1. Ways to Keep Your Smile Pretty and Healthy

    17th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

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

    Bleaching more than twice each year is damaging to the teeth. Bleaching can cause erosion of tooth enamel leading to sensitivity.

    Key takeaways:

    • High levels of estrogen and progesterone in women may result in puffy gums requiring a trip to the dentist.
    • The perfect stroke when brushing the teeth is holding the toothbrush at 45 degrees and using circular motions to clean the teeth.
    • Avoid diet soda contains low amounts of sugar but still contains high acid content — which softens enamel leading to staining and damage of teeth.

    Flossing is especially important, experts say, because it helps cut the risk of periodontitis, a more serious gum infection that can endanger more than your teeth: some studies have linked untreated periodontal disease to preterm and low-birth-weight babies.

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  2. Find Out Truths about Teeth and Tooth Brushing

    16th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    A little girl brushing her teeth against a white background.

                  girl brushing her teeth

    Too big or too hard tooth brushes may damage the gums besides failing to effectively clean the teeth. The ideal manual brushes should have a medium-sized head and a narrow neck.

    Key takeaways:

    • Teeth should not be brushed immediately after meals to allow saliva to rebalance pH in the mouth.
    • Brushes are not the same. Electric brushes are more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes.
    • Gum disease does not only affect the mouth. It has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and low birth-weight babies.

    ‘While it’s far better for your teeth to eat fruit with a meal rather than between meals as a snack, the natural sugars and acids in fruit outweighs any ‘cleaning’ effect,’ explains Karen.

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  3. Reducing Soda Helps to Prevent Obesity, Keep Teeth Healthy

    14th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    Close Up of Soda Cans in Ice with Condensation

                             Soda Cans in Ice

    US federal guidlines recommend that people cut back on soda consumption. Soda and sport drinks contain high amounts of added sugar.

    Key takeaways:

    • You should consume less than 10 percent of calories from added sugars per day. The sugars are added to food during processing either to enhance flavor or as preservative.
    • Drinking soda or a glass of juice as an occasional treat is entirely different from habitually drinking them. Such habits are downright dangerous and the reason behind the rising cases of obesity.
    •        All this sugar leads to dental cavities and tooth decay.

    And according to a study just published in the medical journal The Lancet, reducing sugars added to sugar-sweetened drinks by 40 percent during a five-year period could prevent 1.5 million cases of people becoming overweight and obese.

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  4. 9 Essential Tools for a Cleaner Mouth

    13th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Portrait of smiling businessman with eyeglasses

    For a healthy mouth, you need to brush and floss your teeth at least twice each day. The best defense is a good offense and the same applies for good oral health.

    Key takeaways:

    • Just like in sports and war, a healthy and clean mouth is the best defense.
    • The Supersmile Advanced Sonic Pulse toothbrush has a 45 degree angle and can achieve 30,000 strokes meaning that it cleans the teeth and gums better.
    • GUM Red-Cote Liquid is good for fixing bad brushing problems. It will help to get back teeth to their pearly white and healthy state.

    Sure, there was a University of British Columbia study in 2011 that suggested women were more attracted to brooding guys who don’t smile. Even if that’s true—and we’re not at all convinced—eventually she’s going to get a good look at your mouth.

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  5. Does Dried Fruit Really Damage The Teeth?

    12th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Mix of dried fruits and nuts - symbols of judaic holiday Tu BishvatFruit is ready to enjoy as dried fruit, frozen fruit, canned fruit, and fresh fruit. Dried fruit has been thought to cause damage to the teeth, but not all experts agree.

    Key takeaways:

    • The assertion that dried fruits are sticky and adhere to the teeth is based on very weak evidence.
    • Further research on the effects of chewing dried fruit on the teeth is required.
    •   Dried fruit has immense nutritional benefits as well as having antimicrobial compounds. Other benefits are triggering salivary flow.

    Dr Sadler says that further research into the effects of chewing dried fruit on the teeth is required, including balancing any detrimental effects against potentially positive attributes such as encouraging salivary flow and the presence of anti-microbial compounds and sorbitol in the fruit.

