Dental Health

30
Jun

Why Purple Foods Are Important to Your Oral Health

When you eat produce that is purple, you are giving your body nutrients that it would otherwise struggle to get naturally.

While you can get many of these nutrients out of a daily multi-vitamin, it can be difficult for your body to absorb the right amounts of these nutrients when you use vitamins to try and remain healthy. Instead, try eating your way to a healthy mouth by making sure to eat something purple each day.

The Benefits You Get from Purple Produce

While the main nutrient you get from purple produce is anthocyanin, that is not the only nutrient. Anthocyanin is a nutrient that helps you prevent cancer, keeps your heart healthier, and decreases your blood pressure. When you eat purple produce, you also get the benefit of more balanced hormones, a metabolism that remains more balanced, and reduced pain all around the body.

Foods You Can Eat from the Purple Family

There are quite a few foods that fall into the purple family of produce. Things like eggplant (so long as you make sure to eat the skin), and many types of berries are the most common purple produce that people think of. However, there are also options like passionfruit, pomegranates, plums, purple carrots, dark beans, and purple cauliflower.

The more of these foods you eat on a regular basis, the stronger the effects of those foods are. Try and eat them daily, as often as possible. Then, you can keep the benefits going through your mouth, and the rest of your body, on a consistent basis.

Speak with your dentist the next time you go in for an exam about how much these foods can help improve your oral health. You would be surprised how much a healthy diet can keep your mouth strong and healthy.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

20
Jun

Why It’s Important to Know Your Toothbrush Cannot Polish Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is essential for good oral hygiene. The practice helps to remove plaque, bacteria and lingering food particles from the surface of your teeth. Getting rid of this buildup works to prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease.

It would stand to reason, then, that brushing harder would polish your teeth clean, right? Wrong. Your toothbrush cannot polish your teeth; in fact, brushing too hard can be detrimental to your oral health.

What Happens if You Brush Too Hard?

Brushing your teeth too hard, or overbrushing, often happens as a result of good intentions gone wrong. Vigorous brushing can have some significant negative consequences for your mouth. First, you run the risk of receding gums.

Second, brushing too hard can actually wear away at the enamel of your teeth. Third, you greatly increase your risk of developing gum disease, which leads to a whole other set of significant oral health issues.

Signs of Overbrushing

There are a few warning signs that point to overbrushing:

  • Receding gums.
  • Visible wear on your enamel.
  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • The development of cavities on the roots of your teeth.

What Can You Do?

If you pay attention to the way you brush, you can stop overbrushing and lower your chances for developing these issues. There are also a few steps you can take to make sure you avoid developing this dangerous habit:

  • Keep an eye on your toothbrush. On average, it should be replaced about every three months. If you notice signs of wear sooner, it could be a sign that you are brushing too hard.
  • Brush gently. You don’t need to scrub hard, plaque is soft. You just need to be thorough and get every surface. Pay attention to the pressure you use. The bristles shouldn’t bend. Also, you should use small, circular motions.
  • Buy the right brush. Make sure that your toothbrush is a soft bristled brush. This will help to prevent damage. You may also want to consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush, which will do most of the work for you.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen is essential for your oral health, but trying to polish your teeth with your brush can be quite harmful. Along with brushing, don’t forget to floss every day and visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about brushing your teeth.

30
May

Understanding Sugar Sensitivity in Teeth

When your teeth don’t have the right amount of enamel on them, they become more sensitive to outside factors. Most people are familiar with sensitivities to hot and cold, sometimes extending all the way out to just breathing in the wrong temperature of air. However, there are more types of sensitivities than just those. Your teeth can actually become sensitive to things like sour or bitter, and sweets, too. If your teeth hurt after eating something sugary, you need to go in and get them checked out by your dentist.

How Tooth Sensitivity Can Happen

Acids wear down the enamel of your teeth. This can also happen from drinking acidic beverages like sports drinks, eating acidic foods like tomatoes, and from not caring for your teeth properly by brushing too hard. When your teeth loose enamel, more holes open up, exposing the dentin that lives beneath that hard shell exterior. When you consume something from there, you end up putting that substance right up against the dentin living beneath the enamel.

