New York, April 15 (IANS) Maintaining good oral health is more important than use of antibiotics in dental procedures, according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement.Oral hygiene may be key in preventing a heart infection caused by bacteria around the teeth, affirmed the statement, published in the journal Circulation.Infective endocarditis (IE), also called bacterial endocarditis, is a heart infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart lining, a heart valve or a blood vessel.Intravenous drug use increases risk for IE. There's been concern that certain dental procedures may increase the risk of developing Viridans group streptococcal infective endocarditis (VGS IE) in vulnerable patients.VGS IE is caused by bacteria that collect in plaque on the tooth surface and cause inflammation and swelling of the gums."Scientific data since the 2007 AHA guidelines support the view that limited use of preventive antibiotics for dental procedures hasn't increased cases of endocarditis and is an important step at combating antibiotic overuse in the population," said Walter R. Wilson, from the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, US.The new guidance affirms previous recommendations that only four categories of heart patients should be prescribed antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures to prevent VGS IE due to their higher risk for complications from the infection. The groups are: people with prosthetic heart valves or prosthetic material used for valve repair; people who have had a previous case of infective endocarditis; adults and children with congenital heart disease; or people who have undergone a heart transplant.The AHA's 2007 guidelines, which presented the biggest shift in recommendations, resulted in about 90 per cent fewer patients requiring antibiotics.Prescribing antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures only among high risk patients may help prevent VGS IE, the researchers noted.In the presence of poor oral hygiene and gingival disease, VGS IE is far more likely to develop from bacteria attributable to routine daily activities such as toothbrushing than from a dental procedure, they said.--IANSrvt/sdr/
New York, March 26 (IANS) An international team of scientists has found evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, infects cells in the mouth.While it is well-known that the upper airways and lungs are primary sites of SARS-CoV-2 infection, there are clues the virus can infect cells in other parts of the body, such as the digestive system, blood vessels, kidneys and, as this new study, led by scientists at the US National Institutes of Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shows, the mouth. The potential of the virus to infect multiple areas of the body might help explain the wide-ranging symptoms experienced by Covid-19 patients, including oral symptoms such as taste loss, dry mouth and blistering.Moreover, the findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, point to the possibility that the mouth plays a role in transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to the lungs or digestive system via saliva laden with virus from infected oral cells. A better understanding of the mouth's involvement could inform strategies to reduce viral transmission within and outside the body.Taken together, the researchers said, the study's findings suggest that the mouth, via infected oral cells, plays a bigger role in SARS-CoV-2 infection than previously thought."When infected saliva is swallowed or tiny particles of it are inhaled, we think it can potentially transmit SARS-CoV-2 further into our throats, our lungs, or even our guts," said study co-author Kevin Byrd, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the time of research.Byrd is now a Research Scholar at the American Dental Association Science and Research Institute.--IANSgb/ash
Two of the major FMCG players - Dabur India and Colgate-Palmolive (India) have decided to expand their oral care portfolios this week, with the launch of pulling oil, when Indian consumers are increasingly seeking natural and Ayurveda-backed propositions.
This is expected to boost the Ayurvedic mouthwash category in the country. Oil pulling is an ancient method of swishing oil in the mouth for a few minutes as an oral detox therapy. Thousands of years before the world discovered Listerine, Indians followed practices like Gandusha and Kavala Graha. So far, the mouthwash category is dominated by alcohol-based mouthwash products.
Its English name ‘Oil Pulling’ reflects the practice and desired outcome. Increased focus on hygiene and natural wellness due to COVID might have breathed new life into the practice. In July last year, Bollywood star Anushka Sharma mentioned oil-pulling as a daily ritual in an Instagram post.
Dabur India said it is foraying in the mouthwash category with the launch of Dabur Red Pulling Oil. This product is based on a process defined in Ayurvedic scriptures and serves as an oil-based oral detox regiment.
In a statement, Harkawal Singh, Marketing Head-Oral Care, Dabur India Ltd said: “Dabur Red Pulling Oil is an Ayurvedic Mouthwash which contains Natural Oils and Herbs with no alcohol. Backed by our 136-year heritage and knowledge of Ayurveda, Dabur has launched this breakthrough innovation to improve their overall oral health. Developed after extensive research, it is a known daily therapy for both oral and overall wellness of teeth and gums.”
Meanwhile, Colgate-Palmolive (India) said that it’s expanding its natural portfolio with the launch of Vedshakti Oil Pulling.
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Amid a battle against the novel coronavirus, the Petroleum Ministry now plans to rope in LPG cylinders delivery boys among those in the forefront of the fight to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the country.Dubbing these men as ‘frontline corona warriors', Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said he had a videoconference call with 1,000 LPG dealers across the country and directed them to get their delivery boys spread awareness on coronavirus.The delivery boys will educate the customers on the importance of wearing face masks, washing of hands, social distancing to defeat coronavirus, apart from the downloading of the Aarogya Setu app.The dealers were also asked to supply three LPG cylinders free of charge to intended beneficiaries under the Centre's Ujjwala scheme to help them cope with the hardships faced by them due to the nationwide lockdown.The Minister directed the dealers to ensure proper sanitisation of gas cylinders and other health precautions at their business premises to protect both the delivery boys and the customers. --IANSHindi/tsb
The practice of washing your hands for 20 seconds is one of the best preventive measures you can take to avoid the spread of any virus including coronavirus as recommended by the WHO.
The modern day concept of handwashing was introduced by Hungaraian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis, in 19-th century Vienna. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in the city's general hospital.
Decades later, in the modern times too the practise has not lost it's relevance. To connect with savvy consumers the message is being sent through social media? But social media can also be a dark place where misinformation is rampant; consumers can end up being misguided and compromised on sensitive issues like health and hygiene.
Dettol, recently kickstarted its #HandWashChallenge on TikTok aiming to raise awareness on four simple steps of handwashing. Strategically aimed at creating awareness among audience, a unique song has been created pairing it extremely well with the hashtag #HandWashChallenge. The hashtag filter has a branded Dettol strip across the top with the hashtag and names the steps involved in washing hands. The user can dance out the steps to the challenge and share it with their friends to further amplify the message on hygiene and safety.
Commenting on the same, Pankaj Duhan, Chief Marketing Officer, RB Health South Asia said, "We are elated with the response to the #HandWashChallenge, it has definitely become one of the most successfully led initiatives by any of our brands at RB. Understanding the consumer's mindset is of the utmost importance to us, therefore our campaign communication is built in a way that creates meaningful conversations to drive awareness amongst consumers. The participation by TikTok users across India has helped deliver the right message in a more engaging and interactive manner.
"I personally would like to encourage more and more people to join this global health & hygiene educational exercise. Together, let us all build a healthier nation, four steps at a time."
He further said, "Over the past couple of weeks we have witnessed a lot of misinformation floating around hygiene practices, especially over the internet. Realizing the gravity of the issue and being the responsible brand, we felt it was our prerogative to initiate this awareness campaign."
The campaign witnessed several quirky activities on each day leading to increased consumer interest. Joining the force were some of Bollywood's popular celebrities like Kartik Aaryan and Urvashi Rautela among several other TikTok influencers who have millions of followers on the platform. As part of Phase II, Dettol plans to take the challenge global by encouraging more users to participate while the audience worldwide.
The challenge has witnessed over 18 Billion views and generated over 123K user participation videos in one week of starting the campaign. (IANSlife)
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