Some things pass down from generation to generation. Poor joint health, poor vision, and an increased risk of heart problems are all forms of genetic predispositions. Is the same true for oral health? If your parents suffered from gum disease, are you already on a collision course for gum disease? According to a new study published in Genome Research, genetic predisposition may not play such a large role in oral health. The dentists of Riverside Dental Group discuss the recent study and findings regarding nature versus nurture in terms of oral health.
The Study Conducted
In order to determine a link between genetics and the microbial make up of an individual’s mouth, scientists studied two groups of twins. The scientists studied microbial DNA found in the saliva of all the twins studied. Two types of twins were studied. Half of the twins were identical, while the other twins were only fraternal. By studying the microbial DNA of all the twins, they sought to find concrete evidence of genetic predisposition, or evidence of environment playing a more substantial role.
Pregnancy can be a magical time for mothers and their children. Physically, the human body undergoes tremendous changes while pregnant. Most parents strive to give their children the very best. Recent studies on pregnancy, obesity, and sleep apnea could equip parents with new information about the associated risks. New research also provides information on how to diminish the chance of a C-section delivery and how to reduce the rate of infants being admitted to neonatal intensive care. The dentists of The Oasis Family Dental discuss the recent findings on how sleep apnea in pregnancy may harm mother and baby.
Sleep Apnea Study
Sleep apnea among obese patients is quite prevalent. Currently, sleep apnea affects less than 10% of the general population, but as much as 40% of people classified as obese. The study was conducted using 175 pregnant women classified as obese and recently published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Although losing a tooth called for celebration as a child, losing a tooth as an adult can be a trying ordeal. Many people don’t realize that the leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Avoiding gum disease for your entire life is becoming increasingly difficult. Reports indicate roughly 80% of adults in America will suffer from gum disease at some point during their life.
Recent studies are illustrating which segments of the American population are more at risk for developing gum disease. The dentists at Dental Associates of Riverside discuss gum disease prevention and how men are at higher risk for gum disease.
Gum Disease Rates for Men and Women
Gender equality could exist in society, but it doesn’t exist when it comes to gum disease. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, men are at a significantly higher risk for developing gum disease than women. Currently, the rate for gum disease is 56.4% among men in America. The CDC also estimates that at least 50% of the population currently has gum disease. For women, the number drops to 38.4%. For patients over the age of 65, over 70% of people currently have some form of gum disease. As the population continues to live longer, the rate of gum disease among people over 65 will surely increase.
Most patients navigate through their day-to-day to life experiencing little or no immediate symptoms which warrant an unscheduled dental visit. The two regularly scheduled checkups per year are usually enough to address patients’ dental treatment needs. Occasionally, patients will lapse on their regularly scheduled six-month appointments and run into unfamiliar symptoms. The dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley discuss the symptoms which should make you call the dentist.
Tooth Pain: A Definite Symptom
First and foremost is dental pain. If you’re experiencing any tooth pain, it could be a sign of serious oral health issues. Typically, a simple cavity does not cause pain unless it progresses to the point of hitting a nerve. Tooth pain could be attributed to an abscess. Generally, abscesses cause tremendous discomfort for patients. An abscess is an infected tooth. The bacterium infecting the tooth causes the surrounding tissue to swell. The swelling results in throbbing mouth pain around the abscessed tooth.
A confident smile can lead to confidence throughout a person’s life. Flashing a bright smile leaves patients feeling confident. However, unsightly cracks could be inhibiting some people’s ability to feel good about smiling. Craze lines are a problem common among older adults, but can occur at different stages throughout life. The dentists of Riverside Dental Group developed a short quiz to test your knowledge on how to treat craze lines and what causes craze lines.
Do you think all candy affects your teeth the same way? Many people simply assume that candy is bad for teeth, no matter what. Although candy rarely benefits your teeth, there could be great disparity in the amount of tooth enamel damage caused by some candies versus others. The dentists at Dental Associates of Riverside prepared a short, true-false quiz to test readers’ knowledge on candy.
Do you love being frightened? As Halloween nears closer and closer, many people get in the mood for scary movies. Whether it is a horror classic, or a new edition of a current franchise, snacking will surely take place.
Some of the go-to snacks for movie watchers are popcorn, and chocolate-covered raisins. Although they may appear harmless enough, these snacks can cause cavities, toothaches, and even abscesses.
Let’s take a look at some of the truly scary aspects of the horror-movie snacking experience.
The smell of popcorn can be a tantalizing temptation. However, it is not the smell of popcorn which can cause damage to teeth. Many people grab popcorn by the handfuls and shovel it into their mouths without much consideration for raw kernels. Biting down on a kernel yet to be popped can result in a cracked tooth. Always survey the popcorn scene before pouring a handful into your mouth.