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Dr. Parvez Alam Khan
B.D.S., M.I.D.A
Amber Dental Care

August 2023

Dear Readers,

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing our planet, and it has far-reaching implications for human health. While much attention has been paid to the impact of climate change on physical health, its effect on oral health has received little attention.

Climate change can have a significant impact on oral health in several ways. For instance, changes in temperature and humidity can create ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria and fungi that can cause oral infections. Additionally, extreme weather events such as floods and hurricanes can increase the risk of dental injuries and infections.

Moreover, climate change can also impact access to oral healthcare. Disruptions to healthcare systems due to climate-related disasters can make it difficult for people to receive timely dental care, leading to untreated dental problems.

In conclusion, the impact of climate change on oral health is a growing concern that requires urgent attention. It is crucial to address the root causes of climate change and take proactive measures to mitigate its impact on human health, including oral health.

Dr. Manesh Lahori
B.D.S, M.D.S, F.I.S.O.I, F.I.C.O.I
Professor & Dean, K. D. Dental College & Hospital, Mathura U.P.

August 2023

Dentistry and Cardiology:

A simple mouth rinse could spot early heart disease risk

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. It is the entry point to digestive and respiratory tracts. Maintaining proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, usually keeps bacteria in check. Yet, neglecting oral health can lead to elevated bacterial levels that result in issues such as cavities and periodontal disease. Certain medications can reduce saliva flow, which normally washes away food particles and neutralizes acid produced by bacteria, aiding in the protection of teeth. Interestingly, a potential connection exists between heart disease, blocked arteries, strokes, and the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can incite. With sedentary lifestyles contributing to cardiovascular risks in today’s generation, awareness of potential diagnostic measures becomes a crucial defense.

Early indicators of cardiovascular disease can emerge from a simple saliva sample. This new approach involves analyzing saliva for specific biomarkers like C-reactive protein and certain enzymes that indicate inflammation and other heart problems. A basic mouth rinse test can gauge white blood cell levels in saliva, serving as a potential marker for cardiovascular issues. Elevated levels, correlated with compromised arterial health, can provide an early indication of vascular problems.

This development has the potential to revolutionize cardiac diagnosis as it has a noninvasive and cost effective method. A simple mouthwash could be an important tool in the ongoing fight against heart disease, improving early detection and ultimately saving lives. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are recommended not only for your dental health but also potentially for your overall cardiovascular health. By identifying these signs, we will be able to intervene earlier, so that more action can be taken and better results can be achieved.