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More often than not, people take oral
health for granted believing it plays a minor role for our being. But little do
they know proper oral health is very important. Without proper oral health we
could not smile, eat, or speak with confidence. The most prevalent oral disease is dental cavities.

Dental cavities
or tooth decay occurs when bacteria de-mineralizes the tooth structure leading
to cavity formation. The severity of pain felt depends on the extent of the
cavity; it could be a dull, throbbing, sharp, shooting, spontaneous or
triggered pain. During the first symptom of pain, the patient must have a
dental consultation to prevent worsening of the condition.

Treatment depends on the extent of the dental cavity

Permanent
treatment of the cavity can be done by a dentist inside a dental clinic. Some
of the permanent treatment of dental cavities include: dental restorations,
dental crowns, and root canal treatment.

Dental restorations are usually tooth colored
and are used on small to moderate sized dental cavities. This is a simple one
appointment procedure wherein the decayed part of the tooth are removed and replaced
by a tooth colored filling material. 

Dental crowns
are placed on a tooth that has been compromised; a lot of tooth structure has
been damaged. It serves as a ‘cap’ to cover and protect the tooth. This
procedure would need more appointments. In addition to removal of the decayed
part of the tooth, the tooth is reduced in size to be able to accommodate the
crown.

When a tooth
has experienced a spontaneous sharp shooting pain, an additional treatment is
needed: root canal treatment. A spontaneous sharp shooting pain is felt when
the nerves and blood vessels inside the canal of the tooth have been affected
by bacteria. In order to prevent further infection and alleviate pain, removal
of the nerves and blood vessels as well as through cleaning of the canals are
needed. Once the canals are cleaned, placement of a bio-compatible material
within the canals is done. A dental restoration or crown is placed on top of
the canals to completely seal and prevent reinfection of bacteria.

The best way to achieve proper
oral health is prevention. 

How do we
prevent oral diseases such as dental cavities?

Proper tooth brushing and flossing

The most common
way to prevent tooth decay is by practicing daily tooth-brushing and flossing. Tooth-brushing
and flossing is done to mechanically remove any debris on the tooth surface.
Flossing is very important because it reaches in between teeth and removes
debris along that area. This shall prevent bacteria build up that causes tooth
decay.

This practice
requires strict compliance of the patient. There is no acceptable excuse that a
person could not do this. Toothbrushes, toothpastes and dental floss are
available at your local boutiques and it is available in different brands,
color and type to suit your needs and preference. The patient must brush and
floss their teeth after every meal. 

Regular dental visits

Although a
patient brushes their teeth after every meal, they must have regular dental
visits. The advised interval is every 6 months. During these appointments
the dentist shall inspect the teeth for any onset of tooth decay, any soft
tissue problem, and they will do professional cleaning. The dentist removes any debris that could not be removed by the patient.

Proper eating habits

Bacterium loves
acid; it strives in an acidic environment. The oral cavity becomes acidic every
time a person eats. When this happens, there would be a conducive environment
for bacteria to live. The more frequent a person eats, the more the oral cavity
is exposed to an acidic environment. That is why it is advised that we limit
our eating habits to three times a day. Avoidance of snacks in between meals is
important.

What we eat is
just as important as when we eat. There are certain foods that could act as
nature’s toothbrush. These are just alternatives but should never replace the
toothbrush and toothpaste.
Examples of
these foods are crunchy fruits and vegetables like celery, carrots, and apples.
Simply cut these and rub it against the tooth surface. After rubbing rinse your
mouth with water.

Another example of a great natural
tooth cleanser are strawberries mixed with baking soda. Strawberry pulp
bits could be mixed with equal parts of baking soda slurry. Rub this against
the tooth surface for five minutes then rinse.

Keep hydrated

Drinking 8
glasses of water a day keeps your body health as well as your mouth hydrated.
Water helps swish away bacteria that are loosely attached to the tooth surface.
In addition to that, it stimulates salivation.

Saliva mechanically
and chemically helps fight against bacteria that causes oral problems. Just
like water, it can mechanically remove any loose debris. It also has proteins
and minerals like calcium that can help protect the tooth. It can remineralize
the tooth thus preventing the tooth from decay.

Dry mouth or
xerostomia occurs when then amount of saliva inside the oral cavity are minimal
to none. People with this condition have experienced more dental problems. They
are prone to dental caries, gum problems, and bad breath.

There are many
ways on how to prevent dental cavities from forming. Follow these above
mentioned tips to achieve optimum oral health. Stay healthy!

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Brushing teeth is a basic and necessary self-help skill that all kids must learn. Not all kids are enthusiastic or even willing to open their mouths for this important oral habit. Toddlers may protest by crying and refusing to open their mouth for many reasons. These reasons may include disliking the taste of the toothpaste, fear of having the toothbrush in their mouth or simple refusal to cooperate. Older children may associate teeth-brushing as a chore and do it carelessly so that they can go back to whatever activity they were doing prior to brushing their teeth.

When teeth-brushing is made into a fun activity, kids will actually look forward to doing it. Be sure to have toothpaste that doesn’t burn. Fruity flavors work best for children. A spinning or light-up toothbrush can really add to the fun. Some ideas to get them brushing is to have them make silly faces into the mirror as they are brushing. Not only does this create a lot of laughter, it helps them reach those important, hard to reach areas of the mouth such as the molars. For the unwilling toddler who refuses to open their mouth at all, make a game out of it, so that they are in control. Have them get a favorite stuffed animal or doll and let them “brush” its teeth. Follow up with telling them it’s their turn to brush so that their teeth can be clean too. Letting your kids brush your teeth is another way to teach them good brushing habits and make it fun for them. This activity will not only let them see all of your teeth and how important it is to get them clean for you, it reiterates for them that they need to do the same when brushing their own. Some children do much better with a visual queue. For children who learn more visually, take pictures of yourself or another member of the family brushing their teeth and tape them above the sink so that they can use it as a guide.

It is important to establish with your children that each time they brush their teeth; they spend at least 2 minutes brushing. This may seem long and tedious for children, so add to the fun by playing a song that lasts 2-3 minutes and telling them they have to brush until the song is over. Change the music around so they look forward to hearing the new song. Reward your children for their efforts. Make a responsibility chart that includes teeth-brushing. This doesn’t have to be an expense. One piece of poster board, a ruler, and a permanent marker will make a perfect homemade responsibility chart. When your kids are finished brushing, allow them to put a sticker next to their completed responsibility of brushing their teeth. This makes them feel proud of their accomplishments and motivated to keep up with their good brushing habits.


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Caries are the most prevalent infectious disease of the oral
cavity. Throughout the years, people from all over the world suffer from tooth
decay and seek dental treatment to arrest its progression. To standardize the
classification of caries between dentists, GV Black devised a system to name
them in 1869. The nomenclature is mainly based on the location of caries. GV
Black also published a series of papers that discuss how dental caries should
be treated given the knowledge and materials available at that time.[2]

Six Caries
Classifications[1]

1.     
Class I Caries – These type of caries are found on the
occlusal (biting) surfaces of the posterior (back) teeth. Occlusal surfaces
have pits and fissures thus this type of caries is also known as
pit-and-fissure caries. Pit-and-fissures as the name implies, are irregular
surfaces of the teeth that resulted from imperfect coalescence of enamel during
the development of the tooth crown. The bristles of toothbrushes often cannot
effectively reach the bottom part of pits-and-fissures that’s why the bacteria
stays there and will demineralize the tooth to create 
class I cavities. 

      
Detecting class I caries is sometimes a bit tricky. A
“catch” after the dental explorer is passed on the occlusal surfaces,
is an indication of a class I caries. However, deep fissures that do not have
caries can also give the dentist the feel that there is a “catch” in
the explorer. That’s why it takes good tactile sense and ocular inspection to
make a very accurate diagnosis. 

2.     
Class II Caries – These are cavities that involve the
occlusal surfaces and the proximal area (the area that is in contact with
another tooth) of an affected tooth. With this type of caries, more than one
surface of the tooth is affected. 

      
Class II caries are also detected the same way as Class I
caries although it is a bit challenging to pass the explorer on proximal areas.
Bitewing radiographs are very helpful diagnostic aids. They tell the dentist if
the proximal area has caries by way of presence of radioluscent areas. 

3.     
Class III Caries – Caries that involve only the proximal
area of anterior (front) teeth is classified as Class III Caries. This type
affects the smooth-surface of a tooth, or the surface that is facing the lips,
the palate (for upper teeth) or the tongue (for lower teeth). Class III caries
happens on areas that are not habitually cleaned and constantly covered with
plaque. 

      
Class III caries are usually very easy to detect. They show
areas of cavitation and brown-black discoloration that can be seen immediately.
The explorer is ran on the facial and lingual proximal surfaces to check for
cavities. 

4.     
Class IV Caries – If caries affects the proximal area and
the incisal (cutting) surface of anterior teeth, then it is classified as Class
IV. 

      
The process of detecting class IV caries is also the same as
class III. 

5.     
Class V Caries – Class V caries are those that are found
near the gingival (gums) area of the tooth. It also affects a smooth surface. 

      
To detect class V caries, the explorer is run through the
facial or lingual aspects of teeth from the cervical (near the gum) to the
coronal (near the crown) surface. An indication that there is class V caries is
a “catch”. 


6.     
Class VI Caries – The tip of the cusps of posterior teeth
can also have caries. If that is the case, they are classified as Class VI
caries. Note that unlike Class I caries that originate from pits-and-fissures,
Class VI caries affects a smooth-surface. 

      
To check for Class VI caries, the explorer is passed through
the cuspal inclines and tips.

Root
Surface Caries

Root surface caries are not classified under any of the six
classes. As the name implies, they occur on the cementum of the tooth that’s
always covered in plaque. Cementum being less mineralized than enamel, is more
prone to demineralization caused by caries. Root surface caries progresses
rapidly also because of the same reason, that’s why it should be treated
immediately. It is prevalent in the older population that have experienced
gingival recession.

