What You Need To Know About Kids’ Dentist Appointment

June 23rd, 2017

Children don’t get excited at the idea of visiting the dentist (and the same goes for many adults, too). However, getting a regular dental care is a must for your kids. According to the American Dental Association, children should visit the dentist within six months after their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday.

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So what should you expect at your child’s first dentist appointment? The dentist will examine your child’s baby teeth to check for tooth decay and other dental health issues. The dentist will also assess your child’s risk for tooth decay. Your child’s dentist should teach you how to properly clean your kid’s teeth. You and the dentist can talk about habits, such as sucking of the thumb and the misuse of sippy cups, which is bad for your child’s teeth.

The Basics of Pediatric Dental Care

Following your child’s first appointment with the dentist, he or she should continue to go for regular check-ups at least every six months. In some cases like  cases with children who are at increased risk of tooth decay, your kid’s dentist may suggest more frequent visits. Visiting the dentist regularly will help reduce your child’s chances of having cavities because his teeth will be cleaned up to remove plaque build-up and a fluoride treatment will be applied to strengthen the teeth’s enamel. Your child’s dentist will also examine his teeth, jawbones, and oral tissues to look for any potential problems.

Children , sometimes, will need to have a cavity filled or other dental work done for them— but should this bendone if your child still has baby teeth? Dental work is very important even for children who still have their primary or baby teeth, since cavities can be painful, and having a healthy baby teeth is important to help your child chew food, speak properly, and guide permanent teeth into their proper position.

How to make Kids’ Dentist Appointments More Pleasant

As a parent, you should help calm your child’s nerves and make every appointment with the dentistry go more smoothly. The better experience your child has, the more trust and security he will feel when visiting the dentist and this can promote a lifetime of good dental health. Use these tips to help your child feel relaxed about going to the dentist:

Choose a Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists are dentists that specialize in children’s dental health and they are specially trained to calm anxious children. The offices of pediatric dentists are usually designed to be especially welcoming and accomodating to youngsters.

Discuss about the Appointment in Advance

While your child is relaxed, calmly discuss the upcoming dentist appointment with your child. Explain to him what might happen at the dentist’s and that the dentist can help keep your his teeth bright and healthy.

Schedule a Sneak Preview

If your kid is visiting the dentist for the first time, you ask if it is okay to stop by before the actual appointment. This will help your child get comfortable in the new surroundings before the check-up.

Stay Close to Young Children

It can help children who are below the age of four if you are nearby during the dental appointment. As you prepare your child for the dentist appointment, don’t forget that your attitude has a significant influence on your child’s perception of the dentist. If the thought of having a dental work on yourself or your child makes you anxious, do your best to remain relaxed and keep calm when you talk about the visit with your child.

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LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF DENTAL FEAR MAY EASE WORRIES

June 14th, 2017

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If you’re scared of visiting the dentist, being optimistic and humorous might help ease your worries, suggests a new research. According to reports, about 50 percent of adults go through some degree of dental fear and about 5 percent of them have severe dental fear. Despite this, most people with dental fear go to the dentist regularly. Dental phobia is a major cause of poor dental health in a lot of people as it prevents them from getting the necessary treatment from a dentist.
However a person can overcome dental fear by being optimistic, a condition that is influenced by many factors such as the dental office environment, prayer, and effective distractions. For patients with dental phobia, it is the perception of pain and discomfort that causes them to fear. Actually, dentistry today is not nearly as painful as it used to be, and a lot of patients now find the clinical experience to be more or less comfortable overall.
A lot of patients’ fear probably comes from an experience they had years back when dental procedures were much more painful. For some, it is not experienced firsthand, they may base their perceptions on secondhand reports from friends, parents, family, or friends. The media only increases the problem, with the way they represents dentists as “pain doctors” creating a rhetorical stigma around the profession that becomes difficult to break through.

