10 “Who Knew” Dental Facts

1)      Flossing can increase your life expectancy. True or False?

True.  By flossing daily, you can gain an additional 6 years! How? Poor oral hygiene may lead to inflammatory gum diseases and heart disease. By flossing, we rid our mouths of these disease-causing bacteria.

 

2)      What percentage of adults are afraid of the dentist?

More than 80% of adults experience some degree of dental fear. And more than half say this fear may keep them from seeing the dentist

 

3)      Chewing gum is bad for your teeth. True or false?

False. Most dentists give gum the thumbs up-as long as it’s sugarless. Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which helps protect your teeth against decay-causing bacteria.

 

4)      Toothpaste has an expiry date. True or false?

True. Any toothpaste containing fluoride must carry an expiration date and typically it’s two years after the manufacturer date. After this date, fluoride in the toothpaste loses its ability to brush away bacteria in the mouth and protect against cavities.

 

5)      What is the hardest substance in the human body?

Enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body.

 

6)      It’s OK to keep your toothbrush near the toilet as long as it doesn’t fall in. True or False?

False.  A spray of bacteria from flushing the toilet can travel up to a distance of SIX FEET!

 

7)      Your teeth are one-of-a-kind just like your fingerprints. True or False?

True.  Tooth prints are unique to each individual, and nobody has an identical set, not even identical twins.

 

8)      If you are right-handed, the right side of your mouth will be the dominant chewing side. True or False?

False.  Chewing side preference has not been found to be related to an individual’s dominant hand side.

 

9)       It’s OK to throw dental floss in the toilet. True or False?

False. You should not throw your floss in the toilet. Dental floss is non-biodegradable and when flushed, it wraps around small clogs and tangles them into bigger ones.

 

10)   How often should you replace your toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, if it starts to show signs of wear or if you have been ill.

Oral Piercings… How Safe Are They?

While one may consider oral piercings a way of self expression, they must also consider the possible complications and problems that may arise.

When it comes to oral piercings, more dental professionals would not recommend it. Like any injury, one may expect pain, swelling, infections and scar tissue formation, these are only primary problems. With oral piercings, secondary infections may arise and they can be very serious.

If you, or your child are considering an oral piercing, please read below and consider every possibility before making your decision.

What exactly is an oral piercing?

An oral piercing is a piercing anywhere in, or around the mouth. They usually consist of a stainless steel, gold, titanium, plastic or nickel rings or barbells.

What problems can an oral piercing cause?

Problems depend on the area of the piercing. In most cases, tongue, lip, or below the tongue piercings can cause chipping of the teeth, it is recommended that you use plastic jewelry as this may be less damaging.

Tongue piercings, or piercings below the tongue are most prone to serious infections because both these areas have high blood supply. Infections of these areas can be very dangerous because if swelling occurs, one may chance an obstructed airway, which may be life threatening.

Nerve or muscle damage is another problem that can arise. While not usually serious or permanent, it may be unnerving to the individual.

Labret piercings constantly rub against the opposing gum tissue which causes receding gums and root exposure. The root surfaces of our teeth are more susceptible to decay.

Other complications include: bad breath, drooling, and problems with chewing and swallowing.

What are the best precautionary measures?

–          Make sure that your tattoo/piercing parlor is clean and sterile

–          Ensure the practitioner performing the service is experienced and practices using proper infection control.

–          Disinfect your oral jewelry properly and brush it like you brush your teeth.

–          If close to the teeth, use plastic at the ends of your jewelry to prevent tooth chipping.

–          Seek immediate attention from your family doctor or dentist if you experience anything out of the ordinary (swelling, pain, excessive bleeding, or infection)

–          See your dentist for regular check-ups so that they can monitor the piercing and any potential damage to the teeth and gums.

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The Tooth Fairy

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The tooth fairy is a fantasy character common in English speaking countries.  Children are told that when their teeth fall out, if placed under their pillow, the tooth fairy will come and replace the tooth with money.  Most children are intrigued by this tale but eventually discover that the tooth fairy is in fact their parents.  Author Vicky Lansky advises parents to tell their children that the tooth fairy pays more for a perfect tooth than a decayed one. This promotes better home oral hygiene. Studies have shown that on average, the tooth fairy will bring children $2.60 per tooth. So, parents, please remember that your child has 20 teeth to lose!

Natural Teeth Whitening Tips

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          Natural bleaching agent- Strawberries contain Vitamin C and an astringent (tannin).  The astringent helps remove surface stains while the Vitamin C aids in removing plaque deposits

          Natural tooth brush- Apples act like a toothbrush as you chew them. Chewing apples acts like a toothbrush removing excess bacteria and scrubs your teeth throughout the process. Apples also contain malic acid which is a chemical used in teeth whitening products.