Dentin likes being covered and protected. It isn’t happy when exposed to extremes, including sugar. Now, you can allow your teeth to continue to be in pain and simply cut sugar out of your life, or you can go in and see your dentist. We recommend the latter. Once your dentist sees what is going on with your teeth, they can help you come up with a treatment plan to help protect your teeth from things like sugar sensitivity, while also helping them remain healthy and strong.

Reach out to your dentist when your teeth ache after eating a sweet treat. It’s never good to live in pain, so let us help. Contact our office today, explain what is going on, and see how early they’ll be able to see you and provide you relief!

20
May

To Prevent Extra Cavities, Only Rinse with Mouthwash after Brushing

When you brush your teeth you are not only cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, but you are also protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Most toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that protects your teeth. It occurs naturally in the environment and it makes the outer surface of your teeth, what is known as enamel, more resistant to acid attacks.

So you think since you don’t care much for acidic foods and drinks you are safe. That is where you are wrong.

The food particles and their components break down and turn to acid, which, in turn, attacks the enamel of your teeth. It then does what acid does, it eats away at the enamel and creates an entryway for cavity-causing bacteria.

How Does Fluoride Work on Your Teeth?

When you brush your teeth, the water on your toothbrush mixes with the toothpaste and makes toothpaste suds. When you are finished brushing, you spit out the suds.  The residue of the fluoride in the toothpaste sits on your teeth and does its job of protecting your teeth. The question then is, do you rinse your mouth immediately after you brush or do you wait? And when you rinse, do you use water or mouthwash? What difference does it make, you ask?

The fact is it makes a big difference. When you rinse your mouth with water you dilute the fluoride and wash it away from your teeth. This diminishes the effect of the fluoride. You wash it off your teeth and completely lose the benefit. Dentists recommend that you wait a little while before you rinse your mouth.

If you must rinse your mouth soon after you brush, you should rinse with mouthwash. When you rinse with mouthwash be sure you use mouthwash that contains fluoride. This way the fluoride from he mouthwash can do the job of the fluoride from the toothpaste that was washed away.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about fluoride.

5
Jan

How Does the Rest Of the World Brush Their Teeth ?

DON’T WE ALL USE TOOTHBRUSHES?

If you live in the United States, you can consider yourself part of the orally hygienic elite, which is about 1 % of the world population.

Believe it or not, most of the world’s population, in particular indigenous cultures and developing countries, still use old-world techniques to keep their teeth clean, or they don’t use any at all. It is only common in the U.S. and other developed countries that use nylon and electronic toothbrushes.

“In many regions of the world, people are cleaning their teeth with twigs, most often from oak and neem trees,” states Dr. Steven Goldberg, general and cosmetic dentist and inventor of DentalVibe. “They break a twig in half, splay and soften the broken end and then rub it on their teeth, in effect, wiping the surface of their teeth clean,” Goldberg adds.

Arab Bedouin tribes still clean their teeth by using the twigs of the arak tree, which contains antiseptic properties. Other Muslim and African cultures use a similar stick, called miswak, which naturally has a high concentration of cavity-fighting fluoride.

A religious group in India cleans their teeth using fingers and without using a brush. Hindu Brahmins and priests clean their teeth using cherry wood for an hour, facing the rising sun. In other parts of India, people use twigs from mango, cashew or coconut trees.

Are modern oral hygiene products and techniques better than the sticks, animal bristles and bones, twigs, feathers and porcupine quills? Or is it that what someone eats is more important for good dental health? And if non-modern societies stick with their traditional diets and don’t eat processed foods, is it even necessary for them to brush at all?

A study from 2010 in the British Medical Journal concluded that people who brushed less than twice a day had an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It found that people who consistently brushed their teeth less than twice a day had a 70 % higher risk of developing the disease. Although, the study did not consider the participants’ diets.

