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COMPLEMENTARY ADVICE; with Dr Yvonne Majury.

MENTION the dentist and most people react with horror. We all fear the sound of a drill grinding through teeth, the jag of a needle and the horrendous pain.

The truth is that if we didn't have to go, we almost certainly would not and that's no reflection on your dentist.

Usually, when it's all over, it wasn't quite as awful as anticipated. But it's a sad fact that few of us go for regular dental check-ups. Many people are only forced to go along when we get toothache, which can be extremely painful and traumatic.

But pain isn't the only cause for concern. Other urgent reasons to see your dentist may be bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, or even pain from elsewhere referred into the jaw. Over-sensitivity to heat and cold are other common complaints.

If you are troubled by any of these, you should consult your dentist and not simply hope the defect will go away.

Gum disease is particularly rife and it's not surprising since it can be due to eating too much refined food.

Diseases of the gums are estimated to affect up to 80 per cent of people over 30, ranging from mild cases, which may hardly bother the sufferer, to extremely severe infections.

Almost as startling is the statistic that there are approximately 300 types of bacteria in the mouth. Thankfully, not all of these cause gum disease, but it is thought that around a dozen can.

The number of these bacteria increases around the gums and teeth when plaque or tartar builds up. The amount of toxins they release also rises, eventually leading to inflammation.

Gum disease can be caused by not cleaning your teeth properly or often enough, but also by poor nutrition.

Only your dentist can diagnose and treat gum disease. But eating properly can help.

A healthy, unrefined, wholesome diet will supply sufficient calcium and other essential minerals to help keep the teeth in good condition - and, of course, cut down on sweets and sugar.

But for that little bit of extra help, the homeopathic preparation Urticalcin supplies the body with easily-absorbed extra natural calcium.

Its main use in this context is to help prevent tooth decay and improve the development of teeth in children.

Adults are advised to take three tablets twice daily and allow them to dissolve slowly under the tongue. Children are recommended to take half the adult dose.

Remember, Urticalcin should be used in addition to seeing your dentist and dental hygienist - and not instead.
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Title Annotation:Health
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 5, 2001
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