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Your Toothbrush: When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

replace your toothbrushYour toothbrush is one of the first things you see in the morning. Other than regularly seeing your dentist, your toothbrush is responsible for the health and hygiene of your teeth. There will be a time when it reaches the need for replacement. After all, a lot of viruses and bacteria live on it, when they get transferred from your mouth to its bristles.

Here are some factors to help you determine when it’s time to say goodbye to your toothbrush:

  • If the bristles are frayed or clumped, and don’t serve any purpose.
  • After you get well from a sickness. You would not want to fall sick again soon.
  • If anyone, even a healthy person, used it by mistake. Shared bacteria is the worst.

Otherwise, you should change your toothbrush after every two months for hygiene reasons.

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Fruit Juices And Smoothies Have High Sugar Content

The next time you offer your children a healthy smoothie instead of a soda, you may want to remember that it could contain as much as 13 g/100 ml, equivalent to around 2.5 tsps in a 3.5-oz serving, or approximately two thirds to a half of a child’s recommended daily sugar intake.

idealibrary_19797According to Yale Health, the average American consumes around 22 tsps of added sugar every day; for teens, the figure is closer to 34. One 12-oz can of soda contains 10 tsps of sugar.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend no more than 3-4 tsps of sugar a day for children, and 5 tsps for teens.

As awareness spreads about the impact of sweetened drinks on weight gain and tooth decay, many people are turning to fruit juices and smoothies as healthy alternatives to sodas, iced tea and other favorites.

Even 100% juice is not guilt-free

Even 100% fruit juice is not as innocent as it seems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend not giving juice to infants under 6 months, and children aged 1-6 should have no more than 4-6 oz, or one half to three quarters of a cup. The recommended amount for 7-18 year-olds is 8-12 oz, or 1-2 cups.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool and the University of London in the UK assessed the sugar content of 203 fruit juice drinks, 100% natural juices, and smoothies aimed at children, using information from the pack label. They checked the amount of “free” sugars in UK-branded and store-brand products.

Free sugars include glucose, fructose, sucrose and table sugar, which are added by the producer, as well as naturally occurring sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. Although fructose occurs naturally in fruit, when consumed as a drink, it can cause dental caries – as can any other sugar.

There are other naturally occurring sugars in whole fruits and vegetables, which the body metabolizes differently, and they act to curb energy intake. These were not included.

Over 40% of drinks contain 4 tsps of sugar

The average sugar content of the 21 pure fruit juices assessed in the survey was as high as 10.7 g/100 ml or just over 2 tsps, and in the 24 smoothies, it was up to 13 g/100 ml, or just over 2.5 tsps. Over 40% of all the products, contained 19 g, or around 4 tsps, of free sugars, the maximum daily amount recommended for children.

Based on the findings, the team recommends:

  • Not counting fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies with a high free sugar content as one of the “5 a day”
  • Consuming fruit whole, not as juice
  • Diluting fruit juice with water or opting for unsweetened juices, and allowing these only during meals
  • Limiting intake to 150 ml/day, or just over 5 oz

Medical News Today asked Dr. Simon Capewell, who led the research, whether, in the light of these findings, we should reduce our fruit intake, too.

He told us:

“No. Fruit is very good for the health. Vegetables likewise. Indeed, we would recommend unlimited fruit and vegetables.”

Whole fruit has a higher fiber content than juice, it takes longer to consume, it is more satisfying, and there is evidence that the body metabolizes whole fruit in a different way, adjusting its energy intake more appropriately than it does after drinking juice.


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5 Reasons to Scrape Your Tongue Every Day

13335549_10157121025675601_3401142193123133939_n#1 Improves the breath:

Removing the bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the tongue significantly reduces the odor from the mouth.  You may have been told to use your toothbrush for this purpose, but brushing the tongue does NOT efficiently remove all of the film that develops on the tongue.  You will be blown away the first time you  do this by the amount of gunk that comes off of the tongue.

#2 Improves your ability to taste:

Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will better expose your taste buds.  This will lead to better enjoyment of the flavors of your food.  Ayurveda teaches that the better we enjoy and savor our food, the better our bodies digest and assimilate, leading to better over all health.  Also, Ayurveda teaches that blocked taste buds and tongue receptors interferes with our body’s ability to communicate with our brain about what types of foods we need to maintain our health, leading to false cravings.

#3 Avoid toxins being reabsorbed into your body:

As you sleep, your body is detoxifying.  Much of the film on your tongue is toxins excreted from your body.  You don’t want to re-ingest that do you?  NO!  Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning will remove this sludge from your tongue and from your body, improving your over all health and improving your immune system.

#4 Improves dental health:

By removing bacteria and toxins, you are also contributing to better dental health as well, leading to healthier teeth and gums.  The bacteria that you remove from your tongue are responsible for things like periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum infections, gum recession, and even loss of teeth.

