More people than you may think have gingivitis–up to half of the U.S. population. Some people do not even realize that they have it, and they might have common symptoms like bad breath, and/or swollen, red and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can cause complications like heart disease, pre-term birth, and diabetes if it is not treated. Most of the time, people think it is caused by a lack of proper oral hygiene or the hormonal changes that occur during a woman’s pregnancy (pregnancy gingivitis).
A new study, on the other hand, shows that genetics actually can play a major part in the onset and healing of gum disease. The goal of this study was to pinpoint various changes on a molecular level during the onset and healing processes of the disease. Research showed that ~30% of the human body’s genes are expressed differently during the formation and healing of gingivitis. How one reacts to gingivitis depends greatly on how the body’s immune system is activated. The findings of the study enabled scientists to identify certain biological pathways activated by the onset and remediation of gingivitis, including energy metabolism, immunity response, neural processes, vasculature, chemotaxis, steroid metabolism and wound healing. The information gathered from this study should certainly help scientists and doctors come up with better cures for gingivitis.
So, who are the celebrities known for having the best teeth? If you’ve heard the news lately, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt have topped the polls on “best looking teeth“. Julia Roberts has been famous for her white teeth for years now. Her smile is one of the most memorable in Hollywood, and after topping a recent survey for the best teeth among the stars, she still is ranked the star with the best smile according to most cosmetic dentists. This makes up for the fact that she reportedly had bad breath from drinking too much coffee on movie sets. Brad Pitt himself ranked #1 for best male celebrity smile in 2008, whereas David Beckham ranked second on that same list that year.
Who else has a great smile in Hollywood? Halle Berry was voted the #1 female celebrity who had the best smile in 2006, according to the AACD. Also, in 2006, surveys said that Mathew McConaughey had the best male celebrity smile. Mathew had also stated that he had somewhat of an obsession with his teeth! AACD chose Eva Mendes as the celebrity with the “most glamorous smile” in 2006-2007. Will Smith and Anne Hathaway are generally near the top of the best smile lists. Hilary Duff was voted by 40% of survey respondents for having the best smile among the teen stars. Last but not least, the controversial Tiger Woods has been known to dominate the vote for the greatest smile among male athletes.
Source: California Dentist
According to Air America, people refer to Dr. Harold Katz as the “final authority” on breath. Dr. Katz has been on countless televsion shows like the CBS Early Show, The View, and he’s helped millions of people around the globe get fresher breath. Some of his main areas of expertise are halitosis, dry mouth, and tonsil stones. He went on The Lionel Show on December 11, 2009 to talk about “The Horrors of Holiday Halitosis”. It’s definitely not a joking manner, especially if you’re standing under a mistletoe.
If you’re looking for a gift to give that is less than loving, why not get someone a “Halitosis Detector“? This device measures bad breath and categorizes it into four different stages. There are even some versions that have an alcohol meter. All you have to do is breathe on a sensor above the screen, and the results are shown in the form of a smily face, shocked face, and so on. The best thing about it is that you can carry it around in your pocket. Yeah, sometimes the truth hurts, but it’s better than scaring away others and hearing about it from your boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, coworkers, and complete strangers!
[The photo above is an example of one of the halitosis detectors sold right now.]