Preventing caries

Plaque is
the main etiologic agent of dental caries.[3] It consists of bacteria like
Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus that ferment sugars. As a result of this
fermentation, these bacteria produce acids that lower the pH inside the mouth.
The drop in pH is what causes tooth demineralization or caries to occur. That
is why, eliminating plaque will prevent the progression of dental caries.

1.      Maintain excellent oral hygiene – It has
been shown that tooth brushing effectively gets rid of plaque inside the mouth.
The bristles of the brush removes plaque inside pits and fissures of teeth and
can even go in-between contact areas.[5]

       Flossing should always follow tooth
brushing. The thread of the floss that is inserted in between contact areas
removes plaque that were not removed by toothbrush bristles. This prevents
caries originating on the proximal areas of the teeth, along the gingival
margins, as well as gum diseases.

       Regular professional scaling and
polishing is also proven to disrupt plaque or calcular deposits (hard tartar
build-up) with the use of dental instruments.

2.      Modify diet – avoid eating foods that are
sugary and starchy since they are ferment-able carbohydrates. Caries-causing
bacteria inside the mouth use these carbohydrates for their metabolism and as a
result, they release acids that cause the pH inside your mouth to drop to 5.5.
This drop in pH is critical because it causes demineralization. One great way to check the pH of your mouth is by using pH strips, these can be easily found at pet stores for monitoring aquarium pH.

3.      Remineralize teeth – Teeth are more
resistant to caries when they are remineralized because of deposited
fluorohydroxyapatite crystals on the surface. To remineralize teeth, they are
exposed to low amounts of fluoride frequently. Rinsing with green tea daily[3]
and increasing dairy consumption are the best ways to remineralize teeth.[4]

References:

[1] Roberson, T., Heymann, H., & Swift Jr., E. (2006). Sturdevant’s art and science of operative
dentistry.
Missouri: Mosby Inc.

[2] Wolff,
M., Allen, K., & Kaim, J. (2007). A 100-year journey from GV Black to
minimal surgical intervention. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,
28(3), 130-134.

[3] Awadalla, H., Ragab, M., 
Bassuoni, M. Fayed, M., & Abbas, M. (2011). A pilot study of the
role of green tea use on oral health.
International Journal of Dental Hygiene,
9(2), 110-116.

[4] Ferrazzano, G., Cantile, T., Quarto, M., Ingenito, A.,
Chianese, L., & Addeo, F. (2008). Protective effect of yogurt extract on
dental enamel demineralization in vitro. Australian
Dental Journal,
53(4), 314-319.

[5] Gutkowski, S. (2008). Minimal intervention. RDH, 28(6), 88-117.

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A diet high in sugar, refined processed foods and acids expose one to a greater risk of developing tooth decay. One interesting thing to note is that there are over five hundred types of bacteria that inhabit in the mouth. Bacteria are best controlled when deprived of some of their main sources of food. With this in mind, it is generally a good idea to ensure that food particles are thoroughly absent from the mouth when not eating. 

In a fight for survival, bacteria will eat almost any food source it can find. This diet is however limited to foods composed of sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, and cooked starches. When bacteria digest foods, they leech out a naturally occurring chemical known as lactic acid. This causes enamel to become especially vulnerable to damage. Cavities typically manifest in places where plaque settles into the
fissures and pits of teeth, cavities can also occur at the gum line. When a cavity
penetrates past the soft dentin layer of the tooth into the nerve, pain is typically felt.

Thankfully there is hope. By  understanding  how bacteria interact with tooth decay,you can prevent and even reverse some cavities. To start off, it is best to understand and few basic things about oral care.
 
Keep Up With Your Dental Hygiene


Brush, floss, and use mouthwash daily to maintain proper hygiene.
Many dental professionals recommend flossing at least once a day to deter the growth of
s. mutans and other bacteria. Mouthwash is also very useful in helping slow down a cavity. To get the most from mouthwash, it is best to purchase a fluoride containing brand. If possible, use the mouthwash right before you go to sleep. This will allow the mouthwash to better absorb and as a result, it will more effectively strengthen and protect enamel.

Fluoride Helps

       
Fluoride is ordinarily found in toothpaste and even in most tap water. Fluoride can even be found naturally in some meats such as fish and eggs. Fluoride has the potential toreverse cavity growth. If it is caught in the early stages of the
problem, a cavity treated with fluoride can do just about a complete
one-eighty. Assuming that you want to slow cavity growth and protect teeth from
decay, it is particularly useful to apply fluoride. 

Reduce The Sugary Foods       Junk foods and soda drinks should be greatly reduced to prevent further tooth decay.
People with a sweet tooth should brush lightly as soon as possible after eating. If you
chew gum, select a gum with Xylitol. Xylitol is particularly effective at creating an environment in which s. mutans and other bacteria cannot survive. This natural extract is
immensely effective in slowing cavity development and it is also mildly sweet-tasting.
* for more information on xylitol, check out our previous post, benefits of xylitol. 

Licorice Root

One less commonly used approach to oral care is licorice root. Licorice root is a natural antimicrobial. This means that licorice inhibits harmful bacteria
from forming in the mouth. Many people also simplylikethe taste of licorice
root, which is commonly purchased at health food stores or online. Caring for cavities is quite easy. This essential hygiene is made a lot simpler with proper knowledge. Follow these tips and you too can put an end to cavity formation.

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Homemade toothpaste is toothpaste that you make at home. Some might ask why would one want to make their own toothpaste? Toothpaste from the store is generally pretty cheap, lasts for a long time, and is very convenient. When you make your own toothpaste you have more control over many aspects of your own oral well-being. In other words, it lessens our dependency on brands of being the care givers of our oral health. In this article, I’ll be discussing this and more of everything you need to know about making the perfect custom toothpaste.

Some ingredients that can be added to the ideal homemade toothpaste are baking soda, essential oils, calcium powder, and xylitol. It’s a relatively easy process making your own toothpaste. In its essence, you simply mix baking soda with some water to form a base and from there you are free to add in a multitude of ingredients to benefit your oral health. You could alternatively use coconut oil as a base or even create a tooth powder base from just baking soda if you prefer. 

There are many ingredients to choose from when making toothpaste. Some you may prefer more than others, for this reason it is wise to be informed of what each ingredient is and does. Here I will be discussing eight examples of awesome ingredients that can be used to make great toothpaste; Myrrh oil, Peppermint oil, Spearmint oil, Tea tree oil, Cloves, Coconut oil, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Bentonite.

To get things started, Myrrh oil is the extracted resin of a type of thorny tree. Myrrh oil has many applications in oral care. In its use, Myrhh oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its utilization in treating mouth ulcers. In toothpaste, this ingredient is particularly useful for is assistance in the healing of gums impaired by harmful bacteria.  Being that it is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and an anti-viral this is one toothpaste ingredient germs would not touch with a ten foot pole.

Equally as important, Peppermint oil performs the functions of astringent, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. These properties make it an awesome toothpaste ingredient. It is said that Peppermint oil helps hold the teeth and gums together. In other words, it has a peculiar quality of making both teeth and gums feel stronger. This is very likely due to its astringent nature. An astringent is defined as a topical material which causes the contraction of tissue. These qualities of peppermint oil make it a quadruple threat in the fight against oral maladies.

Spearmint Oil is very similar to Peppermint oil. However, a unique property of Spearmint oil is that it contains much less menthol than Peppermint. This gives us the freedom of lessening the menthol sting in our custom toothpaste. Like its close relative, Spearmint has much the same anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties of Peppermint.

Tea tree oil is often said to have almost miraculous effects on the gums. There is an article that can be found with a simple web search titled, ” How Tea Tree Oil Saved My Gums and Teeth”. In this piece, the author speaks on a hole in their gums that they were unpleasantly surprised to find one morning. After being quoted at a dental clinic fifteen hundred dollars they found out about a mouthwash through a friend. In result, this mouthwash burned, but it worked. Though after discontinuing use, the hole reappeared, causing them to almost give up hope all together. Upon further research, the writer found Tea Tree oil to be the best solution to their gum problem. The hole closed up, and they saved a cool stack and a half by treating the problem at it’s source.

Just as important as Tea Tree oil, Cloves are the dried flower bud of a tropical Indonesian tree. Used as an aromatic spice and as a cigarette additive, cloves have a multitude of applications. In dentistry, cloves are commonly used in the form of Eugenol for it’s anesthetic, and analgesic properties. Analgesic simply mean that it helps to reduce pain. Cloves should in no way be used as an alternative to antibiotics in treating an abscess. However, It is noted that when one has no access to antibiotics, Cloves can serve as a powerful infection fighter. Since cloves also act as an anesthetic, they can help in easing the pain of a toothache while stunting the activity of infection.

In a quick web search for coconut oil, many of the top results tout coconut oil pulling as somewhat of a supreme dental cure all. Coconut oil pulling does not reverse cavities nor does it serve as a practical replacement for brushing teeth. Most bacteria in the mouth are single cell organisms covered by a single fatty membrane. When these cells come into contact with a fat like that contained in coconut oil, they naturally adhere to it. This helps to reduce the overall population of bacteria in the mouth. Also, fifty percent of the fat contained in coconut oil is conciliated of Lauric acid. Lauric acid is one of few acids that indeed benefits teeth, in part due to its antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil serves as a superb ingredient in toothpaste as it legitimately serves an appropriate role in benefiting oral health.

