1. Tooth Brushing Time for Toddlers Equates To Trouble

    24th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth health smileNumerous parents can attest to pinning down the toddler in an attempt to have them brush their teeth. It is a good thing to ensure that oral healthcare results in healthy baby teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Even though they eventually fall off, baby teeth are important for function and in guiding the permanent teeth into their positions.
    • Your children should brush with a proper toothbrush as soon as the first tooth appears to prevent oral health problems.
    • Tooth brushing time should be made fun to ensure that baby complies with brushing their teeth at least twice every day. Kid toothpaste that contains fluoride should be used for brushing.

    While you should brush twice a day, doing it before bed is most important, because while your tot is lying (generally) still, bacteria have a chance to grow undisturbed. And any sugar left in the mouth, from milk or food, gives bacteria an even better environment in which to grow.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.todaysparent.com/toddler/toddler-health/how-to-brush-your-toddlers-teeth-when-shes-not-into-it/


  2. Why Do Teeth Hurt?

    23rd November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile health teethThe intense pain you feel from your teeth could be caused by a number of factors. Remember, teeth are made up of living tissue called dentin.

    Key takeaways:

    • Tooth pain is in most cases caused by cavities, which are holes forming on the enamel layer of teeth.
    • The exposed dentin will register pain upon pressure or contact with hot and cold substances. Bacteria will enter through cavities, eventually causing inflammation and infection in the cavity.
    • Gum disease caused by bacteria is yet another cause of tooth pain. Receding gums will expose the roots of teeth causing severe pain.

    Nerves in the cavity will scream with every sip of hot coffee, every bite of cold ice cream, and will often require a root canal, which scoops out the inflamed pulp and replaces it with a rubbery material, according to the American Association of Endodontics (AAE).

    Read the full story here

    http://www.livescience.com/56856-why-do-teeth-hurt.html


  3. Sugar Is To Blame for Rampant Tooth Decay in Children

    21st November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth health smileSugar intake is a big problem today and is linked to children’s dental problems. A sugar tax would help control the problem and protect children’s teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • The introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks would have clear benefits to the oral health of children between 11 and 18 years old.
    • Tighter regulation around price, availability and marketing of sports drinks to children will safeguard their general and dental health.
    • Oral health should be tackled in the same breath as overall health since it affects children’s overall well-being, confidence, mental health and life chances.

    The most important message dentists can give parents is to remember that it is not just the amount of sugar children eat or drink that causes tooth decay, but how often they have sugary foods and drinks.

    Read the full story here

    https://www.bda.org/dentists/policy-campaigns/public-health-science/public-health/sugar


  4. 4 Foods That Help To Clean Your Teeth

    by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth health smileteeth health smileFiber-rich fresh apples are good for your teeth. Owing to their mildly acidic nature, the apples help to clean and to brighten the teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Crisp or firm foods when eaten can help to clean your teeth after a meal.
    • Common foods that will help you maintain clean healthy teeth are celery, apples, carrots, and unsweetened popcorn.
    • For the best results, these foods should be eaten after meals.

    For best results, make ‘detergent’ foods the final food you eat in your meal if you know you can’t brush your teeth straight after eating.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/4-foods-to-eat-when-you-cant-brush-your-teeth/


  5. Busting Common Myths on Oral Health

    16th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

     teeth health smileBrush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste to ensure that teeth remain healthy. A healthy diet rich in calcium is also important for healthy teeth. Let’s look at a few myths, and the truth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Baby teeth do not matter: That’s a myth. Decay of baby teeth may harm the permanent teeth that appear in later life.
    • Mouthwash instead of brushing: That’s a myth. Only brushing is capable of getting rid of plaque that builds up on the teeth.
    • Older people need not brush teeth: That’s a myth. Brushing is important across all ages. Older people can enjoy better quality life by regularly brushing teeth.

    We recommend brushing the gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush. Dentures should be cleaned daily with a strong but soft bristled brush to remove food deposits and plaque.

    Read the full story here

    https://www.bda.org/public/myth-busters-on-brushing-teeth


  6. Your Dental Health Affects Your Skin

    15th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth health smileDid you know that oral health can have an impact on how your skin looks? Learn more about things that your dermatologist would want to share with you.

