New Dental Reports Raise Concerns Over Gum Disease, Warn Eludril And Elgydium

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Two new sets of research collectively reveal that less than half all adults have a proper oral healthcare routine – and that more people need dental treatment. Taken together, they highlight a worrying trend with regard to tooth decay and gum disease, warn the makers of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste.

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More people are needing dental treatment, latest NHS data shows

Many people will be suffering from tooth decay and some will have gum disease which – if left untreated – can have serious consequences for the body’s overall health.

Two new sets of research collectively reveal that less than half all adults have a proper oral healthcare routine – and that more people need dental treatment.

Just 31 per cent of people use mouthwash and only 22 per cent bother to floss, according to the Adult Dental Health Survey.

Meanwhile, the latest NHS Dental Statistics for England show that 29.5 million patients saw NHS dentists in the two years ended December 2011 – 1.3 million more than the baseline figure of the April 2006 dental contract.

Taken together, the two reports highlight a worrying trend with regard to tooth decay and gum disease, warn the makers of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste.

“Sadly, it is quite obvious from the Adult Dental Health Survey that many people are simply not taking care of their teeth properly,” said a spokesperson for Eludril and Elgydium.

“Unfortunately that lack of care is resulting in more people having to visit the dentist for treatment.

“Many people will be suffering from tooth decay and some will also have gum disease symptoms which – if left untreated – can also have serious consequences for the body’s overall health.”

Also, the problem may be more serious than the data initially suggests. The NHS Dental Statistics cover only high street dentists and vocational dental practitioners – they exclude treatments carried out privately or in hospitals.

There may be significant numbers of people who have lost their NHS dentists and not had proper checkups or treatment since April 2006 when the new contract was introduced, warns the British Dental Health Foundation.

The oral health experts at Eludril and Elgydium believe that this is particularly worrying given how badly many people care for their teeth.

Experts at Eludril and Elgydium point to the findings in the Adult Dental Health Survey: two in three adults have visible plaque – a prelude to the signs of gum disease – and one in three children start school with obvious dental decay.

“With statistics like this, it is little wonder that more people are starting to experience gum disease symptoms, such as sore gums and swollen gums,” said a spokesperson for the team at Eludril and Elgydium.

“If ignored, sore gums can soon become bleeding gums and then receding gums – signs that the problem has been neglected over the long term,” added the spokesperson.

A good oral healthcare regime goes a long way to preventing gum disease. Most people brush for around 45 seconds, according to the Adult Dental Health Survey – but dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes.

However, not all toothpastes are the same. Elgydium toothpaste contains chlorhexidine, dentists’ recommended gingivitis treatment. It helps to prevent dental plaque and tartar build-up.

But brushing alone will generally reach only 60 per cent of the surface of the teeth. Dentists also recommend flossing, interdental brushes and a good mouthwash.

Eludril medicinal mouthwash – which also contains chlorhexidine – should be used as a short-term treatment for gum disease.

Dentists recommend a dosage of 15ml (for adults and children aged over 6) that has been diluted with lukewarm water using the special measuring cup provided.

For more information about Elgydium toothpaste and Eludril mouthwash, contact Nikki Pounds at Ceuta Healthcare on +44 (0)1202 780558.

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Notes For Editors

Eludril and Elgydium are represented in the UK by:
Ceuta Healthcare Ltd
Hill House
41 Richmond Hill
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH2 6HS
Tel: +44 (0)1202 780558

Eludril Mouthwash is an antibacterial and analgesic solution which can be used to manage a number of oral health problems.

Its main use is to treat and prevent dental plaque formation and gum disease (gingivitis, also known as periodontitis) by preventing the build-up of bacteria.

Eludril Mouthwash can also be used to maintain oral hygiene in situations where tooth brushing is difficult, for instance, following oral surgery or in physically or mentally handicapped patients.

Eludril can also be used as a disinfectant for the cleansing of removable dentures and in the management of common mouth ulcers and oral candidiasis infections (fungus infections).

Elgydium Anti-Plaque toothpaste is specially formulated for sensitive gums and helps to prevent dental plaque and tartar build-up, the major causes of tooth decay and gum disease.

Elgydium Whitening, Sensitive and Decay Protection are also available as part of the Elgydium range of toothpastes.

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