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Drinking healthy: Is flavored carbonated water a healthy option to plain water?

By: http://msue.anr.msu.edu Most people understand the importance of drinking water and its health benefits. But with so many options of sweet tasting, caffeine laden, fizzy options, it’s hard to reach for plain water. Water products have been evolving in the food industry as quickly as any of the new items in the grocery store. When the mouth becomes dry or there are bodily signals pointing to needing something refreshing, it can be confusing what the recommendations of choosing healthy water or drinks. Drinking pop (as we call soda in Michigan) regularly can wear away tooth enamel and can cause people to gain weight rather quickly. Many people reach for carbonated water thinking this is a healthy option to drinking pop…

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Why Do Teeth Hurt?

By: Tia Ghose, www.livescience.com That gnawing, throbbing pain, the sharp jolt from a cup of hot coffee — almost everyone alive today has experienced the intense pain of a toothache. But why exactly do we get toothaches? In short, it is because, unlike hair or nails, teeth are made up of living tissue, said Christine Wall, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University who studies the evolution of teeth. Pain is the brain’s way of knowing something has gone wrong in the tissue, she said. “Under the cap of enamel, there are two other layers that are living,” Wall told Live Science. Those living tissues are threaded with nerves that send signals to the brain, when encountering hot and cold foods,…

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Women change their toothbrush twice as often as men

By STEPHEN MATTHEWS, www.dailymail.co.uk Woman change their toothbrush twice as often as men, a shocking new survey reveals. They replace their brush or electric head every 92 days while men stick with theirs for almost twice as long – an average of 185 days. It means that men are using the same brush on average for six months, potentially risking the health of their teeth and gums. Dentists recommend brushes be changed every three months to maintain optimal dental care. The results come from a survey of 1,000 patients by Carisbrook Dental in Manchester – one of Britain’s leading private dental practices. They found that 57 per cent of women are now using electric toothbrushes to clean their teeth –…

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WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A TOOTH EMERGENCY

By: www.abc11.com Quick action is crucial to saving the life of an injured tooth. Teeth are remarkably resilient, but can be chipped, fractured or broken when quick, strong impact occurs. Today’s advanced dental care makes it possible to repair or replace injured teeth if care is obtained within a certain amount of time. Tooth trauma is very common, particularly among children. In fact, one-third of five-year-olds suffer injury to their primary (baby) teeth, and one-fourth of 12-year-olds suffer injury to their permanent teeth.1 Baby teeth are responsible for creating space for the adult teeth, helping to develop clear speech and keeping the permanent teeth healthy underneath. That’s why taking precautionary steps with an injured baby tooth is just as important…

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Five habits you should avoid if you want healthy teeth

By: www.startsat60.com If you think that in order to maintain great dental hygiene all you need to do is brush and floss each day, you might want to think again. As it turns out there are several everyday habits that could be putting your chompers at risk of decay, cracking and the erosion of enamel. If you want to ensure your teeth remain in the best possible shape, dentists recommend you cut out the following habits: Biting your nails It might seem like a harmless nervous habit, but biting your nails can chip teeth and place strain on your jaw. According to the Colgate Oral Care Center and the American Dental Association, if you bite your nails, chew on pencils…

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Are Cavities Contagious from Mom to Baby?

By Alice Callahan, www.scienceofmom.com You’ve heard the warning before: Don’t share saliva with your baby. No sharing utensils, food, or toothbrushes. No “cutting” grapes in half with your own teeth. No cleaning the crud off the corner of her mouth with a little spit on your finger. No blowing on your baby’s hot food or tasting it yourself first. All of these things can spread mama’s saliva to baby and infect her mouth with cavity-causing bacteria. I’ve heard these warnings, but all I can say is, “Seriously?” In my mind, a little saliva-sharing between mom and baby is unavoidable. I have tried. It wasn’t too difficult for the first few months of BabyC’s life, but then she started fish-hooking my…

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BABY’S TEETH FROM CAVITIES

By: www.aapd.org Did you know that cavities are caused by germs that are passed from adult to child? Babies are born without the bacteria that causes caries- the disease that leads to cavities. They get it from spit that is passed from their caregiver’s mouth to their own. Caregivers pass on these germs by sharing saliva- by sharing spoons, by testing foods before feeding it to babies, by cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of with water, and through other activities where saliva is shared. These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before babies have teeth, so it’s important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start. See below for more tips…

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Silver diamine fluoride arrests untreated dental caries

By: Elise Sarvas, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H. and Jeffrey M. Karp, D.M.D., M.S., http://www.aappublications.org Untreated dental caries are a significant pediatric public health problem. One in every seven U.S. children ages 2 to 8 years has untreated dental caries in primary teeth, according to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data (Dye BA, et al. NCHS data brief, no 191. Hyattsville, Md.; National Center for Health Statistics, 2015). One in every seven U.S. children ages 2 to 8 years has untreated dental caries in primary teeth. While fluoride varnish application is a well-established primary intervention for preventing dental caries, it does not restore deeper cavitated lesions. Untreated dental decay extending through the tooth’s enamel layer requires mechanical removal of decayed tissue…