    Key takeaways:

    • Regular dental cleaning and checkups have a role to play in maintaining healthy skin. Poor dental health may lead to loss of bone density around the jaws.
    • Good dental health and bone density are critical for the prevention of perioral wrinkles.
    •     Use of supplements such as collagen supplementation will help boost the proteins in the skin, collage and elastin.

    Therefore, use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily with an SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours when in the sun. You should also moisturize, moisturize, moisturize to maintain the skin barrier.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/dermatologist-skin-tips


  7. Dentist-Recommended Habits for Healthy Teeth

    14th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth men health smileSkipping brushing your teeth is not uncommon especially after a tiring day. However, food particles left in the mouth will be food for bacteria that causes dental cavities.

    Key takeaways:

    • Avoid chewing on ice since it may lead to cracking and chipping of teeth.
    • Sports drinks are a big danger for your teeth owing to the fact they contain sugars, acids and chemical additives that corrode tooth enamel.
    • Brushing too hard and brushing immediately after meals have the same effect on tooth enamel. Acids in food soften tooth enamel and brushing will easily erode enamel.

    Dentists recommend that you get our teeth cleaned every six months—but many people skip it, which can lead to big problems down the line, says Dr. Schwartz.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.menshealth.com/health/habits-you-should-avoid-for-healthy-teeth


  8. DNA of Ancient Teeth Reveals Dog, Human Link

    by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth healthDNA analysis of fossils indicates that even 7000 years ago, dogs had the ability to digest starch — just like humans.

    Key takeaways:

    • A team of researchers has come across genetic evidence that both humans and dogs developed the ability to digest starch at the same time.
    • Through DNA analysis of fossils unearthed in Eurasia, the researchers identified copies of the AQmy2B gene, known to help digest starches.
    • The ability to digest starch is a unique characteristic among canines and it allowed dogs to co-exist with human beings.

    The finding also indicates that dogs likely developed a means for digesting starches during the same time period as did humans, a sign that dogs and humans were co-existing and that both were gaining an ability to live at least partly off the crops that humans learned to grow.

    Read the full story here

    http://phys.org/news/2016-11-dna-analysis-ancient-teeth-dogs.html


  9. Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Negatively Affect Sleep

    13th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    sugar health teeth sleepBreaking the sugar habit may call for a method that is rarely thought about. Getting sufficient sleep is the remedy to the sugar cravings linked to sleep loss.

    Key takeaways:

    • People will drink significantly more sugar sweetened and caffeinated drinks if they get little sleep.
    • Sleeping for less than five hours predisposed people to drinking 21 percent more sugar sweetened, caffeinated beverages.
    • By improving their sleep, people can then improve on their ability to break the habit and limit their sugar intake.

    “We think there may be a positive feedback loop where sugary drinks and sleep loss reinforce one another, making it harder for people to eliminate their unhealthy sugar habit,” said lead author Aric Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry.

    Read the full story here

    https://consumer.healthday.com/sleep-disorder-information-33/misc-sleep-problems-news-626/briefs-emb-11-9-10amet-sleep-sweet-drinks-sleep-health-ucsf-release-batch-2956-716666.html


  10. Brushing Teeth Helps Cut Risk of Heart Disease

    25th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    health smile teethThe Irish Dental Association has espoused the multiple benefits of practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing the teeth has the benefit of lowering the risk of heart attack, research shows.

    Key takeaways:

    • New research indicates that thoroughly brushing the teeth to remove plaque will reduce inflammation in the body in effect preventing stroke and heart attacks.
    • Periodontal disease is closely associated with coronary heart disease. It also shares a number of risk factors with cardiovascular diseases and chronic diseases.
    • The benefits of brushing extend to inflammatory diseases and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

    President of the Irish Dental Association, Dr PJ Byrne, said that improving oral hygiene by better, more efficient brushing and cleaning between the teeth is likely to have a systemic health benefit.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/brushing-teeth-helps-to-cut-heart-attack-risk-35145620.html


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