Happy Smile Digest – Issue #1

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Top Foods That Cause Tooth Decay And Other Dental Problems

July 29, 2019 at 09:42PM

For one, several foods and drinks can cause plaques.

It heavily contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.

All you need to do is to take into account these foods that cause tooth decay and other dental problems.

Not only does these cause tooth decay, but the fact that they are chewy makes it difficult to remove from your teeth.

Saliva is the reason why food does not necessarily stick to your teeth.

You may wonder why ice belongs to this list when all it contains is water, right? Well, according to the American Dental Association, the act of chewing on something that is hard makes you prone to having dental emergencies.

Chewing on ice can damage enamel; thus, causing broken teeth.

Certain home remedies are effective in whitening the teeth.

The type of food that you eat can tell you so much about your current health conditions. This statement can be proven in so many ways. For one, several foods and drinks can cause plaques. Thus, your dental health can greatly depend on what you eat and drink.

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How Did People Clean Their Teeth in the Olden Days?

July 27, 2019 at 09:44PM

Dental hygiene has come a long way since the days of wine-soaked toothpicks and the urine mouthwash once thought to disinfect mouths and whiten teeth.

Famous Greek doctor Hippocrates was one of the first to recommend cleaning teeth with what was basically a dry toothpaste, called a dentifrice powder.

Ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts advised cleaning teeth and removing decay to help maintain health.

People in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent traditionally cleaned their teeth with chew sticks made from the Salvadora persica tree.

Europeans cleaned their teeth with rags rolled in salt or soot.

He’s considered the father of modern dentistry! Instead, he encouraged cleaning teeth with a toothpick or sponge soaked in water or brandy.

Factories examined and cleaned their workers’ teeth to keep them from missing work due to toothaches.

Daily tooth brushing became more common thanks to World War II, when the American army required soldiers to brush their teeth as part of their daily hygiene practices.

As a professor of dental hygiene, I believe it’s most important to clean your mouth daily, no matter how you choose to do so.

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Traditional Methods More Effective For Teeth Cleaning, Research Reveals

July 26, 2019 at 09:44PM

Majority of people utilize toothpaste, toothbrushes, along with dental floss for cleaning their teeth. However, their usage is anything but universal. Several indigenous groups, including people belonging to developing countries, make use of traditional techniques in cleaning their teeth.

Several indigenous groups, including people belonging to developing countries, make use of traditional techniques in cleaning their teeth.

People of Middle East, along with certain parts of Southeast and South Asia, use Arak or Miswak tree twigs for cleaning their teeth.

The ends of these twigs are frayed first; the bristles are dampened with rosewater or water, following which the bristles are rubbed against the teeth.

They were used in Chinese culture back in 1600BC. As per several studies, the use of twigs can potentially have same the cleaning effect as compared to a conventional toothbrush.

A major drawback of using sticks is that they cannot reach the areas between teeth.

Improper usage of such twigs can cause damage to gums and also abrade teeth.

Certain cultures also find people rubbing different substances on their teeth using their fingers.

There are several Muslim countries where people rub the bark of walnut tree on teeth as it possesses antimicrobial properties, along with the ability to produce whitening effect.

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Cavities and the dangers they pose

July 27, 2019 at 09:44PM

Is your child’s sweet tooth making you anxious? Experts estimate that every second child in India has cavities, which, if not prevented, can lead to severe dental ailments and can even affect the overall development of the child.

According to US National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42 per cent of children aged two to 11 develop a cavity in their primary teeth and nearly 28 per cent of children aged two to five develop at least one cavity.

Cavities refer to tooth decay which happens when tooth enamel is destroyed.

Due to poor eating and oral habits, dental plaque is developed frequently in kids’ teeth.

A recent study by University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has found that environmental factors are also responsible for triggering risk for cavities.

Cavities in baby and permanent teeth can cause pain and prevent children from eating, speaking, sleeping, and learning properly.

Primary teeth can get cavities and permanent ones can develop dental infections.

Cavities in children can be treated by different methods like dental sealant and fluoride varnishing, apart from dental filling.

Dental sealant protects teeth especially when children are most susceptible to having decay.

Along with teaching your child good oral habits like brushing teeth regularly, preventing them from eating loads of sweets and feeding them nutritious and balanced meals, it is vital to visit the dentist and get their cavity checked.

Read on tribuneindia.com


The closed-mouth secrets of American dentistry

July 26, 2019 at 09:44PM

Recently, I read a heartbreaking plea on a local Facebook group. A Glenwood Springs resident (I’ll call her Mary) asked for a dentist to volunteer to pull her husband’s tooth. It had been aching for six-plus months, causing fevers, nausea, fatigue and sleeplessness.

A Glenwood Springs resident asked for a dentist to volunteer to pull her husband’s tooth.

Thanks to finding the right dentist and aging into Medicare, I can.

Since moving here eight years ago, I have changed dentists three times – a marked departure from my earlier patterns.

Chocolates seem an inappropriate “Gift” after tooth cleaning, and I don’t want cheery electronic greetings from the dentist on my birthday.

These days, dentists generally earn more per hour than doctors, and they do so by emphasizing many of the cosmetic and high-pressure practices that have driven me out of two local dental practices.

Most dentists are ethical, but cons aren’t uncommon.

Most of the estimated $250 billion Americans lose each year to dental fraud result from dentists billing for services never rendered, for fictitious patients and inflated claims.

Dentists can’t make a secure living there because there aren’t enough rich folks, and Medicaid and Medicare don’t pay enough.

In the 34 years since its founding, it has held thousands of free clinics across the U.S. It’s holding one in Paonia on Aug. 3-4.Another nonprofit, the Colorado Mission of Mercy, will hold a free dental clinic at Glenwood Springs High School Oct. 4-5.

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Anne Donaldson

I'm happy to give you the best advice to get an exceptional oral health. From my professional practice I know that good habits and the right tools are all you need.
Anne Donaldson