Tooth decay linked to mad cow disease

A new study published in the journal of Dental Hypotheses suggests that the human form of mad cow disease could be linked to tooth decay. It suggests further that tooth decay may be the way in which people become infected with the incurable disease as a result of eating contaminated meat.

The study’s hypothesis could also explain the geographical spread of the disease where cases are higher in Scotland and the north east of England, where dental decay is also high.

An interesting observation was that the area with the lowest numbers of filled teeth and the lowest incidence of the human form of mad cow disease is the West Midlands, which is also the region with the highest levels of fluoridation.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay also known as dental decay or caries, is a destruction of your tooth substance to form holes. These holes then need to be cleaned out and filled.

What is the cause of tooth decay?

There are millions of bacteria present in everyone’s mouth that stick to your teeth as plaque. These bacteria use the sugar in food and drinks to produce acid. This acid gradually dissolves the hard tooth structure to produce a cavity or hole. Fluoride in toothpastes, mouthwashes and drinking water inhibits the bacterial action.

How can your dentist London help prevent tooth decay?

Regular clinical dental examinations and X-rays are essential to detect and monitor decay. Talk to us about special diagnostic tests to determine your susceptibility to decay and cavities. But more importantly let us help you prevent future problems too.

At The Perfect Smile Studios, before we carry out any treatment we like to assess your mouth in detail. This allows us to establish a treatment plan that is based on a sound and secure foundation. It is especially important when considering treatments such as cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, tooth veneers, teeth implants, teeth straightening and other complex dental treatments.

If you would like to understand further how your dentist London, Hertfordshire and Essex can help you then book in for a complimentary free of charge consultation appointment by calling 01992 552115. You will then have an opportunity to discuss your needs and requirements further and allow us to show you viable options that are now available in modern dentistry.

We can alleviate any concerns and worries that you may have in relation to your teeth, mouth and smile. Understanding and educating ourselves about our conditions is usually the first step in the prevention process. Our philosophy is to preserve your teeth and gums and to provide dentistry in a conservative manner so as to strengthen your teeth and make them last as long as possible.

Call your dentist London, Hertfordshire and Essex on 01992 552115 and book in your complimentary consultation to discuss your needs and let us talk to you about the options available to you. Take the first step to a newer better you.

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