Whiter Teeth with a Healthier Diet

BroccoliLast week we listed seven things you can do to get a whiter smile. This week, we want to focus on how by simply eating healthy can help you keep those teeth white.

Eating healthy is important for your overall health, of course, but it also greatly affects your dental health. Eating healthy means you are supplementing your body with the right vitamins and minerals, which will in turn keep your teeth strong. As a result, it can help reduce your risk of cavities and your risk of developing gum disease.

So, what should your diet entail to help keep your teeth healthy and naturally white?

Drink Milk.

Milk contains calcium and potassium that excel at strengthening your bones as well as your teeth. When acids in your mouth naturally break down your teeth’s enamel, the extra calcium you consumed from milk boosts your body’s ability to repair the enamel and strengthen it to reduce how much wears down from acid.

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How long should I brush and floss my child’s teeth?

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Your toddler may be able to feed themselves using forks and spoons just fine, but that doesn’t mean they are ready to brush their teeth by themselves just yet. Many parents try to coax their children into brushing their own teeth by age 4, but really, most children aren’t coordinated enough to brush their teeth properly (there’s the kicker) until they are 6 or 7. Some dentists say that children shouldn’t brush their own teeth until they are 10. Before you decide when your child should brush his or her own teeth, talk to your dentist at your child’s first dental check-up, which should be around 3 years of age.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

As soon as your baby sprouts his or her first tooth, it’s time introduce the concept of brushing the tooth and gums. By starting this early, your baby will get used to the routine of brushing, and it won’t be as much of a struggle to brush their teeth in the toddler years. With babies, you can purchase a finger toothbrush or use a soft washcloth wrapped around your finger.[..Read More]

Poor Dental Hygiene Linked to Causing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's RibbonThere’s been some discussion that poor oral hygiene correlates (not causes) with signs of dementia, which does make sense as hygiene in general often goes by the wayside as a patient develops dementia. However, a new study has found that healthy people with poor dental hygiene or gum disease could be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire’s School of medicine and Dentistry studied the donated brains of ten people with dementia and ten people without dementia. In the brains of dementia patients, the team found traces of the bacteria that is commonly associated with gum disease (Porphyromonas gingivalis). The bacteria make their way to the brain via the bloodstream through typical daily activities such as eating and brushing teeth. The researchers have suggested that each time the bacteria reach the brain, they trigger an immune response that kills neurons. They believe that this process could be one way that the brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease and could also be responsible for causing confusion and memory deterioration.

Furthermore, since some people are more genetically disposed toward developing Alzheimer’s disease than others, the research team also believes that gum disease and poor oral hygiene could trigger the onset of the disease.[..Read More]

Iodine Mouthwash Could Lower Bad Cholesterol?

iClean mouthwash

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Could lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL count) be as simple as rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash? According to the Biomedical Development Corporation (BDC), a clinical trial of their new iodine mouthwash lowered LDL cholesterol levels of users compared to the placebo group.

“We didn’t expect to see any difference in LDL cholesterol,” said Dr. Charles Gauntt, the study’s principal researcher. “We expected to see improvements in oral health, and we did. But we also monitored a number of biological markers for inflammation. The results showed the oral rinse had no adverse effects and users exhibited lower levels of LDL, or what many people know as bad cholesterol. This definitely merits further study.”

Currently, a longer clinical trial is underway to see how the mouthwash affects patients diagnosed with gingivitis over a six-month time period. This trial will also continue to track LDL levels as part of an additional study for these unexpected effects.

BDC’s mouthwash is to be used once a day for 30 seconds. The active ingredient of the formula is based on iodine. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements has found iodine to have a number of significant roles in the human body, from boosting the immune system to improving thyroid function. It is currently believed that roughly 40% of the world is at risk for iodine deficiency. Iodine also plays a key role in inactivating viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Since people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease, Dr. Gauntt wanted to help develop an oral product that could effectively fight the battle on both fronts. He believes that additional research could provide more evidence that a healthy mouth, free of gum disease, is crucial for a healthy cardiovascular system. Even though his current product needs further study, he believes that this new mouthwash could play an important role in fighting both oral and cardiovascular disease simultaneously.

The BDC hopes that this new mouthwash will be available soon. You can find more information about it on the iClean website.

How damaging are soft drinks to your teeth, really?

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Still aren’t sure about how unhealthy soft drinks can be on your teeth? Do you still consume several soft drinks a day? Do you hide behind the notion that you only consume “diet” soft drinks?

Of course we’re going to recommend that you cut out all soft drinks from your diet altogether, even “diet” soft drinks, since the “diet” only removes sugar and not the even more harmful carbonic acid. However, we are realistic, and we only ask that you cut down your soft drink intake each day to preferably only one or two a day.

If you don’t think you can, or you really aren’t sure how bad soft drinks can be on your teeth, let us share a recent horror story from Adelaide, Australia.

William Kennewell is a 25-year-old man from Adelaide who recently had to have all of his teeth removed due to his soft drink addiction. Granted, Mr. Kennewell was (and most likely still is) extremely addicted to soft drinks. He reported that he drank six to eight liters of soft drinks (approximately 1.4 to 2 gallons) a day. That’s over 20 12-ounce bottles of soft drinks each day.[..Read More]