Green Tea: The Single Best Drink for Healthy Gums and Teeth

Green tea has a long and rich history in many cultures, including China and Japan where it has been enjoyed for thousands of years.  It is the second most popular tea in the United States behind black tea according to the Tea Association of the USA Inc. Of all the teas consumed in the US, including black, oolong and white teas, none is more celebrated than green tea for its natural antioxidants and nutrients.  In fact, many studies point to amazing green tea health benefits for tooth and gum health.  Here we take a closer look at a few green tea studies, and address the best way to brew green tea while retaining its healthy antioxidant properties for optimal oral health. What are Green Tea Catechins? Unlike black and oolong tea, green tea leaves are not crushed or fermented during processing which help retain its rich antioxidants.  … [Read more...]

Straight Teeth Can Improve Oral Health

While straightening your teeth may strike many patients as a primarily aesthetic concern, it may actually have a dramatic effect on your long-term oral health, preventing a number of difficulties down the road that often result due to improper tooth position. In a recent MarketWire press release, dentists Edward Romano and Matthew Vaccaro discuss some of the distinct benefits of straight teeth for the oral health of their patients. This may mean that by correcting a bothersome problem or dental issue, patients are receiving a double benefit of improved health over the long term. The Long-Term Effects of Straightened Teeth Some of the most common alignment issues faced by patients include teeth that are crooked or turned, crowded too close together or far apart, and those that are causing pain due to their positions. There are a … [Read more...]

Dental Grills Like Ryan Lochte’s Could Damage Teeth

Following Ryan Lochte's successful performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, much attention has been given to his appearances wearing custom-made dental grills adorned with an American flag. These grills, which were popularized in the 1990s by the American rap culture, are basically retainers made of precious metals and jewels that adorn the teeth. When properly made, used and maintained, they are relatively harmless to the teeth, but inferior grills can cause permanent dental damage. Lochte's popularization of these grills in the mainstream culture has increased the usage of inferior grills, prompting news stories from several sources, including the Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Reading Eagle. What Makes a Low-Quality Dental Grill According to Pennsylvania dentist John Reitz, only grills that have been … [Read more...]

Relieving a Toothache Before Your Appointment

Toothaches can affect every mouth, regardless of your level of dental hygiene. They may be caused by decayed enamel, sinus infections, migraines, abscesses, gum infections or other problems. Depending on the severity of the toothache, it is important to schedule a dental appointment to address your pain. Discuss the severity of the pain with your dentist when making the appointment to determine how quickly you need to be seen. In the meantime, there are several methods of relieving the pain at home, according to a recent article in WorlDental's Dental Health Magazine. Tried and True Pain Relief There are a number of pain relief methods that have been proven to work for many patients over the years. Different patients and problems may respond differently to each method, so finding the best method for your own pain relief is crucial. … [Read more...]

Understanding Tooth Erosion and its dangers

When talking about dental problems, cavities stand to be the most commonly talked about and dreaded of concerns, complications which oftentimes require the use of dentist drills and fillings in “patching up”. Though cavities are a commonly encountered problem, there are actually other dental concerns which everyone should also be aware of, with tooth erosion being one of them. Tooth Erosion and its Dangers Tooth erosion, in a nutshell, is known to be the state when a tooth loses its hard outer surface cased by chemical processes. Typically, tooth erosion happens without bacteria involved, with acid or acid-based variants being its primary cause. Most tooth erosion cases happen because of a person’s regular consumption of acidic foods and/or drinks, which puts their teeth at risk for higher exposure to acidic substances. … [Read more...]

Changing Dentists can be a Problem

Not everyone is lucky enough to have one dentist all throughout his or her life, with most having a “childhood dentist”, only to be left to be on the prowl for a new dentist in the course of later years. Apart from those having to look for newer dentists after a “childhood dentist” retires or if a person decides to move out of his or her hometown, there’s also the thing with bad experiences with previous dentists, which stands to be one of the most common reasons why most people are often in search of a new dentist. Given the relative now-affordability of dentistry school fees and the relative affordability of advanced dental equipment, there are a number of newer, younger dentists active in the field, each having his or her take in the practice of dentistry. If you happen to be among the many who are constantly in search for a … [Read more...]

How Often Should I Use Mouthwash?

A commonly asked question by dental patients is “Should I use mouthwash every day?” It may seem silly, but it’s actually a good question. By now you already know that it’s important to brush at least 3 times a day.  We also hazard a guess that you already know that flossing ideally has to be done after every meal if you want to control plaque and tartar buildup in those hard-to-reach areas between the teeth. However, what about mouthwash, something that is mainly associated with emergencies, like dates and after a good meal of something garlicky or full of onions; how often should you use it? It’s important to understand however, that mouthwash isn’t just a last-resort tool you can turn to eliminate bad breath in a flash for emergencies. It’s generally understood that everyone wants fresh breath, however, keeping away halitosis for … [Read more...]

Proper Nutrition against Periodontal Disease

A cursory look at the impact and effect of what we eat has long been ascribed to be a primary consideration in the rise and onset of various conditions in the body. Periodontal disease, in opting for long term solutions in resolving its woes and dangers, is among the said conditions which are affected by what a person eats, with documented research backing up the norm over how proper nutrition can effectively fight against periodontal disease. A feature from the recently released issue of The Journal of Clinical Periodontology reveals that sufficient amounts of Calcium, Vitamin D and antioxidants in daily nutrition intakes are effective in preventing and/or treating periodontitis conditions. Facts and figures based on researches and studies found in www.pubmed.org also reiterate the effect proper nutrition has against … [Read more...]

Sinus Trouble and Tooth Pain

A funny thing happens when the pollen count has been elevated for a while. People with allergies make appointments with allergy doctors. You might also want to make an appointment with your family dentist. Whether that runny nose or stuffed-up feeling is caused by tree pollen, mold or other irritants, it can lead to headaches, bad breath and toothaches. The maxillary sinus cavity is situated above the upper molars. As sinuses become chronically congested, tissues swell and infection may ensue. Nerves get irritated and cause facial pressure and painful teeth. Tooth pain also may be caused by decay, a loose filling, a cracked tooth or even an abscess or bone infection. These dental problems do not cure themselves. You’ll need to be evaluated and treated. Ignoring them could compound the problem or even put your life at risk. If … [Read more...]

ADA’s First National Oral Health Quiz Gives America a "D"

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently released the results of its first ever oral health quiz, which showed that Americans have a terrible dental grade point average. According to Dr. Ada Cooper, who works as a dentist in New York and also serves as a spokeswoman for the ADA, the association is "hoping that this sets the low bar" when it comes to awareness. The goal of the ADA is to bring America's oral health grades up from there, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. ADA Launches New Initiative at MouthHealthy.org The negative results of this quiz were released alongside the announcement that the ADA has launched a new website advocating for improved oral health, found at MouthHealthy.org. This site contains helpful information regarding a range of oral health tips, as well as medical and dental advice from … [Read more...]