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How Alcohol Could Be Changing The Bacteria In Your Mouth

Could alcohol change the bacteria in your mouth?

Enjoying just one alcoholic drink could be changing the bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, it could lead to oral cancer according to a new study.

Researchers who have been looking into the effects alcohol has on oral health discovered that it can influence the type of bacteria which resides in the mouth.  Higher numbers of bad bacteria were found within the mouths of those who consumed alcohol on a daily basis.

Scientists tested samples from over 1,000 adults, it was found that compared to non-drinkers those who consumed more than one alcoholic drink a day saw a reduction of the healthy bacteria, with a significant increase of the more harmful bacteria showing.

These changes could go on to contribute to alcohol-related diseases, for example, gum disease, digestive tract cancers, oral cancer.

“By giving the mouth a good clean last thing at night, bacteria in the saliva can be neutralised and help prevent any unwanted oral health or general health problems”.

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Cancer could it be beatable?

 

One of the most common words which is linked with Cancer is beatable

This is according to a recent survey on cancer carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation. In a recent article they said that Cancer Research UK has said survival rates have doubled in the UK during the last 40 years.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation said ” we have seen so many wonderful developments in recent years, but unfortunately when it comes to mouth cancer, progress has been particularly slow.

“Mouth cancer survival rates have not improved in the last 20 years and we put this down to a lack of awareness of the signs and symptoms, this may result in a diagnosis being made too late and the cancer spreading, this makes treatment more extensive and less successful.

Key to beating it is early detection as it dramatically improves the chances of survival from 50 to 90%. Read full article 

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The importance of regular dental checkups

Like most cancers the sooner mouth cancer is spotted, the better the chance of survival.  At Simpson and mau as part of our routine check-ups we carry out a thorough mouth examination, we can often pick up signs that patients don’t which could be the early stages of the disease.  If mouth cancer is diagnosed early, the chances of a cure are much better. The sad issue is many people leave it too late to go to their dentists or doctor.

By having regular check-ups with your dentist you are not just looking after the health of your teeth and gums. All our checkups include checking the tongue, throat, face, head and neck area.

We have regular dental payment plans available to help patients ease the cost of their regular checkups, hygiene appointments and dental treatments, please ask for details

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