Many people of all ages fear the thought of viaiting the dentist, which maybe the idea of getting a shot for a filling or the possibility of having a tooth pulled, but there is really no reason to be scared, as these occurrences are not so common. In fact, there are a lot reasons to smile when you schedule your next dental checkup.

These are:

Getting a Professional Teeth Cleaning.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist can be a privilege. The dentists often are able to extract debris or bacteria which are under the gum line or between tightly-packed teeth that would eventually lead to cavities. After the cleaning, your teeth will look and feel great.

Having a Comprehensive Exam.

Your dentist will provide a detailed exam to make sure you don’t have any problems such as oral cancer, jaw misalignment, or a decaying tooth/teeth. If issues like these are caught early, they are easier to treat and may reduce the risk of more serious problems. If you need a filling, it will help you to retain that tooth rather than have it go completely bad and have to be pulled out.

Getting an Expert Advice.

Your hygienist and dentist can both provide you helpful advice to ensure great future checkups. Your hygienist may recommend a certain type of toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth rinse that will help keep your teeth strong and very healthy. Your dentist might suggestadditional tests like x-rays or more frequent checkups so as to prevent problems from developing. Special issues such as wisdom teeth can be referred to a specialist. Visiting your dentist at least twice every year will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Follow the advice of your hygienist and your dentist to get great results. Now, when next you need to make an appointment for a checkup, dial your dentist’s number with a smile.

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SMILE FOR SPECIAL EVENT

June 2nd, 2017

Introduction

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A big, beautiful, bright smile can not only make you more attractive, it can also help you look younger and give a better first impression. So whether you’re preparing for a job interview, a date, your wedding, or any special event here’s how to make sure that your smile is adding to your good looks.

Preparing your Smile for the Big Event

Some of these big event come up unexpectedly, leaving you with very little time to perfect your smile ahead. There are a few things you can do to perfect your smile depending on how much time you have left till the big event.

Bleaching

Bleaching your teeth is a very good way to perfect your smile and boost your confidence if you dont have enough time and you are looking for a way to cover up stains on the teeth surface. In-office whitening sessions tend to be more expensive, but they offer the most effective and fastest teeth whitening fix. Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not as expensive and they include whitening toothpastes, white trays, and white strips. However, they may take awhile before you notice results.

Dental Implants

If your teeth are overly crooked and you don’t want to wear braces, your dentist can recommend installing a dental implant for you. Dental implants are used to replace natural teeth permanently, and they can be done one tooth at a time. They can also be done as part of a smile makeover whereby you replace all your missing teeth at once .

Renewing Stained Fillings

If you have been wearing your filings for a long time, you should consider renewing them, especially the ones that are in your front teeth. Tooth colored resin fillings often change color with time, especially if you eat a lot of colored foods and drinks. Renewing them will enhance your smile, and boost your confidence.

Add Some Colors to the Lips

Adding some color to your pout will help to make your teeth appear whiter than it is. Swipe on your brightest red lipstick for the best results. It draws attention away from any imperfections in your smile.

Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Whiten your Teeth

Hydrogen Peroxide is already used to produce whitening strips. You can purchase it in a more concentrated bottle form. If you’re going to use this, make sure you don’t swallow any of the liquid. You could also apply it to your teeth using qtips for the best results. Note that if you have preexisting dental conditions, consult your dental professional for guidance on what teeth whitening product(s) to use and what strength is best suited for you specifically.

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Mercury Mouth: Are Amalgam Fillings Safe?

May 24th, 2017

Introduction

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Dental amalgam is a common material that is used to fill cavities. Fillings made with amalgam also referred to as silver fillings. Concerns have been raised over the years about the use of amalgam because of its mercury contents. Amalgam is a combination of metals which are the most popular and effective filling material used in dentistry in the last 150 years.

Even though it is sometimes referred to as “silver amalgam,” amalgam actually contains a combination of metals, which include silver, mercury, tin and copper. Small amounts of zinc, indium or palladium may also be used. Tooth-colored materials have now been introduce and can be used to restore teeth, so amalgam is used less often than in the past.

