You may not have realized it, but one of the chemicals in your oral care product comes from nature, and is vital in helping prevent decay.
The plant-based chemical, trans-chalcone protects against harmful mouth bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. It is found in liquorice root and blocks the key enzyme that lets bacteria in your mouth thrive.
Check the label of your oral care products to see if they include trans-chalcone, if so, then you are doing your teeth a big favor. What it does is it stops bacteria from preventing a biofilm. When a bacterium tries to latch onto teeth and create plaque, it creates something called a biofilm. By preventing the creation of these protective layers, plaque cannot form.
Talk to your dentist about where you can find the products with the nature-based trans-chalcone.
Having sensitive teeth can be a real bummer. It can prevent you from eating the foods you love and cause you pain. While it may sound pricey to treat sensitive teeth, there are a few simple things you can do to help relieve any pain and discomfort you may be having.
Change Your Toothpaste
Some toothpaste can be tough on those of us with sensitive teeth. Try switching to a sensitivity toothpaste which will be a lot gentler on the teeth. Changing to a less abrasive toothpaste can help to relieve your pain and prevent further sensitivity.
Change Your Brushing Habits
Brushing your teeth too hard, can damage enamel and cause sensitivity to your teeth. Try brushing gently with a soft-bristled brush to help relieve the pain you feel when you brush. By using less pressure you are saving yourself from wearing away at enamel and exposing sensitive nerves in your teeth.
Change Your Diet
By avoiding foods with a high acidity like citrus fruits, pickles, and tomatoes you could relieve sensitivity. The high levels of acid destroy enamel and cause pain. Even drinks, such as wine, can wear away at enamel. Instead of totally cutting these foods from your diet, try to eat them with foods that will neutralize the acid and promote saliva such as cheese.
If your sensitivity is severe, talk to your dentist about other things you can do to treat sensitivity.
Vacations can be relaxing, restful, and the best way to “get away” from it all. Traveling, on the other hand, can be stressful, tiring, and can leave you longing just to be home. Taking care of your health, especially your oral health, before leaving on your next trip can help ensure that what you’ve left behind doesn’t catch up with you in the form of extra fees, dental bills, insurance problems, and painful procedures.
If you have any existing oral conditions, make sure that you leave enough time to receive the treatment you need from your regular dentist as well as any follow-ups that may be necessary. If there is the possibility of needing a surgical procedure such as a root canal, don’t take the chance of putting it off until after your trip – pain can take away some of that zest for adventure.
So you’re a world traveler – you know that you have to be prepared, so tucked into your under-clothes money pouch you have your medical insurance card, Be prepared for dental emergencies too, jot down some numbers and names in case you need dental treatment abroad. Ask your dentist if they are members of any associations with international branches, and ask your insurance provider about emergency coverage in the places where you are headed.
Instead of digging out that spare toothbrush that stays in your travel kit, consider spending the spare change and buying a new one for your next trip. Old faithful has served you well, but travel toothbrushes tend to get tossed around in a variety of germ-ridden environments. While you’re at the store, purchase a toothbrush cover with holes for ventilation and some extra floss in case your current supply unexpectedly runs out (it happens to all of us). For those long bus rides next to strangers you’d rather not scare with your breath, keep sugar free gum handy to last you until you can access adequate teeth brushing facilities. Do a little planning ahead, a little homework, and a little shopping, and you can avoid an unsavory holiday.
This summer, Dr Khanna renewed her commitment to cutting-edge continuing education. She attended a course on Facially Generated Treatment Planning in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Frank Spears Center. This is the first in a series of such interventions designed to keep Flawless Dental abreast of the latest methods and technologies. She also attended the meetings of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington, D.C.