24Jan, 2017

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush

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We know and love our toothbrushes as the tools that kick plaque to the curb, help keep cavities at bay (with the help of fluoride toothpaste, of course) and freshen our breath. But what else can we learn about them? Read on for some toothbrush facts. When selecting your toothbrush, look for the ADA Seal. The ADA Seal of Acceptance is the gold standard for toothbrush quality. It’s how you’ll know an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, evaluated your toothbrush to make sure bristles won’t […]
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19Jan, 2017

6 Habits That Harm Your Teeth (And How to Break Them)

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Nail Biting The habit: This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. “Placing your jaw for long periods of time in a protruding position can place pressure on it, which is associated with jaw dysfunction,” says Dr. Ruchi Sahota. The solution: Bitter-tasting nail polishes, stress reduction and setting small, realistic goals can help. If certain situations are triggers, hold something to keep your fingers busy. Brushing Too Hard The habit: Brushing for two minutes twice a day is one of the best habits you can get into. Just make sure you’re not trying too hard. […]
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16Jan, 2017

Periodontal disease: A risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes

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Certain oral bacteria have been linked to pregnancy complications, such as stillbirth, postbirth sepsis and premature birth. Pregnant women are therefore advised to consult with their dentists on a regular basis.   Periodontal disease: A risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes Dental Tribune International Although a number of studies have already suggested a link between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes, the matter remains debateable. Therefore, researchers in South Africa have now tested the hypothesis that periodontal disease is a risk indicator for preterm delivery of low-birthweight infants and found […]
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9Jan, 2017

5 Weight Loss Tips That Are Also Good for Your Teeth

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If you’ve decided to lose a few pounds after the New Year’s Eve ball drop, you’re not alone. Weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions made every year. Making smart food choices, paying attention to portion size and exercising are the steps you can take to shed pounds, and these changes can benefit more than just your waistline. They can also be good for your teeth. Read on for small swaps that can make a big difference on the scale and in your smile. When You’re […]
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9Jan, 2017

7 Bad Brushing Habits to Break in 2017

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Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long Did you know the average life of a toothbrush is 3-4 months? Make a resolution to change your toothbrush with every season this year. Frayed and broken bristles won’t keep your teeth clean—these are signs it’s time to let go. When you’re shopping, look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Not Brushing Long Enough Speed demons, listen up! Your teeth should be brushed for a full two minutes, twice per day. Most of us fall short —the average time most people spend brushing […]
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4Jan, 2017

Periodontal disease: Tipping the balance in the patients’ favor

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The way to tip the balance in the patients’ favor begins by knowing what it is you, as a clinician, are trying to control—specifically for each individual perio patient. Knowing the exact bacteria that is causing each patient’s case of periodontal disease is an enormous advantage; it allows the clinician to address the cause. When we undertake periodontal therapy blindly—without knowing what we are fighting—the only metrics we have are the pocket numbers, bleeding on probing (BOP), tissue tone, and color. With that we are only addressing the manifestation of […]
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