Hydrogen Peroxide is commonly used as a teeth whitener. In its whitening application, it is ordinarily composed of ten percent Carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into both Urea and the former Hydrogen Peroxide. Urea in itself has a function which serves to polish enamel. In effect, this acts as an acid to break down the slime womb of bacterial plaque. For it to be most effective, three percent Hydrogen peroxide should Ideally be held in the mouth for around ten minutes. Hydrogen peroxide does not bubble on its own. Rather, it is the coming into contact with ones red blood cells that cause the oxygen release. In many ways, rinsing for ten minutes with three percent Hydrogen peroxide is much more beneficial than coconut oil pulling. The reason for this being that the bubbling action lifts food particles while breaking down plaque in the nooks and crevices between teeth. Bacterium are stunted in the high oxygen environment as a result of a Hydrogen Peroxide rinse. In the absence of oxygen such as in the case of plaque build up, bacterium are forced into anaerobic respiration. In this capacity they will release lactic acid as a byproduct. Hydrogen Peroxide is particularly effective at reaching infection deep in the gums. It should be used sparingly as just enough will benefit teeth while too much may cause sensitivity and enamel change.

Last but not certainly not least, Bentonite is a kind of absorbent clay created by the breakdown of volcanic ash. It is a peculiar substance in that it gives off a small electrical charge when it is hydrated. When mixed with water, Bentonite hurriedly expands like a soaked sponge. This combined with Bentonite’s exclusive polar charge pulls toxins from the mouth, while releasing minerals contained within the clay itself. This is one toothpaste ingredient that while not commonly found in stores, serves an honorary role in maintaining dental health.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, there are many more ingredients not listed here worthy of mention. One idea suggested for toothpaste is to mix a variety of these oilsto create rather a super toothpaste! One of the best aspects of making your own toothpaste is that as with building ones own home, you have the freedom to enjoy a process to suit your individual needs for a result that will last a lifetime.

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With countless brands of different toothpastes available on the market, it becomes rather difficult for people to select the right type for themselves and their families. The toothpaste market is generally dominated by brands that are advertised the most, but may not necessarily be the best ones available. A few leading brands that have shown outstanding results in plaque control, anti-halitosis effects and excellent whitening include the Rembrandt General White Toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine Anti-Plaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste and the Crest 3D White. While all three are well known and trusted brands, each has unique and different properties that I will be discussing today.

  • Rembrandt General White Toothpaste: Top choice of many, the Rembrandt General White Toothpaste does not contain SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This brand is especially formulated for people who are prone to developing oral infections such as canker sores. The formula is ultra gentle and does not cause irritation. It offers exceptional whitening and also strengthens weak enamel which is prone to erosion, or wears resulting from acid attack. Because this formula was developed by a cosmetic surgeon, it is generally advised for people who complain of dull, pale teeth to achieve impeccable whitening, but can be used as a daily toothpaste as well.The active ingredient of the formula is Sodium Fluoride and therefore offers ideal protection against bacterial accumulation and cavity formation. Rembrandt General White Toothpaste is not advised for children younger than two years.

  • Tom’s of Maine Anti Plaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste: People tend to think all toothpastes contain Fluoride, but some people are not comfortable with this considering the fact that oral conditions such as Fluorosis have the potential to deteriorate when exposed to additional Fluoride. Tom’s of Maine is a unique fluoride-free formula designed keeping such considerations in mind and it does not even contain artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. The most prominent features of the formula include whitening and effective control of plaque. However, one of the main reasons why some people tend to avoid the brand is that the formula includes SLS (SodiumLauryl Sulfate) which has been a known oral irritant. The main ingredients used in Tom’s of Maine Anti Plaque and Whitening Fluoride Free Toothpaste include Zinc Citrate and Xylitol.

  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste: Endorsed by the famous pop artist Shakira, the Crest 3D White Toothpaste is marketed as whitening toothpaste and offers flawless cleaning removal of prominent stains within two weeks of use. The formula contains active whitening agents that not only provide ideal cleaning, but also prevent stains for developing on the surfaces of the teeth. While the toothpaste has helped countless people rid their teeth from extrinsic staining, the company has been targeted for certain quality control issues. Apart from whitening, the formula also offers effective cavity control and desirable freshness after every brushing.

All three brands offer unique properties; some may have certain flaws but dentists generally advise patients to use toothpastes that are safe for the entire family, and offer excellent oral hygiene and cavity protection after every brushing, not just aesthetic feature.

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Having dental insurance can be very convenient especially if you are suffering from toothache. Just because you have a toothache, that does not mean you have to suffer. Many people who have been in your situation have found ways to get the help they need to feel better.

Let’s look at some of the possible reasons behind a toothache. A toothache can first be caused by a sensitive tooth that is responding to hot, cold, sweet or bitter foods. Another possible cause is that a cavity has gotten bigger and needs a filling. A tooth with an exposed root will need either a root canal or surgical removal to ultimately fix the problem. Occasionally, a sinus infection can mimic a toothache due to nerve endings firing off around the teeth. This may falsely cause you to think there is something seriously wrong with your tooth.

If you’ve had recent cold symptoms that have not fully cleared up, gently press below your cheekbones around your sinus cavities for sensitivity. If you feel pressure or pain, you may be experiencing a sinus infection. Sinus infections can be notorious for sending pressure down to the nerve endings around the teeth. Using a humidifier, a saline rinse, and/or over the counter pain reliever may clear things up. For a tooth that is aching due to sensitivity, one of the cheapest and easiest fixes is to purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush and to use a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Avoid biting down on sugary foods, especially with sensitive teeth. If hot or cold bothers you, remember to make the temperature of your food just right before consuming it.

If you can actually see the problem, such as an abscessed tooth or a cavity that has gotten out of control, over the counter pain medication will not fix the underlying problem. For a toothache such as this, you can call your local Health Department for your county and ask them if they can give you a list of the local dental schools that may need patients to work on. They may also have other resources for you that you are totally unaware of. Most Health Departments also have an in-house Dentist who may have ideas for you that might help, or offer to see you for a minimal fee, regardless of the fact you have no insurance.

Many local schools that have a Dental Program will often offer their services for very cheap or free since the work will be done by students with seasoned Dentists and professors overseeing their work. While this might sound scary at first, remember, these students have studied the same as a Dentist has and are now doing hands-on work. This can be a great alternative to get dental work done, especially if you have a toothache and no insurance. This may require phone calls, driving a longer distance than you normally would, and possibly getting up earlier than you typically would to be seen. It may also even involve waiting in a line with other people who also have a toothache. Regardless of those possibilities, it is often well worth it to relieve ones self from the pains of toothache.

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Why is bad breath such a big deal I often think to myself. Why is it important to have good smelling breath? For the longest time I could not stand all the Dentyne commercials and hype of oral freshness. It was in my early school years that I began to understand the value of fresh breath. There was a particular set of twins everyone seemed to talk about.
These two guys had the worst morning breath in our entire school.
What made it worse was that they both had it and were totally oblivious
to it. While they seemed like intelligent and good guys their bad breath
was downright repelling.
I mean don’t get me wrong, a person shouldn’t have to walk around smelling their own breath four times a day. However, pleasant smelling breath is a vital element if you want to project admirable qualities of yourself to people around you.

Bad breath is one of the most common hygienic issues we are faced with today. In fact, for those who work in close proximity with people, having good breath is just about mandatory. Bad breath
could cause a person to avoid eye contact with colleagues, miss out on
intimate connections and will possibly cause one to feel bad about themselves in general.
Bad breath is often defined as unpleasant odor coming from the mouth.
The textbook word for bad breath is halitosis. Nobody likes bad breath or halitosis,
and most people actively battle with it.

One fact remains that, “at least fifty percent of the
adult population has admitted to having bad breath at one time or another, and just
about everyone has it in the morning”. Ninety percent of foul breath is
manifested by means of bacteria. Of this ninety percent, sixty percent
of these bacteria are on the tongue.

Why do people get bad breath? One answer to this says that bad breath has seven major causes that allow it to manifest; dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, food, smoking, infections, medications and, disease. Dry Mouth most commonly happens when we are sleeping hence the term “morning breath”. Poor oral hygiene results in a mouth full of bacterias and food particles that truly are the stuff bad breath is made of. Foods such as garlic and onion can create a particular food odor that emanates from the air we breath and even from our sweat pores! Smoking is typically an accelerator for bad breath since it dries out the mouth. When the mouth is dry, saliva cannot do as good of a job at cleaning up around the place. Infections, as well as gum disease, mouth sores and tooth decay can also cause bad breath. Lastly, there are many medications and even vitamins, that can cause dry mouth. There are even some medications that can cause lingering odor on the breath in a similar fashion to eating garlic or onion.  Always use your judgement to determine the source of the taste and/or smell of bad breath and take care of where it seems to be coming from. For example, If you find that your tongue has plaque on it you should brush on that area to remove plaque and reduce bad breath.

There are things you can do to help fight bad breath. Some of these include natural odor eliminating cures that also help to kill bacteria. Some well-known remedies that can help fight bad breath include: sage, mint, cloves, chlorophyll, baking soda, tea tree oil, fennel, parsley, lemon, apple cider vinegar, tea, cinnamon and yogurt.Sage has in it essential oils containing anti-bacterial properties that help annihilate the causes of bad breath.  Mint is one of the best tasting in my honest opinion, of all natural quick fixes for bad breath. Two great ways to use mint are by chewing on fresh leaves and/or by purchasing and preparing mint tea. Cloves contain powerful antiseptic properties making them very useful at destroying odor-causing microorganisms in the mouth.Chlorophyll is a very beneficial substance to both oral and overall health as it is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. In fact, in 1950 a Dr. Howard Westcott discovered that a mere one hundred milligrams of chlorophyll daily cab greatly help to counteract both body odors and foul breath. Baking Soda is very efficient at helping to cure bad breath as it favorably affects the PH of the mouth making it to where bacteria cannot survive. 

