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Alzheimer’s disease and oral health: An increasingly close relationship

This hypothesis was first discussed in 2010, but a study in the scientific journal Science Advances reinforces the theory that Alzheimer’s may be caused by gum disease. The pathogen that causes gingivitis was found in Alzheimer’s patients, 96% of whom had ‘Porphyromonas gingivalis’ in their brains.

The bacterium moves to the brain and excretes a harmful enzyme that leads to the destruction of neurons. Hence, the memory loss and degeneration characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Gingipain is responsible for the brain damage and its subsequent sequelae. It is neither the only cause nor conclusive, but experts are sure that it is a very important avenue of research.

Experiments have also been carried out with laboratory rats in which the chronic periodontitis pathogen is introduced to them and the results were positive. The oral infection reaches the brain and produces beta-amyloid, a bacterium that is directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Prevention: the best way forward

The connection found between gum infection and Alzheimer’s opens up a new path of prevention: If there is a family history, it is essential to have check-ups with your dental clinic. Brushing and flossing are also a way to avoid infections in everyday life. Last but not least, it is also important to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, as this is the best way to prevent diseases and infections.

At Costa Adeje Dental Center we have professionals trained to make accurate assessments and diagnoses. Thus, we evaluate the risks and health problems that our patients may have in their oral cavity. All this allows us to draw up a personalised action and treatment plan for better oral health and consequently prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

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DENTAL IMPLANTS ALL-ON-4 | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What are All-on-4 techniques?

The term All-on-4 refers to the fact that “all” (all) teeth are supported “on four” (on four) or six dental implants. The four or six implants support a fixed prosthesis of 10 to 14 teeth, which is placed immediately, usually within 24 hours of the procedure.

When is the All-on-4 technique used?

This technique is NOT indicated for all patients, only for those who do not have bone in the posterior maxilla or mandible and do not wish to undergo bone regeneration procedures. In patients who have sufficient bone to place implants in the molar area, it is recommended.

Advantages of All-on-4 implants:

This all-on-four dental implant technique offers a series of advantages over conventional implants.

– Shorter treatment time until the final prosthesis.
– Simpler surgery than the conventional technique.
– Possibility of avoiding dental bone grafts.
– Dental implants are placed on the same day as tooth extractions, if necessary.
– Fixed teeth and smile on the same day, using a hybrid prosthesis from the very first moment.
– Fixed prosthesis, which you don’t have to put in and take out every day.

Disadvantages of All-on-4 implants:

– Angled posterior implants, which means that the prosthesis in the molar area has no support, as it is cantilevered. And this cantilever, with the passage of time and use, ends up breaking or splitting.
– As it is only a fixed prosthesis on 4 implants, if any of them were to fail, the patient would have to undergo a new dental implant placement surgery.
– The hybrid prostheses that are placed always have false pink gum, and this can accumulate food underneath it.

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TYPES OF ORTHONDONTICS

In general terms, we can speak of fixed and removable orthodontics, although in both cases braces are used that can be made with different materials and technologies.

Fixed orthodontics:

This is the most commonly used at present and it uses wires and brackets, the latter being the fixed part that attaches to the teeth and to which the wires are fixed.

There are two types of fixed orthodontics:

– External brackets:
these are placed on the outside of the dental arch and are therefore clearly visible. They are the most frequently used, especially in the case of children and adolescents. We have brackets that are called aesthetic brackets, as they are less visible as they are made of plastic, ceramic or sapphire materials.

– Lingual orthodontics:
These are placed on the inside of the dental arch, leaving the external surface of the teeth free. This is why it is the most suitable option for those people who do not want to use external brackets for aesthetic reasons.

Removable Orthodontics:

There are two types:

– Children’s orthodontics: These are used especially for children aged 7-8 years, who must wear them at least at night and for between 4 and six hours a day, although the longer they are worn the faster the correction of the problems that have led to the practice of orthodontics. They have the advantage that they can be removed, for example, to eat and brush your teeth, which facilitates oral hygiene and the cleaning of the appliance.

