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Thursday, 15 September 2016 17:20

Oral Hygiene Improves Well-Being

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Healthy mouths and healthy bodies are one in the same. Not only will proper oral care ensure a bright, white smile, good oral hygiene can improve your overall health. Improving your oral health can help reduce your risk of disease and has been linked to a stronger memory later in life. Proper oral care during childhood years can really pay off during adulthood. Healthy brushing, flossing and rinsing habits, along with regular trips to the dentist can boost your overall health. Here are six ways teeth and gum care leads to a healthy mouth and body. Increases Self-esteem and Confidence The bad breath and discolored teeth that accompany gum disease and decaying teeth can limit your confidence and self-esteem. With healthy mouths come an increased quality of life. Individuals with healthy mouths are able to eat a broader diet, sleep better and experience less tooth pain and mouth infections. Lowers…
Friday, 05 August 2016 14:49

The Chew on Gum

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According to a 2015 study, 100 million bacteria can be removed from the mouth after 10 minutes of chewing sugar free gum. There are more benefits to chewing gum than just minty fresh breath. It can help various other aspects while you chew: Oral Health Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help to clean teeth by rinsing off and neutralizing the acids left behind by plaque and bacteria. In addition to preserving tooth enamel, chewing sugar free gum stimulates saliva flow up to ten times the normal rate. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener found in sugar free gums, prevents the growth of oral bacteria and cavities. The ingredient prevents bacteria from adhering to the tooth, stopping cavities from forming. Cognitive Function Not only does chewing gum help to strengthen teeth, but it has also been linked to improving cognitive function. The action increases blood flow to the brain and elevates the…
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 17:05

Super Foods for a Healthy Smile

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We’ve all heard the saying that you are what you eat. Those words couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to oral health. According to the American Dental Association, your dental health is the first thing to suffer from a poor diet. Improve your overall health with these super foods: Cheese Cheese lovers, rejoice! Not only is it delicious, but it has been shown to increase the pH levels in your mouth and lower your risk of tooth decay by neutralizing the acids in your mouth. It is rich in calcium, protein and other nutrients. Cheese strengthens tooth enamel which protects your teeth from sensitivity. Celery Filled with vitamins A and C, celery is great for your gums. It can also act like a toothbrush, scraping away food particles and bacteria as you eat. Yogurt Plain yogurts with no added sugars are super foods for your teeth. Yogurt is filled…
Friday, 10 June 2016 19:38

Navigating Your Toothpaste Options

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With countless toothpaste options available, it can be overwhelming to select between all natural ingredients, whiteners and fluorides. When selecting toothpastes your preferences and personal needs should be your primary consideration. This brief overview can help you to navigate the dental care aisle and select the best toothpaste. FluorideOne of the most important ingredients in toothpaste is fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral helps to fight cavities and tooth decay. The sugars, starches and left over food particles found in your mouth are the ideal energy source for the bacteria in your mouth. As the bacteria feed, they release a damaging acid. Fluoride strengthens the enamel on your teeth, making them less susceptible damage. Using a fluoride toothpaste can also protect against tooth decay. Even if your water contains high levels of fluoride, studies have shown that using a fluoride toothpaste can help to strengthen teeth. Tartar ControlThere are a variety…
Friday, 27 May 2016 17:47

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

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Walking down the oral care aisle can seem a little over whelming. There are so many options when selecting a toothbrush. Soft, medium, hard bristles in different shapes and colors, then there is deciding between a manual or electric toothbrush. With countless options available, it can be difficult to choose what will provide the best cleaning. Manual toothbrushes are effective in cleaning your teeth, but only when they are used correctly. Most people do not brush for the recommended 2 minutes or adequately brush each tooth. Electric toothbrushes are able to brush a larger surface area in the same period of time. This option is particularly appealing to older adults and those with limited dexterity. The American Dental Association states that people with limited mobility in their hands, arms and shoulders could benefit from the powered brush and larger handle. Since electronic toothbrushes provide a better cleaning, users experience less…
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 14:20

Reducing Teeth Sensitivity

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When you suffer from sensitive teeth, brushing, flossing, eating and drinking can all cause temporary discomfort. Most people with sensitive teeth experience a sharp, sudden pain that can cause pain deep into the nerve endings of the teeth. Worn enamel and exposed dentin and tooth roots are all factors contributing to sensitive teeth. In many cases the sensitivity is due to wear and tear, decay, gum disease, tooth grinding, whitening products, acidic foods and recent dental work. There are a variety of methods that can reduce tooth sensitivity. Brushing and flossing regularly Gently brush along the gum line with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Take care to avoid removing gum tissue. Switch your regular toothpaste for a formula that is designed for sensitive teeth. Avoiding foods and drinks that are highly acidic can help to elevate discomfort. Select toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride as it can help to decrease sensitivity. Use…
Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:45

Acheiving a Bright White, Smile

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One of the first things people notice when meeting you is your smile. Along with a bright and shining smile comes energy and confidence. Additionally, studies have reported that people with brighter, whiter smiles are perceived as being younger. Proper oral care is the best way to create a healthy shining smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth and rinsing with mouth wash twice a day can help to make your smile shine. However, it is still important to visit the dentist regularly. Schedule visits routinely and try not to miss them. Dental issues develop gradually, therefore when they are treated early it will be less costly and result in less pain and discomfort. Dietary choices and lifestyle can also affect your smile. Red wine, coffee and smoking can all dull your smile, leaving it slightly yellow. Not only will smoking leave your teeth discolored, but it also increase your chances…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 18:43

Coughs, Colds and Cavities

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Just as candy, sweets and sports drinks can increase your risk for tooth decay, so too can liquid medications. There are a variety of ingredients commonly found in cough drops and syrup medications that can leave you more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities, especially when the medicine is taken consistently over long periods of time. To create a better taste, many medicines contain high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. These sugars can contribute to decay when bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and attack the enamel of your teeth. The citric acid in these syrups can also break down the enamel on the teeth. The alcohol found in the syrups can also have a drying effect on the mouth. With less saliva to rinse the sugar and acids away, the more increased risk for decay. With a few simple steps you can ensure that the cough and…
Monday, 11 January 2016 17:12

New Year's Resolutions for Your Smile

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Tis’ the season for New Year’s resolutions. Make a vow to improve your oral hygiene and keep your smile bright and healthy. Not to mention that proper dental care can impact your overall health and appearance. Here are a few resolutions to improving your oral hygiene. Brush Appropriately One of the most simple way to improve your oral health is to brush your teeth properly and for a full 2 minutes. Floss Daily While we know we are supposed to floss daily, many of us neglect to do so on a regular basis. Flossing daily can help to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, as well as make for fresher breath. Snack Less Limiting snacks can be beneficial for your oral health and waistline. Snacking between meals increases the amount of bacteria present in your mouth which will leave to the development of plaque. Limiting your…
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