Tea Tree Oil can greatly prove useful in curbing the effects of bad breath as it contains anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. Tea Tree Oil is typically purchased in a liquid tincture and should always be diluted using only a few drops of oil per cup of water for use as mouthwash only.Never swallow Tea Tree oil as it is bad to consume it internally. Fennel Seed is typically used by either chewing one and one half teaspoons of fennel seed per day and/or by steeping fennel seed tea. Fennel seed is perfectly suited to curing bad breath as it gives a naturally occurring light crisp taste/scent. Parsley can help mask the odor of bad breath but does very little to diminish the amassing of erratic sulfur compounds. Lemons barely help to even weaken bad breath. Lemons should only ever be consumed when their juice is diluted in water. The reason for this being that lemon juice can be harmful as it has an acidic nature when in its undiluted form.  

Apple Cider Vinegar is used in a different manner than most bad breath cures, however it can prove to be very effective. With apple cider vinegar you will usually take one tablespoon right before and/or after a meal. The apple cider vinegar serves somewhat as a mild stomach acid and helps break down food. This helps with bad breath by preventing it before it starts. Apple cider vinegar alone can also function as an effective mouthwash to remove bad breath odors.Tea is a great antioxidant as well as a container or vehicle if you will of polyphenols. Polyphenols help put a stop to bad breath by disrupting bacterial growth naturally. Cinnamon is unique in that directly kills many known bacteria and it can even kill e. coli. Lastly,  yogurt is great for bad breath when added to the diet. Yogurt has shown to remarkably decrease odorous compounds, specifically hydrogen sulfide by an astonishing eighty percent.

There are many cures that work great for bad breath, many can work for hours at a time. Eventually, most bad breath remedies tend to wear off. This is why it is very important to always be hydrated and to keep extra mints and xylitol gum around at times whenever you need them the most.  Bad breath is something most everyone will have to struggle with at least a few times in their life. With a little experimenting and searching, it is possible for you to find your own perfect fresh breath remedy and to make bad breath a thing of the past.

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What’s the big deal about flossing? You have to twist and turn that little string in between your teeth, it seems like such a hassle, we have to question – is it worth all the trouble? You teeth and gums can harbor a lot of bacteria and germs, for this reason flossing is essential to oral hygiene.

Most people don’t know how to floss, the common error is pulling down to hard on the floss causing damage to your gum tissue. The first step is to cut off about an 18 inch piece of floss, you will want to wrap the ends around each index finger and make it taught. The next step is working the floss in between all of your teeth. People tend to over complicate this step, all you want to do is lightly clean the inner sides of each tooth and dislodge any food particles that may be stuck there.

You do not want to tear your gums, you should not spend more than a few seconds on each tooth.

How Often Should You Floss?

Here is another thing people sometimes get backwards, and that is when to floss.

As with brushing you should floss at least once a day. The best time to floss is right before bed.

Most dentists agree that flossing after you brush is more beneficial compared to before. Brushing before flossing loosens bacteria and plaque which makes getting those stubborn particles between your teeth out that much more easier.

What Type Of Floss Should You Use?

Like everything now a days you have several options to choose from.

Lets take a look at a few of the common floss types:

– Unwaxed
– Waxed
– Synthetic
– Flat
– Super Floss

Most people used some form of a waxed floss. The old traditional unwaxed floss tends to break when used on closely spaced teeth. For teeth that are not tightly spaced the flat floss is more suited for the job, sometimes it’s just a matter of testing what works best for you. Don’t forget, floss now comes in assorted flavors, what will they think of next.

What is the proper way to floss

As one reader that goes by the name Williams put it  .. 

“Always remember that it is important to floss properly if you aim to get
its intended effect. Forming a C-shape with the floss against the side
of the tooth is the correct way to floss, according to the ADA.
Brushing, in combination with flossing, helps distribute fluoride, which
can enhance the effect of flossing. If flossing is done improperly, gum
damage may result. Be sure to be careful when you’re doing it.” 

The Main Reason to Floss

Two words that come to mind are: Streptococcus Mutans.

This is a bacteria that loves to hang out in your mouth and finds a home on your tooth enamel. As you have already guessed this streptococcus mutans bacteria is a major cause of cavities. Daily flossing helps rid your teeth of these little bacteria critters, in the long run you will save a substantial amount of money in dental bills which should bring a big, bright smile to your face.

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There are many ways to brush teeth, some methods are better than others. There may be times when you wonder, “am I brushing correctly?”. Let me tell you, brushing is a skill, it can be learned and perfected. Do you brush your teeth everyday and somehow manage to

still

get cavities? You may not be brushing correctly. If this is the case you should read on to learn an effective technique for brushing teeth.

There are five steps that are important to properly brushing your teeth:

    The first thing you should do is prepare. What is meant by this is you should obtain a toothbrush with soft bristles, brush softly, and buy quality toothpaste. A famous dentist once said, “every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.”. What he meant by this is that brushing is more than just some mundane activity. Brushing is about protecting the the inner recesses of the mouth from dangerous bacteria who want to eat your food and leave corrosive acid as a by product! You must fight an ongoing battle against both plaque and sugars!

      After preparing, you should start by flossing. This will gently remove plaque from in between teeth in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. After you floss, the plague will dislodge and move closer to the surface of teeth. This then allows it to be easily removed after brushing and rinsing.

      Now you should begin to brush, start at the back molars and move towards the front. It is very common for some people to start at the front and completely forget about the back molars. The average person has thirty-two teeth. If you do not know how many teeth you have, it is highly recommended that you count just so you will know. This will raise dental awareness and help to motivate you to brush each tooth every day.

      Once you have brushed your teeth you should then move on to your tongue and gums. Ever wonder what the stuff on your tongue is?  It is a build-up of plaque that instead of being on teeth, is on the tongue. This is a breeding ground for many plaque organisms to thrive on. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you brush the tongue. After brushing you should move on to your gums to remove any plaque that may be present. You should then massage your gums with the toothbrush, this helps to promote gum health by stimulating blood flow.

      Finally, you should rinse. The purpose of rinsing is to remove all the debris left behind from flossing and brushing. It is recommended that you rinse two to three times to make sure you get everything. Water will work just fine for rinsing, though if you opt for mouthwash that is okay as well. When deciding on toothpaste, choose high quality over low cost generics. When deciding on a toothbrush, you should consider choosing one with soft bristles. The reason for this being that hard bristles can sometimes damage enamel. 

      After you have finished with these steps; flossing, brushing and rinsing. You should feel your teeth as being smooth and very clean. After brushing the tongue you may even be able to taste foods better. With so many sugars and refined carbs in today’s food, it is near impossible to avoid plaque. The best way to combat plaque is to implement a thorough brushing technique that will work efficiently at removing it from the surface of teeth.

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      “A
      million dollar smile” is not just a fairytale saying. A smile is something that is taken
      note of in every conversation. From creating bonds to winning hearts,
      a smile has quite the amount of duties attached to the job. As much
      as people care for their health and hygiene, dental health somehow
      fails to figure in the priorities of a lot of individuals. Yet, dental health is as
      important as any other. Proper oral hygiene and care is necessary to prevent a
      slew of diseases. The expense chart might also be one reason driving
      people away from making those dentist appointments. Same goes for dental
      insurance. The stress and importance given to general medical needs is
      missing totally when it comes to dental insurance. So do you really need dental
      insurance?

      Fundamentals

      Dental Insurance generally
      covers the expenses relating to dental emergencies and treatments. From routine
      care like fillings, cavity prevention, root canals etc., to emergency care like
      extraction, broken tooth, and accident-caused damage. Treatments and tricky care like
      orthodontia, dentures, and many more are covered by dental insurance.

      Why you should carry and what benefits you can accrue

      As much as we would like to
      debate on its need, the fact remains that with age, you are vulnerable to a
      variety of dental problems. Unlike other medical care, regardless of your age,
      dental care is significantly more expensive, and a dental insurance
      will certainly come in use in times of emergencies. Most health insurance groups offer Dental insurance plans as an additional part of the overall
      policy. It is mostly left to you to choose its inclusion. A majority of
      people prefer to stick to standard health insurance
      plans through which certain regular dental services are provided for free, while some private insurance companies stick to just medicare.

      Dental insurance comes into play
      in cases of accidents and serious dental issues and diseases. These are
      generally not covered by government programs, which means that you might
      have to shell out a whole lot of money to fix your dental problems.  You may wonder
      when will I need insurance other than every once in a while, but it is only sensible and reasonable to prepare for any
      eventuality, especially when the consequence of not doing so leaves a great big
      hole in your pocket.

      Plans

      Many companies including
      Medicard, BlueCross, and Intellicare offer a variety of health insurance plans
      that include dental insurance as an additional optional plan. These plans are,
      in most cases ideal for individuals and families. The plans generally encompass
      everything from dental examinations, fillings and extraction to orthodontic
      consultations. The maximum benefit limit for these plans as a whole, range from
      300,000 to 1,500,000 dollars, with the maximum monthly premiums ranging from 1,200 to 5,500 dollars. It is
      necessary to do a price comparison online to check out the lowest cost plan that works
      best for you.

      Dental care is extremely vital
      for the overall health of an individual. With increasing costs and declining
      dental health, it is only viable to make maximum use of dental insurance so that you can flash the best possible smile to the world.

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      When a tooth is removed, a blood clot will form where it used to be. The clot is a defense mechanism of the body that is meant to help protect and heal the extraction site. Sometimes, this clot can dissolve or become dislodged. This will expose the bone and nerve to food, fluids, air, and anything else that enters the mouth. This condition is what is commonly referred to as dry socket.

      Dry Socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a painful condition that affects an estimated 2% to 5% of people that undergo tooth extraction. It is usually determined by an intense pain and the absence of a blood clot at the extraction site. Dry Socket can last up to five or six days and could lead to infection if not treated properly. For this reason it is vital to avoid toxins and maintain good dental hygiene to avoid dry socket.

