Thursday, October 1, 2015

Some Useful Ideas For Ordinary Toothpaste

It's a regular staple in every household and it has useful qualities that you might not have imagined!  Definitely a money-saver if you're on a tight budget.

There are many uses for it, aside from just cleaning and whitening your teeth.

Here is a list of useful ideas:

~Use it to scrub and whiten yellowed fingernails.
~Use it to buff out scratches on cell phone screens and watch crystals.
~Fill in nail holes when you don't have any patching compound or spackle around the house.
~Use it as a paste to clean and polish silver or brass.
~Use it to clean and shine piano keys.
~Use it to eliminate the haze that builds up on your headlights. Apply, let sit for a minute and        buff!
~Shine and polish your jewelry.
~Apply to bug bites to stop the itch.
~Apply to bruises to help them fade faster.
~Apply to skin blemishes to help them shrink and heal faster.
~Prevents fogging of mirrors.
~Helps exfoliate rough skin and cleans dirt and tar off of your feet.
~Removes water rings from wooden surfaces.

I'm sure there are more ideas out there.  Feel free to chime in with your own remedies!

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keeping Canine Teeth Healthy!

Not all bones and chew toys are healthy for your fur baby!

The best treats and toys are large enough so they don't become a choking hazard.

Below are recommended treats and toys to keep your pups teeth healthy:

  • Rubber toys - The smooth surfaces offer flexibility when chewed.
  • Fresh produce - Seedless apple slices and raw carrots provide both vitamins and chewing entertainment.
  • Dental treats - Chews that are infused with medications to keep the pets teeth clean and healthy.
  • Pressed pork hide - Pig based chews are high in protein, low in fat and easily digestible. Bonus its softer than cow rawhide.

To help maintain a healthy mouth visit your veterinarian for a full dental exam!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Why Sugar is So Harmful To Your Teeth - It's Not a Myth!

Here's the skinny on your teeth and the sugar you eat.  I just used the word skinny while referring to sugar, oh my....
All of our lives we've been told to cut back on sugar, watch our intake of sugary foods, brush right away and never eat sugary foods at night before bed.  Turns out there's actually something to that advice that clearly many of us ignore, myself included.
When it comes to your teeth, remember this:  Sugar is sugar. Sucrose, fructose, lactose, etc. it is all sugar.  Whether it comes in the form of a candy bar or fruit, one is just as bad as the other with respect to your teeth.  Raisins, particularly, have a high level of sugar. Soda is the worst culprit of all.  You see, sugar feeds bacteria.  Sugars hide out in small nooks and crannies in your mouth and between your teeth and reek havoc on your tooth enamel over time.  Bacteria in turn causes acid in your mouth that eats away at the enamel. Most of us don't brush right after eating something sweet.  This allows time for all that bacteria to multiply and cause damage without our knowing it, until.... the dreaded cavity, or worse....a toothache strikes.

Always brush after a sweet snack or soda.  After drinking a soda, rinse your mouth with water first to wash away as much as you can, then brush.  You'll be glad you made the effort in the long run!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tooth Tattoos?

Yes, this is a real!

Teeth tattoos are a new "growing trend".

This growing trend is called "tatteeth" and the catch is you can only get this done if you need a dental crown.Your dentist will take an impression of the tooth that needs to be fitted for a crown then they will send it to the lab were you can add a design. This is not cheap and can cost somewhere between $75.00 to $200.00.

Although this trend might seem new, the first tattoo on a tooth was nearly 20 years ago at Suburbia Dental Laboratory in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Oral Art - An Old But New Practice in Self-Expression

Oral modification goes back further than recorded history. Vikings, Mayans, West African Tribes (to name a few) used various methods of oral modification to identify themselves, to distinguish class, tribe,seniority, religion, coming of age, etc... Whether it be sharpening of teeth, adorning teeth with jewels, splitting tongues or piercings, all of these have roots deep in our history.

Now days, it's not unusual to see people covered in tattoos, body piercings, sporting diamond covered "Grills" or bejeweled pearly whites. Some even go as far as to have horns anchored to their skulls and have lip and tongue tattoos.

Through the ages, self expression has taken a leap from the modest 20's where even showing a shoulder was inappropriate, to a world where the more bizarre one can be, the better. But is it better? Individualism and self expression are rights that should not be taken away from anyone. But with the rise in popularity of body modification in general and people doing it because it's "cool", the concern is that it is taking away from the cultural and historical aspect of the trend. 

That said, 200 years from now this newer trend will be historic, and historians will study it as a culture....
What are your thoughts on the subject?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Alignment Problems To Watch For In Children

When your children are the age of six to eight you will want pay close attention to the alignment of their teeth.

If you notice any of the following problems, you will want to talk to an orthodontist about orthodontic treatment.

Excessive spacing: Usually happens with abnormal growth of the jawbone.
Crowding: This is when the jaw is too small to accommodate permanent teeth.
Under-bite: When the lower jaw grows larger than the upper jaw.
Over-bite: When the upper jaw grows larger than the lower jaw.
Open-bite: When the teeth are  unable to make physical contact for a proper bite.
Cross-bite: When the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth.
Over-jet (protruding): Teeth that are too far forward commonly known as "buckteeth". 

If these problems are left untreated they can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and ear aches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Baby Teeth May Be Worth More Than The Tooth Fairy Can Offer!!!

It just might be the case! Researchers have discovered that baby teeth contain a rich supply of stem cells inside the nerve tissue found in exfoliated baby teeth!

There are laboratories that harvest these potentially life saving cells from the baby teeth and store them for future use. The stem cells obtained are the child's own tissue, so they can be used later on, behalf of the donor, to treat maladies such as, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injury, and even cancer and heart disease without any fear of tissue incompatibility or transmission of infection from another donor.

To learn more about this invaluable information, please visit