A recent article in The Times newspaper, suggested that the Gum disease threat had been ‘inflated to sell mouthwash’
Here is a copy of the article, together with Dr Galgut’s response:
Gum Disease Threat ‘inflated to sell mouthwash’
[as reported by: Chris Smyth Health Correspondent]
Gum disease is as normal a part of ageing as wrinkles and its threat has been exaggerated to sell mouthwash and expensive treatments, a dental expert has claimed.
If you are suffering from gum disease or are worried about the health of your teeth, you may have wondered which type of toothbrush is best for you, and whether an electric toothbrush or a standard one is best. Unfortunately, when it comes to brushing your teeth, there is no one ‘best toothbrush’, anymore than there is one ‘best technique for brushing your teeth’ to prevent gum disease. Your dental health is unique to you. Every dental record, apart from being unique in its own right, comes attached to a human being, unique in their own right, with an additional set of issues and preferences. However, this article will attempt to give you some of the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes vs standard ones, to help you make your decision.
When it comes to embarrassing medical conditions, it’s probably safe to say that bad breath (halitosis) is up there with the worst of them. After all, the first thing a person does on meeting you is to strike a conversation. And as soon as you open your mouth to reply – Bam! You have hit them with the full extent of your condition. We feel embarrassed because we feel it is our ‘fault’ and there is a general perception that if you have smelly breath, you also have poor oral hygiene habits. If the only thing this article achieves is to assure you on both counts that in most cases, it is most definitely NOT your fault, then that is a good thing.
When it comes to the health of our teeth, many of us would ideally do all we can to ensure our teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Toothache is an extremely painful condition which can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress. Visiting the dentist however, or rather even the prospect of visiting the dentist, is something that strikes fear into the souls of people all over the world. By contrast, the word ‘hygienist’ has a far less sinister ring to it. In fact, many people, initially traumatised by the idea of visiting their dentist, are far happier to visit their dental hygienist, and are finding the experience far less traumatic than they would have at first initially thought. Most people don’t realise this, but dentists and dental hygienists have very different roles and provide very different treatments. Here’s a more in-depth look to help clear things up once and for all.
Preventive Dentistry Tips and Procedures
If you’d love a smile that would make a Hollywood superstar envious of, you will need to ensure that you take the best possible care of your teeth and gums. Most of us don’t make our teeth and gum health one of our main priorities when in reality we really should. Not only will taking care of our teeth and our gums help make our teeth look healthy and attractive, it will also benefit our bodies in a number of different ways as well. As far as preventive dentistry and dental procedures go, there are a number of techniques and procedures that can be performed that have been proven to help encourage good oral health, many of which you can carry out yourself in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a look at some of the best preventive dentistry and dental procedures to help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as they can possibly be.
Gum Disease: Why Romans had teeth to smile about
A recent article in The Times newspaper claims the Romans suffered from less periodontal disease than we do today. Really? We know they didn’t have access to the same modern dentistry and mouth-care techniques back then, so what was their secret? Was it really all down to not smoking and less sugar in the diet, or are there other factors at play? Dr Galgut challenges some of the views proffered by Professor Frances Hughes and suggests some other reasons for the lowered incidence of periodontal disease found in our ancient forebears.
Are you aware of the link between smoking and gum disease, or the link between gum disease and cancer?
When it comes to our general health and well-being, it doesn’t take a medical genius to work out that in order to be fit and healthy, we need to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We should cut out junk food, or at least cut right back on it. We should eat fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and fresh and natural produce. We should drink more water, and we should get more exercise. Whilst all of those things are constantly stressed to us, and every day we hear more and reasons why we need to heed that advice through media and television, there is another factor that we should address: The effects our lifestyles in general, or more specifically, our lifestyle choices and habits, have on the health of our teeth and gums, together with the further ranging consequences of that. Read More
Dental plaque is not just about the build-up of film on your teeth caused by bacteria or bad brushing. It is the first line in a whole array of oral problems, including gum disease and periodontal disease, which left untreated, can cause other more serious illness throughout the body. Preventative dentistry is about just that: preventing oral problems from developing in the first place, rather than just treating the symptoms as they appear. Nothing in the body is isolated. In terms of “good health”, it is important to remember the whole body functions as one unit. Each process is inter-connected to another in some way, shape, or form. That means if you want a healthy body, you can’t ignore your teeth!
What exactly are our wisdom teeth, what is their purpose, and above all else, why are they called wisdom teeth at all?
When people talk about excruciating pain from natural causes, probably top of the list (certainly if you are female!) would be child birth. Depending on the person and their medical history, passing a kidney stone, suffering from an intense migraine, or severe back pain may also make it into their personal top three. Another cause of extreme pain however, which many of us are unfortunately able to relate to, is the agonising toothache associated with problem wisdom teeth. Read More