      Dry socket can be caused by a variety of reasons. Some of these include smoking, birth control, and excess trauma during extraction. First, it is important that you do not smoke after having a tooth extraction. After surgery, the gum tissue is in a sensitive state and just beginning to heal. For this reason, smoke from cigarettes or other herbs can quickly dry out and dislodge a blood blot. Secondly, studies have shown that women on birth control have a 31% incidence of dry socket. This incidence occurs during the first twenty-two days of the menstrual cycle. This is because many birth control pills have an effect that causes a decrease in the bloods ability to clot. Because of this, women on the pill should schedule tooth extractions between days 23 and 28 of their cycle to greatly reduce the chances of getting dry socket. Lastly, if there is excess trauma during extraction this can cause a blood clot to take longer to form. In this case, it is especially important to maintain good hygiene and avoid any contact with the clot to ensure a thorough healing.

      There are a few ways to avoid getting dry socket. Some of these include avoiding toxins, leaving the clot intact and avoidin

      g air pressure in the mouth. First, you should avoid all toxins. Some common toxins are smoke, alcohol, snuff/dip and anything else that could dislodge or dissolve a clot. Second, it is best to

      leave the clot alone as much as possible. Do not brush around the clot or rinse your mouth for around 24 to 48 hours to ensure a thorough healing. Lastly, you should avoid  air pressure within the mouth. This could include anything from drawing smoke from a cigarette to sipping liquids through a straw. The reason for this is to avoid anything that may dislodge the clot or causing it to take longer to heal.

      No matter what the cause, dry socket is a painful condition that can and should be avoided at all costs. If you’ve just had a tooth pulled, it is important that you take care of the blood clot by avoiding toxins and keeping your mouth clean. Use these tips and you will be sure to have a quick and painless healing after your next dental extraction.

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      WaterPik is a brand of oral irrigator which serves the purpose of cleaning teeth from plaque and debris that lie between gums and teeth. Devices like this provide a suitable and painless method of cleaning for periodontal, diabetes disease and even for everyday dental maintenance. Waterpik has proved itself to be one of the finest brands for the dental flossing, amassing the most buys and positive reviews. With this in mind, here is some info on a  few dental water jets manufactured by Waterpik and their benefits.

      The Waterpik Water Flosser

      This
      water pick by Waterpik does not only perform the task of flossing and cleaning the
      teeth and gums, it also helps in cleaning the tongue and keeping breath fresh. The bacteria on the tongue can be washed away with the help
      of the tongue cleaner jet tips. This helps remove a lot of odors and
      bacteria that are likely present within the mouth.

      The flosser comes with
      adjustable pressure settings to suit the needs of every individual and
      has easy to use handle so that water flossing is a great experience. A
      large water reservoir is useful for deep and extra cleaning, and is
      effective tool for improving oral hygiene. The device is designed for
      the best results and is reviewed highly by almost everyone who has used
      it.

      The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser

      This water flosser is ideal for people who have braces and implants, suffer from diabetes or cannot brush on a regular basis as they might end up hurting their gums or teeth. This water flosser provides versatility and options to the user with easy to change settings of water pressure which range from 10 to 90 PSI and with 1200 pulses per minute. The benefit of this is that you can totally clean all the debris between your teeth and gums and with the variable control settings; one can use the flosser with the utmost customization.

      The Ultra Water Flosser comes in a classy and attractive design, which has a high storage reservoir for a large water jet. The compact size and the compatibility of this model has been the biggest factor for its success among consumers. While giving users complete control with options such as its pause feature. You have six different color codes on this model, but don’t let that deter you. Ease of operation is the real benefit in purchasing this oral irrigator.

      The WaterPik
      Waterflosser Cordless Plus

      The rechargeable, non-battery operated water flosser is one of the finest solutions of oral health problems faced by countless people. The twin control design allows users to manually change the speed and settings of the water jet and adjust the cleaning as per their needs. You can change from gentle cleaning to more deep cleaning with the use of twin pressure control. This water flosser is a fine solution to dental problems and eliminates the need for string floss which can be painful and ineffective. 

      The water jet on the Waterflosser Cordless Plus effectively cleans debris between gums and provides an improved oral health within just a couple of weeks. The portability comes in real handy for people who often travel. This flosser is a complete package for all. To add icing to the cake, they have included four tips for specific cleaning which is pretty cool.

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      Is it really possible to have better dental hygiene for free?

      This is a question that may seem silly at first, but it really helps answer many other questions. Most people have the basics for dental upkeep as far as tools go. However, a lot of people do not have the proper knowledge of how to use them and are surprised to discover when they have a cavity. A big secret to taking great care of your mouth is to remember that oral health is more influenced by what is happening outside of brushing. In fact, most dental hygiene products in stores are total ripoffs. It is not our fault that big name dental creates and tirelessly markets products with minimal research and dirt cheap ingredients. The main reason they exist is to make them profit while saving you money. For example, many toothpastes contain gelatin (same type of ingredient as in Jello). Gelatin can actually coat the surface of teeth making it more difficult for saliva to get to and clean surfaces of the enamel. If a toothpaste does not contain gelatin it likely has one of the three abrasives; silica, bone or chalk. There are actually many ways that you can have great dental hygiene for zero, yes $0 zero dollars. In fact, it could be said that most people actually buy their way into cavities.

      The wrong way to approach dental health can take many forms. One example would be drinking a soda and then falling asleep immediately afterwards. Soda contains a lot of sugar, in fact if you happen to spill just one drop it will dry to a sticky sap in moments. It can be logically stated that restaurant soda likely contains less sugar than canned soda. The reason for this being that restaurant soda is often watered down either because it is mixed or because of added ice. Nonetheless, another example of detrimental dental hygiene would be eating a processed food ( crackers, cookies, etc. ) while having a cavity. Depending on the size of the cavity, food can clog that area and cause accelerated decay. This often results in an abundance of bacterial activity in that area. For these reasons, it is important to keep teeth free from any food particles and/or sugary residues.

      Now that we have discussed some of the wrong ways to care for dental health we can begin to look at some of the right ways to care for teeth. One of the most important things a person can do to help slow down cavities is to have a good mouth environment. A healthy mouth environment could be considered as having many different qualities. One of the main qualities here is hydration. Drinking water and keeping the body hydrated helps keep the mouth producing saliva. Saliva is a natural carrier for calcium and helps to naturally cleanse the mouth while promoting a great PH in the mouth. Keeping the mouth hydrated is easily one of the most overlooked ways to have great dental hygiene. Another often overlooked way to keep cavities at bay is by changing the intervals of when you eat. In many ways, it is better to eat simpler foods and brush one time a day than to eat processed foods many times a day and brush after every sitting. The logic behind this being that saliva is most beneficial to teeth when it is allowed to wash around in the mouth uninterrupted for some time.

      Equally as important as saliva PH, another way to have great dental hygiene for free would be to find free samples. Many times a dental floss manufacturer will offer free sample of dental floss. In fact, doing a simple web search for ‘free dental floss’ landed me on a great offer from Oral-B that is good through the end of the month. This is a great way to accomplish the important task of flossing when on a budget. There are also many other offers that a manufacturer may offer such as toothbrushes, mouthwashes etc. Another thing you could try would be boldly walking into a dentists office and asking if they have any dental floss samples or trial packets. Equally as important as flossing, brushing is perhaps the foundation when it comes to having great dental hygiene. One way you can brush without a toothbrush is by using paper towel folded into a square. On top of it you could add a small amount of toothpaste or baking soda if you have some around. The key here is to remove any built-up plaque that may be resting on the surface of teeth.

      In conclusion, there are many ways a person can have great hygiene for little to no cost at all. One of the most important things a person can do is drink plenty of water while eating less processed foods as a part of a daily diet. In all, when you know these helpful tips for better dental hygiene, there is no excuse when it comes to having great oral health.

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      The holidays are a busy time when it is especially important to have good dental hygiene. Sometimes one is so wrapped up in family gatherings that it is easy to forget other things that are just as or even more important. From Halloween to New Years it is especially important to be proactive in keeping up with dental hygiene. For this reason it is very useful to know a few dental maintenance tips for the holidays. First and foremost it is advised that one watch the liquids that are consumed. Often times at holiday dinners, there will be a cooler or fridge full of sodas, juice cocktails, and sweet tea. Water is typically at the bottom of the list when it comes to everyone’sfavorite beverages. Not surprisingly, plain water is often so overlooked that one finds the need to draw from the tap. Water is good because it keeps you hydrated, this helps the mouth to naturally clean itself and to have a really good PH. One good tip I once heard was, always drink two parts of water for every one part of soda, tea, etc. This is so that you will both stay adequately hydrated, and reduce desires for sweet drinks.

      Equally as important as staying hydrated, sweets are an item that is abundant and just about mandatory for any proper holiday get together. Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, homemade fudge, you name it. Desserts are often even more emphasized than the main dish at holiday parties. The consistency of these sweets however, is often what makes them a hazard to enamel. For example, pies and cookies both have a texture to them that is sticky and gooey. This will cause the food to get stuck on crowns and in between teeth easily where they are not easily moved away. When one is done eating, it is advised to have a glass of water and swig it around a few times. If you’d like to take even more precaution, you might could chew a piece of xylitol gum to get an extra clean feeling.

      Last but not least, there is one final thing you can do for good dental health during the holidays. That is to make sure your mouth is clean before going to bed. Sleep often last for many hours at a time. During this time the mouth can be in either a remineralization like state or a demineralization like state. The first state is acquired by having a clean mouth, and by being adequately hydrated. The second one demineralization, is one in which acids from foods and bacteria are left to sit throughout the night. This will very much increase chances of causing cavities and is the very stuff dental caries are made of. This holiday season remember that going to bed sufficiently hydrated and with a clean mouth is especially important for good dental health. The holidays are a best-ever time to have good memories with family and enjoy a variety of great foods. While it is a great joy to share these foods and enjoy them, you do not want to share them with dental bacteria. They will digest the food and leave the corrosive byproduct known as lactic acid. Follow these dental tips this holiday season and you will indeed insure great dental health for many holidays to come.