– Invisible orthodontics: This is the latest development in orthodontics. It is a type of splint made of silicone or materials similar to plastic, which means that they are barely noticeable to others and can be removed and put on whenever necessary. For their manufacture, the patient’s teeth are first carefully scanned. These images are then processed by a complex 3D computer system, which, in addition to designing the orthodontics (one splint for the upper arch and another for the lower arch), allows a simulation of the changes that will occur weekly in the correction of the teeth. Depending on this, different appliances are made that the patient will change as the objectives established in the simulation are achieved.

For more information on invisible orthodontics, we have a blog published on the subject: 10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON INVISIBLE ORTHODONTICS

COMPARATIVE TABLE

External bracketsLingual orthodonticsInvisible orthodontics
ComfortLowVery low
High
HygieneMediumHardEasy
AestheticsVisibleNot visible
Not visible
Nº of controlMediumHighMedium
AgeAnyAdultsAny

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CHANGE YOUR SMILE, WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Do you want to change your smile?

Having a good smile brings many more benefits than just aesthetics. Being happy with your smile improves your self-esteem, improves your mood and therefore improves your physical and mental health. To do this, a series of procedures must be carried out, such as changing colour, shape, size, among others, in order to achieve that ideal smile.

How is the process?

In the first appointment, a series of diagnostic tests will be carried out, such as intra-oral and extra-oral photographs, a CT scan and other types of processes to be able to analyse and recreate all the anatomical figures in your mouth. During this review your dentist will be able to see what treatments you need to improve your oral health, which is key to having a good smile.

Depending on the case, to change a smile you must work in a multidisciplinary way with various treatments such as veneers, invisible or traditional orthodontics, replacement of lost teeth, implants, among others… Each case is a world, and there will be people who only need one or several dental disciplines to be intervened in their case, in order to achieve that smile that will completely change your life.

Who can change their smile?

Anyone who wants to can change their smile, as it not only improves the aesthetics but also the health of the patient. That is why it is essential to have a first visit to prepare a revision and thus know which is the most optimal treatment for each patient.

In the following video you can see our patient Giovanna, who came from Italy for her aesthetic treatment and tells us, with her new smile, how her experience was:

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CAVITIES AFFECT 95% OF ADULTS

Caries affects 33% of children under five years of age in Spain, 40% of children under 15, 95% of adults over 30 and 100% of the elderly, according to the General Council of Dentists.

This is not necessarily because people neglect their mouths, but there are a number of habits such as poor diet, smoking, consumption of sugary drinks, coffee and alcohol and certain conditions of a social nature which cause them to appear. It would be a question of controlling our habits. You might think that the fact that it is something normal makes it a problem without too much importance, but do we really know what risks caries pose to our health?

Periodontal diseases such as sensitive, red and swollen gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, receding gums, loose teeth or persistent bad breath are some of the most common consequences of tooth decay. But you haven’t heard the worst part yet. The same report warns that failure to remedy this problem can lead to diseases such as oral cancer, especially from tobacco and alcohol consumption, and bacterial or viral infections.

How can we prevent this? In addition to simple healthy habits such as brushing three times a day, flossing and rinsing liquids after brushing at least once a day and going regularly to the dentist, it will also help us to enjoy better oral health and therefore avoid other diseases. On the other hand, we should try to do without added sugars and have a balanced diet to prevent tooth decay. Eating fruit and vegetables will protect you against oral cancer, as well as quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption, which also leads to avoiding periodontopathies and tooth loss.

Another piece of advice that we recommend as dentists is to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months because, as we have already explained in this blog, dental cleaning is the best way to prevent illnesses and infections.

Don’t forget, the care of your teeth and mouth is fundamental to enjoy good health in the rest of your body. Following these simple tips will help you not to have to worry about it and, to be more sure of the health of your oral cavity, do not hesitate to contact us.

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