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Journal of Dental Health (Formerly Dental Bytes)

The computer term “byte” – a blend of the words “bit” and “bite” describes a distinct, compact quantity of information. Consider a dental “byte” as an information “byte” related to dentistry. Dental Bytes – where brevity leads to insight.

Welcome to Dental Bytes

You have a dental question or you wouldn’t be here. Unfortunately, it often takes hours of sifting through web pages to locate the specific dental information you want. Dental Bytes saves you time and frustration. Dental Bytes has important historical research about dental health.

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If you are looking for answers to dental queries, then dentalbytes.com is the place for you. This website is particularly useful for the dental community, including dental students, dentists, dental hygienists and others who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of dental health. It offers a large selection of information, articles, studies and investigations by various dental professionals on different dental conditions under one platform. This website also features book reviews, websites and editorials on dental issues. This webpage covers everything from the etiology of dental caries, treatment options and the role of nutrition through periodontal disease, prosthesis to dental colleges, community dentistry, dental materials, etc.

There are particularly, a large number of articles on the causes of dental cavities. I will discuss one article here. The causes of dental cavities have been categorized into environmental, endocrinal, metabolic, nutritional and oral factors. This article discusses the studies of Dr Kugelmass and other dentists. These dentists observed in their experimental studies on children that immunity or susceptibility to cavities is directly related to the genetic inheritance from the parents. A pregnant woman’s diet not only affects her own health but also determines the dental health of her child. An imbalance in thyroid gland functions will also contribute to cavities. Metabolic disorders have also been found to decrease teeth’s resistance to decay. Another major contributing factor to the development of cavities is nutritional deficiency in diet. Numerous studies and investigations have been conducted in this regard, and it is coming to be accepted that correcting one’s dietary habits can prevent dental caries, and in some cases even cure them. Last but not the least on the list of cavity causes is improper oral hygiene, which does not cause dental caries but can contribute to their development. Controlling and correcting these factors can help in preventing of dental caries.

As mentioned earlier and as discussed in the article, a pregnant woman’s diet and nutrition has an impact on the overall health of her child. We all know the importance of vitamin D and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus for the development of healthy bones and teeth. A pregnant woman needs to consume extra quantities of these minerals in her diet, as the fetus inside her womb requires them for its growth. If the woman’s diet is deficient in these vital nutrients, a situation of less supply and more demand will develop. The baby will use the mother’s reserves and she will be depleted of her nutrients. This will lead to many bone diseases in the mother, and eventually the child will also suffer due to the insufficient available levels of these elements. Vitamin D must therefore be a regular part of a pregnant woman’s diet, as it is needed for the metabolizing and absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Without adequate vitamin D in the mother’s diet, the calcium will remain unused by her body, ultimately leading to bone diseases such as rickets and osteomalacia. A vitamin D-rich diet is therefore very important for a pregnant woman, both for her own health and for the health of her baby.

The importance of fat-soluble vitamins for overall health is well known. One of these, Vitamin A, is discussed in detail in the article.  The chemistry of vitamin A is explained here. It is found in carotene and fish oils, as well as dreen and yellow plants, which are potent sources of this vitamin. Vitamin A deficiency is associated with Xerophthalmia, an eye disease, along with respiratory, skin, ear, and sinus infections, and inflammations and infections of the alimentary tract. A table in this article gives the daily recommended dosage of Vitamin A, as well as rich food sources for it.

Calcium is another vital mineral needed by the body for strengthening the bones and teeth. The importance of calcium during pregnancy is discussed in the article. A deficiency in calcium in pregnant women can lead to many health issues, along with dental problems. Calcium is constantly being used up by the body and therefore needs to be replaced at the same rate. Calcium deficiency can lead to dental caries in pregnancy because the calcium present in pregnant woman is also used by the baby in her womb. This deficiency will eventually affect the child’s oral health as well. Such a calcium deficiency during pregnancy can lead to meny serious conditions, such as puerperal sepis, which might eventually lead to extraction.

The importance of diet in relation to the health of teeth and gums is explained in the article.  Nutrition and diet play a vital role in the prevention of cavities. Vitamin D, vitamin C and minerals like calcium and phosphorus are some of the absolute requirements for healthy and strong teeth. The article’s author stresses the fact that a diet full of carbohydrates, starch and sugar can be harmful for the teeth and must be avoided. He also gives a diet plan including the consumption of milk, vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat and fats to ensure healthy strong teeth.

 

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