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General Dental Care

How Does Candy And Snacks Affect Our Teeth

by admin on July 15, 2009

Eating candy, toffee, snacks and munchies can cause teeth to decay because of the cultivated starches that get stuck between the teeth and in turn cause periodontal disease. This type of fast food that remain in the mouth for long intervals cause bacteria to grow which forms acidic and then decay the teeth and the gums.

How do we know when food can affect our teeth causing bacteria?

We would be able to make out when food is stuck between teeth when even after some a long time we can get the taste of that food or can feel it around. This is bad because it has already caused the bacteria to thrive.

What are the consequences of eating Fast Food in Children?

Children are the first to bear the brunt of fast foods especially if their life revolves around it. The outcomes, which not only affects teeth but also overall health in daily life are:

  • Food that gets stuck in between teeth causes tooth decay leading to endless pain.
  • Their school life gets affected with this pain disturbing their concentration and hindering their learning capacity.
  • Eating too much of this food, which lacks nutritive value, can result in obesity, diabetes (Type 2) and problems related to the heart.
  • All these factors can worsen over time causing acute tooth infection.
  • For growing children, fast food which lacks nutrition and does not have enough calcium causes harmful effects on new teeth coming in which could be unhealthy and lack strength.
  • Lack of nutrition and calcium can cause weak bones and ion deficiency could result in stunted brain development.

Healthy habits to follow

Our body requires the necessary amounts of calcium, ion and nutrients to grow. To achieve this development a healthy balance of food is required. Home cooked food is the healthiest for children and economical.

Eating good home cooked food does not require lots of money. In the first place it is healthy, nourishing, wholesome and cheap if cooked in large quantities for the whole family as compared to any outdoor eatery where the quality may be questioned and the quantity limited.

A diet full of fruits and vegetables is the ideal diet. The more colorful they are the more nutritious they can be. So, the right amount of healthy food and the minimum amount of processed foods or packaged foods, as they contain preservatives, should be consumed. Before buying any processed foods it is better to check the ingredients listed on the package. A list with more preservatives should be avoided.

Teaching a child when he or she is small is very important. What he learns to eat at this age will be carried on till he grows up. Therefore it is imperative to start healthy food early in life. A child has also to be made aware that processed foods have preservatives which are not good, they should be kept to the minimum and should not be eaten as a substitute to food.

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What is periodontitis?

by admin on June 25, 2009

Periodontitis is a oral disease in which there is loss of bone in the jaw. This bone is essential in holding the teeth in place in the jaw.

Periodontitis is one of the largest problems in dental hygiene in the U.S. it ranks second only to cavities. The American Academy of Periodontology have data that states that in the U.S, 30-55 percent of adults are affected by Periodontitis in a mild to moderate form. The percentage of the less fortunate people who suffer from a more severe stage of Periodontitis is 5 to 20 percent of the population.

Healthy human tissues regenerate themselves over a period of time.In Peridontitis, however, the rate of loss of the bone material is much faster than the rate of its regeneration. Though scientists have come to understand how bone material is lost, they have not yet found out a clear reason why new bone formation could be impaired.

What causes Periodontitis?

According to a new paper by UCLA researchers, it is suggested that a master protein may control the impairment of bone formation in the serious gum disease called Periodontitis.

In another paper published in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine, researchers have again suggested that a master protein is involved heavily in the process of degeneration of the jawbone structure. They have identified a protein called nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB). They say it is this protein that is responsible for inhibiting regeneration of the bone material. Arresting the function of this master protein, called nuclear factor-kB, will help in maintaining the bone formation.

This NF-kB protein was recognized to play a part in cells that are responsible for resorbing bone. This is what could lead to loss of bone, or impairment of regeneration of bone material.

Research and development in treating Periodontitis.

Research and development in arresting degeneration of the jawbone and finding effective treatment for periodontitis is ongoing in order to improve oral hygiene and health. The UCLA researchers have used a different approach in their study of the NF-kB protein.

They have turned around their focus from the role of the NF-kB protein in cells that results in reabsorbing the bone and have chosen to look at the role it plays and its effects in inhibiting cells that are responsible in forming bone instead. They hope this will lead to better understanding of the dreadful disease and thus a better treatment of the disease eventually resulting in better oral health.

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5 Tips to save on Dental Costs

June 15, 2009

Dental treatment is known to be very expensive in the United States, in Europe and Australia. It is a necessary cost in order to maintain dental health and if only one could save money on dental treatment costs, it would make so much of a difference to one’s budget. It is said that saving money […]

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Does dental care prevent heart attacks?

June 10, 2009

How can teeth, a part of the body so relatively insignificant, that it can even be pulled out almost at will, have an effect on one of the most important and almost irreplaceable body parts – the heart? For decades, most scientists and reflexology practitioners have argued how each part of your body is connected […]

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Simple home remedies to achieve the perfect smile

June 10, 2009

What does it take to achieve a smile that everyone envies? The most effective way is to have attractive and perfect teeth. When asked of how they would want to achieve the perfect smile, most people would come up with the instant, quick fix remedies such as teeth whitening scrubs or gel or even cosmetic […]

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Harmful effects of soda on teeth

May 29, 2009

Do You Know Soda Is Harmful To Your Teeth? Drinking soda daily is harmful to your teeth and could be the cause of many ailments. People of all ages drink soda, be it soft drinks, mixed with spirits or any other way. But can be many consequences caused by drinking excessive amounts of soda, a […]

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Do You Have A Gummy Smile?

May 22, 2009

What is a ‘Gummy Smile’? When a person smiles, his or her gums tend to go beyond the normal length overlapping the teeth and thus showing a more red (gums) and less white (teeth), appearance in the mouth. Here the gingival tissue seen far exceeds the upper teeth. Causes: Distorted gum development: When teeth grow […]

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Sedation Dentistry

May 21, 2009

Sedation dentistry is a solution for the all too common condition befalling those who need dental care – dental phobia. A visit to the dentist is major cause of concern for almost 30 percent of the general population, as per the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education). DOCS Education is a professional organization that […]

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What is Invisalign?

May 21, 2009

Invisalign (otherwise incorrectly known as Invisaline) are transparent braces for the teeth that are used as an alternative to metal braces or brackets. Invisalign is more popular as the appliance is “invisible” and does not compromise on the facial appearance, while fixing the teeth alignment. Invisalign was developed by Align Technologies in 1999. It uses […]

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Fluoride and Dental Health

May 21, 2009

The degree of tooth decay has reduced significantly in recent decades, both in the United States and abroad. As per the American Dental Association (ADA) this is due to fluoridated water and other fluoride sources being made widely available to the public. Benefits of Fluoride Fluoride is a substance that occurs naturally in water sources. […]

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