Tell Your Dentist All Medicines, Vitamins, and Supplements You Take

8 Dec


Certain prescription drugs for allergieshigh blood pressure, or depression can cause dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. Some medications and dietary supplementscan thin your blood, increasing the risk of bleeding when you have dental work done. It’s very important for your dental team to know about all the pills you take, including supplements that you may not think of as serious medicine.


Don’t Put Your Oral Health on the Backburner (via @heraldnews)

8 Dec


What if the trick to a longer, healthier life was as simple as keeping your teeth and gums healthy? Recent studies have shown links between oral bacteria and chronic life threatening conditions such as heart disease, lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and even pancreatic cancer. These are some of the leading causes of death in the United States. It’s possible that quality of life could increase, helping medical costs decrease, if oral health was considered in determining a person’s overall health.

It has been found that people with periodontal disease are up to 35 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease than those with healthy gums. By brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, oral conditions like periodontal disease can be prevented. In its early stage, gum disease can even be reversed with stricter hygiene habits and routine dental care.

There is also an evident link between Diabetes and gum disease. Diabetics have an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, especially if blood sugar isn’t under control. Gum disease causing bacteria thrive when there are high levels of glucose in the mouth. By keeping blood sugar under control and seeing the dentist regularly, diabetics can decrease their risk of periodontitis.

Because these chronic conditions have a strong correlation with periodontal disease, losing teeth is a common occurrence. This can make it hard and even embarrassing for people to eat nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts, so it is very important for a person to replace any missing teeth. If the missing teeth are not replaced, overall health and self-confidence are at stake.

Although studies haven’t proven that oral diseases actually cause these chronic conditions, it is hard to ignore the connections that have been discovered. The oral cavity is a part of the human body and should not be over looked when evaluating one’s overall health. So the next time you think about cancelling your dental appointment or are too tired to floss, think about how you could be affecting your body.



Daily Dental Tip: Toothbrush Storage Placement

5 Dec


Keep your toothbrush holder away from the toilet and sink. The toilet can create an aerosol effect with particles of germs wafting through the air after flushing. Those germs are definitely not something you want attached to your family’s toothbrushes!

Water fountains to improve oral health in remote schools (via @ABCNews)

5 Dec


Three schools in northern New South Wales will have new water fountains installed as part of a plan to help improve oral health.

The University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is behind the installation of the chilled, filtered water bubblers, at the Boggabilla and Mungindi Central Schools and Toomelah Public School.

Centre Director Kylie Gwynne said many Aboriginal children in those areas consume sugary drinks more than water and the main reasons children aren’t drinking tap water is that it’s hot and has a poor taste.

She said the bubblers will provide a better tasting water and will hopefully close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

“50 years ago Aboriginal children had far better oral health than non-Aboriginal children and now the opposite it true,” Ms Gwynne said.

“Aboriginal children now have more than double the rate of dental disease as other children and it’s something we need to get right on top of and drinking water and brushing teeth is key to that.”

The water fountains will be installed next year.

The impact of the water fountains will be assessed before the preventative oral health program is rolled out more widely.

“We’re starting in those three communities and our research team will be monitoring the project and measuring the impact,” Ms Gwynne said.

“If it’s a project that works and children start drinking water and we see an improvement in oral health, we’ll seek to expand the program more broadly.”

The bubblers will be installed in time for the start of term one next year.


Daily Dental Tip: Choosing The Best Toothpaste

4 Dec


Brushing regularly with a remineralizing toothpaste is one of the best methods of strengthening tooth enamel. Luckily, most toothpastes contain the fluoride to do this. Colgate Enamel Health and Colgate® Kids Cavity Protection each contain fluoride. Alternatively, your dentist can prescribe Colgate PreviDent® 5000 Enamel Protect, one of the best remineralizing toothpastes for a more advanced condition that requires a higher fluoride content. They can also help reverse white patches caused by demineralization. Unless otherwise advised by your dentist, use this prescription toothpaste only once a day.

Daily Dental Tip: Remember to Brush Your Tongue

3 Dec
 Brushing your tongue is vital to remove odor causing bacteria, dead cells, bacteria and food debris.

Daily Dental Tip: How To Floss

2 Dec


Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the floss dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.