orthodontists in the UK have warned people not to embrace the trend for DIY braces. A number of websites offering DIY braces have been criticised by dentists and the British Orthodontic Society (BOS).

In a statement, the BOS said that there are a host of websites offering DIY braces, with patients typically assessed based on a selfie-style photo.

The organisation stressed that this is a dangerous way to approach orthodontic treatment, noting that braces may not be necessary in some cases.

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Warning Issued Over High Street Teeth Whitening

With more and more of us worrying about how our smiles look, there has been a rise in the number of places where you can get teeth whitening carried out.

Although the low price tag of high street teeth whitening might be tempting, Trading Standards issued a warning to consumers this month, urging them to use professionals for this kind of treatment.

The Sun highlighted the problem, noting that one company was recently fined £4,500 by the General Dental Council (GDC) for carrying out illegal whitening.

The GDC also stressed that only a dentist, hygienist or dental technician should carry out teeth whitening procedures. This is because there’s a risk of burned or blistered gums, or teeth becoming sensitive, due to the chemicals being used incorrectly.

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Should You Have A Second Trimester Check-Up?

If you are wondering whether or not to see your Guildford Dentist this pregnancy, then the answer is an emphatic yes.

Increasingly, midwives are suggesting pregnant women make use of the maternity exemption certificates to get a free dental check-up. It is recommended this takes place in the second trimester as this is when any dental problems that may occur during pregnancy may appear and before they may become a problem.

There is a link between poor oral health and pre-term birth so it is essential you make sure you see a dentist during your pregnancy in order to clean up any problems that may be occurring.

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Oral Microbiome Important For Geriatric Health

It is particularly important for elderly patients to see their dentist in Guildford, recent research has revealed.

It had been known for a long time that poor oral health could contribute to the likelihood of certain diseases, but it was not understood why.

Now research into the microbiome has revealed that people with poor oral health are more likely to be exposed to dangerous bacteria that can lead to infections in older people, such as pneumonia.

It seems that the adage many doctors had about ‘clean teeth clean lungs’ is in fact true, according to the latest data from the American Study for Microbiology.

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Processed Starch Found To Increase Dental Cavity Risk

A big part of looking after your teeth is watching what you eat and drink. We all know the importance of not eating too much sugar where good oral health is concerned, but did you know that the kinds of carbohydrates you’re eating could also have an impact on your teeth?

New research from the University of Newcastle has just this month (August 7th) revealed that more processed forms of starch increase the risk of developing cavities, because these starches can be broken down into sugars thanks to the amylase in our saliva.

Published in the Journal of Dental Research, the study looked at rapidly digestible starches like crackers, biscuits, white bread, pretzels and cakes, as well as those that are slowly digestible, including legumes and wholegrains, comparing their relationships with oral cancer, gum disease and dental caries.

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David Hockney Claims Brushing Teeth Helps Him Live Longer

Those who want the secret to a long life should make sure they brush their teeth thoroughly, after David Hockney claimed good oral hygiene has helped him stay healthy in his 80s.

The artist wrote a letter to the Financial Times stating that he has reached 81 years of age due to meticulously looking after his teeth.

“I was told by a doctor many years ago that what was making people live longer was the washing of hands and the cleaning of teeth,” he stated, adding: “I instinctively believed this.”

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A Quick Guide To Bruxism & Stress

If you’ve been feeling a bit more stressed out or anxious than usual, you might want to book an appointment with your Guildford dental practice as it’s possible that you could be damaging your teeth as a result.

Some people with serious symptoms of stress and anxiety can find that their teeth wear down over time because they’re busy clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth – often without even noticing it.

Known as bruxism, teeth grinding is something that can affect anyone at any time. It can happen during periods of intense stress, while you’re concentrating or even while you’re asleep, so it’s certainly worth trying to address why you’re grinding your teeth to help stop you from doing it in the future.

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How To Look After Your Teeth During Pregnancy

All sorts of interesting things happen to your body while pregnant, but you might not think that having a baby could have any kind of impact on your teeth… but it seems that this isn’t actually the case, as Loose Women panellist Stacey Solomon has just confirmed.

Writing for the Sun, the star explained that the secret behind her beaming Hollywood smile is in fact veneers and beneath them like “brown pegs” instead of teeth. She explained that at the start of her second pregnancy, she was actually seeing the dentist more than her midwife and had to endure “problem after problem”.

So what can you do to help protect your teeth while pregnant or do you just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best? According to the NHS, some women experience swollen and sore gums that may bleed during pregnancy, with hormonal changes making your gums more vulnerable to plaque.

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3 Dental Apps To Try Today

Who doesn’t want a healthy mouth and a beautiful Hollywood smile? But the nature of the lives we lead these days means that all too often our teeth and gums can take a bit of a battering, whether that’s because we forget to floss, only brush our teeth once a day or because we eat a lot of acidic, sugary food.

But thanks to technology, we can make it easier to ensure we prioritise our oral health – and your Guildford dentist is sure to be happy that you’re doing all you can to keep your teeth in tiptop condition. Here are a few dental apps you might want to try out today.

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