Newbridge Dental

Newbridge Dental
1a Charlotte Street,
Co. Kildare
T: 045 431 676

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8.30am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-5.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday
8.00am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-5.30pm
8.30am-1.00pm; 2.00pm-5.30pm

Reception opening hours
Monday - Friday
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News - June 2020

Lockdown leading to increased snacking

dfdfdThe coronavirus pandemic could also be having a significant impact on oral health, according to a charity. New research by the Oral Health Foundation shows staying at home has led to more than one-in-three (38%) British adults increasing the amount of times they are snacking throughout the day.
Since lockdown, snacking has risen considerably in younger adults. Nearly two-in-three (61%) under 35s admit they are now eating more often in between meals. Snacking has also risen among families with younger children. Seven-in-ten families (70%) with children under five are reporting more snacking in the household. This is more than double compared with those who are not living with children.
The Oral Health Foundation states it is worried about the damage snacking in between meals can have on oral health. The charity’s Chief Executive, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says: “Snacking could be the result of boredom and the need to find a distraction that gives us a short-term comfort. The problem is that snacking can have serious repercussions for our health.
“Whenever we eat or drink anything, plaque bacteria builds up in the mouth. This produces acids that attack the teeth, causing tooth decay and erosion. Usually, the mouth can neutralise these acids by producing saliva; however, constant snacking does not give the mouth a chance to recover. This leaves us susceptible to acid attacks.”
Dr Ben Atkins, President of the Oral Health Foundation, adds: “It is important that we are mindful of the harm snacking can do to our health and take actions to prevent any potential damage”.



Tooth loss more prevalent in adults with chronic disease

dfdfdAdults with severe chronic disease, or with fair or poor general health, have a higher prevalence of losing all their teeth (edentulism) and severe tooth loss, according to research published in the May 29 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Marcia L. Parker, DMD from the CDC in Atlanta and colleagues, estimated tooth loss using three measures from 1999 to 2004 and 2011 to 2016, by comparing data among adults aged 50 years or over with selected chronic conditions. The three measures were edentulism, severe tooth loss, and lacking functional dentition.
The researchers found that the prevalence rates of edentulism and severe tooth loss were 50% or greater more among adults with fair or poor general health, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, liver condition, or stroke, compared with those without the chronic condition during 2011 to 2016. Adults with chronic conditions also had a higher prevalence of lack of functional dentition compared with those without these conditions.
"CDC currently supports medical-dental integration activities to increase bidirectional messaging and referrals for dentists and primary care providers serving patients with prediabetes, diabetes, and hypertension," the authors write, "Information obtained from these activities can be used to develop effective approaches to reduce the high prevalence of tooth loss among persons with chronic conditions and support better chronic disease management."



Fluoride in water is not associated with increase in osteosarcoma

dfdfdThe Journal of Dental Research published the results of a study that demonstrated that community water fluoridation is not associated with an increased risk of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer).
Fluoride ingestion has been suggested as a possible risk factor for osteosarcoma based on a 1990 animal study. Six of the seven subsequent case-control studies in humans reported that fluoride in drinking water was not associated with osteosarcoma.
This study assessed whether living in a fluoridated community was a risk factor for osteosarcoma by performing a secondary data analysis using data collected from two separate, but linked studies. Patients for both phase 1 and phase 2 were selected from US hospitals, using a hospital-based matched case-control study design. For both phases, cases were patients diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and controls were patients diagnosed with other bone tumours or non-neoplastic conditions.
In phase 1, cases (N=209) and controls (N=440) were patients of record in the participating orthopaedic departments from 1989-1993. In phase 2, cases (N=108) and controls (N=296) were incident patients, who were identified and treated by orthopaedic physicians from 1994-2000. This analysis included all patients who met eligibility criteria on whom there was complete data on covariates, exposures, and outcome.
Chester Douglass; Harvard School of Dental Medicine, said: "These results indicate that residence in a fluoridated community is not related to an increase in risk for osteosarcoma after adjusting for race, ethnicity, income, distance from the hospital, urban/rural living status, and drinking bottled water. This should not be surprising given that ingestion of fluoridated water is a common exposure and osteosarcoma remains a rare disease".