However, these new materials can’t be used for all situations. Amalgam is less costly than other materials and it holds up better over time, especially in teeth that go through a lot of pressure and wear from chewing.

Are Amalgam Fillings Safe?

The reason mercury is used in amalgam is because it helps make the filling material pliable. When mixed with an alloy powder, mercury creates a compound soft enough to mix and press into the tooth. It also hardens quickly and it can withstand the forces of biting and chewing. Just like most substances, the degree of harm caused by mercury in the body depends on the amount. Very low levels of mercury would not cause any ill effects. At higher levels,  for example when workers are exposed to mercury through their jobs, it can cause several symptoms, which include anxiety, irritability, memory loss, headaches and fatigue.

The controversy over amalgam is centred on how much mercury fillings is released and how much the body absorbs. Before, amalgam fillings were believed to be inert. This means that no mercury will be released once the filling is placed in the tooth. However, in recent years, sophisticated tests have another other view -very little amounts of mercury in the form of vapor can be released as the amalgam filling wears out.

Research on this amalgam issue is really complex and has arrived at various estimates of the actual amount of mercury that is released. Several reviews, however have concluded that the amount released from amalgam in the mouth is very low. Studies revealed that the amount of mercury individuals are exposed to from their fillings is less than the amount they are exposed to in their daily environment or in the food they eat.

On the issue of allergic reactions to mercury…
In very rare cases, people have allergic reactions to the mercury in amalgam. The American Dental Association reports that fewer than 100 cases of this type of allergy have been reported. People who are allergic to amalgam can receive other filling materials.

On whether pregnant women should consider amalgam fillings…

Research has not reported any health effects caused by  amalgam fillings in pregnant women. However, mercury can cross the placenta. Generally, dentists advise pregnant women to stay away from unnecessary dental care.
Women are advised not to get amalgam fillings during pregnancy. Dentists can however suggest other materials for any pregnant woman who needs a cavity filled. Some individuals who have high exposure to mercury may want to avoid amalgam fillings. This applies to people who are exposed to mercury through their jobs, or who people who eat large amounts of seafood.

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WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SMILE SPARKLE

May 15th, 2017

Introduction

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After breathing, smiling is one of the things we do every time. It is one of the first things people see when they meet and interact with you. Smiling is one of the most important things that are taken into consideration when it comes to friendliness, first impressions, and an overall idea of how well you care for yourself. Researchers found that strangers are more likely to underestimate an individual’s age if he or she is smiling and according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a smile that reveals damaged or yellow teeth has the exact opposite effect and tends to make you look even older than your real age.

The good news however is, there are many ways — both low- and high-tech that can help to achieve a beautiful, white smile. From consuming crunchy fruits and veggies to selecting the right shades of lipstick and bronzer, here’s what leading cosmetic dentists recommend to make your smile sparkle and look younger while you’re at it! If you are looking for the best ways to get and keep a white smile, just  follow these six tricks to boost the wattage of your smile.

Don’t Joke With Flossing

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Flossing daily will also go a long way in making your smile look beautiful because even the best and most expensive toothbrushes and mouthwash are unable to reach every crevice between your teeth. Flossing properly is the very best way to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup in your mouth which makesit easier for foods, drinks and tobacco to accumulate and stain your teeth if not controlled.

Boost your Calcium and Vitamin C Intake
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Maintaining strong teeth is another good way to keep your smile shinning. Consuming a healthy diet that contains certain teeth-fortifying nutrients will help prevent oral health problems such as tooth decay, erosion, and periodontal disease. Calcium helps grow and develop both baby and adult teeth and even strengthens your jawbone. Eat calcium-rich low-fat and fat-free milk, cruciferous vegetables (green leafy vegetables like cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, and cauliflower), cheese and calcium-fortified juices, breads, breakfast cereals, or soy products.

