Significantly high levels of oral disease found among GB's elite athletes is leading to poorer on-field performance, according to research by UCL's Eastman Dental Institute.
Nearly half of the athletes were found to have untreated tooth decay, 77% had gingivitis and 39% self-reported having bleeding gums. More than a third reported that these conditions had impacted negatively on their sporting performance.
Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospitalisation in UK children, and yet it is easily prevented, so why are the numbers so high?
Biomin featured in the Dental Health special report this week, published in The Times, and explores this question, with an infographic on our shifting diets and comment on the threat sugar poses to children and their teeth.
The Biomin article on page 7, entitled 'Combat the pain of sensitive teeth' explains how the toothpaste could significantly reduce dental decay as well as solving tooth sensitivity problems.
There are many other articles and the report is available here to download. Enjoy!
BioMin™ F, the innovative toothpaste that replaces lost tooth mineral, has become the first toothpaste to gain accreditation from the Oral Health Foundation’s expert panel for its efficacy at sensitivity relief and remineralisation.
Biomin F toothpaste is now entitled to use the internationally recognised Oral Health Foundation approval logo on its packaging, assuring users that its claims have been rigorously checked and verified.
New research shows that BioMin™ F is capable of remineralising both the tooth surface and the sub-surface enamel
Young patients wearing fixed orthodontic appliances run a higher risk of caries than those who do not. If decay develops during the orthodontic treatment, then white spot lesions (formed by demineralisation of the tooth enamel around the brackets) can appear and damage the newly straightened teeth.
BioMin F, a new toothpaste based on bioactive glass technology, was already shown to be effective in remineralising tooth enamel and improving symptoms of sensitivity (Sivaranjani, 2018). Now, a new study has shown that the effects penetrate even deeper into the tooth – remineralising the sub-surface enamel and improving or reversing the white spot lesions (Bakry et al, 2018).
Congratulations to Cara Green of Romford, Essex who scooped the top prize in BioMin's Clinical Case Study Award 2018.
The judging panel was Prof Robert Hill, Dr David Gillam and Dr Marina Harris who agreed Cara's study was well laid out and structured, an attractive presentation and well referenced. You can download it here.
As well as kudos and exposure for winning, Cara was presented with a certificate and set of top quality instruments, kindly donated by Hu Friedy.
The runners up, who also presented very good quality case studies were Gulag Singh of Huntingdon and Felicity Heath of Bournemouth.
The competition was also launched in Lithuania and the winner, Viktorija Butrimaviciene, was sponsored by BioMin Technologies Ltd to spend the weekend at the Oral Health Conference & Exhibition in Telford.
Certificates were presented by Phil Mathers (pictured), CEO of Trycare Ltd who are the UK distributors of Biomin toothpaste.
White spot lesions due to demineralisation of tooth enamel are a common side-effect of orthodontic treatment, and a potential precursor to caries. The use of products based on bioactive glass which forms fluorapatite to remineralise the tooth surface could reduce the risk of white spot lesions in these patients.
Orthodontic treatment has never been more popular. With the current emphasis on oral aesthetics, not only teenagers but adults are seeking to improve the alignment of their teeth for a perfect smile.
There can, however, be an unfortunate ill-effect to the use of bonded orthodontic appliances: demineralisation of the tooth enamel around the brackets, ie white spot lesions (WSL). WSL are defined as ‘subsurface enamel porosity from carious demineralisation’, which are visible as a milky white opacity on the tooth surface, slightly softer than the surrounding smooth enamel.
Biomin F toothpaste, based on bioactive glass technology, has been available for several months now. Moira Crawford talks to clinicians with over a year’s experience of Biomin, who say 90% of patients are reporting relief from sensitivity problems.
Dentine sensitivity is a big deal for patients. Discomfort or pain, particularly in reaction to hot or cold food and drinks, or even cold air, is common in the general population, and can cause acute distress, having a genuine impact on people’s lives.
Sufferers come to their dentist seeking relief from the pain of hypersensitivity and, as a result, there is a wide range of toothpastes aimed at patients with sensitivity available on the market. Many patients have tried them all, with varying degrees of success.
