Poor Oral Health Can Onset Alzheimer

The findings offer hope for a new way of tackling the illness, for which there is no cure and no effective treatments.

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Poor oral health can play a role in onset of Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers who found evidence of the link between bacteria in a common type of gum disease and people with dementia.

The study, published in the journal Science Advances, identified Porphyromonas gingivalis — the keystone pathogen in chronic periodontitis — in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Toxic proteases from the bacterium called gingipains were also identified in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, and levels correlated with tau and ubiquitin pathology.

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The findings offer hope for a new way of tackling the illness, for which there is no cure and no effective treatments, the BBC reported.

Tests on mice confirmed the bacteria could travel from the mouth to the brain and showed the toxic protein they secrete, called gingipain, which destroyed brain neurons.

The bacteria also increased production of amyloid beta, a component of the amyloid plaques commonly associated with Alzheimer’s.

Following this, scientists Stephen Dominy from founders of the pharmaceutical firm Cortexyme, tested drugs in mice aimed at blocking the toxic proteins and found they were able to halt degeneration in the brain.

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The same bacteria was further found in 51 out of 53 brain autopsies of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

The team has now developed a new drug they hope could form the basis of a human treatment and plan to test it in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, in a clinical trial later in 2019. (IANS)

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Oral Hygiene: The Ayurvedic Way

How Ayurveda can help in maintaining oral hygiene

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Oral hygiene is important as it has a direct link to memory loss, diabetes, etc. Pixabay

By DR Naveen Shukla 

Ensured Oral Hygiene with Triphala Mouth Wash
As the saying goes, “Better teeth, better health”. It not only enlightens us about the importance of teeth but the entire oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene is important as it has a direct link to-
• Memory loss
• Diabetes or conditions with uncontrolled blood sugar
• Kidney disorders
• Inflammatory diseases
• head and neck cancers, including cancers of the tongue, gums, mouth, salivary glands and tonsils.
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Stroke

We often read in articles about lots of ways to improve our oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth and to reduce sugar intake etc. Ayurveda offers tons of ways for improved oral hygiene to prevent all the diseases linked.

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Use a mouthwash to maintain your oral hygiene. Pixabay

According to Ayurveda, teeth are considered as an updadhatu of Asthi dhatu (bone tissue). In Ayurveda, it is mentioned that the tooth eruption (dantopatti kala) is best when a child is 8 months old.

As per the ayurvedic texts teeth are divided into Rajadanta, Vasta, Damstra, and Hanavya.
• The middle two teeth are Rajadanta (incisor) and are considered sacred.
• Teeth by the side of Rajadanta are called Vasta (canines)
• Other teeth by the side of it are called Damstra (pre-molar)
• The rest are called Hanavya (molar) and named because are helpful in mastication.

Bones are a natural governed by Vata and in the disease of the bones, the teeth are also weakened. Food and tonics which are good for bones and the muscular tissues are also beneficial for teeth and gums ensuring strength in the gums and teeth.

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Healthy oral hygiene depicts a-
• Normal healthy teeth are strong, white, smooth without decay.
• The gums should be even, pink and smooth. Gums are known as Dantamansa or Dantaveshta.

According to Sushruta (Author of Sushruta Samhita), fifteen disease of the roots of the teeth and gums have been mentioned. To prevent tooth and gum disease good oral hygiene should be implemented in our Dinacharya (Daily Routine).

Ayurveda has portraited the importance of Triphala mouthwash. Triphala is the combination of the herbs Haritaki, Bhibhitak and Amalaki.

Triphala (an Ayurvedic herbal powder) is proven to be the most effective choice of the herb as it has the power of resolving tons of disorders like
• Aging-related problems
• Digestive disorders or gastric distress
• Obesity and weight-related disorders
• Immune system defects
• Diabetes and lifestyle disorders
• Nutrient intake deficiency and malabsorption
• Oral health
• Fatigue and stress
• Mental health
In maintain, oral hygiene triphala plays a major role by maintaining the balance by creating a strengthening atmosphere for the entire entities of oral structures.

