When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately comes to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste-a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, all of … Continue reading Are You Better Off Without Toothpaste?
Recently hailed as an inexpensive and organic alternative to teeth whitening, fruit concoctions have arisen as the new way to get those pearly whites. But is there any truth to all these claims? A study at the University of Iowa points to “No”. Associate Professor So Ran Kwon tested homemade strawberry-baking soda mix, over the … Continue reading Fruits for Whiter Teeth?
Autism affects 1 in every 68 children in America. Often, children with autism struggle with anxiety in new situations, including during trips to the dentist. Researchers from USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles decided to look into how dental environments could be adapted for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They strived to create a more … Continue reading Dentistry Adaptation & Autism
When you think of your bathroom counter, a few items probably come to mind; your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and maybe some paper cups for rinsing. What’s missing from this picture? The tongue scraper. This oft-ignored tool has some surprisingly big benefits. From improving bad breath to making your food more delicious, here are some benefits … Continue reading The Benefits of Tongue Scraping
Sipping on a fresh cup of coffee to perk up in the morning is an activity cherished by many. The buzz of caffeine and the familiar taste of your favorite blend is a great way to start your day. However, consistent coffee intake can leave those pearly whites more than a little lackluster. If you … Continue reading Coffee Stains Got You Down? Perk up!
Dentists, for good reason, care a lot about plaque. Brushing and flossing regularly is essential to reducing plaque and keeping your teeth and gums free from bacteria. However, plaque can harbor plenty of information about an individual, as it is one of the most DNA rich areas of the human body. Sticky plaque catches all … Continue reading Lessons Learned From Neanderthal Dental Plaque
Saltwater rinses are commonly recommended for people with a sore throat, gum sores, or people who recently underwent a dental procedure. If you have never used a saltwater rinse before, read on to learn about the multiple health benefits. Salt Reduces Dental Bacteria – Salt inhibits dental bacteria by increasing the pH balance of your … Continue reading The Magic of Salt Water Rinses
Did you know alligators can replace each of their teeth up to 50 times in their life? Humans are unique among vertebrates for being able to replace our teeth only once. But new insights into how alligators replace their teeth may help stimulate the same process in ours. Professor Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D., has discovered … Continue reading Alligators and Dental Science?
Researchers at the University of Southern California have made a major breakthrough in the investigation of tooth enamel regrowth procedures. Tooth enamel is a nonliving tissue; unlike bone, enamel does not regrow naturally in the human body. Lack of tooth enamel can cause sensitivity and even pain in the mouth, making the tooth much more … Continue reading A New Solution To Enamel Loss?
From the moment they erupt in our mouths as children, our teeth plays a major part of our lives. As such, it’s essential to care for them well during childhood and continuing into adulthood. In a recent study done with lab rats, it was found that when teeth were exposed to BPA, “there were multiple … Continue reading BPA Exposure Affects Young Teeth