          Natural mouthwash- Raisins induce saliva production, this helps in naturally washing away plaque build up.

 

 

Natural Bad Breath Fixes

-Cinnamon Gum: Cinnamon gum contains cinnamic aldehyde, a plant essential oil used for flavoring. This oil doesn’t just cover up bad breath, it actually reduces the amount of bacteria in your saliva by 50%.

– Fish oil supplements:  Fish oil is known to reduce inflammation and bacteria in the mouth,  both of which can cause bad breath.

– Magnolia Bark Extract: This extract has been shown to kill most oral bacteria that cause bad breath within 30 minutes. It’s often found in mints and toothpaste.

– Celery, Apples and Carrots: All of these foods are fiber-rich foods. Fiber-rich foods aid in saliva production which helps wash away plaque build-up.

– Vitamin C:  Vitamin C can help prevent gum disease and gingivitis which both cause bad breath. This vitamin also makes the mouth inhospitable for bacteria growth.

– Black tea: Black tea helps keep your breath smelling sweet because it is full of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that stop plaque from clinging to your teeth. Studies have also found polyphenols inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth, thus minimizing the foul-smelling compounds that those bacteria produce.

INTERESTING DENTAL FACTS

1) People who drink 3 or more soft drinks a day tend to have 62% more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than those who don’t.

2) Diet sodas are just as damaging as regular sodas at weakening tooth enamel

3) Tooth decay is the 2nd most common disease in the United States after the common cold.

4) The average person brushes his/her teeth between 45 and 70 seconds a day, it is recommended that you brush at least twice a day and for 2 minutes each time.

5) 80% of people are unhappy with their smile.

6) 50% of people report that a smile is the first facial feature they notice.

7) New born babies do not have tooth decay bacteria. Often, the bacteria are transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows in hot food/drink before feeding the baby.

8) Over 3 million miles of dental floss are purchased in North America each year.

9) If you don’t floss, you will miss cleaning 35% of your tooth’s surface

10) Some studies find women smile as much as 62 times a day, while men only smile 8 times on average….SO SMILE BOYS!

 

 

Dental Fears… Passed on by Parents

You’re sitting in the waiting room with your child. The dental assistant comes out and calls your child’s name. As you and your child stand up and start heading towards the operatory, the dental assistant gently touches your shoulder and tells you “Your child is in good hands, have a seat, we will bring him/her back when we are done.” Your eyes are full of fear, but you sit back down and wait. Have you ever wondered why? One reason is that children tend to misbehave more when parents are in the room, another reason may be that you, the parent, fears the dentist yourself.

New studies show that the fear of the dentist in mothers and fathers is normally passed down to their children.  Previous studies have linked the fear of the dentist to the patient’s parents, but they have never connected who plays a bigger role in this fear, the mother or the father.

More recent studies prove that the father plays a bigger role in these fears. It appears that children tend to pay more attention to the emotional reaction of their fathers than their mothers when deciding whether situations at the dentist are potentially stressful.

In order to prevent these fears of the dentists, it is important for parents to show their children that they feel at ease in the chair, do not show any signs of anxiety/stress. If you are a parent that avoids the dentist at all costs, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find another adult, whether it be a grandparent, friend or older sibling to accompany your young one to the dentist.

Sleep Apnea

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Are you feeling tired even though you’re getting a full nights rest? Does your partner complain about your snoring? If so, you may be a sufferer of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is not something to simply brush off. It is a serious condition that should always be dealt with. There are 3 different types of sleep apnea: 1) Obstructive sleep apnea- the most common. This occurs when the soft tissue in your throat relaxes and blocks your airway causing loud snoring, 2) Central Sleep Apnea: This is a less common type. It occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control your breathing. People with Central Sleep Apnea seldom snore, and 3) Complex Sleep Apnea: A combination of Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea.

Anyone can have sleep apnea, however there are certain health factors that will increase your chances of getting it: 1) Overweight, 2) Being a smoker, 3) Male, 4) Over 65, 5) History of sleep apnea in your family and 6) Being black, Hispanic or a Pacific Islander.

There are different degrees of treatment for sleep apnea. Easy ways to avoid sleep apnea would be to lose weight, stop smoking, and avoid alcohol. You can also try sleeping on your side or prop your head up with an extra pillow, this will keep your airway open. If your sleep apnea is moderate to severe, seek treatment. A specialist may recommend several different treatments: Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) machine, dental devices such as the mandibular repositioning device and the tongue retaining device, and surgery.

If you think you may have sleep apnea there are a couple ways to get tested: 1) Visit a local sleep clinic and make arrangements for an overnight stay or 2) Seek help from a sleep specialist.