Silver Diamine Fluoride in Caries Management

By: A recent article in the New York Times highlighted use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as an alternative approach to treatment of cavities in children.1 The article highlighted that SDF was faster and cheaper than drilling and filling; and it mentioned the downside that when applied, SDF blackens the tooth. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a colorless liquid that at pH 10 is 24.4% to 28.8% (weight/volume) silver and 5.0% to 5.9% fluoride.2 Just as 5% sodium fluoride varnish has FDA clearance as a Class II medical device for the treatment of tooth hypersensitivity, FDA classified SDF as a fluoride and cleared its use as a Class II medical device for the same indication. A number of products…


The real truth about sugary drinks: How much is OK for kids to consume?

By: Jayne O’Donnell, Too much sugar is associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay. But it can be so good and can seem addictive — even if it’s not. Should we tell our kids to cut it out? Maybe so. About two-thirds of kids have had at least one soda, fruit juice or sports drink on a given day, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And nearly a quarter of children aged 12 to 19 in the U.S. have either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, according to a separate, 2012 study in the journal Pediatrics. “We’re not talking about people in their latter stages of life,” says Shawn McIntosh,…


5 Crazy Things That Happen When You Don’t Brush Your Tongue

By: You brush your teeth after every meal and floss on the regular before going to sleep. But if you’re not taking a few minutes out of your day to brush your tongue as well, your oral health habits need an upgrade. “More than 700 different bacterial species live in the mouth,” explains Vera W.L. Tang, D.D.S., clinical assistant professor in the department of periodontics and implant dentistry at New York University. Not all of these microbes are harmful. But when the bad ones set up shop and multiply in the crevices around the papillae, or small bumps, on the surface of the tongue, they can inflict some real damage. How’s that? Think of your tongue as a bacteria…

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What you need to know about your child’s teeth

By: JOANNA NESBIT, Taking care of your kids’ teeth might seem as simple as making sure they brush every night, but there’s more to good oral health than just brushing. Besides, good dental habits will stay with them for life. Dental disease is a big deal — it’s the most common chronic disease in children, contributing to 52 million lost school hours. So what can parents do to make sure they’re covering all the bases? Here are a few common questions parents aren’t asking their dentist but should be. What should I know about good preventative care at home? Good prevention habits reduce the risk of cavities, and dental sealants, one of the best preventative measures, can reduce disease…


Two in three children’s drinks are bad for teeth

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER, Two in three drinks consumed by primary school children are bad for their teeth, research suggests. Water accounts for only a quarter of liquids drunk by five to nine-year-olds, while plain milk makes up only 10 per cent. ‘Diet’ fizzy drinks make up 30 per cent of overall consumption. The survey, commissioned by the Natural Hydration Council which is funded by the bottled water industry, comes after the Royal College of Surgeons last week warned that tooth extractions among under-fives had increased 24 per cent in a decade. Dr Emma Derbyshire, nutritionist and adviser to the council, said: ‘Public Health England recommends adults and children should swap sugary drinks for healthier alternatives, such as water….

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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….