Periodontists' Study Shows Why TV's Survivors May Have 32 Endangered Species Living In Their Mouths

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Academy of Periodontology

    CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Crocodiles, poisonous snakes and the
 scorching sun are not the only things the Survivors have to fear.  Neglected
 oral hygiene may also put the survival of their teeth at jeopardy, as well as
 increase the risk that an infection in their mouth could spread and put other
 parts of their body in peril.
     This is demonstrated by a Journal of Periodontology study, which followed
 a group of 15 third-year dental students who gave up oral hygiene activities
 for 21 days to monitor the effects on their oral health.  By day 21, all
 subjects exhibited signs of gingivitis, including plaque and overt clinical
 inflammation.  See http://www.perio.org/ for more information.
     "While most people don't have to worry about not being able to brush their
 teeth for several days, they should understand that plaque, when not removed,
 can harden to the point it can only be removed during a professional cleaning
 after only a day or two," said Michael McGuire, D.D.S., president of the
 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).  "When people don't floss daily,
 plaque builds between the teeth, and periodontal disease often begins between
 teeth where a toothbrush can't reach."
     The toxins produced by gingival infections can destroy the supporting
 tissues around the teeth, including the bone.  When this happens, gums
 separate from the teeth, forming pockets that will fill with even more plaque
 and infection.  As the disease progresses, these pockets deepen, more gum
 tissue and bone are destroyed and the teeth eventually become loose.  In
 addition to being a major cause of tooth loss, periodontal disease has been
 linked to serious health threats such as heart attacks, diabetes and preterm
 births.
     Early in the game, Survivor's Kucha tribe won a reward challenge that
 included in the prize toothbrushes and toothpaste.  The other Survivor
 contestants' lack of oral hygiene and their soft diet with little nutritional
 value could cause periodontal problems to flare up.  According to McGuire, one
 possibility for people without access to toothbrushes and floss may be to chew
 on sticks.  Dental researchers have studied the periodontal status of Sudanese
 populations who use Miswak chewing sticks and found that their periodontal
 health status was comparable to Sudanese toothbrush users.
     A free brochure titled Spread the Word: Periodontal Care Is For Everyone
 or a referral to a periodontist is available by calling 1-800-FLOSS-EM.
 
 

SOURCE American Academy of Periodontology
    CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Crocodiles, poisonous snakes and the
 scorching sun are not the only things the Survivors have to fear.  Neglected
 oral hygiene may also put the survival of their teeth at jeopardy, as well as
 increase the risk that an infection in their mouth could spread and put other
 parts of their body in peril.
     This is demonstrated by a Journal of Periodontology study, which followed
 a group of 15 third-year dental students who gave up oral hygiene activities
 for 21 days to monitor the effects on their oral health.  By day 21, all
 subjects exhibited signs of gingivitis, including plaque and overt clinical
 inflammation.  See http://www.perio.org/ for more information.
     "While most people don't have to worry about not being able to brush their
 teeth for several days, they should understand that plaque, when not removed,
 can harden to the point it can only be removed during a professional cleaning
 after only a day or two," said Michael McGuire, D.D.S., president of the
 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).  "When people don't floss daily,
 plaque builds between the teeth, and periodontal disease often begins between
 teeth where a toothbrush can't reach."
     The toxins produced by gingival infections can destroy the supporting
 tissues around the teeth, including the bone.  When this happens, gums
 separate from the teeth, forming pockets that will fill with even more plaque
 and infection.  As the disease progresses, these pockets deepen, more gum
 tissue and bone are destroyed and the teeth eventually become loose.  In
 addition to being a major cause of tooth loss, periodontal disease has been
 linked to serious health threats such as heart attacks, diabetes and preterm
 births.
     Early in the game, Survivor's Kucha tribe won a reward challenge that
 included in the prize toothbrushes and toothpaste.  The other Survivor
 contestants' lack of oral hygiene and their soft diet with little nutritional
 value could cause periodontal problems to flare up.  According to McGuire, one
 possibility for people without access to toothbrushes and floss may be to chew
 on sticks.  Dental researchers have studied the periodontal status of Sudanese
 populations who use Miswak chewing sticks and found that their periodontal
 health status was comparable to Sudanese toothbrush users.
     A free brochure titled Spread the Word: Periodontal Care Is For Everyone
 or a referral to a periodontist is available by calling 1-800-FLOSS-EM.
 
 SOURCE  American Academy of Periodontology