Alzheimer’s disease – could gum disease play a role in its development?

Alzheimers gum diseaseWhat is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia; the most common type in the UK. It is mainly discovered in those over the age of 65, but 1 in every 20 cases affects people aged 40-65 – called early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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Could berry extracts play a part in combatting dental decay?

DNN Blackberries CranberriesStreptococcus mutans (S. mutans) are gram-positive cocci shaped bacteria that are commonly found in the oral cavity, amongst other bacteria which combine to make up the microflora. They are a major contributor to dental decay as they break down sugar and produce an acidic environment, which demineralises the tooth structures. 

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Sepsis DNNSepsis is a topic that has appeared in the news a lot recently, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recognised the severity of the disease and its effects on our population. The CQC is currently raising awareness in healthcare settings so that healthcare professionals know what signs and symptoms to look out for and act upon.

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The Social Media Guidance from the GDC

social-media-new-gdcThe General Dental Council has guidance on using social media. Social media includes (but is not limited to) blogs, forums and social networking sites. The GDC’s website states that: 

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Dentist Nafiza treating a patient for Kitchen for Everyone YorkHomeless and vulnerable people have received free dental care on Dentaid’s mobile dental unit this Christmas. 

This December the charity has run clinics in Blackpool, York, Leeds, Southampton and Winchester providing dental screening, pain relieving treatments and oral health advice. 

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