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Halitosis is the proper term for bad breath which occurs in 25% of the population and is caused by over active bacteria in the mouth particularly on the tongue.  In some cases they can be over stimulated in certain individuals for reasons such as poor oral health, medication, health conditions, smoking, diet and underlying infection.  If larger amounts of bacteria are being produced and not effectively being removed, they produce volatile sulphur compounds which in turn cause bad breath.

If the cause of halitosis is bacteria in the mouth not being removed effectively, attending regular professional cleans will allow the hygienist or dentist to assess which areas in the mouth are accumulating more plaque and demonstrate effective flossing and brushing techniques to reduce the bacterial colonies which may produce sulphur.

In severe cases halitosis can result in social anxiety, so if symptoms persist always see your medical practitioner as halitosis can also be an indication of other health issues eg. acid reflux, post nasal discharge or xerostomia(dry mouth).

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The memory and walking speed of adults who have lost all their teeth decline more rapidly than in those who still have some of their teeth, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  Testing 3,166 adults aged 60 or over in the UK, the study found that people with none of their own teeth performed approximately 10% worse in both memory and walking speed tests than people with teeth, especially in the 60-74 age range.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a tool used to identify the entire network of the brain involved in particular tasks.  In other research published in the Journal of Oral Biosciences, Fubctional MRI was used to identify areas of the brain involved in chewing, which were found to be different in people with and without teeth.  The researches found that the area of the brain that declines in some types of dementia is stimulated by chewing with teeth or implants, but not when chewing with full dentures.  Thus, tooth loss deprives this area of the brain of activity, and may explain the link with memory loss.

These studies once again highlight the importance of oral health and dental care in improving general health and minimising mental and physical decline.

To all our patients,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dr Samir and the team will be away from December 12th 2014 to January 13th 2015.  There will be staff at the practice to take your calls up to December 19th.

If you have a dental emergency please check the Australian Dental Association website for an emergency dentist near you.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

 

Our wonderful dental care nurse Amy Chalmers got married in Bali!  Her wedding was absolutely amazing and we like to say a big thank you to everyone for all their wedding wishes.

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The above image is some of the earliest evidence of ancient implant dentistry.  Archaeologists have dated this mummy from ancient Egypt to 2000BCE.  The dental work shows two extracted teeth splinted to the neighbouring teeth .  Lucky for us modern dentistry has come a long way and this look can remain where it belongs,  Ancient Egypt.

(Photo source metalonmetalblog)

You may have noticed that Dr Samir does an oral cancer check during every check-up.  Is this necessary?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 700 people died in 2011 from malignant cancers of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx.  This is twice the rate of cevical cancer, yet there is little public awareness of this often preventable cancer.

Survival rates for oral cancer are low mainly due to late detection.  That simple oral cancer screening, done every six months can save lives.