Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun Trivia Facts


Wow, is this for real?
  • An average person produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill up a couple of swimming pools!

  • You actually have a tongue print! It is as unique as your fingerprint. No two tongues are identical...

  • Back in the middle ages, people used wine boiled with dogs teeth as a mouth rinse to fight tooth decay. Dogs Teeth? Ugh!

  • The mouth on the Statue Of Liberty is over 3 feet wide.

  • The famous Mount Rushmore took 14 years and 400 men, mostly miners, to carve and it was done during the Great Depression.  The mouths on each president are 18 ft wide! 

  • Snails can have up to 14,000 teeth but they can't chew.

  • It takes 17 muscles to smile, and 43 to frown!

So, keep smiling everyone!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oral Piercings

Pierced tongue, lip and cheek may be attractive to some but there are many heath related risks that are involved with these oral piercings.
  1. Infections - With the amount of bacteria in your mouth with the addition of bacteria from handling the jewelry you have a increased risk for infections.
  2. Transmission of diseases - Potential risk for the transmission of the herpes virus along with hepatitis B and C.
  3. Nerve damage - Numbness at the site of the piercing or even worse loss of movement (piercing of the tongue) can occur if the nerve was damaged.
  4. Gum disease - The jewelry can come into contact with the gum tissue causing injury as well as recession of the gum tissue, this can also lead to loose teeth or tooth loss.
  5. Damaged teeth - Jewelry can crack or chip a tooth.
  6. Difficulties of daily functions - Tongue piercings can result in difficulty chewing or swallowing or Even speaking.
If you decide to get a oral piecing remember these risks.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What Is Hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia - The condition of having supernumerary teeth (teeth that appear in addition to the regular number of teeth) They can appear in any area of the dental arch.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Is Chewing Gum Good For Your Oral Health?

Did you know that chewing sugarless chewing gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay?

Chewing gum causes your mouth to produce saliva, which helps neutralize and rinse away some of the acid that forms in your mouth when you eat.

Of course chewing sugar containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it contains the sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay causing acids. Where sugarless gum contains non-cavity sweetners.

Don't replace brushing and flossing with chewing gum, this is not a replacement. Brush and floss daily along with getting a regular dental exam every 6 months.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

8 Things You Should Never Put In Your Mouth!

Many people have bad habits that, when accidents strike, can be devastating to your oral health!  The following is a list of things one should never do!  Take heed!  Dentistry is very expensive! 

1. Never chew ice.  Ice chips teeth and causes minute cracks in the enamel, which weakens the structure of your teeth. 
2. Never open can tabs or bottles with your front teeth.  It will cause chips in your teeth.
3. Beware of biting into fruit that has pits in it.  More broken teeth and dentures are caused by cherry pits than any other fruit! 
4. Try to avoid biting your nails.  It just isn't a good practice all the way around.  You can chip your teeth and your mouth contains bacteria that you can deposit near your nail bed and cause infection.

In addition to these things, you should also avoid putting small objects like marbles, coins, paperclips and hairpins into your mouth.  These things all pose a threat to your teeth and can also become a choking hazard.

Keep smiling!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teeth Facts

Teeth help us bite and chew are food, but how much do you really now about your teeth. Most likely if you don't work in the dental field you have very little knowledge on what your teeth are made of and the different types of teeth we have!

Babies start teething around 6 to 12 months old and by the time they are 3 years old they should have a full set of 20 milk teeth, also known as baby teeth. Once they have reached 6 years old the child's teeth Begin to fall out making way for the adult teeth.

By the age of 14 most children have lost all their baby teeth and have their adult teeth. Adults have 32 teeth total. Around the age of 17 we start to gain four more which are called the wisdom teeth. If you experience any pain when the wisdom teeth are coming through consult your dentist, these may have to be removed.

There are four different types of teeth:
  • Incisors- The four front teeth top and bottom. Used for cutting and chopping.
  • Canine teeth- The pointy teeth on each side of the incisors top and bottom. Used for tearing.
  • Premolars- Also known as bicuspid teeth. These are located next to the canine teeth. Used for grinding and crushing.
  • Molars- Strongest teeth, work along side the tongue to help swallow your food, helps with the mashing of the food.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Different types of mouthwash can help various types of dental health.

There many types of mouthwashes available in today's market. Every single one claiming to be optimal for perfect dental health. Is that really the case? Here are some things to look for when choosing a mouthwash.

First you want to check and see if it has alcohol or is alcohol free. Alcohol dries your mouth and can cause burns to your gums and inside of your cheeks. Alcohol free is the better option.

Depending on what you and your dentist have came up with for your area of dental focus can sway your decision of what mouthwash to get. It is based on the ingredients in the mouthwash.

Area of Focus:                                          Ingredient:
Better Gum Health                                Cetylpyridinium Chloride
Dry Mouth                                              Biotene
Cavity Protection                                   Sodium Fluoride
Teeth Whitening                                    2% Peroxide

These are just a few examples of ingredients in mouthwash that can help you in whatever area you are wanting to focus. You dentist or hygienist should be able to direct you as to which they product they recommend. Always remember that mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing and flossing.