#5  Get to know your tongue:

Did you know your tongue is a mirror reflection of your internal organs?  Just like with hand or foot mapping, the tongue is mapped out to reflect various parts of your internal body.  You can learn so much about what is going on in particular areas just by looking at your tongue every morning.  Also, by scraping your tongue, you are actually stimulating and massaging those corresponding internal organs, just like in acupressure or acupuncture.  Pretty cool, huh?

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Tooth Decay Risk Doubles for Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

Cosmetic DentistryThere is a high percentages of tooth decay in baby teeth in developed countries, a rate of 20.5% in children ages 2-5 in the US.

While cavity prevention in young children generally focuses on sugar restriction, oral fluoride supplementation and fluoride varnish, some studies have suggested that secondhand smoke plays a role.

Secondhand smoke may directly affect teeth and microorganisms in a number of ways, including inflammation of the oral membrane, damage to the salivary gland function and a decrease in serum vitamin C levels, as well as immune dysfunction. Although it has not been scientifically proven, this would suggest that reducing secondhand smoke among children could help prevent cavities.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.44.11 AMA team of researchers based in Japan set out to investigate smoking during pregnancy and exposure to household smoke in infants at 4 months of age as risk factors for caries in deciduous teeth.

They wanted to know whether maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure of infants to tobacco smoke at the age of 4 months would increase the risk of caries in deciduous teeth.

The team analyzed data for 76,920 children born between 2004 and 2010, who attended routine health checkups at 0, 4, 9 and 18 months, and at 3 years of age at health care centers in Kobe City, Japan.

Mothers completed questionnaires to provide information about secondhand smoke exposure from pregnancy to 3 years of age and other lifestyle factors, such as dietary habits and oral care.

Incidence of caries in deciduous teeth was defined as at least one decayed, missing or filled tooth assessed by qualified dentists.

High risk of cavities in children of parents who smoke

Compared with having no smokers in the family, exposure to tobacco smoke at 4 months of age was associated with an approximately twofold increase in the risk of cavities. The effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy was not statistically significant.


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5 Things You Never Knew About Your Toothbrush

You use it every day, but when was the last time you put real thought into your toothbrush? An effective tool is essential for a proper brushing, which not only shines up your pearly whites, but also prevents bacteria and inflammation — both of which are linked to everything from heart disease to dementia. We asked the experts for a brushup on what features matter most.

Should you opt for an electric brush with a round, rotating head or a traditional rectangular manual brush? Many dentists believe they’re both effective if you’re using the right technique, but a review by the healthcare nonprofit the Cochrane Collaboration found that over a three-month period, round, rotating heads (which resemble the type used during professional cleanings) removed 11 percent more plaque than manual brushes. If you go the manual route, dentist Kimberly Harms, DDS, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, recommends that people with narrow jaws (your dentist can tell you) choose a brush with a tapered head.

There’s no one-size-fits-all toothbrush, but keep in mind that big brushes can miss plaque buildup in tight spots between teeth and hard-to-reach areas in the back. “You’ll know you’ve found the right size head if it can comfortably clean all the way around your last top molar,” says Fremont, California–based dentist Ruchi Sahota, DDS.

Always opt for soft or extra soft. “Many people mistakenly believe that hard-bristle brushes do a more thorough job, but the opposite is true,” says Harms. “Because hard bristles don’t bend well, they can miss areas under the gums and between teeth that are most in need of cleaning.” And they’re harder on your gums: A 2011 study in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who brushed with stiffer bristles experienced an 11 percent increase in gum bleeding after eight weeks.

Unless you find them easier to hold, fancy padded grips that appear to be ergonomically designed have no effect on how well you brush, Harms says.

Is it Time to Change Your Toothbrush?
If it’s been more than four months, yes.

According to the American Dental Association, more than 40 percent of Americans don’t know how often to change their toothbrushes. GoodMouth, a new mail-order subscription service, eliminates the guesswork. “Many people use the same brush for six months or even a year,” says dentist Seth Keiles, DMD, the company’s cofounder and chief medical officer. “In that time, worn bristles become less effective at removing plaque, food particles, and bacteria, putting you at increased risk for cavities and gum disease.” GoodMouth will send you a new brush every other month for a $5 delivery fee. And for every person who signs up, the company will donate two toothbrushes to underserved communities in the U.S. that lack access to quality dental care.

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Close-up of happy smiling dental care woman visiting dentistOral Cancer Facts

48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone.

Worldwide the problem is much greater, with new cases exceeding 640,000 annually.

The fastest growing segment of the oral/oropharyngeal cancer population, are HPV16+ young non-smokers.

