Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.

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Did you know there are over 700 species of bacteria present inside the mouth? Scientists even have a fancy name for it – “The Human Oral Microbiome”.

Now before you go freaking out and spraying your mouth with Lysol, you should know, some of these bacteria are good. Like Veillonella, that slows the development of caries. But (and seriously, don’t spray Lysol in your mouth) there are a lot of bad bacteria, like Streptococcus mutans, a significant contributor to tooth decay and Streptococcus gordonii.

Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons published a study in March showing that Streptococcus gordonii can produce a molecule that helps blood to clot. This molecule can slip into your blood stream and cause blockage of the blood supply to the heart or brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. In fact, studies show that having gum disease can quadruple your risk of stroke and spike your risk of a heart attack up to a dozen times higher!

Some bacteria can even lead to cancer. A Swedish study found that poor brushing can increase cancer risks by 80%!

Dr Paul Pharoah, reader in cancer epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, said the results of the Swedish study suggested higher levels of plaque (bacteria) are associated with ‘higher all-cause mortality.’ In other words, the worse your teeth are, the worse your overall health is and the more risk you are to serious illness and even death.

So, what can you do to help prevent bacteria growing? Try some of these tips:

Brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time.

– Floss your teeth and scrape your tongue daily.

– Wash out your mouth after every meal. An over the counter mouthwash is best but most of us don’t carry around a bottle of Scope everywhere we go. You could use these but water is a good substitute if nothing else is available.

– Cut out the sugar. Sugar promotes bacteria growth. So stay away from high sugar foods and beverages (e.g. candy, soda and fruit juices).  If you are a candy lover like myself, try to find some sugar free alternatives.

– See your dentist twice a year and get your teeth cleaned. “The cleaning done at the dentist is a special ‘deep’ dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally.” If you need to find a dentist to help get your smile back in shape, use DentistUSA.com.

Following these tips may not only get you a brighter smile; it might save you from something more deadly!

 

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Dental Fun Facts

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I’ve been known to be a bit of a ‘trivia geek’. It’s a term I have been called many times (mostly without the trivia preface). To help expand my trivial knowledge, I have been studying up on some fun dental facts that I’m sure will end up on an episode of Jeopardy one day. So, if you’re looking to win a game show or just want to impress at your local bar’s next trivia night, read on. Hopefully one day, you’ll be answering Final Jeopardy, correctly.

 

The earliest known dentist was Hesi-ren, an Egyptian “doctor of the tooth” who lived around 3000 B.C.

The Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

The first bristled toothbrush was made in China in 1498.

In the 1800s, blacksmiths and barbers also served as dentists.

The average toothbrush contains about 2500 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush.

There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on the Earth.

Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist and was originally called “fairy floss.”

During the middle ages, the customary cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.

Roughly 75% of school children worldwide have active dental cavities.

Kids miss 51 million school hours a year due to dental related illnesses.

Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year.

Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.

Eating green veggies high in minerals, like broccoli, spinach and kale, will help strengthen the enamel on your teeth and help protect against stains.

According to the latest Original Tooth Fairy Poll, parents are leaving an average of $4.13 per tooth under their kids’ pillows.

In 2017, the Tooth Fairy paid out $271 million for lost teeth across the U.S.

The Tooth Fairy visits 84 percent of U.S. households with children.

In Mexico and other Latin countries, the job of the Tooth Fairy is performed by a mouse named, El Ratón Pérez.

A study done by Kelton on behalf of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, found that Americans believe a smile is the one feature that will always remain the most attractive no matter how old we get. According to the study, 45% of those surveyed think that a person’s smile can defy the affects of aging while eyes come in a distant second at 34%.

The human tongue is like a fingerprint. No two people have the same tongue print.

A dentist named Alfred P. Southwick invented the Electric Chair.

The farmer in Grant Wood’s painting, “American Gothic” was actually the artist’s dentist.

 

The Best Gifts For A White Smile

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Receiving a toothbrush for Christmas ranks somewhere between receiving socks and nothing. But finding the right oral care product can help your smile obsessed friends have a white (smile) Christmas. Here are some products that make your secret santa feel merry and leave their teeth bright.

 

Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light

(From the website) Crest 3D White’s new, unique blue light system uses the same type of light technology dentists use. The blue light weakens stains so that the whitening ingredient can work more effectively. The result is dramatically better whitening compared to strips alone that lasts up to 36 months.

 

Quip Electric Toothbrush

Quip toothbrushes feature an electric motor that vibrates at an industry standard 15,000 RPM to provide a thorough yet non-damaging cleaning action. The Motor pulses every 30 seconds to help you evenly clean teeth and gums and cuts out at 2 minutes to let you know when to stop. The stylish looking handle is precision cut aluminum that is bead blasted by machine and anodized to endure a lifetime of cleaning. You can also subscribe to get a fresh brush head every three months, which is how often you should be changing out your brush.

 

 

Radius The Source Toothbrush

Do you have a friend that loves white smiles and fancy looking toothbrushes matched with an eco-friendly design? The will love the Radius.

(from the website) Thanks to replacement-head technology and a handle made from repurposed materials, the Source™ reduces waste by 93%. When you’re done with one of its patented, gum-stimulating heads you simply swap it for another.

 

Poseidon Oral Irrigator

Why use an oral irrigator? It easily flosses your teeth without fear of slicing your gums and will reach more areas floss can’t seem to get to. The Poseidon Oral Irrigator features interchangeable tips allowing multiple users to use the same device and a plug in cradle to store and charge the device so it’s ready to go when you are.

 

Go Smile Stain Erasers

 For your wine lover friend, these sticks act like a bleaching pen for your teeth.

(from the website) Everyday, your teeth are exposed to food and drinks that can stain your teeth. Since teeth are porous, the stains can soak deep inside the enamel unless you act quickly. Keep our GO SMILE Stain Erasers on hand and you can erase stains before they set into your teeth. Apply anytime, anywhere—Just Flip, Pop, and Touch Up! Perfect for red wine stains, as well as coffee and tea!