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Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?


There are many things that have been linked to having healthy hair, including diet, exercise, caffeine intake, not smoking, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, avoiding excessive heat and harsh chemicals and choosing gentle hair care products. The latest thing that has been linked to healthy hair is your oral health.


New research is suggesting that you may be able to fight hair loss just by having a good and regular oral care routine. That’s right; new research shows that you may be able to fight losing your hair just by brushing your teeth on a regular basis.


There has been new research conducted by the US National Institute of Health in Maryland and they carried out a study in which it was found that dental cavities are caused by mutations in keratin, which is a protein that is a main structural constituent of hair. Since keratin is a structural protein, it is essential and is a building block for making the outer layer of the skin and is an essential structural component of our hair.


Dr. Oliver Duverger led this study and the research that was conducted found a link between the keratin mutations in the enamel in your teeth that causes cavities to have a similar ‘abnormal structure’ to those that cause hair to become weak. In other words, Dr. Duverger’s research found that the breakdown that is found in your hair and tooth decay is caused by the same mutations in the keratin proteins.


The Daily Express featured an article in which Dr. Duverger said, “Functional analyses revealed that mutations in hair keratins result in altered enamel structure and reduced enamel micro-hardness.”


So how exactly does this happen? The hair shaft on human hair is mainly comprised of keratin protein, which is also what is found in tooth enamel. The study that Dr. Duverger conducted studied both humans and mice and he first was looking at the presence and function of a specific set of hair keratins that are in the enamel. His research showed that the keratins were missing the ‘DLX3 chemical,’ which is in charge of regulating the way the protein is synthesized and modified in the body.


The research that was conducted also made a connection between the epithelium keratin that is in hair with the same that is in tooth enamel. What this means is that the keratins that are in our hair are also essential building components of enamel in our teeth. If you are suffering from a keratin mutation that is causing tooth decay, it can also cause you to have hair weakness, and eventually, hair loss.


If you have good oral hygiene, you may just postpone or prevent hair loss for a little longer. It is important that you are brushing your teeth and flossing every day. Not only will you have a brighter smile, but you may have better hair too.


If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Salty Food Cause Hair Loss?

In the U.S., the average person will consume 3,435 milligrams of salt per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that sodium intake should be limited to less than 2,300 milligrams a day, or 1,500 mg if you are older than 51 or if you have high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. If you have too much sodium in your diet, you are at risk for developing certain health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease and even a little bit of hair loss to some extent.

When salt is consumed in massive quantities, it can be toxic to your hair, since deposits will build-up around your hair follicles. This build-up can block important nutrients from entering your hair follicles and these nutrients are very important for your hair’s health. When your hair follicles are deprived of nutrients, it can slowly cause hair loss to occur.

Americans generally have a diet that is sodium rich and sodium is found in so many of the foods that we eat. From fries to chips, soups, canned foods and crackers, the high sodium levels are everywhere. Even foods that may not seem like they would have a lot of sodium can have very high levels, including bread, salad dressings and pizza. It can be incredibly challenging to limit your intake to be below 2,300 mg and 1,500 mg for those who need to.

In order to reduce the amount of sodium you consume, you can try to cook more meals at home and limit your use of salt. Also, when you buy salt, you can look for low sodium salt in order to further reduce your sodium intake. You can also try to avoid buying as many canned and processed foods as possible, or look for items at the grocery store that are labeled “reduced sodium.” Salt is a main seasoning that people use to flavor their food, but you can also season your food with other herbs to give it that boost in flavor.

Sodium levels and potassium levels in your body are directly related in terms of having healthy hair. Potassium is an important mineral that is a facilitator of cellular and electrical body functions. Potassium is essential for hair growth, but your potassium level reduces every time you urinate. High salt intake causes people to urinate more often, thus depleting your body of that much needed potassium. In order to make sure that your body has a sufficient amount of potassium, you can try to increase your intake by eating more bananas, whole grains, or you can take a potassium supplement. You can help to avoid hair loss if you are able to achieve a good balance of sodium and potassium in your diet.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.