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Archive for August, 2016

Aug31

The Myth About Teething That Must Be Dispelled

When your bundle of joy starts to teeth, it can mean some serious sensitivity, pain, and grumpiness, but there are some things that have been associated with teething that are incorrect.

Teething Causes Diarrhea

MYTH! This myth is believed by many parents because they think that the excess saliva is somehow affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Research has shown, however, that there is no connection between increased saliva flow and diarrhea.

Why the diarrhea might actually occur is because of an exposure to new bacteria. Teething babies will put anything in their mouths to help ease the pain, and by doing this they open themselves up to a slew of new germs.

The truth is, that teething and diarrhea are not linked. So, if your little one has diarrhea, don’t write it off to their teething. Instead go to the doctor and get them checked out. Excessive diarrhea could signal a different problem.

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Aug23

The Magic of Salt Water Rinses

Saltwater rinses are commonly recommended for people with a sore throat, gum sores, or people who recently underwent a dental procedure. If you have never used a saltwater rinse before, read on to learn about the multiple health benefits.

Salt Reduces Dental Bacteria

Salt inhibits dental bacteria by increasing the pH balance of your mouth. It creates an alkaline environment that the bacteria can barely survive in. Bacteria prefer an acidic environment, which lets them grow and attack the enamel on teeth. By creating an environment that they don’t like, they cannot thrive.

Healing Properties of Saltwater

Salt promotes healing. It is usually recommended after a minor dental procedure to use a saltwater rinse. This is because it contains the same salts and minerals in our bodies, which means it does not irritate mucous membranes. It serves as a gentle form of mouthwash that will not burn or cause pain in your healing mouth.

Making a Saltwater Rinse

It is very quick and easy to make your own salt water rinse. All you have to do is add ½ teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this solution every two to three hours for the first few days after surgery. It will help your mouth heal and it won’t cause you any pain.

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Aug17

Are you at risk? There’s a surprising link between diabetes and oral health

Diabetes is a disease that can have a big impact on your oral health. If you or someone you know is at risk for diabetes, be aware of the potential problems you could face in addition to your blood sugar.

If white blood cells are down for the count, the body will also have a weakened defense system in the mouth. A natural build-up of plaque would normally be counteracted by a healthy immune system, but less bacteria-fighting cells puts you at increased risk for an infection. If this infection starts in the mouth, the gums can easily become inflamed and lead to gingivitis.

Disease of the gums isn’t the only problem you could face. Diabetes causes decreased saliva flow, which means you could experience the ever-uncomfortable dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to its own set of problems – tooth decay, soreness, and ulcers to name a few. Decreased blood flow to the mouth also slows the healing process after surgery or other dental procedures.

It is estimated that one-third of diabetes cases remain undiagnosed, so take extra care of your mouth if you feel you may be at risk. A healthy mouth and a healthy body are intimately connected. Consider your holistic health as you continue to foster good habits in your everyday life.

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Aug10

What Xylitol Can Do For You

If you’ve ever reached for a stick of sugar free gum and checked the ingredients, then you’ve probably heard of xylitol.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that looks and tastes just like regular sugar. The difference? Xylitol is actually good for your teeth.

Xylitol is made from either corncobs or trees. Using corncobs to produce xylitol means that it is a very sustainable product and one that comes directly from nature. In fact, we even produce xylitol in our bodies every day. The average person creates about 15 grams of xylitol daily.

This natural product is good for your whole body as well as your teeth. It is good for your gums, healing wounds, and even in preventing ear infections according to one study. Since xylitol is derived from the fibrous part of plants, it doesn’t break down like sugar, so the pH level in your mouth remains neutral. The bacteria in your mouth can’t digest xylitol, which means that it cannot produce more acid. Lower acid levels mean that your enamel is safe and that no erosion will occur. It also helps produce saliva, which is good for overall oral health.

Xylitol is the healthy alternative to sugar. It has 40% fewer calories and numerous health benefits. You can try the xylitol tooth gel, toothpaste or mints for results. They even make sinus sprays and candies.

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Aug2

Everything You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

Have you ever thought about whitening your teeth? Teeth whitening products are currently in high demand; this is because people see their smile as one of their most important features. It impacts their social life, dating life, and could even affect how they are perceived at work. So, if you have been thinking of brightening up your pearly whites, here is what you need to know.

There are a few different methods involved in teeth whitening. Here are two different procedures that you might try.

Method 1: Bleaching procedures

Whether you use an at-home kit or go to the dentist, bleaching trays are one way to whiten your teeth.

Bleaching changes the natural color of your teeth and can make your teeth anywhere from five to seven shades whiter. Whether you opt for chair-side bleaching or at-home trays be aware that over time, your teeth will become discolored again. Normal wear on teeth from day-to-day eating and drinking causes stains and discoloration to enamel. If you have your teeth whitened, you may have to go back in a year to have them done again.

Ask your dentist if a bleaching procedure is a good choice for you and for your teeth.

Method 2: Non-bleaching procedures

This method doesn’t use bleach, but instead uses physical or chemical action to remove stains from teeth. The concept behind this whitening system is to use whitening toothpastes and mild abrasion techniques to remove stains. A thorough cleaning from a dentist or hygienist might do the trick in some cases.

The key difference between a non-bleaching procedure and a bleaching procedure is that with a bleaching procedure you are changing the natural color of your teeth. A non-bleaching procedure aims to remove stains without changing the natural color of your teeth.

Talk to your dentist to find out which whitening procedure is right for you. They can give you guidance on whether at-home bleaching trays are an option or if you need chair-side whitening done by a professional. Everyone has a unique set of teeth, with a unique set of needs, so talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for your oral health.

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