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By: Many ingredients and options are available in the natural products industry scientifically proven to enhance oral health. From mouthwashes to toothpastes and ingredients such as probiotics, cranberry extract, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and more, it’s an exciting time for dental health product developers and manufacturers. Periodontal disease is of great concern among consumers due to its connection to other chronic diseases. Probiotics, specifically heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum HK L-137, play a role in decreasing the depth of periodontal pockets and improving chronic periodontitis. Other probiotics, such the Streptococcus salivarius strain, are commonly present in the mouths of healthy individuals. The Streptococcus salivarius strain possesses substances that protect against several pathogens including ones that cause strep throat, otitis media and halitosis/malodor….


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…

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Five habits you should avoid if you want healthy teeth

By: 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…


Zollipops Offer Sweet Relief While Being Healthy for Teeth

  By: Zollipops were created by Alina Morse, an innovative young girl in Michigan who was inspired after a trip to the bank with her dad. When the teller offered her a sucker, dad quickly reminded Alina how sugar can be bad for your teeth. Having watched her father take several innovative products to market, Alina became determined to follow in his footsteps by developing a candy that contributes to good oral health. The result was Zollipops, the “After You Eat Treat,” the company’s trademarked slogan. One sucker can be enjoyed after every meal or sugary snack, up to three pops per day. Based on xylitol, erythritol, stevia and other smile-friendly natural ingredients, Zollipops are formulated to restore a…


17 brilliant uses for toothpaste… that don’t involve your teeth!

  By: Toothpaste is such a common object in our house that we can often forget how useful it can be – it isn’t just a teeth cleaner! It’s actually an awesome cleaning aid, as well as a stand in for creams, beauty products and other expensive pastes. Here’s some of our favourite ways to use toothpaste, do you have any others to add? 1. Clean your iron Irons get built up grime over time, so to clean them, use a non-gel toothpaste to gently remove the gunk. Make sure the iron is cool and turned off at the power point. Wipe off and polish. 2. Polish your diamond rings Who needs expensive ring cleaners when you have toothpaste?…

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Keep your toothbrush clean, and other teeth tips

By: Kim Glover, Sometimes the most useful information is not found in a textbook. Here are several of the more useful dental tips I have come across during my years as a dental hygienist — including one to prevent “brain freeze.” Maybe one will help you. Keep toothbrushes separate — Your toothbrush most likely won’t make you sick if you keep using it after having a cold or flu. The University of Rochester Medical Center says you are unlikely to become reinfected by your toothbrush. After recovering from an illness, your immune system has learned how to neutralize that particular virus or bacteria. However, each person should make sure their toothbrush does not touch anyone else’s brush when it…


Baby Teeth – Tooth Fairy and Worldwide Traditions

  By: Over the centuries, parents have developed traditions and customs to excite children about the event and help ease their worries. The Tooth Fairy is a well-known character in most English-speaking countries, but she doesn’t visit children worldwide. Many countries have their own unique traditions, that any parent can utilize to make this a special, exciting time instead of something to dread. The Tooth Fairy In England, the United States, Canada, and many other countries, parents encourage their children to place the lost tooth underneath their pillow. The Tooth Fairy comes during the night and buys the tooth by swapping it for a little money, usually a coin or a few coins. In Tooth Fairyland, the fairies use…

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7 ways to whiten teeth naturally

By: Lambeth Hochwald, If your teeth have been looking less than pearly white lately, and you don’t want to use commercial whitening products to perk them up, read on. Turns out, there are seven smart ways to whiten teeth that don’t require the use of tooth-whitening strips or abrasive products. 1. Harness the power of fruits and veggies Strawberries and apples contain malic acid, which acts as a whitener, says Kourosh Maddahi, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, California. In general, most crunchy fruits and veggies have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surfaces without posing any harm to the enamel. “In addition, the high fiber in fruit acts like a gentle scrub, too,” Maddahi says. “They also increase saliva…