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Oralift Offers Alternative to Facelift Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 8, 2009

Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.

According to the Oralift website, this ‘dental facelift’ offers an alternative to facelift surgery and promises to shift the facial tissues to creates a rejuvenated appearance. The Oralift ‘exercises’ help the facial muscles become stronger passively, and the mouthguard is worn all day long, even while eating. However, Dr. Mohindra recommends that the patient using the mouthguard should not allow their back teeth to rest on the Oralift’s platforms, and they should refrain from talking and eating while wearing it.

Some of the key benefits of the Oralift include reduced lines around the mouth, eyes and around the face, more prominent cheekbones, increased fullness of the lips and strenthing and firming of the jawline and neck.

The Oralift is currently available for £575 in London, and is cheaper than both surgical and non-surgical facelift surgery.  The dentist who is completing the fitting shows the patient how to train their mouth to accommodate for the mouthguard, and provides a recommended schedule for times that they should wear it. Most people need to wear the mouthguard for two 15-minute sessions for the first few days, and then build up to half an hour and then two hours as the facial muscles become stronger. The dentist performing the fitting will also monitor progress at several intervals to ensure that the mouthguard is still fitting properly.

More information about the Oralift can be found at www.oralift.com

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Researchers Unveil Painless Treatment for Receding Gums

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 11, 2009

BBE038Until now, correcting receding gums involved a relatively painful procedure that may have included some type of laser surgery in the mouth. An three-year study at Tufts University now reveals that receding gums can be treated with a specialized gum grafting technique that involves very little pain, and minimal downtime.

Results of this study have been published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Periodontology, and reveals an innovative tissue regeneration application treatment that can restore healthy-looking gums and improve overall results of this type of surgery.

Terrence Griffin, DMD, associate professor, chair of the department of periodontology, and director of postdoctoral periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, explains that “Patients have a less invasive treatment option for receding gums and we now have evidence to support the stability of this relatively painless procedure. Instead of leaving the dental office with stitches in the roof of their mouth, a patient leaves with a small bandage on the arm that can be removed in an hour.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

Many patients would experience significant post-operative bleeding, pain and discomfort from the traditional grafting technique used in gum recontouring and reshaping procedures because gum tissue had to be extracted from other areas of the mouth. The new procedure involves using a platelet-concentrate gel that is applied to a collagen membrane around the tooth, instead of the patient’s own gum tissue. This gel is soaked in the patient’s platelets, and then surgically secured in place.

Gum recession is the leading cause of periodontal disease, and the primary cause of tooth decay and tooth loss for adults aged 35 and older according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum recontouring and surgery can help many patients restore their disappearing gum tissue and preserve their original teeth. Overall, this new procedure is less painful than conventional gum recontouring procedures, and produces a better end result.

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Dieting May Help Reduce Gum Disease, Tooth Problems

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 6, 2009

dentistGum disease and inflammation around the teeth and gums can trigger a number of health problems, and lead to tooth decay and yellowing teeth.

Practicing good dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease, but some researchers say that what and how much you eat may also play an important role in maintaining that healthy smile.

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore recently published their findings in the journal nutrition, claiming that there is a critical link between inflammation of the gums and poor health. According to Mark Reynolds, DDS, PhD, associate professor at the Dental School, part of UMB:

“Chronic inflammation appears to be an important factor underlying aging and many age-related disorders, and dietary restriction has been shown to reduce the risk for chronic disease and promote longevity in multiple animal models.” (Source: Medical News Today)

A reduced-calorie diet could help reduce the impact of invading bacteria in the mouth, and thereby reduce the risk of inflammation.  Oral disease is commonly the result of poor dental hygiene and the food we eat does play a role in the health of the gum tissues and color of the teeth. Excess sugars, fats and oils in the diet may trigger the inflammatory response in those with weak gum tissues, and poor nutrition habits overall can make it difficult for the body to heal and repair itself.

Dr. Reynolds explains that obesity has been linked to increased signs of overall inflammation, which means that individuals who are overweight or obese are much more likely to develop diseases of the joints, muscles and tendons; the gums are another high-risk area for those who eat an unhealthy diet. Periodontal disease may be linked to poor nutrition, according to this study, which means that eating a low-calorie but well-balanced diet may offer benefits beyond healthy weight maintenance.

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