Tobacco use in all of it’s forms and alcohol are still major risk factors for oral cancer.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissue of the mouth
  • Any sore which does not heal within 14 days
  • Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time
  • A sensation that something is stuck in your throat when swallowing
  • Unexplained numbness in the mouth
  • Ear pain that occurs on one side only
  • A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal
  • A lump or thickening that develops in the mouth or on the neck

Your dentist can be a first line of defense in detecting abnormalities in the mouth, which could be signs of oral cancer. Many people don’t realize that oral cancer screenings are a routine part of an extensive exam performed during your dental visit. So make sure to visit the dentist regularly, get checked and stay a step ahead of oral cancer. Early detection saves lives!

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7 Subconscious Habits That Damage Your Teeth

Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings are important to keep your teeth healthy. It’s also important to keep some habits in check as they are doing more damage to your teeth than you may realize.

Eating ice cubes
Chewing on ice is something a lot of people do because it provides a certain sensory satisfaction. Even though there’s really no taste to ice, the cold temperature and crunchy texture is appealing to many. But chewing on ice is actually quite bad for your tooth enamel. Enamel is a protective layer that keeps your teeth strong and healthy. But without if that enamel breaks down, your teeth can be exposed to more bacteria and may be more susceptible to cavities. Furthermore, the hard consistency of ice can damage dental work, or even cause small cracks to form in your teeth. Over time, these cracks may become larger, letting in bacteria and perhaps even causing your teeth to fracture.

Brushing too soon after eating
Consuming acidic foods and beverages, such as sports and energy drinks, citrus fruits, wine, and tomatoes, can erode tooth enamel—the glossy outer layer of the tooth. Brushing your teeth too soon after eating and drinking these items can cause more damage because you are essentially brushing the acid into the teeth, not getting rid of it. Instead, you should rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods and beverages and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your pearly whites.

Using Your Teeth As A Tool
Who has ever used their teeth to rip off a tag or rip open a bag of your favorite snacks? We would venture to guess that most everyone has done this at least a time or two. Some dentists in Edmonton may even be guilty of this. However, using your teeth like this can severely damage them and threaten your overall dental health. Always, always opt for a pair of scissors instead.

Brush teeth too aggressively
Using bristles that are too firm for your gums or pressing too hard when you brush can also wear down your teeth and gums over time. It’s better to use a lighter hand and take time to brush thoroughly.

Use tobacco
Products such as chewing tobacco, cigars or cigarettes. These are not only bad for your overall health, but also your teeth and gums. Tobacco puts you at higher risk for periodontal disease, because it reduces blood flow to your gums. It also causes bad breath, decreased saliva flow and higher tooth decay rate, and can cause oral cancer.

Biting nails
It is another dental habit that leads to tooth damage, among other things. Your fingernails are dirty and biting them allows all the germs hiding underneath to enter the body (yuck!). Also, fingernails are hard, really hard, and chronic biting can cause teeth to shift, break, or crack.

Food & Drink
Sugar and acid are two major offenders to oral health. Staying away from sugary and/or acidic food and drink goes beyond the obvious things like soda and candy. The acids in alcohol can damage your teeth and dry out your mouth. Diet soda and club soda are not guilt-free for your teeth as they still contain high levels of acid.


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Tips For Fresher Breath

Bad breath? Here are causes and treatment options for bad breath.


Hopefully by now someone has informed you (gently) of your halitosis, or – even better you figured it out yourself. If so, it’s time to take action. And that doesn’t mean forming an addiction to mints or downing mouthwash by the liter. Finding out the exact cause of halitosis will help you overcome it most efficiently.

Chances are, your halitosis is related to dental issues. Maybe you’ve slipped off the gold star chart for oral hygiene and have become lax with brushing, flossing, tongue scrubbing and meeting with a dentist twice a year. If so, particles from the food you eat will hang in your mouth and collect bacteria. Unfortunately, that bacteria doesn’t smell quite like peppermint, and foods such as garlic and onions can give your breath a particularly foul funk as you exhale.

Plaque buildup from poor dental hygiene habits can also lead to gum disease – another common culprit of bad breath. What else can turn a good mouth bad-smelling? Decay. Whether its in cavities, poor restorations or those spots under old crowns and fillings, the smell of rot is not pleasant.

Yeast infections of the mouth, which are most common among denture-wearers, can spell trouble for your breath, and so can xerostomia – a condition more commonly known as dry mouth. Saliva is a wonderful cleanser and if you don’t have enough saliva, food particles are more likely to stick around.

Smoking and chewing tobacco can also do wonders to stink up your breath, so add halitosis to the lengthy list of reasons to kick the deadly habits.

If, after some dental hygiene soul-searching, you admit your routine could use a boost – get boosting. Brush, floss and don’t forget to scrub your tongue, which is a popular hangout for smelly bacteria.

If you start brushing and flossing like a champ and still have bad breath, go to the dentist. He or she can help fix dental causes for bad breath, such as decay and gum disease. Your dentist will catch gum disease at its mildest stage, called gingivitis. With dental cleanings and improved at-home oral hygiene, you can reverse gingivitis. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontal disease, which will need a more aggressive treatment.


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