Vitamin C also maintains strong teeth as an antioxidant that repairs tissue and prevent disease-causing bacteria from penetrating the gums. Cruciferous veggies, especially broccolli will do both as they’re rich in both calcium and vitamin C.

Drink Plenty of Water

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Drinking plenty of water helps ward off bacteria from your mouth (especially after meals) and helps to prevent stains and protect your teeth from the harmful effects of acidic foods and beverages.

Chew Sugarless Gum

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Chewing sugarless gum is an easy way to trigger saliva which is a natural way to fight acid and keep your teeth looking bright.

Fake your Smile with Makeup

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If you want an even faster solution than the above mentioned, try a new makeup routine to get a whiter smile on the go. One  effective way to make your teeth appear brighter instantly is by wearing shades of lipstick that have a blue undertone and bronzer to darken the skin tone for a greater contrast to the teeth.

Get Dental Implants
Getting dental implants can help you to restore your smile, replacing gaps caused by missing teeth. It can be used to support either crowns, bridges or dentures depending on the number of teeth that needs replacing.

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A GUIDE TO FLOSSING YOUR TEETH

May 6th, 2017

TEETH FLOSSING GUIDE

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A cord of thin filaments which is used to remove food and dental plaque from between teeth in areas that the toothbrush is unable to get to is referred to as dental floss or tooth floss. Since the build-up of plaque between the teeth is the major cause of dental disease which include gingivitis and dental caries , the use of floss is widely recommended so as to prevent these conditions from coming up.

Even though a number of interdental cleaning aids are widely availanle, dental floss has been able to receive the most attention, despite the fact that it can be challenging to use because it requires a high level of dexterity, thereby resulting in less use. Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove  the sticky bacteria, or plaque on your teeth.

Plaque produces acid, which can lead to cavities, irritate the gums, and cause gum disease. Each tooth has five surfaces and if you don’t floss, you leave at least two of the surfaces unclean. Dental floss is the only thing that can really get into that space between your teeth and remove the bacteria. Everybody is aware that we should floss at least once a day, but not all of us know the right method to do it. In case you are one of those who do not know how to use the floss, follow this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth:

Break off about 16 to18 inches of floss and curl most of it around one of your middle fingers.

Curl the remaining floss around the same finger of your opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.

Hold the dental floss tightly in-between your thumbs and forefingers.

Using a gentle rubbing motion, slide the floss between your teeth. Make sure you do not snap the floss into the gums.

When the dental floss has reached the gum line, curve it into a C shape against a tooth. Now, gently slide it into the space between the tooth and the gum.

Now hold the floss frimly against the tooth. Rub the side of the tooth in a gentle manner, moving the floss away from the gum using up and down motions.

Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth and make sure you do not forget the back side of your last tooth.

Once you’re through with the flossing, throw the floss away. A piece of floss that has already been used won’t be as effective and will possibly leave bacteria behind in your mouth.

When you are flossing, make sure you stick to a regular pattern. Start flossing at the top and work from the left to the right, then move to the bottom and work from the left to right again. With this method you’re less likely to miss any teeth.

When you first start your dental flossing, your gums may be tender and bleed a little. Continue flossing your teeth as directed by your dentist and the bleeding would stop as your gums become healthier.

However if you’re still getting regular bleeding after a few days, see your dentist. He or she can check if you’re flossing correctly. If you do not have the hand dexterity to floss, use soft wooden plaque removers, it looks similar to toothpicks. You can also try a two-pronged plastic floss holder. Both will allow you to clean between teeth with only one hand.

It is important that you talk to your dentist about the types of oral care products that will be most effective for you. Look for products that you know have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH?

April 28th, 2017

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH?

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Brushing and flossing your teeth on regular basis helps to prevent, gingivitis, cavity, tooth decay, plaque etc. The importance of good oral hygiene in overall health cannot be ignored. As a matter of fact, gingivitis is a risk factor for other health conditions, including coronary disease and diabetes. A frayed, over used or infected toothbrush is less effective thereby, exposing us to all or at least one of the above.