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We often read in articles about lots of ways to improve our oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth and to reduce sugar intake etc. Pixabay

In Ayurveda, two techniques have been mentioned for mouthwash-

1. Gandusa
This is filling the mouth to its full capacity without allowing movement inside the mouth. The liquid is held for a few moments.

2. Kavalagraha
This is holding of a smaller amount of liquid, allowing the liquid to move and be swished around for a period of time before it spits out.

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Both (Gandusa and Kavala) can be done with oils, medicated oils, ghee, herbal decoction or warm water under the prescription of the Ayurvedic doctors.

It can be decided what is suitable for your oral hygiene according to the season, your personalised constitution, daily regimen etc. Gandusa and Kavala are beneficial to promote health and also cure the disease of the mouth, teeth, throat and face.
Several studies have been done supporting.

Now a days in the practice Triphala mouth wash is proven effective in

• dental plaque
• gingivitis
• mouth ulcers
• dental caries.

Nature Care Ayurveda provides evidence-based study in aspect with the techniques of Triphala mouth wash (as written in the classics) with a professional touch of care aiming to worship the body you live in and good health. The brilliant bunch of doctors at Nature Care Ayurveda are determined towards the holistic wellness of the society

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The panel consists of Dr Naveen Shukla, the founder and Director of Nature Care Ayurveda and The Vice President of AAA for Australia and Dr Vishal Sharma, the Director of Nature Care Ayurveda, Ayurveda consultant and a Lifetime member of International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA). Dr Nikhila Venugopal is the Ayurveda consultant, Marma specialist of Nature Care Ayurveda. (Hindu Council)

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children
Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children. Pixabay
  • Worried about your child’s obesity problems? It’s high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study.

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

“Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you are looking at the issue from a different angle,” said Louise Arvidsson, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“The question is whether a healthy diet can have the effect also in young children. There has been a lot of focus on physical activity and mental health in children, but diet is an increasingly recognized aspect.”

The researchers reviewed the eating behavior, body fat and dental health of 271 small children. The height, weight and food intake of the children were kept under observation for one day and then checked for the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva.

The results found that the children who had a higher amount of carries bacteria also had higher BMI and worse eating habits.

The children were suggested to consume whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat.

Arvidsson mentioned in the thesis, conducted at the University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, that with good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems

Rather, parents who try to change the regime of their children by asking them to eat less during childhood can see serious repercussions of overweight problems in later life.(IANS)

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Study: Drinking and Smoking can cause Problems to the Dental Fillings

Failure of Dental fillings in smokers and alcohol drinkers.

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Smoking causes failure of Dental fillings. Pixabay
  • Indulging in smoking or drinking alcohol may not only damage your teeth but also lead to increased incidences of failure in dental fillings, warned researchers.

The findings, led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, showed that within two years of the dental procedure, Dental fillings failed more often in patients who drank alcohol, while the overall filling failure rate was higher in men who smoked.

Furthermore, people with a difference in the gene for matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2) — an enzyme found in teeth — were at increased risk of Dental filling failure.

This could be because MMP2 might be able to degrade the bond between the filling and the tooth surface, potentially leading to failure, the researchers said.

The results, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, suggest that genetic analysis might help dentists to personalize treatments for their patients, which could lead to improved outcomes.

“A better understanding of individual susceptibility to dental disease and variation in treatment outcomes will allow the dental field to move forward,” said Alexandre Vieira, a researcher from the varsity.

“In the future, genetic information may be used to personalize dental treatments and enhance treatment outcomes,” Vieira added.

For the study, the team from America and Brazil analyzed dental records of 807 patients.
Fillings can fail for a variety of reasons, including re-emergence of the initial tooth decay or the filling becoming detached.

The researchers also examined if newer composite resin Dental fillings are as durable as traditional amalgam fillings, which have been in use for more than 150 years but which contain mercury, a toxic metal.

The researchers found that overall, there were no major differences between patients receiving amalgam or composite Dental fillings in terms of filling failure rates. (IANS)