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      Dental implants make it possible to replace any cavity affected tooth. Thanks to this dental innovation, cavities need not be something set in stone. With dental implants, you have all the functionality of a natural tooth with none of the cavity. Dental implants offer reassurance and a glimmer of hope for those who suffer with un-repairable cavities.

      To start, we begin by exploring the humble beginnings of the dental implant. It all started in 1952, when a surgeon by the name of Per-Ingvar Branemark was running research efforts to study blood flow in bone. In one of his experiments, Branemark placed a titanium chamber inside of a sample of bone. Much to his surprise, when Branemark later went to remove the titanium chamber, he found that it had fused with the bone. Today, this fusion process is known as osseointegration. Titanium is a corrosive-resistant metal that can also be found in body piercings, sunscreen, and jewelry. It makes an ideal implant post as it is strong, non-toxic and as mentioned, capable of fusing with bone. One reason for its widely accepted application in bone is that it forms a protective oxide film in exposure to oxygen. The artificial crowns placed atop of these titanium rods can be made of anything from pure gold to porcelain.

      In the initial visits regarding dental implants, a dental professional will inventory a part of the head known as the stomato-gnathic area. The word stomato refers to mouth, while the word gnathic refers to jaws. This assessment is done via x-rays and visual inspection by your dentist. The area is surveyed to determine bone strength and overall capacity for retaining implants. In addition to this, the dental professional will verify that no other infections are present which may compromise surgery. Dental insurances typically cover less than ten percent of dental implant services. Health Insurance is a better bet for obtaining coverage for these costly procedures. To provide a ballpark estimate for costs involved, titanium rods are commonly listed at $400 to $950 while the abutment ( or middle part connecting rod and crown ) are about $250 to $500 dollars. Lastly, the crown is the most costly of all ranging anywhere from $1000 to $3000 dollars. The services performed by your dentist are also a major factor in regard to the prices. You are paying not only for the implants themselves, but also for the trained dental professional who becomes familiar with your unique situation.

      Another factor playing into the price tag is dental implants require a wide range of resources outside of the dental clinic. Dental implants require multiple dental professionals throughout the processes of manufacture, installation and maintenance. The first person, a dental laboratory technician, is responsible for the physical production of the crown. Next, a restorative dentist is responsible for the planning and setting in place of the crowns created in the laboratory. Lastly a periodontist, or oral surgeon, is responsible for the surgical installation of the titanium posts. Dental implants require attentive care as the titanium posts can be affected by an infection unique to them, known as peri-implantitus. This condition can rapidly degenerate bone around the implant leading to the loss of bone and rod foundation. This makes meticulous dental hygiene all the more important. If the titanium rod is visible it should be addressed as soon as possible. Being able to see the titanium rod means the gum has receded and an infection could be underway. Scrupulous oral hygiene combined with routine dental appointments are vital for avoiding situations like this. By and large, dental implants are a safe and effective choice when it comes to tooth replacement. Unlike similar dental procedures, implants need not depend on nearby teeth for foundation. In combination with this, crowns can be switched out when necessary, thus eliminating many of the hassles that come with maintaining natural teeth. With proper maintenance, dental implants have the capacity to last a lifetime.

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      A diet high in sugar, refined processed foods and acids expose one to a greater risk of developing tooth decay. One interesting thing to note is that there are over five hundred types of bacteria that inhabit in the mouth. Bacteria are best controlled when deprived of some of their main sources of food. With this in mind, it is generally a good idea to ensure that food particles are thoroughly absent from the mouth when not eating. In a fight for survival, bacteria will eat almost any food source it can find. This diet is however limited to foods composed of sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, and cooked starches. When bacteria digest foods, they leech out a naturally occurring chemical known as lactic acid. This causes enamel to become especially vulnerable to damage.

      Cavities typically manifest in places where plaque settles into the fissures and pits of teeth, cavities can also occur at the gum line. When a cavity penetrates past the soft dentin layer of the tooth into the nerve, pain is typically felt. Thankfully there is hope. By understanding how bacteria interact with tooth decay, you can prevent and even reverse some cavities. To start off, it is best to understand and few basic things about oral care.

      Keep Up With Your Dental Hygiene
      Brush, floss, and use mouthwash daily to maintain proper hygiene. Many dental professionals recommend flossing at least once a day to deter the growth of s.mutans and other bacteria. Mouthwash is also very useful in helping slow down a cavity. To get the most from mouthwash, it is best to purchase a fluoride containing brand. If possible, use the mouthwash right before you go to sleep. This will allow the mouthwash to better absorb and as a result, it will more effectively strengthen and protect enamel.

      Fluoride Helps
      Fluoride is ordinarily found in toothpaste and even in most tap water. Fluoride can even be found naturally in some meats such as fish and eggs. Fluoride has the potential to reverse cavity growth. If it is caught in the early stages of the problem, a cavity treated with fluoride can do just about a complete one-eighty. Assuming that you want to slow cavity growth and protect teeth from decay, it is particularly useful to apply fluoride.

      Reduce The Sugary Foods
      Junk foods and soda drinks should be greatly reduced to prevent further tooth decay. People with a sweet tooth should brush lightly as soon as possible after eating. If you chew gum, select a gum with Xylitol. Xylitol is particularly effective at creating an environment in which s.mutans and other bacteria cannot survive. This natural extract is immensely effective in slowing cavity development and it is also mildly sweet-tasting.

      Licorice Root One less commonly used approach to oral care is licorice root. Licorice root is a natural antimicrobial. This means that licorice inhibits harmful bacteria from forming in the mouth. Many people also simply like the taste of licorice root, which is commonly purchased at health food stores or online.

      Caring for cavities is quite easy. This essential hygiene is made a lot simpler with proper knowledge. Follow these tips and you too can put an end to cavity formation.

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      What is a Waterpik?

      While most people are familiar with and use the term Waterpik, this term actually pertains to the home oral care or hygiene device that is known as the dental water jet or the oral irrigator. What a dental water jet does is it utilizes a stream of pulsating water for getting rid of plaque and food debris that gets caught between individual teeth. Ideally, the gum line is targeted as well while one
      uses the oral irrigator for the improvement of periodontal or gum health. Not surprisingly, a dentist, alongside an engineer, was
      responsible for developing the dental water jet. This was all the way back in 1962 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

      Benefits of using dental water jets
      At present, over fifty scientific studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of oral irrigators for maintaining gum health. Light has also been shed on the effect of using dental water jets on those who suffer from gingivitis and diabetes. People with crowns and implants were also part of some studies. Recent research has shown that oral irrigators have an edge over dental floss when it comes to the alleviation of bleeding while cleaning the teeth. Results have also reflected that it is just as effective for maintaining
      plaque reduction. Anecdotal evidence also points to the fact that oral irrigators have been demonstrated to be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of canker sores. This is because when one uses a dental water jet, the pulsation of the water through the soft tissues in the mouth helps keep the formation of canker sores at bay. For canker sores that have already formed, the low
      pressure pulse that hits the sore is helpful for reducing its lifespan. For some people, the uses of dental water jets extends even to
      other non-oral care related purposes such as jewelry cleaning.

      Popular Waterpik brands on the market
      Now that you are aware of the purpose of oral irrigators and how exactly they can benefit you, lets take a look at some of the most
      reputable brands and models available:
      1. Waterpik Waterflosser Ultra and Waterpik Traveler Flosser plus 12 Accessory Tips & Tip Storage CaseThis retails for $99.99 on Amazon and based on its 4.5/5 review, it seems that its price is well worth paying for. It guarantees the removal of plaque by up to 99.99 percent from the areas that are treated. This package includes 1 ultra Water Flosser, 1 traveler Water Flosser, 1 deluxe travel case, and 12 accessory tips.
      2. RediBreeze Oral Irrigator is made in America by a veteran owned company. This oral irrigator has received a 4.5/5 as well on Amazon. It retails for only $29.95 exclusive of shipping. The RediBreeze Oral Irrigator works a little differently than other dental water jets on the market as it has a tool-free setup and comes with its own faucet. One can seamlessly switch between irrigation and a normal
      faucet.
      3. Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser is rated 4.4/5 on Amazon. This Waterpik model retails for $79.98 on Amazon. It is marketed as the easier and more effective way to floss. It promises the same benefits as number one. It is also touted as a suitable
      choice for anyone with implants, periodontal pockets, or crowns. Caveat: the Aquarius Professional Water Flosser can only be used in North America.
      4. Waterpik Waterflosser for Kids. It’s never too early to teach your kids proper oral care and what better way to start than with the Waterpik Waterflosser for Kids. It’s priced at $38.99 with free shipping on Amazon and it is designed for kids aged from 6 to 12. There are three pressure settings to choose from to accommodate children with sensitive teeth or gums. This comes with a two year warranty.

      In all, Waterpiks are a very useful oral irrigation device that provides numerous benefits to oral hygiene. There are many products on the market that serve as excellent examples of waterpiks. If you want a better clean with less stress to gums than floss, an irrigating Waterpik may be the perfect device for you.

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      Brushing teeth is an essential hygiene to have when combating streptococcus mutans and other dental germs. Some of the first toothbrushes for brushing teeth were created by Egyptians from leaves and twigs in early 3000 BC. Much of today’s dental knowledge has shown that brushing teeth accordingly can prevent gum disease and cavities. Despite the facts one must ask, is it really worth it to brush teeth? A toothbrush is a utensil that is often used to brush and clean teeth. Toothbrushes can be purchased with either soft or hard bristles. It is generally recommended that soft bristle toothbrushes be purchased as hard bristle toothbrushes can damage tooth enamel microscopically. Toothbrush bristles are commonly manufactured with synthetic fiber. Although there are natural bristle toothbrushes that can be purchased at either health food stores or online, at a fraction of the cost. Both soft synthetic fibers and natural bristle toothbrushes get the job done about the same so a natural bristle toothbrush is mostly for appeal and it being all natural.