A study from the University of Manchester, England ascertained that the average toothbrush contains a minimum of 10 million bacteria, E. coli and Staph included. This isn’t surprising , considering that at a given time there lives about 100 to 200 oral bacteria species in your mouth, most of which end their journey on a toothbrush after brushing once. As a matter of fact, your new toothbrush can get infected with microorganisms either from the mouth or the atmosphere after use. You may want to know that these germs don’t only thrive on the toothbrush but can also be transferred to other toothbrushes in the immediate environment.

ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months or possibly sooner if you’ve been sick. However, this is a general recommendation, as individual factors may require you to do so more often. If you have braces, for example, the bristles of your toothbrush may become frayed more quickly, and therefore need replacement more often. Children as well as adults prone to tooth problems should also do this more often. Note that it is not just about throwing away your toothbrush but that you are disposing of millions of bacteria. Truth is, no matter your toothbrush type or quality, its bristles will eventually become frayed, worn and it may lose its effectiveness. Moreover, clinical research has it that a new toothbrush can remove more plaque from your teeth than the one that’s worn out or frayed. Your toothbrush has no power to kill bacteria in the mouth, protect you against tooth disease or from getting sick. Make sure you change your brush regularly, brush your teeth twice daily, floss at least once, avoid sugary foods and do a mouth rinse. Regardless of the type of toothbrush you’re using, your bristles start to fray and they are no longer getting in between your teeth. Hence, you may not be as efficient at brushing your teeth as you used to and there may be microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi or some food particles left behind if you don’t have the right toothbrush.

Studies have it that you should also get a new toothbrush after you’ve been sick, as your brush bristles can harbor germs. However, Children’s toothbrushes often need more frequent replacement than that of adults, because kids often brush their teeth more vigorously. You may want to change your kids toothbrush before the recommended three months. Except your dentist recommends otherwise, stick to toothbrush with soft nylon bristles, as medium or hard bristles are out of it for most people and can cause damage to your tooth enamel.

After all said and done, here are some extra useful tips to keep your toothbrush in sanitized conditions that may help you stay healthy all through till the standard disposal time. Also note that, if you have trouble keeping track of your toothbrush, you may want to tick on your calendar, set a reminder or buy the toothbrushes that change bristle Colors when they approach they approach the time frame.

Avoid sharing toothbrushes with anyone.

Store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air-dry until it’s used again. There are bathroom accessories designed for this purpose too.

Avoid constantly covering your toothbrush or storing it in a closed container. Moist environments are more conducive to the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.

If you’re storing more than one toothbrush in the same space, ensure you keep them separate to avoid cross-contamination which may lead to spread of infection.

Rinse your toothbrush in a detailed manner, with tap water after use to remove toothpaste residue and food particles.

Soak your toothbrush in mouthwash or hot water for a few seconds to kill germs.

 

TOOTH FRIENDLY DIET

April 23rd, 2017

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What you put in your mouth affects it not only by building healthier teeth and gums, but also by preventing tooth decay and gingivitis. It is common knowledge that certain dental hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly help to maintain our teeth and prevent them from decay. However, there is more to it than brushing and flossing. Certain foods help to improve the teeth while others aid decay. Some fruits and foods help to clean the teeth and make it stronger while other foods especially sugary types may aid decay as mouth bacteria convert the sugar to acids. In order to stay on the right dental lane, you need to observe the tooth friendly diet.

Consume More Protein

Proteins break down to supply calcium and phosphorus in your body, supplying them to the teeth. Theses minerals help to re-mineralize the teeth.  Re-mineralizing is a natural process in which minerals are re-deposited in the enamel after being washed away by acids. Protein sources include fish, egg, soybean, cowpea beans, nuts and leguminous veggies etc.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of tooth friendly diet, especially when eaten in their raw form. They help washing off plaque and massaging the gums. Eat fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, which helps to maintain body cells and build immunity and fruits rich in vitamin A for better enamel . Such fruits include apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, citrus and pumpkin. Your teeth also needs vitamin C to fight gingivitis, a disease causing swelling, inflammation and bleeding of the gum. The crisp texture of these fruits also act as detergent on teeth, washing off bacteria causing plaque.

