August 24, 2012

Vitamin C and Oral Health

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , , at 6:54 am by queenqueer

The lack of vitamin C can contribute to developing bleeding gums or even Gingivitis.

vitamin c

Vitamin C strengthens our immune system helping the body fight against viral infections. It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of carcinogenic cells (cancer cells). It also provides collagen synthesis, vital for connective tissues that gives the overall framework of our body. Our gums also contain connective tissues which hold our teeth.

If our body is not supplied with the daily vitamin C we need, your body eventually our gums may pull away from the teeth leading to bleeding, tooth loss and other oral problems.

There are a lot of sources of Vitamin C, usually from citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruit, etc.

Vitamin C is not the only thing that’s strengthening the immune system so it’s important to supply yourself with other vitamins as well. Make sure to have a healthy balanced diet.

August 15, 2012

Dental Health during Pregnancy

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 2:33 am by queenqueer

During pregnancy, women are most sensitive and more prone to health problems, and this includes dental problems as well.

dental health pregnancy

According to studies, there has been a correlation between gingivitis and premature & underweight births (Colgate). Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes your gums to bleed and on its advance stage, make your tooth fall out.

The best way to handle this is to visit the dentist. Though regular check ups are done semi-annually, women who are pregnant may need to go more often than that since there is an increase risk of having dental problems during pregnancy. This is an effect of hormones beefing up so there may be a need for more dental cleanings. The dentist may recommend which is the best and most suitable dental care for you.

But other than careful dental care, it’s most important to heighten the immune system and nutrients-intake, and this involves calcium, which contributes to sustain the strength of our tooth and bones. Always remember that there are already 2 lives involved when you’re taking care of yourself.

 

August 14, 2012

White Tongue

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 12:21 am by queenqueer

A lot of people are curious about having white tongue. If you think that’s normal, and you may have gotten it through genes like the color of your eyes, then you’re wrong.

The normal color of our tongue should be red or pink, and if there’s a white coating on it, then it may be caused by several factors.

Bacteria Build Up. This is basically due to having poor oral hygiene: forgetting to brush, not using mouthwash and failing to flossing daily. The best way to do this is to obviously develop good oral hygiene, and if you want to quicken the cure, buy a good tongue cleaner. Some brushes may have a tongue cleaner at the back of the bristles. Brands such as Colgate and Oral B has this.

Dehydration can also be the cause of white tongue.  When dehydrated, our mouth gets dry due to the less production of saliva. If this is the cause of having a white tongue, simply hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water. Ideally we should be drinking around 8-10 glasses per day.

Oral Thrush. A large quantity of a certain bacteria called “candida” may be a cause of this. This is basically a fungal infection due to a low immune system. When you’re sick, this might cause your tongue to be white, which is why the doctor would usually ask one to stick out the tongue.

When all else fails, always try to look for a dentist  as there may be other underlying factors that may be causing this condition.

August 10, 2012

Dental Fears Wear Off with Age

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , at 1:10 am by queenqueer

Age seems to wear off some of our fears and this goes to Dental Phobia as well. Dental Phobia is the fear of anything related to the dental field or fear of receiving dental care.

A lot of kids have this kind of fear which figures why you can’t find them when it’s time for their dental check up. According to World Dental, around 15% of teens to young adults have experienced extreme dental anxiety when they have check ups with the dentist as compared to older adults.

Given that they have regular check ups with the dentist, it is expected that older adults more or less have already experienced going to the dentist many times already. It’s a case wherein the more you experience something, the more you get used to it. This goes with dental check ups as well.

However for some, phobia may still be there, which is an isolated case. Perhaps a traumatic incident during check up such as extreme pain during a dental procedure may have been the sole reason for this but you can’t exactly tell without a psychological exam.

So how to lessen the fear? It may boil down to the dentist. It may bring you comfort if the dentist is recommended by a family member or close friend. Ask if the doctor is friendly and seek out reviews from their personal experience.

There are a lot of dentists out there who reassures that dental procedures are as painless as possible.

August 7, 2012

Top 5 Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Posted in Daily Dental Dose at 6:03 am by queenqueer

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem experienced by many. A person has sensitive teeth when pain is experienced by taking in hot or cold food and drinks. But this is just one cause of tooth sensitivity. Many are not aware that simple habits can already be the culprit of sacrificing that favorite frozen yogurt you’ve always wanted to eat.

  • Brushing too much can cause irritation on the gums and it can also gradually scrape out the protective layer of the teeth. Love your teeth, but not too much. Use soft-bristled toothbrushes instead.
  • Bruxism. When you clench your teeth too much or when you grind your teeth uncontrollably, this can cause tooth sensitivity. Have yourself checked with the dentist to seek the options for treating this.
  • Choose your tooth paste and mouthwash well. As much as possible, try to use non-alcoholic mouthwash and tooth pastes with not much whitening ingredients.
  • Plaque build up. When colonies of bacteria form, they turn to plaque. Plaque destroys the tooth enamel or the outer covering of the teeth.