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  6. Sugar and Children’s Oral Health: Top Tips for Patients

    by thecourtyardclinic

    denti di bambinoParents have a role to play in preventing tooth decay in their children. Watching out for hidden added sugars in juices can help with oral health.

    Key takeaways:

    • Children should be supervised to brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice every day until seven years of age.
    • The frequency and amount of sugary drinks and snacks should be reduced.
    • Make regular visits to the dentist so that dental problems are detected early and treated.

    When it comes to oral health, we believe in #preventionfirst: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government’s to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention.

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  7. Dental Fillings Heal Teeth with Stem Cells

    9th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    dental model showing different types of treatments (gold crown, porcelain veener, gold inlays, amalgam and composite fillings)

    dental filling model

    Scientists have developed regenerative dental fillings that will help replace dentures. The researchers are in the next phase of development, seeking to find a technique to insert the fillings.

    Key takeaways:

    • The regenerative dental fillings have been described as a new dental paradigm for dental treatments.
    • These fillings stimulate stem cells to grow new dentin which effectively lead to growth of new teeth.
    • The restorative treatment makes use of therapeutic biomaterials that trigger this new application of stem cells.

    “We have designed synthetic biomaterials that can be used similarly to dental fillings but can be placed in direct contact with pulp tissue to stimulate the native stem cell population for repair and regeneration of pulp tissue and the surrounding dentin.”

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  8. For Most, Implants Beat Dentures, But At a Price

    by thecourtyardclinic
    molars and implant in the jaw bone, 3d render

    implant in the jaw bone

    Dental implants are an excellent option to dentures, but they come at a higher cost than bridges and dentures. With the overall improved stability of dental implants (no more loose dentures), they might be worth the cost. Some dental insurance plans cover the cost of implants.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dental implants are now the preferred treatment for people with a missing tooth or a set of missing teeth.
    • Implants are permanent, often attached with a titanium screw to the jawbone and can be worn without discomfort.
    • Patients find it easy to maintain the implants compared to the dentures. The implants are also healthier to the gums and to the bone.

    Implants also will help protect your bones over time. “The screw in your jawbone will trick the body into thinking you still have teeth,” said Dr. Ira Cheifetz, president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. “The bone continues to grow and thrive.”

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  9. Don’t Ignore This ‘Red Flag’ – It’s a Major Sign of Pain in Your Pet

    8th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Young woman hold Ragdoll cat blue eye and smile isolated on a white background

    Cats can be fed raw bones that help to maintain dental health by acting as floss and which help to remove tartar. Good dental health will safeguard against teeth grinding.

    Key takeaways:

    • Pain is the most common cause of teeth grinding in cats often due to bad alignment of teeth caused by overgrown fangs. The extrusion of the canines leads to misalignment of the jaw.
    • Periodontal disease also called inflammatory gum disease or gingivitis affects 70 percent of cats over the age of 3 in the U.S.
    • Mouth ulcers result from problems such as toxins, calicivirus, end stage kidney disease, pemphigus complex, thermal burns, and feline herpes and may cause teeth grinding.

    Tooth resorption is the most common feline oral disease, affecting between 30 and 40 percent of healthy adult cats, and from 60 to 80 percent of kitties who visit a veterinarian for treatment of dental disease.

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  10. Brush Your Teeth in the Dark to Help Sleep, Says Oxford University Neuroscientist

    by thecourtyardclinic
    Beauty and funny young woman brushing teeth with comical expression

    young woman brushing teeth

    Research reveals that brushing teeth in the dark will promote sleep. An alternative would be using a bathroom light that has a different setting for night.

    Key takeaways:

    •        Turning on the bathroom light to brush the teeth after having turned off all other lights in preparation for bedtime may affect the ability to fall asleep.
    • Staying indoors during the day may knock off about 46 minutes from the amount of sleep you get at night. Indoor lighting provides 300 to 500 lux compared to 100,000 lux of a sunny day.
    • Sleep is essential for repairing damaged tissues, clearing toxins, and restoring metabolic pathways.

    Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience, claims that the bright fluorescent light of bathrooms wakes the body up just when it should be switching off.

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