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Gum Disease Threat ‘inflated to sell mouthwash’?

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.
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Gum Disease: Electric toothbrushes VS standard toothbrushes

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.
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Halitosis, also known as bad breath – What are the causes and how is it treated?

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.
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Hygienist Treatments – What’s the Difference Between a Hygenist and Your Dentist?

Hygienist treatments

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.

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Preventative Dentistry: Everything You Need To Know About Dental Plaque

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!
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Why Your Wisdom Teeth Are Not As Wise As You May Have Hoped

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

Four of the Best Foods and Drinks for Healthy Teeth

According to the National Obesity Council, the UK is the world’s 6th most obese nation. And according to the World Health Organisation, nearly 100% of adults in industrialised countries (of which we are one) have dental cavities. That paints us in a pretty unhealthy light! When it comes to our health and overall well-being, more often than not we focus on what we perceive to be the more pressing health issues prevalent in our society today: Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes and arthritis – conditions which are often directly or indirectly associated with the alarming rise in obesity and our culture of unhealthy living.  One issue that we don’t tend to prioritise, until we actually have a problem, is our teeth, or rather the health of our teeth and gums.  Read More

How Our Teeth Are Formed – The Life of a Tooth

Life is a miraculous thing when you think about the cycle of evolution and just how far we’ve come over the course of the centuries. We now know more about life and the theory of evolution than ever before, and what’s especially mind-blowing is that we still have not yet discovered anywhere close to all of the different species currently living on this planet with us. Read More

Informed Dental Care to Help with Bleeding Gums

Our teeth are a fundamental part of our overall appearance, giving us the confidence to welcome the world with a smile. Because a good smile is such an integral part of our beauty-conscious culture, persuading people to spend money on products and treatments to make their teeth whiter, brighter and ‘healthier’ is easy. But your teeth are not the only component of a healthy smile. Healthy gums are an essential but all too often over-looked part of the mix. Minor symptoms, for example bleeding gums, tend to get overlooked and dismissed as “unimportant”, when in fact, they can be one of the early signs of gum disease and, as such, far more important than most people realise. Read More

Why Your Bad Breath May Be More Serious Than You Think

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath,  can be a major turn off and can even cause lower self-esteem because it makes you conscious of how close you get to people and how you interact in your social life. Since dealing with it means you need to address the root cause for lasting results, finding out the underlying cause of your bad breath is paramount. It is also important to note that bad breath has been identified as an underlying symptom of other more serious diseases, which, left untreated go far beyond the embarrassment and discomfort of having a bad taste in the mouth. Read More