      Now that we have defined what a toothbrush is and does we will talk about toothbrush additive, or toothpaste . If you want to go the old-fashion route, water alone can surprisingly be used very effectively at dislodging plague and food leftovers from the surface of teeth. Another more commonly used toothpaste is commercial toothpaste. Most of the time toothpaste is appropriated because it tastes better than just water and because in it contains fluoride. This is added to help prevent tooth decay on a chemical level.

      Another rather unknown alternative to toothpaste is toothpaste powder. What the heck is toothpaste powder? Toothpaste powder, also known as toothpowder is mostly used by those with sensitive teeth. Toothpowder is void of the synthetic, sodium lauryl sulphate. This chemical, frequently used in toothpaste for its sud-forming properties has its potential to be a skin irritant. Toothpowder can also change the PH of the mouth so that germs are less able to survive and re-mineralization more likely to occur. I have used one toothpowder before, it is called Christophers Tooth Powder. The powder method is not really my thing but hey if people try it, and it helps them to have better oral hygiene and a longer lasting smile so be it.

      What happens if you don’t brush your teeth? When the common human eats the modern diet of refined sugars and flours bacteria are almost fertilized and form a thick layer of plaque containing over 600 different types of bacteria; some good, some bad. While these bacteria build a thick film, the germs on the very bottom of this bacterial dogpile cannot breathe. This forces them to go into anaerobic asphyxiation. This results in an acidic byproduct that literally eats through enamel. So weigh the pros and cons while you consider the fact that brushing teeth is scientifically proven to help prevent cavities and improve oral health.

      Ignore your friends and they will go away, ignore your teeth and they will also go away. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but the warranty covered by nature becomes null when you introduce sugars and other junk foods into your mouth. It is widely accepted that these food are next to impossible to avoid which is why brushing has in fact become so important in modern times.

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      You may have heard many different ways about how you should brush your teeth, and you may have wondered how it could be possible to get something as simple as brushing wrong. The reality is, there are certain steps that many people get wrong. Some of which may have created issues with their oral health. Shocking isn’t it? Well truth is, we’d all like to believe that we are doing things right when it comes to oral health, but the fact of the matter is we sometimes miss out on some very simple essentials. Which when avoided, can lead to serious dental problems. Here are a few things you can do to improve your oral health:

      What is the right time to brush your teeth?
      We all know that brushing teeth in the morning is a helpful habit to have. Once our morning brushing is done, we may sometimes feel that we are done for the day. Now here is a thinker! How many of us brush our teeth after meals? Not most of us, probably. Do you know that brushing your teeth after meals is way more important than that morning stroke of a brush? This is because what we eat gets stuck between the teeth and it is important to remove it before it starts to feed plaque colonies that break down the teeth. Thus, making brushing a habit before going to sleep ensures that you are taking the necessary steps to secure your oral health. Another
      point to note here is that ideally it is best to also clean your mouth before eating .

      Avoid Aerated Soft-drinks
      Despite severe warnings, a lot of people still opt for harmful cola are you aware that soda contains sugar contents that cause bacteria to grow over twice as fast as they normally would? While you are not even done finishing with your drink, the acid in your mouth has reached the enamel and the cavity process has started. Colas are themselves filled with acids that begin this enamel-weakening process. Thus, they must be avoided at all cost. There are numerous research studies on the subject that highlight the effects and they should not be ignored if you are serious about oral health.

      The Importance of Flossing
      Most of us think that tooth care is complete after brushing, but flossing the teeth must not be compromised. Adequate flossing removes
      plaque and food particles from the places where the typical brush cannot reach; this area between the teeth and under the gum line can only be reached with floss. When flossing it is best to take an eighteen inch of floss and wind it on both of the middle fingers to form a grip; now move it back and forth between the teeth to remove any food particles from here. Flossing does not need typically to be done more than twice. However, you should always make sure that you floss before going to bed.

      Drinking Water is Essential
      Now this is something not commonly heard of and yet it is true to every word. Drink lots and lots of water. Especially when you have had tea, coffee or any beverage with sugar and caffeine. A sip or two of fresh water is always helpful in these situations. What water does is that it takes the sugar elements from these beverages down to a level where they are not as harmful to our teeth. Water also allows the mouth to remain hydrated. This allows easy saliva formation and reduces the risk of debris causing plaque. Not drinking enough water may lead to dryness of the mouth and will allow bacteria to start harmful activities inside the mouth. Halitosis or bad breath is also a a very common result of dehydration.

      Don’t Forget The Tongue
      Research shows that over half of the bacteria in the mouth live on the tongue. Now that you have learned the importance flossing and brushing have on cleaning the teeth, you can begin to learn how much of a positive effect brushing on the tongue has. When one sleeps, the body’s digestive system is wide awake. During this process bacteria are steadily growing on the tongue. These bacteria are easily seen by naked eye once a layer is formed thick enough, and is the reason behind bad breath most of the time. Thus, a smooth scrubbing action with the help of a tongue cleaner is ideally what we should be doing everyday. A lot of gum problems and tooth decay could be prevented if we would just clean our tongue properly. Another lesser known consequence here is that an unclean tongue can affect your taste buds; so if you want your food to taste delicious make sure to always brush the tongue!

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      You’ve come home from the dentist after having dental extraction. Now that you’re done you realize you’re not quite sure how to take care of your tooth socket. Well, there are many things you can do that will aid you in quick healing after dental surgery. This delicate process of healing will always take time. However, the time is well spent as it used to help the gums fully recover. The most important thing you should remember after a dental extraction is to protect the blood clot. Maintain gentle pressure on the socket by biting on a gauze sponge for about forty-five minutes and repeat as needed. If the socket is still bleeding you could try biting on a tea bag that had been wrapped in gauze. It is normal to have blood seep from a newly-formed socket twenty-four hours following a dental extraction. Key things to remember:
      * Keep your head higher than any other part of your body.
      * Sleep with several pillows to keep your head up.
      * It is important that you do not get yourself over heated.
      * Do not rinse during the first twenty four hours following a dental extraction. After twenty four hours you can then safely rinse with
      warm salt water up to five times daily. The use of commercial mouthwashes during the healing period is typically not recommended. * * * Discomfort following dental surgery is normal to experience. If medication has been given or prescribed, you should take it as
      instructed. If not, your choices are to take Tylenol, Motrin or Advil. Avoid Aspirin as it can cause bleeding.
      * Your toothbrush can be carefully used in any area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. This means that you can also
      brush your tongue. Remember, a clean mouth heals faster.
      * Having adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is also very important. If you want to be extra
      safe, it is advised to be on a soft or liquid diet such as an instant breakfast drink for the first 24 hours after surgery.
      * Avoid all excessive activity and don’t pick at the surgical area.
      * Avoid consuming liquids through a straw, alcoholic or carbonated beverages and refrain from smoking for as long as possible.
      * Sutures, or stitches, will generally dissolve in ten days, if they bother you after these ten days, call your dentist.
      * To control swelling, gently apply ice packs to the area for periods of twenty minutes on, ten minutes off. This procedure should
      continue for the first twenty four hours following extraction only.
      * If there is still swelling after three days or you have pain you need to call the doctor as it may mean that you have an infection.
      However, an infection can be completely avoided if you remember to maintain a clean mouth following extraction.
      * If you have any allergic reactions such as generalized rash, itching, etc., you should communicate this to the dentist immediately.

      Do not hesitate to call your dentist if any questions arise. It is not unusual to have bone splinters appear weeks later. Sometimes there is a blue mark from the numbing shot that surfaces on the outer skin near the extraction site, this usually goes away in two or three weeks.

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      Caries (cavities) are the most prevalent infectious disease of the oral cavity. Throughout the years, people from all over the world suffer from tooth decay and seek dental treatment to arrest its progression. To standardize the classification of caries between dentists, GV Black devised a system to name them in 1869. The nomenclature is mainly based on the location of caries. GV Black also published a series of papers that discuss how dental caries should be treated given the knowledge and materials available at that time.

      Six Caries Classifications
      1. Class I Caries – These type of caries are found on the occlusal (biting) surfaces of the posterior (back) teeth. Occlusal surfaces
      have pits and fissures thus this type of caries is also known as pit-and-fissure caries. Pit-and-fissures as the name implies, are irregular surfaces of the teeth that resulted from imperfect coalescence of enamel during the development of the tooth crown. The bristles of toothbrushes often cannot effectively reach the bottom part of pits-and-fissures that’s why the bacteria stays there and will demineralize the tooth to create class I cavities. Detecting class I caries is sometimes a bit tricky. A “catch” after the dental explorer is passed on the occlusal surfaces, is an indication of a class I caries. However, deep fissures that do not have caries can also give the dentist the feel that there is a “catch” in the explorer. That’s why it takes good tactile sense and ocular inspection to
      make a very accurate diagnosis.
      2. Class II Caries – These are cavities that involve the occlusal surfaces and the proximal area (the area that is in contact with
      another tooth) of an affected tooth. With this type of caries, more than one surface of the tooth is affected. Class II caries are also detected the same way as Class I caries although it is a bit challenging to pass the explorer on proximal areas. Bitewing radiographs are very helpful diagnostic aids. They tell the dentist if the proximal area has caries by way of presence of radioluscent areas.
      3. Class III Caries – Caries that involve only the proximal area of anterior (front) teeth is classified as Class III Caries. This type
      affects the smooth-surface of a tooth, or the surface that is facing the lips, the palate (for upper teeth) or the tongue (for lower teeth). Class III caries happens on areas that are not habitually cleaned and constantly covered with plaque. Class III caries are usually very easy to detect. They show areas of cavitation and brown-black discoloration that can be seen immediately. The explorer is run on the facial and lingual proximal surfaces to check for cavities.
      4. Class IV Caries – If caries affects the proximal area and the incisal (cutting) surface of anterior teeth, then it is classified as Class IV. The process of detecting class IV caries is also the same as class III.
      5. Class V Caries – Class V caries are those that are found near the gingival (gums) area of the tooth. It also affects a smooth surface. To detect class V caries, the explorer is run through the facial or lingual aspects of teeth from the cervical (near the gum) to the coronal (near the crown) surface. An indication that there is class V caries is a “catch”.
      6. Class VI Caries – The tip of the cusps of posterior teeth can also have caries. If that is the case, they are classified as Class VI
      caries. Note that unlike Class I caries that originate from pits-and-fissures, Class VI caries affects a smooth-surface. To check for Class VI caries, the explorer is passed through the cuspal inclines and tips.

