Thursday, May 30, 2013

Soda VS Meth: Which is worse for your teeth?

It's been on the news, the radio, in the papers and all over the internet.  A new study has found that drinking soda causes the same kind of damage to your teeth as METH!  I first heard it on the radio, and upon further investigation, it's true!  The citric acid in soda breaks down tooth enamel just as methamphetamine does.

Want the whole story?  Here's the article I found.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Why Toothpaste Makes Orange Juice Bitter...

Ever wonder why you can't stand the taste of orange juice after you've brushed??  Check out this awesome video!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Aloe is good for your teeth!

I just stumbled upon a short, but interesting tidbit of information.  Apparently, tooth gels containing aloe is not only soothing to irritated teeth and gums, but it also works just as good as toothpaste!  Check it out!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Did You Know: Tongue Scrapers

A "tongue scraper" is exactly what it sounds like.  A tool used to literally scrape bacteria off of the tongue surface, it's supposed to remove the gunk and help keep your breath fresh.  They come in many styles, shapes and sizes and you can get them anywhere you can buy a tooth brush.  If you've never used one though, apparently you're not missing much.  I am personally a fan of the tongue scraper.  I like the extra clean feeling I get after using one, so this news came as a little bummer to me...

According to a study published in an issue of General Dentistry (a peer-reviewed dental journal), tongue scrapers only slightly reduces bad breath.  The most common reason for bad breath is post-nasal drip.  It coats the back of your tongue causing what is called " oral malodor."  Tongue scrapers remove this mucousy layer quite well, however the results are only temporary.  But according to this study, using a toothbrush can get you the same temporary results, making the ever elusive "tongue scraper" seem not-so-special.

That being said, one isn't better than the other, it really comes down to personal preference.  I, for instance, will be continuing to love my tongue scraper..  But for those of you who'd rather save the extra few bucks and use a toothbrush, you're in the clear.


Monday, May 20, 2013

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month!

The Centers for Disease and Control are using this month to educate and draw attention to hypertension (high blood pressure) conditions.  According to the CDC, about 68 million people suffer from hypertension, and only approximately 16 million people know they have it.  Having high blood pressure puts you at a dangerously high risk of heart attack and stroke.  There are, however, precautionary steps you can take, such as proper diet and exercise, less stressful environments, and regular check ups with your primary care physician.  If you think you might have high blood pressure, see your doctor immediately.

For more information and detailed guides to hypertension, read the full article HERE.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Strep throat? Don't toss your toothbrush just yet!

It has long been a well known fact that failure to dispose of your toothbrush after the flu, a cold or strep throat could result in reinfection.  According to a new study, that might not be the case anymore, at least not for strep throat.

A recent study was conducted using 50 people.  14 were children with strep throat diagnosis, 13 were children with sore throats, not diagnosed with strep, and 27 were healthy people ranging in age from 2 to 20.  All were given new toothbrushes and asked to brush for one minute.  All toothbrushes were collected and sent to a lab to be tested for growth of group A Streptococcus, the virus that causes strep throat.  Out of all the brushes tested, only one came back positive for strep, and it was from a patient without strep throat.

For a more detailed look at this topic, read the FULL ARTICLE.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Smart phone, smart car, smart TOOTHBRUSH?

Welcome to 2013 guys!  Beam Technologies, based out of Louisville, KY, has launched the very first "smart" toothbrush!  The "Beam Brush" monitors your oral hygiene habits and reports them to an application you can download to your smart phone!  This allows you to track your habits and make preventive changes that could save you a trip to the dentist!

It does come with a price, though.  For about $50, you can enjoy your "Beam Brush" in your choice of pink, or blue.


Get more on the BEAM BRUSH here!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Smokeless Tobacco

Many people think smokeless tobacco is safer then the tobacco you smoke. WRONG smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous. 

What is smokeless tobacco?
Smokeless tobacco has many different names such as; spit tobacco, chewing tobacco, chew and many more.
Once you place the tobacco in your mouth (between your bottom lip and gum) you are supposed to suck on the tobacco juices, then spitting out the saliva (Do not swallow). By sucking you are allowing the nicotine to absorb into your bloodstream through the tissues in your mouth.

What is the dangers of chewing?
Just like smoking, chewing is dangerous to your body and can eventually kill you.
Chewing can lead to oral cancer (Cancer of the mouth) and can happen on the lips, tongue, top and bottom of the mouth, checks and gums.

What are the consequences of chewing?
  •  Cracked and bleeding lips
  • Receding gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Brain damage do to a stroke
  • Cancer
Strategies for breaking a bad habit?

  • Let others know that you are trying to quit and ask for there support
  • Try using the nicotine patch or gum
  • Have plenty of snacks around, (gum, hard candy) This will keep your mouth busy
  • Get involved in activities
This will be challenging, but don't give up!

Monday, May 6, 2013

How long was your longest wait?

Found a neat little tid-bit of information today.  Check this out...

What's the longest you've ever had to wait for an appointment?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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