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Preventing Bacteria from Falling in With the Wrong Crowd Could Help Stop Gum Disease

Preventing Bacteria from Falling in With the Wrong Crowd Could Help Stop Gum Disease

ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2012)— Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. The study, published in the journalMicrobiology suggests that this bacterial access key could be a drug target for people who...


Myth or Fact?

Myth or Fact?

MYTH: Bleeding gums are normal. . FACT: Bleeding gums are NOT normal!!!! . It is a sign that something is wrong and that there is some form of gum disease present. Bleeding results from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), due primarily from inadequate removal of plaque from the teeth at the...


Brushing Teeth: New ‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay, Study Suggests

Brushing Teeth: New ‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2012) — Do you really want to avoid cavities in your teeth?Try massaging them with a high-fluoride toothpaste after lunch. “Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth increases the fluoride protection by 400%,” says Anna Nordström, dentist, PhD and researcher at the...


ACID ATTACK! Is your diet destroying your teeth?

ACID ATTACK! Is your diet destroying your teeth?

We have all heard the story about how a tooth will dissolve when placed in a glass of COLA. If you have ever wondered about the answer…it is TRUE! Everyday our teeth are exposed to whatever we eat or drink. . ACID ATTACK is a major cause for tooth wear and dental decay. Plaque produces ACID...


Gingi…what?

Gingi…what?

What is Gingivitis and what causes Gingivitis? . Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease....


Let your string sing!

Let your string sing!

The main purpose of flossing is not to remove unwanted food particles between you teeth, but to REMOVE dental plaque. 40% of all tooth surfaces are between your teeth that cannot be reached by brushing alone. . Leaving these areas unclean can result in: Tooth Decay Gum Disease (leads to...


Why do my gums bleed?

Why do my gums bleed?

What are bleeding gums? This may seem like a very straightforward question, but bleeding gums can mean much more than the obvious. Bleeding gums can be a precursor to serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you could be on the...


Are Vitamin Deficiencies causing our teeth to rot?

Are Vitamin Deficiencies causing our teeth to rot?

Cavities and gum diseases are not often regarded as serious diseases, yet they are epidemic throughout our society, from the youngest of children to the oldest of senior citizens. Research more than suggests that the same good nutrition that prevents cavities and gum diseases may also prevent...


Don’t Be Tricked by Advertising

Don’t Be Tricked by Advertising

If you really want to give your baby a head start in life by improving their social standing and guaranteeing their happiness, start feeding them Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sugary carbonated beverages at the earliest age possible. Even babies as young as a few months old will enjoy the...


TOOTH REGENERATION GEL COULD REPLACE PAINFUL FILLINGS

TOOTH REGENERATION GEL COULD REPLACE PAINFUL FILLINGS

THE GIST A new gel could soon eliminate painful fillings and root canals. The technology doesn’t prevent cavities; it heals teeth by regenerating them. Although this is good news for teeth, the research could also be applied to heal bones and other tissues in the body Dentists could soon hang...


Titanium Toothbrush?

Titanium Toothbrush?

TiFinity – Titanium Toothbrush by Dane Robinson It may be impossible to reinvent the wheel, but the same thing is apparently not true for the toothbrush. Doctor Dane Robinson from Arizona is the brain behind a radically new toothbrush called "Tifinity." The bristles are made out of titanium and...


Foods that help protect your teeth and gums

Foods that help protect your teeth and gums

A beautiful smile and healthy mouth actually can come from in addition to regular brushing and flossing a daily diet that does not lack the essential vitamins and minerals that make vital contributions to a persona's oral health. Many people overlook the importance of good nutrition in...


10 Facts about Oral Health care you never know

10 Facts about Oral Health care you never know

New born babies have no caries forming bacteria. In fact, it is the babies mother who transmits the plaque forming bacteria by blowing on food before feeding and kissing the babies mouth Saccharine Sodium which is generally used as a sweetening agent in toothpaste is 500 times sweeter than...


Ways to prevent Oral disease

Ways to prevent Oral disease

Teeth, especially molars and pre-molars, contain fissures on the ‘chewing' surfaces. Plaque can easily accumulate in fissures which the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, thus making teeth prone to caries. 1. Fissure Sealants Fissure sealants are tooth-colored resins to seal off deep...


6 Minutes a Day

6 Minutes a Day

Common sense tells us to brush our teeth twice a day to have healthy gums and teeth and to prevent getting dental cavities. The truth is that although most people know this general information, very few people know for sure exactly what they are suppose to do. Brushing one's teeth PROPERLY...


Is flossing really necessary?

Is flossing really necessary?

Since childhood we have been taught to brush our teeth and to floss, but nobody ever told us really why and how to use that ‘sleazy' piece of string? Almost 40% of the surface of our teeth are in-between them and brushing alone cannot clean these hard to reach areas. Leaving the plaque between...


Dental Intelligence Quotient – January 2011

Dental Intelligence Quotient – January 2011

Regular dental visits and a scrupulous home hygiene program can keep your breath fresh and your smile sweet! How's your DIQ –Dental Intelligence Quotient? Take our quiz and find out… .(Scroll over images to view answers) . 1) The correct amount of time for brushing your teeth with a...


How to BRUSH & FLOSS the correct way!

Most people today knowwhat the path to cavity free teeth and good oral Hygiene is. Yes, you guessed it right, it is stilldailyBrushing andFlossing! Question: Why do many people today then still get cavities? We are living ina world of high Technologyandlifeis improving at a faster rate than...