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5 watch-outs for your teeth during pregnancy

By: Dr Matt Hopcraft, While moms-to-be are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and taking care of their bodies during pregnancy, they may not know about the effects that pregnancy can have on their teeth and gums. Think cavities, damaged tooth enamel, and even periodontal disease. While the old wives’ tale ‘gain a child, lose a tooth’ is probably a bit of a stretch, there is a link between pregnancy and dental problems. Leading Australian dentist and Oral-B consultant, Clinical Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft shares some of the biggest concerns mums-to-be should look out for, and tips on how to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. 1. Morning sickness Morning sickness is most common during the…

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A Cavity-Fighting Liquid Lets Kids Avoid Dentists’ Drills

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS, Nobody looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist. Now there’s an alternative: an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on cavities to stop tooth decay — painlessly. The liquid is called silver diamine fluoride, or S.D.F. It’s been used for decades in Japan, but it’s been available in the United States, under the brand name Advantage Arrest, for just about a year. The Food and Drug Administration cleared silver diamine fluoride for use as a tooth desensitizer for adults 21 and older. But studies show it can halt the progression of cavities and prevent them, and dentists are increasingly using it off-label for those purposes. “The upside, the great one,…


Oral health: These 6 foods can whiten your teeth naturally

By: Nupur Jha, Yellow teeth are a major turn off; it’s something everyone wants to avoid. Various reasons cause yellow teeth, which can range from unhygienic oral health maintenance to excess consumption of food or beverages that leave your teeth pigmented. Not taking proper care of the teeth can cause teeth caries leading to tartar, cavities, etc. Using too much of chemicals on the teeth might cause damage. Hence, adapting natural ways to combat the yellowness and resurrecting the whiteness is the best thing to do. Here are some foods which you can include in your diet to maintain the whiteness and shine along with a beautiful, healthy smile: Nuts Nuts comprise of proteins, which aid in teeth whitening….


Why do we have baby teeth?

By: Starter Set Humans have twenty baby teeth and thirty-two permanent teeth. Your own toothage may vary. Most mammals also have two sets of teeth. Dogs and cats, for example, get their baby teeth in a few weeks and then lose them in a few months (I don’t know what that is in dog or cat years). Seen One, Seen Them All Most other vertebrates, i.e., fishes and reptiles, have teeth that come and go on an incoming and ongoing basis. This is a boon to all those tropical trinket tourist traps that sell necklaces with shark teeth. A given fish or reptile has a set of teeth that are pretty much all the same. All About the Fit…


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

By: 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…


Why Do Teeth Hurt?

By: Tia Ghose, 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,…


Women change their toothbrush twice as often as men

By STEPHEN MATTHEWS, 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 –…



By: 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…