Tooth Decay

What Exactly IS “Holistic Dentistry”?

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In dentistry, the range of philosophies, techniques, and practices varies almost as much as the medical field at-large. Just like in standard medicine, dentistry has a whole sector of practices commonly known as “holistic dentistry,” very similar to “holistic medicine,” which deserves in some respects attention and scrutiny. Otherwise known as biological dentistry, biologic dentistry, alternative dentistry, and several other names, holistic dentistry is a practice that is uncommon but growing steadily in dental medicine. The important concept is “holistic,” which in this context means being geared toward whole-body, or in some cases emotional and spiritual health, in tandem with […]

Should You Really Brush Your Teeth?

Yes. The short answer to this question is that brushing your teeth is an integral part of an overall health plan. After all, the lining of your mouth provides a direct route to your bloodstream, and as bacteria builds it’s also moving around your body through the bloodstream. But, the long answer is more complicated. Factors such as technique, toothbrush choice, and choosing the right professional are all important factors. But, if you ask yourself, “How often should I brush my teeth?”, it’s important to research different opinions and outlooks on dental health, just as you would want a second […]

Causes and Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity

For most of us, enjoying a cold ice cream on a hot day — or slurping a hot spoonful of soup in the winter — is a pleasurable experience. For others, it’s torture. Many people suffer from some degree of tooth sensitivity, but the condition is relatively easy to prevent and treat in most cases. What is tooth sensitivity? People with sensitive teeth can feel a sharp pain when their teeth come into contact with foods that are particularly hot or cold; acidic foods can also trigger this reaction. Tooth sensitivity to cold foods is the most common, and is […]

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

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Do you grind your teeth? Even if you don’t think so, there’s a chance that you are among the estimated ten percent of people who grind their teeth subconsciously — a condition with the clinical name of bruxism. Many bruxism sufferers grind their teeth without even realizing that it’s happening. The grinding most commonly happens at night, when the person is deeply asleep. Some people grind their teeth for years without being aware of this nightly habit (which can also happen while awake as a subconscious behavior). Usually it’s the development of one of bruxism’s negative side effects that triggers […]

How To Keep Your Teeth Strong: Essential Tips For A Healthy Mouth

  • How To Keep Your Teeth Strong: Essential Tips For A Healthy Mouth

Most of us spend a great deal of time and energy trying to keep our muscles, organs, and bones as strong and healthy as possible—Yet we all too often forget about our teeth. It’s an understandable oversight; we have, after all, largely been taught that our teeth are inert once they grow in, rather like hair or fingernails. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth: Our teeth are a vital, living part of our bodies that have an active role in ensuring our total health… And just like the rest of our bodies require a strong foundation of […]

Flossing vs the Waterpik: Which Works Better

  • Flossing vs the Waterpik: Which Works Better?

Though it’s one of the most important elements of practicing proper dental hygiene, flossing is a practice that many people struggle with. Flossing can be difficult and uncomfortable, particularly for individuals who are prone to bleeding or have gum sensitivity. It also doesn’t always reach all areas of the mouth. Luckily for floss haters, there are alternatives. Water flossers have been on the market for a long time, but have just recently — as of February 2017 — earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval. Thanks to the seal, consumers worldwide can now trust in the Waterpik water flosser […]

Soft Drink Taxes and Dental Health: Could Australia Tax Soda

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Could Internationally Popular Soda Taxes Come to Australia? Taxes on soda and other sugary drinks are increasing in popularity as a public health measure. Could these taxes have an impact on global dental health? As Australia weighs the pros and cons of implementing a soda tax, it’s important to look at how similar taxes are designed — and how effective they are — around the world. We all know that soda is not the best beverage for our allover health. A liter of Pepsi packs in 65.7 grams of sugar, while a liter of Mountain Dew tops the charts with a […]

Gluten, Dairy and Your Dental Health: How Do Gluten and Dairy Affect Teeth?

Gluten, Dairy and Your Dental Health Whether it’s prompted by a medical condition, an intolerance or simply personal choice, many people have begun examining their diets and eliminating certain foods. Gluten and dairy are common products that people have stopped consuming or cut down on. Changing your diet can have many effects on your body, including your teeth. In this article we’ll take a look at how these foods — and the absence of them — can affect your dental health. How does gluten affect teeth? In people with celiac disease, consuming gluten actually blocks absorption of certain essential vitamins […]

Do You Floss? 3 Easy Tips to Get in the Flossing Habit

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Anyone who’s been to the dentist before has heard all about the benefits of flossing. A daily flossing habit is crucial for removing tartar buildup, preventing gum disease and protecting teeth from decay. But understanding the importance of flossing and actually getting into the habit of doing it regularly are two different things. Even though getting in the habit of flossing only adds an extra few minutes to your nighttime routine, when you’re tired and you just want to go to bed, it can still feel like a lot of work to do in addition to brushing your teeth. To […]

What Are Dental Sealants and How are They Helping Kids Smile

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It’s long been understood that whenever possible, preventative measures are far better and cheaper than treating a problem that’s already developed. Basic preventative measures like brushing and flossing are already a part of most people’s daily oral care routine. But others, such as getting dental sealants, are too costly for some people to afford despite their well-documented positive effect on cavity prevention. To address this issue and help increase children’s access to preventative oral care, school districts across the US in low socioeconomic areas have begun offering programs that provide subsidized dental sealants to kids while they’re at school. According […]

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