Cheese Consumption

You might have been told to cut down on dairy foods. Cheese however, contains a tooth friendly dose of whey protein and casein which help to protect the enamel by fighting de-mineralization.  This food also supplies calcium to your tooth. So eat as much cheese as you can as it is a part of the tooth friendly diet.

Water Intake

Generally, the importance of water in human health and existence can not be under estimated. Taking plenty of water keeps your health in check and your teeth are not left out. That is why you need lots of water if you want to maintain a tooth friendly diet. Taking plenty of water is good for your teeth as it helps flush off the food remnants of food that mouth bacteria processes into plaque. Although, Tap water is more effective than packaged water as it contains fluoride which fights tooth decay.

Calcium Intake

The Food and Drug Administration recommends 1,000 mg of calcium as daily RDA for women younger than 50 and for men of any age, and 1,200 mg for women over 50. Calcium is present in dairy foods such as yogurt, milk and cheese. It can also be found in fish such as sardines with bones and salmon. There are also over the counter sources at the drug store.  When you have insufficient calcium in your system, you can suffer from slack jaws which in turn leads to loose teeth.

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 Tea Intake

Although tea tends to stain teeth, good oral hygiene and other tooth friendly diets will help put that in check. The importance of tea in dental health can’t be undermined. A lot of studies have shown that compounds in black tea can spoil or suppress the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque, eventually preventing both cavities and gum disease.

Chewing Gum

The act of chewing gum generates more saliva in the mouth, helping in the removal of tooth particles. Choose brands of chewing gum that are sugar-free, having in mind that sugar is bad for your teeth.

Foods to Avoid

Some food are extremely bad for dental health.  You should avoid sugar based foods and snacks such as candy, chocolate, ice cream etc. Cut down on carbonated sugary drinks like soda, coke, sweetened beverages etc. You would also have to be weary of cough syrups and dried fruits as well as bananas. Rinse your mouth every time you eat sugary and starchy foods. Brush your teeth twice daily and visit your dentist at least once a year.

EVERYDAY TIPS FOR MANAGING DENTAL HEALTH

April 16th, 2017

EVERYDAY TIPS FOR MANAGING DENTAL HEALTH

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No one enjoys appointments with the dentists. It could be as a result of the fear of those instruments or because of the time out of their busy or not so busy schedule. It could also be because of the cost, whichever way, everyone dreads visiting the dentist. However, if you refuse to engage in activities that may help in managing your dental health, you might as well find yourself at the dentists on regular basis. To minimize these trips to the dentist, here are some everyday tips for managing dental health.

Calcium Intake

Calcium is an element widely known for building strong teeth and bones. That is why even expectant mums are placed on calcium supplements for the sake of the unborn child. However, it shouldn’t end at that. Every human being has a minimum requirement of calcium that must be met in order to have strong, healthy teeth. If your body can’t find enough supply of calcium in your diet, it sucks it jp from your teeth and bones leaving you deprived. In US, the RDA for calcium is 1000 mg in adults, 1200 mg in children, and 1500 mg in women of post-menopausal age.  Calcium can be found in supplements, majority of dairy foods and in a couple of fruits and vegetables. You may ask a doctor or nutritionist for precision.

Hydration

Certain illnesses, medications and of course, smoking may lead to mouth dehydration which is drastic reduction of saliva. The role of saliva in digestion and checkmating mouth bacteria cannot be underestimated. If you find out your mouth is dehydrated, you must fix the situation. This can be achieved by drinking lots of water, chewing sugar-free gums and having mouth wash handy.