The fastest way to treat sensitive teeth is to have a check up with the dentist.

 

August 6, 2012

Cavity-Fighting Mint Candy

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 6:25 am by queenqueer

A new mint candy is said to be developed by oral biologists to fight cavities. This mint candy contains Cavistat, which neutralizes the acid from sugars and raises the pH level in the mouth to help prevent tooth decay.

Sugar is one of the main sources of cavity. That means whenever you eat sweets, expect bacteria build up in the mouth.

Kids who ate two mints twice a day for one year had 68 percent fewer cavities in their molars than children who didn’t chew the mints.

“The number of cavities, we think that ultimately is going to get to almost zero,” Dr. Kleinberg said.

That would bring a smile to just about everyone’s face.

All the ingredients in the mints are natural and considered foods, so the product doesn’t need FDA approval.

WHAT DOES IT DO? BasicMints contain Cavistat, a cavity-fighting agent that includes two major components. Cavistat disrupts oral chemistry and biology in two ways. First, it introduces an amino acid called arginine to the mouth. When bacteria in the mouth break the arginine down, it neutralizes the acid generated by sugars in food, which reduces the amount of acid in the mouth and helps prevent damage to teeth. Additionally the Cavistat adds other chemical compounds that protect the minerals that make up teeth from dissolving.

Source: Science Daily

 

August 1, 2012

All About Milk Teeth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , at 6:45 am by queenqueer

When Primary Teeth (better known as Baby or Milk teeth) start to appear, it’s already the start of teaching good dental habits to kids. Though they may only be temporary, it’s just as important as taking care of the permanent teeth.

baby teeth, milk teeth

Baby teeth begin to appear starting during 6 months. Primary teeth helps children in breaking down solid food. It also helps them in speaking as they can pronounce a better intonation, accent or diction of their words.

Primary teeth have always been in the mouth even before birth. They are merely hiding under the gums. A set of primary

According to ADA: “The ADA recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.”

July 30, 2012

Viral Video: Teach Me How to Brushy!

Posted in D-Entertainment, Dental News & Updates tagged at 2:29 am by queenqueer

The video Teach Me How to Brushy goes viral with the tune of “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District. The video features kids grooving with the hip hop theme while showcasing big toothbrushes for dental awareness.

“We had no thought that this would go out of Oregon that far,” Dr. Jones told KOBI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Medford, Ore. The video has been featured on the home page of MouthHealthy.org, and on “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” Huffington Post and other national and online publications.

“We wanted to create a fun, interactive tool parents can use to get their kids excited about good dental habits,” said Dr. Jill Price, ODA president-elect. “The mouth is a major health center in the body; unhealthy mouths can lead to diabetes, heart issues and worse. But rather than lecture parents and expect that lecture to reach their kids, we wanted to create a hub for good facts that families will actually want to check out.”

Check out the video here:

Source: ADA

July 27, 2012

Americans Get Poor Results on Oral Health Survey

Posted in Daily Dental Dose at 1:59 am by queenqueer

Apparently a lot of people are still unaware about oral health. The American Dental Association recently conducted a survey that contains questions about dental health must-knows, from how often to brush your teeth to what causes cavities.

“The results of the survey were quite shocking and really show how important it is for people to become more involved in their own oral health,” said William R. Calnon, D.D.S., ADApresident and a practicing dentist in Rochester, N.Y.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), nine out of 10 adults ages 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Dental disease is the most common chronic disease suffered by children. According to the NIDCR, nearly half of children ages 2-11 years old have had cavities in their baby teeth.

“Oral health is a critical part of overall health,” Dr. Calnon stressed. “MouthHealthy.org will help empower people to take charge of their oral health.”

 

July 25, 2012

Choosing a Mouthwash

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 3:03 am by queenqueer

While it’s important to brush, there are some areas of the teeth that can’t be reached by the bristles. This is why mouthwash is recommended to use after brushing.

choosing a mouthwash

How to Choose a Mouthwash?

Choosing a mouthwash may depend on your dental needs. Here are some guidelines:

  • Initially ask yourself what your dental needs are. Is it to freshen your breath or a mouthwash that helps prevent bacteria build up?
  • Alcohol Content. There are some mouthwashes that contain alcohol and may or may not be helpful for your mouth. Some mouthwashes may not be suitable for you with the degree of alcohol content, which may cause more harm than good. For those with sensitive teeth and gum diseases, mouthwashes without alcohol are recommended.
  • Comfort. Other than the health benefits, choose a mouthwash that also suits your comfort.

Again, try to determine your dental needs first before anything else. It’s always safe to let the dentists examine your oral health condition first.

 

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