1. Surprisingly Little Evidence for the Accepted Wisdom about Teeth

    31st August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Portrait of beautiful young woman with perfect smile. Isolated on white.

    Dental health and the prevention of cavities are the reasons why we faithfully brush our teeth. However, there are a few things that should be reconsidered since they seem to make little or no difference.

    Key takeaways:

    • Evidence supporting daily flossing has been scanty even though flossing is still important for overall oral health.
    • There’s scanty information supporting routine dental x-rays that are performed annually.
    • Preventive dental visits are linked to better oral health and fewer restorative dental care visits in the future.
    • It is absolutely important for people to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste to prevent plaque formation, cavities and gingivitis.

    In fact, fluoride is so important that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that in areas where the water supply is deficient, providers prescribe oral fluoride supplementation to children.

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  2. What Toxins Have You Been Exposed To? Your Baby Teeth May Hold the Answer

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Close up portrait of preschooler girl with open mouth without milk tooth

    People (including babies) are exposed many different clusters of chemicals. Researchers have found that baby teeth store a health record of environmental exposures.

    Key takeaways:

    • Baby teeth have been described as biological hard drives.
    • The teeth form rings of growth on a daily basis; each ring encodes information about exposures occurring that day.
    • Baby teeth can reveal all the things that an individual has been exposed to such as stress hormones and environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides.

    Arora’s work is part of an emerging field of study focused on the exposome, a term coined in 2005 to refer to the totality of health-affecting exposures that a person experiences.

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  3. Do Kids Need Dental X-Rays?

    29th August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Regular dental x-rays may only be required when the permanent teeth have grown. Children who have baby teeth will require dental x-rays only if the need arises, according to the American Dental Association.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dentists should perform dental x-rays every 6-12 months for high-risk preschoolers who have had cavities in their baby teeth.
    • Dental x-rays should be considered only every 12-24 months for younger children who have never had a tooth cavity.
    • Dentists can recommend cone beam CT scans to get 3-D x-ray images of the teeth and their roots as well as the jaw and the skull.

    But there always needs to be a justification for using X-rays. Some reasons include impacted teeth, pain, obvious decay, unexplained bleeding, migrating teeth, or again, simply because a dentist can’t see between two teeth.

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  4. Study: Recording Selfies While Brushing Teeth Can Improve Oral Health Care Skills

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Cheerful selfie. Cheerful young man in shirt holding mobile phone and making photo of himself while standing against grey background

    A smart phone propped on a stand can be used to record videos or take a selfie when brushing teeth to help you improve oral healthcare technique, indicate the results of a recent study.

    Key takeaways:

    • Changing tooth brushing techniques and behaviors often takes guidance.
    • An increment of 8 percent was noted in tooth-brushing skill characterized by improved accuracy of brush strokes.
    •       Effective brushing technique will help prevent problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.

    The very act of recording a selfie may disrupt ingrained habits, making participants conscious of their brushing and reinforced staples of behavior change, including the process of memory formation, association and creating new muscle memory.

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  5. Watching Cartoons Could Help Children Overcome Anxiety of Dental Treatment

    26th August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    A visit to a dentist can elicit anxiety and cause disruptive behavior in children. A new study reveals that watching cartoon during dental procedures can help to calm down them.

    Key takeaways:

    • Children provided with audiovisual distraction during dental treatment exhibit cooperative behavior and have reduced anxiety levels.
    • Even though the children did not report any differences, indirect measures of anxiety such pulse rate and blood pressure readings indicated lower anxiety levels.
    • Further research is required to fully understand the usefulness of the audiovisual distraction tools in reducing disruptive behavior and lessening anxiety.

    During treatment, the children in the distraction group exhibited significantly less anxiety and showed more cooperation than those in the control group, particularly during the local anaesthetic injection.

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  6. Should I Still Drink Fruit Juice?

    by thecourtyardclinic

    fresh juiceFruit juices are presenting a number of health problems owing to the high amounts of sugar. The lack of fiber is identified as the biggest problem. Juicing will remove the insoluble fiber and will release the sugars in the fruit.

    The insoluble fiber in fruits helps to slow down the absorption of fructose, the most common sugar in fruits. Health experts say that fruit juices are worse than fizzy drinks and can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

    Blending rather than juicing is recommended since it preserves both the skin and pulp of the fruit. Fats from nuts such as walnuts can be added to slow down the absorption of sugar.

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  7. Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

    by thecourtyardclinic

    The commencement of a new school year is associated with mad morning dashes. Dental health should not be neglected in the midst of the morning rush. To keep the teeth healthy, children should brush their teeth before breakfast to make sure they do not forget. Brushing should be given preference over other activities such as fixing hair.

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  8. I’m A Dentist. We Have To Talk About Flossing.

    25th August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Dental hygieneFlossing has never been talked about like this before. It all began with the release of an Associated Press article that indicated there was a lack of sufficient evidence to support that flossing work to improve oral health.

    People are now talking about flossing and the debate around it is quite healthy. But wait a minute, flossing should not be stopped. No dentist or oral health professionals will ever tell people to quit flossing.

    In fact, no study has recommended that stopping flossing will result in improving health. Flossing has benefits that far outweigh the risk of not flossing. Flossing can help prevent the deposition of plaque in the spaces between the teeth.

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  9. Why You Grind Your Teeth at Night—and How to Stop

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Yong man sleeping in his bed on white pillow

    Feeling stressed can affect the mouth since people tend to hold tension in the jaw and the neck. Recurring and continued anxiety may cause teeth grinding when people sleep. 10 to 20 percent of adults often deal with teeth grinding at one point in their lives.

    Some of the signs to look out for are waking up with a dull headache, tension in the jaw, and worn out teeth. Teeth grinding also referred to as bruxism can also be caused by certain medications.

    Work towards reducing stress to prevent tooth grinding as well as cutting back on the consumption of caffeine and alcohol.

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  10. The Neglected Nutritional Research of Dr. Weston Price, DDS

    23rd August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    In the 1930s, nutritionist Dr. Weston Price carried out extensive research and found that dental health had a strong correlation to physical health. A mouth full of diseases was linked to chronic and degenerative diseases in the body.

    In his global studies of people in remote locations and native communities, Dr. Price discovered that these people had less than 1 percent prevalence of tooth decay. Other findings besides the examination of the oral cavity were the distinctive nutritional habits and culture.

    The native communities consumed high amounts of animal products such dairy, fish and meats, high amounts of fermented foods, and a variety of grains, legumes, tubers, vegetables, and fruits when available – and absolutely no processed food. It’s only in recent decades that sugar-laden processed foods have come into the food supply, to the detriment of the nation’s teeth.

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