Tooth Brushing

This is an important everyday tip for managing dental health. You must brush your teeth twice a day  especially before bed at night. Mouth bacteria are very active at night and launch their attacks while you sleep. Use calcium fortified tooth pastes and toothbrushes with round, soft bristles. Hold your brush at 45 degree angle.

Sugary Foods

You need to cut down on your intake of sugary foods and confectioneries. You love sugary foods and so does the bacteria in your mouth. Even your simple carbohydrate foods break down into sugar. They feed on this sugar sediments and multiply sporadically. If you must eat such sugary foods, be sure to rinse thoroughly or brush your teeth immediately.

Dental Flossing

Another important everyday tip for managing dental health is flossing. You should floss ay least once daily preferably in the night time. There are different brand names you can find on the rack. Just make sure you floss. It helps to dig out the sediments that your brush bristles may not pick.

Vitamin C

Ensure you get enough vitamin c into your system. You can get it through over the counter supplements or fruits and vegetables. This is essential for healthy gums. Check with your health care provider to know your RDA as it varies with age.

Do’s and Don’ts

Chew lots of raw fruits and veggies as they help scrub off sediments from your teeth. You should avoid chewing ice and other hard, non food items. It is unhealthy and can lead to damage.

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TOOTH LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER RISK OF HEART DISEASE

April 13th, 2017

TOOTH LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER RISK OF HEART DISEASE

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Tooth loss is not an uncommon feature among adults and aged persons. Over time, tooth loss has been associated with several risk factors for heart disease. These hear disease related factors are high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes. A lot of people don’t feel threatened by the loss of tooth as they feel it can be replaced.

Research across the globe however revealed that, for every decrease in the number of teeth, there was an increase in the levels of the harmful enzyme that promotes inflammation and hardening of the arteries. The authors of the research also noted that along with reduced number of teeth came increases in other heart disease risk markers, including “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar, blood pressure and waist size.

About 4.7% of the American population suffer from heart disease whilst still having all of their natural teeth present. However, those missing just one to five teeth already had a 21% increase in heart disease rate. A 60% increase in risk of heart disease occurs for those with six to 31 missing teeth.

Another obvious fact is that People with fewer teeth were also more prone to diabetes, with the risk increasing by 11 percent for every significant decrease in the number of teeth and that being a current or used-to-be smoker was also linked to tooth loss, according to the research. The question here remains what is the correlation between tooth loss and heart disease?

It is imperative to understand that the correlation between tooth loss and heart disease held even when smoking status was considered. There is a strong relationship between Smoking, tooth loss and heart disease. In fact, lack of oral hygiene, drug use, excessive stress, and excessive alcohol have been pointed at as great contributors to both tooth loss and heart disease.  Nonetheless, when they were sectioned by age group and smoking status, a significant association remained between tooth loss and heart disease among respondents aged 40 to 59 years who had never smoked. It can’t be confirmed nor denied that tooth loss is in fact linked with heart disease or if this is simply a misunderstanding.

When a person’s personal Dental hygiene and overall health is so poor that he or she begins to experience tooth loss, it greatly impacts the rest of their health. All those additional oral bacteria from the mouth can move to other parts of the body, affecting vital organs, bodily functions and systems.

The overall Point to keep in mind is that our Dental health can contribute to damage to the rest of our body, directly or indirectly. This isn’t pointing out that we need perfect teeth but it does mean that dental hygiene such as twice-a-day brushing and dental flossing are absolutely vital as well as twice a year visits to your dentist. We ought to take proper care of ourselves, our body and teeth in order to live the healthiest life possible.

” Whether tooth loss actually causes heart disease remains to be proved. It is possible that the two health conditions have the same risk factors independently,” Dr. Ola Vedin, from the department of medical sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden stated. Some experts who believe that a causal relationship exists propose several theories, including systemic inflammation, presence of bacteria in the blood from infected teeth and bacteria invading coronary plaques.

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