That’s because dentine hypersensitivity is not straightforward to treat. A UK expert forum on dentine hypersensitivity produced management guidelines, which identified three main categories into which patients with hypersensitivity will fall, and different management strategies appropriate to each (Gillam et al, 2013).
‘There isn’t one single cause of sensitivity, so there can’t be a single product that is the gold standard,’ explained Dr David Gillam, who chaired the forum. ‘It’s like Cinderella’s slipper – one size does not fit all.’
"It's not the amount of fluoride that counts but the length of time it's in contact with the tooth"
Moira Crawford talks to hygienists who have had astonishing results and are keen to share their experiences with colleagues.
In practice, BioMin F has been available for over a year, and hygienists in the UK and elsewhere have been astonished by the results they have seen both in their own families and their most problematic patients.
Sam Davidson, a dental hygienist who works in practices across Kent and the South East of England, has been recommending BioMin F to patients with sensitivity who have had no success with the major sensitivity brands. She trialled it first on herself, having developed sensitivity to cold air after starting whitening treatment. ‘After 14 days of using BioMin F the sensitivity had gone and I could continue with the whitening,’ she said. She then handed samples to 30 patients and all gave positive feedback. Most have continued to buy BioMin™ F.
Written by Chris Branfield, Principal Dentist at Castle Park Dental Care, Cottingham.
A while ago I was asked to do a TV advert for Sensodyne. I liked their “Repair and Protect” toothpaste because it contains a bio-glass that sticks to surface like a protective layer and helps stop tooth sensitivity. However, there is now a new toothpaste containing an even more beneficial bio-glass called Biomin.
Traditionally, to try and strengthen teeth and protect against decay with a toothpaste, fluoride is used in quite high concentrations. Most adult toothpastes have 1,450 parts per million (ppm) and one that has to be prescribed contains 5,000ppm. That’s a lot of fluoride! This is soluble fluoride so it washes away quite quickly and has to be used correctly and not swallowed.
Research shows that you benefit more from low doses of fluoride with a sustained release than from a high dose that washes away.
"It is not the amount of fluoride that counts but the length of time it is in contact with the teeth".
How BioMin F toothpaste provides arguably the best protection against acid erosion
Biomin F toothpaste incorporates a 5% bioactive glass, which is able to slowly release calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions to form acid-resistant fluorapatite for up to 12 hours after brushing. It is a major breakthrough for
oral care and is the result of over a decade of scientific research at Queen Mary University of London.
The very fine glass particles (5 microns average) adhere to the tooth surfaces – in a similar manner to the adhesion
of glass ionomers to tooth surfaces.
The encapsulation of fluoride in a bioglass of Biomin F is a completely different delivery system to traditional
soluble fluoride toothpastes and is not subject to salivary clearance. Studies at QMUL have also identified that
when salivary fluoride concentration is above 45ppm, calcium fluorite rather than fluorapatite is precipitated
Toothpaste alone does not prevent dental erosion, new research suggests.
After analysing nine fluoridated toothpastes that are available throughout Europe, including Colgate Caries Protection and Sensodyne Rapid Relief, Swiss researchers found enamel loss still occurs to some extent despite regular brushing.
Although none of the toothpastes studied prevent dental erosion, Blend-a-Med Pro Expert and Regenerate were found to be the least effective, while Sensodyne Pronamel and Elmex Erosion Protection are no better than saliva.
Oral Health magazine asks Professor Robert Hill how less fluoride can actually be more.
'The Problem With Fluoride Toothpastes'
'How Fluoride Works In BioMinF'
Click here to download the full report.
It’s been smiles all round since the introduction of BioMinF toothpaste to the UK consumer & professional markets
BioMinF puts back the lost minerals from tooth enamel and helps prevent decay and treats sensitivity.
Thousands of tubes of the toothpaste were sold within a few weeks of launching the product in the UK and the feedback received from customers has been “overwhelmingly positive”, says Richard Whatley, CEO of Biomin Technologies Ltd.
"The potential of this toothpaste is massive"