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12 Surprising Things Things That Are Ruining Your Teeth

By: Lucy Bode, It’s been drummed into you by your mom, dentist and countless Listerine commercials: you brush your teeth, use mouthwash to rinse and floss to finish up. But what if we told you the key to a Blake Lively-level smile, is more about what you’re consuming than how clean you keep your teeth? Here are some foods and drinks that are causing more harm than good. 1. Lemon water and apple cider vinegar While the jury is out on the health benefits on drinking lemon water and apple cider as a health tonic for digestion, there is conclusive evidence on the negative effects of drinking these for your teeth. The enamel erosion it causes as a result…


Why your teeth need extra care during pregnancy

By: FIONA WRIGHT, Your teeth and gums need special attention during pregnancy, so it is recommended that you book in to see your oral health professional between the fourth and sixth months of your pregnancy. Hormones produced by your body plus an increased metabolism and blood supply during pregnancy can increase the risk of dental decay and issues with gum disease so it’s important to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. Look after your teeth and gums Maintain healthy oral hygiene habits by brushing morning and night with a fluoridated toothpaste, cleaning between teeth daily, eating a diet low in sugars and acidic foods and drinks, and visiting your oral health practitioner regularly. Suffering from pregnancy sickness? Dietary cravings,…


7 Simple Nighttime Tips for Improving Your Overall Oral Health

By BECCA SHAEFFER, Although it is not visible, your mouth undergoes many things while you are awake and even when you are sound asleep. You chew your food with your teeth, you have all sorts of drinks, and you also use your teeth to do various types of odd things. As a result of this, bacteria tend to gather in your mouth, especially when you are asleep. The end result is cavities, plaque, gingivitis, and tartar in your mouth. Staying away from these oral diseases is very simple. 7 Essential Nighttime Tips to Maintain Your Oral Health Here are 7 simple yet essential nighttime tips to maintain your oral health: 1. Brush Your Teeth Before Bed: When you brush…

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Healthy mouth, healthy body: Why oral hygiene is a must

By Shillpi A Singh, Taking care of oral hygiene to prevent oral health problems can go a long way towards decreasing the risk for more serious health problems Do you know the reason why we were taught to brush our teeth every morning, every night? Well, because good oral hygiene is the key to overall health and well-being because poor oral care can lead to health problems. Brushing teeth twice is just being wise to keep bacteria and cavities at bay, and stay healthy. And mind you, oral health is so much more than just the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. Oral and dental health is one of the most neglected and overlooked aspects of general well-being…


The health benefit of brushing your tongue

By: Duke Oreva, Brushing the teeth two twice a day without cleaning the tongue is as good as not brushing at all. This is because the tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria and when not cleaned, it causes everything from bad breath to infections. It is important to note that the tongue is not just contained with harmless saliva. It’s a carrier of biofilm or a group of microorganisms. And unfortunately, getting rid of it isn’t as simple as drinking water or using mouthwash. As a matter of fact, it’s difficult to kill the bacteria in the biofilm because, for example, when mouth rinses are used, only the outer cells of the biofilm are destroyed; thereby leaving the…


Here’s a Look at the Colgate Smart Toothbrush You Can Get From the Apple Store

By: Juli Clover, One of the surprises of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was a smart toothbrush from Colgate, which, as it turns out, was designed to be an Apple Store exclusive. The new $100 Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush is both Colgate’s first smart iPhone-connected brush and the first personal hygiene product you can get right from an Apple Store. Toothbrushes that connect to your iPhone have become a thing over the course of the last couple of years, and you can now get smart brushes from most of the major brands, including Philips and Oral-B. I’m no stranger to smart toothbrushes — I’ve previously reviewed the Oral-B SmartSeries, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, and the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart,…


The REAL reason for morning breath

By JALEESA BAULKMAN, DAILYMAIL.COM It’s something most are embarrassed to share with their nearest and dearest – let alone their dentist. But there’s no getting around it: millions of people wake up with bad breath every day – and some far worse than others. While poor dental hygiene is a culprit, few realize other factors like snoring and chewing gum can make the odor even more unbearable. Unfortunately, there isn’t a foolproof method of preventing morning breath, but experts have certain tricks to make your smell less potent. 1. YOUR MOUTH IS TOO DRY When people are asleep their mouth becomes a dry desert, which contributes to morning breath. Snoring or sleeping with your mouth open can exacerbate the problem….


New liquid treatment stops tooth decay painlessly

By: WENCY LEUNG, A few weeks ago, an Edmonton dentist received her first shipment of a new, non-invasive treatment for tooth decay called silver diamine fluoride. When applied to an affected tooth, the liquid treatment stops decay by killing cavity-causing bacteria, then remineralizes, or hardens, soft spots in the tooth, eliminating the need for drilling and filling. So far, Roche has tried it on about a dozen patients, some as young as five. But she already believes it “really revolutionizes the care” for children, seniors and other patients who don’t tolerate dental procedures well. “You just paint it on like a little bit of varnish … no freezing and drilling. It takes a minute to apply this material,” said…