Sally Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit nutrition education foundation, says that in traditional societies that have no access to Western foods with processed sugars and white flour, many of these indigenous people have no cavities, and flash smiles with perfect pearly white teeth, even though tooth brushing is rare, (or was rare, depending on the society). “Within a very short time of forgoing their traditional, native diets cavities become evident,” says Fallon, adding that the next generation of natives who eat processed food will begin to develop crooked teeth.

Dr. Weston Price, an Ohio dentist, is referred to in some circles as the ‘Charles Darwin of nutrition.’ In the 1930’s he traveled the world as a cultural dental anthropologist so-to-speak. His book, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration,” features many photos of the teeth of various native societies, from isolated villagers in the Swiss Alps, to the Maori of New Zealand, to the coldwater fishermen of Scotland’s Hebrides islands.”

Indigenous people, like this native from the Brazilian Pataxo tribe, often have no cavities because they've never been exposed to foods with processed sugars and white flour. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Gettys)

Indigenous people, like this native from the Brazilian Pataxo tribe, often have no cavities because they’ve never been exposed to foods with processed sugars and white flour. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Gettys)

 

 

Price discovered a substance he termed “Activator X” that all the natives with healthy teeth had in their saliva. Price did not know exactly what this was. But science soon classified the cavity combating compound as vitamin K. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research states that in 1942, it was proven that vitamin K prevented the formation of acid buildup, which is a major cause of cavities.

Some of the foods that are high in vitamin K that Price observed traditional societies consuming were:

  • Chicken or goose liver
  • Fermented foods like sauerkraut
  • Grass-fed animal fat
  • Grass-fed, raw butter
  • Egg yolks

It’s not just junk food that causes cavities

Dr. Jacquie Fulop Goodling, a Manhattan-based orthodontist who has traveled the world educating people about oral health, addresses a common misunderstanding, which is that modern-day processed foods alone contribute to dental caries.

“Diet plays an important role but even natural carbohydrates like bread, rice and pasta — the staple in many diets — break down into simple sugars, which can cause decay. Also, there are many factors contributing to periodontal disease and diet is only one of those factors,” Goodling says.

Should Americans ditch their toothbrushes and clean with sticks instead?

It is a fact that all the discarded toothbrushes and toothpaste containers end up in the landfill. But it seems Americans are not interested in cleaning their teeth with twigs. According to the U.S. Market for Oral Care Products oral hygiene products retailed at $9.1 billion in 2008.

Whether you use a toothbrush or a twig, Rebecca Crowley-Huey ( physician assistant at BodyLogicMD of Houston) states, “Oral hygiene can be a very important component to our overall health. The mouth is full of bacteria and not caring for it can cause inflammation. The gums can become unhealthy if proper dental hygiene is neglected and this can create low-grade infection that can cause inflammation and other problems throughout the body.” She adds, “Brain fog, autoimmune disease, gut infection or imbalance, and fatigue can be some of the problems caused by inflammation and your mouth is sometimes your first line of defense against foreign material.”

Two times a day is much better than only one time per day, says Steve Krendl, a dentist at Hopewell Dental in Heath, Ohio. “A thin film of organic matter, called a biofilm, forms quickly on our teeth throughout a day. Left undisturbed, this turns into plaque, which can harden within 24 hours.”

(information taken from   http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/how-the-rest-of-the-world-brushes-their-teeth, 1/5/2016)

 

12
Aug

Toothbrush bacteria from your toilet?

toothbrush bacteriaToothbrush bacteria mystery explored by the Mythbusters team

Do the bristles from your wet toothbrush provide an ideal surface for bacteria to develop … especially given your nearby toilet? First of all, eeewww. And second, you might be a little surprised by the results garnered by our favorite TV scientists (no offense Neil Degrasse Tyson). We’re not going to give away the answer, but we can assure you that you won’t get too grossed out by the video. Watch the video to learn about toothbrush bacteria … if you dare.

Watch the video below