      Root Surface Caries
      Root surface caries are not classified under any of the six classes. As the name implies, they occur on the cementum of the tooth that’s
      always covered in plaque. Cementum being less mineralized than enamel, is more prone to demineralization caused by caries. Root surface caries progresses rapidly also because of the same reason, that’s why it should be treated immediately. It is prevalent in the older population that have experienced gingival recession.

      Preventing caries
      Plaque is the main etiologic agent of dental caries. It consists of bacteria like Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus that ferment sugars. As a result of this fermentation, these bacteria produce acids that lower the pH inside the mouth. The drop in pH is what causes tooth demineralization or caries to occur. That is why, eliminating plaque will prevent the progression of dental caries.

      1. Maintain excellent oral hygiene – It has been shown that tooth brushing effectively gets rid of plaque inside the mouth. The bristles of the brush removes plaque inside pits and fissures of teeth and can even go in-between contact areas. Flossing should always follow tooth brushing. The thread of the floss that is inserted in between contact areas removes plaque that were not removed by toothbrush bristles. This prevents caries originating on the proximal areas of the teeth, along the gingival margins, as well as gum diseases. Regular professional scaling and polishing is also proven to disrupt plaque or calcular deposits (hard tartar build-up) with the use of dental instruments.
      2. Modify diet – avoid eating foods that are sugary and starchy since they are ferment-able carbohydrates. Caries-causing bacteria inside the mouth use these carbohydrates for their metabolism and as a result, they release acids that cause the pH inside your mouth to drop to 5.5. This drop in pH is critical because it causes demineralization. One great way to check the pH of your mouth is by using pH strips, these can be easily found at pet stores for monitoring aquarium pH.
      3. Remineralize teeth – Teeth are more resistant to caries when they are remineralized because of deposited fluorohydroxyapatite crystals on the surface. To remineralize teeth, they are exposed to low amounts of fluoride frequently. Rinsing with green tea daily
      and increasing dairy consumption are the best ways to remineralize teeth.

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      Why is it important to have good smelling breath?

      It was in my early school years that I began to understand the value of fresh breath. There was a particular set of twins everyone seemed to talk about. These two guys had the worst morning breath imaginable. What made it worse was that they both had it and were totally oblivious to it. While they seemed like intelligent and good guys their bad breath was downright repelling. I mean don’t get me wrong, a person shouldn’t have to walk around smelling their own breath four times a day. However, pleasant smelling breath is a vital element if you want to project admirable qualities of yourself to people around you. Bad breath is one of the most common hygienic issues we are faced with today. In fact, for those who work in close proximity with people, having good breath is just about mandatory.

      Bad breath could cause a person to avoid eye contact with colleagues, miss out on intimate connections and will possibly cause one to feel bad about themselves in general. Bad breath is often defined as unpleasant odor coming from the mouth. The textbook word for bad breath is halitosis. Nobody likes bad breath or halitosis, and most people actively battle with it. One fact remains that, “at least fifty percent of the adult population has admitted to having bad breath at one time or another, and just about everyone has it in the morning”. Ninety percent of foul breath is manifested by means of bacteria. Of this ninety percent, sixty percent of these bacteria are on the tongue.

      Why do people get bad breath?
      One answer to this says that bad breath has seven major causes that allow it to manifest; dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, food, smoking, infections, medications and, disease. Dry Mouth most commonly happens when we are sleeping hence the term “morning breath”. Poor oral hygiene results in a mouth full of bacterias and food particles that truly are the stuff bad breath is made of. Foods such as garlic and onion can create a particular food odor that emanates from the air we breathe and even from our sweat pores! Smoking is typically an accelerator for bad breath since it dries out the mouth. When the mouth is dry, saliva cannot do as good of a job at cleaning up around the place. Infections, as well as gum disease, mouth sores and tooth decay can also cause bad breath. Lastly, there are many medications and even vitamins, that can cause dry mouth. There are even some medications that can cause lingering odor on the breath in a similar fashion to eating garlic or onion. Always use your judgement to determine the source of the taste and/or smell of bad breath and take care of where it seems to be coming from. For example, If you find that your tongue has plaque on it you should brush on that area to remove plaque and reduce bad breath.

      There are things you can do to help fight bad breath. Some of these include natural odor eliminating cures that also help to kill bacteria. Some well-known remedies that can help fight bad breath include: sage, mint, cloves, chlorophyll, baking soda, tea tree oil, fennel, parsley, lemon, apple cider vinegar, tea, cinnamon and yogurt.
      * Sage has in it essential oils containing anti-bacterial properties that help annihilate the causes of bad breath.
      * Mint is one of the best tasting in my honest opinion, of all natural quick fixes for bad breath. Two great ways to use mint are by chewing on fresh leaves and/or by purchasing and preparing mint tea.
      * Cloves contain powerful antiseptic properties making them very useful at destroying odor-causing microorganisms in the mouth. * * * * * Chlorophyll is a very beneficial substance to both oral and overall health as it is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. In fact, in 1950 a Dr. Howard Westcott discovered that a mere one hundred milligrams of chlorophyll daily can greatly help to counteract both body odors and foul breath.
      * Baking Soda is very efficient at helping to cure bad breath as it favorably affects the PH of the mouth making it to where bacteria cannot survive.
      * Tea Tree Oil can greatly prove useful in curbing the effects of bad breath as it contains anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. Tea Tree Oil is typically purchased in a liquid tincture and should always be diluted using only a few drops of oil per cup of water for use as mouthwash only. Never swallow Tea Tree oil as it is bad to consume it internally.
      * Fennel Seed is typically used by either chewing one and one half teaspoons of fennel seed per day and/or by steeping fennel seed tea. Fennel seed is perfectly suited to curing bad breath as it gives a naturally occurring light crisp taste/scent.
      * Parsley can help mask the odor of bad breath but does very little to diminish the amassing of erratic sulfur compounds.
      * Lemons barely help to even weaken bad breath. Lemons should only ever be consumed when their juice is diluted in water. The reason for this being that lemon juice can be harmful as it has an acidic nature when in its undiluted form.
      * Apple Cider Vinegar is used in a different manner than most bad breath cures, however it can prove to be very effective. With apple cider vinegar you will usually take one tablespoon right before and/or after a meal. The apple cider vinegar serves somewhat as a mild stomach acid and helps break down food. This helps with bad breath by preventing it before it starts. Apple cider vinegar alone can also function as an effective mouthwash to remove bad breath odors.
      * Tea is a great antioxidant as well as a container or vehicle if you will of polyphenols. Polyphenols help put a stop to bad breath by disrupting bacterial growth naturally.
      * Cinnamon is unique in that directly kills many known bacteria and it can even kill e. coli.
      * Lastly, yogurt is great for bad breath when added to the diet. Yogurt has shown to remarkably decrease odorous compounds, specifically hydrogen sulfide by an astonishing eighty percent.

      There are many cures that work great for bad breath, many can work for hours at a time. Eventually, most bad breath remedies tend to wear off. This is why it is very important to always be hydrated and to keep extra mints and xylitol gum around at times whenever you need them the most. Bad breath is something most everyone will have to struggle with at least a few times in their life. With a little experimenting and searching, it is possible for you to find your own perfect fresh breath remedy and to make bad breath a thing of the past.

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      There are many ways to brush teeth, some methods are better than others. There may be times when you wonder, am I brushing correctly?. Let me tell you, brushing is a skill, it can be learned and perfected. Do you brush your teeth everyday and somehow manage to still get cavities? You may not be brushing correctly. If this is the case you should read on to learn an effective technique for brushing teeth.
      There are five steps that are important to properly brushing your teeth:

      * The first thing you should do is prepare. What is meant by this is you should obtain a toothbrush with soft bristles, brush softly, and buy quality toothpaste. A famous dentist once said, every tooth in a mans head is more valuable than a diamond.. What he meant by this is that brushing is more than just some mundane activity. Brushing is about protecting the the inner recesses of the mouth from dangerous bacteria who want to eat your food and leave corrosive acid as a by product! You must fight an ongoing battle against both plaque and sugars!
      *After preparing, you should start by flossing. This will gently remove plaque from in between teeth in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. After you floss, the plague will dislodge and move closer to the surface of teeth. This then allows it to be easily removed after brushing and rinsing.
      *Now you should begin to brush, start at the back molars and move towards the front. It is very common for some people to start at the front and completely forget about the back molars. The average person has thirty-two teeth. If you do not know how many teeth you have, it is highly recommended that you count just so you will know. This will raise dental awareness and help to motivate you to brush each tooth every day.
      *Once you have brushed your teeth you should then move on to your tongue and gums. Ever wonder what the stuff on your tongue is? It is a build-up of plaque that instead of being on teeth, is on the tongue. This is a breeding ground for many plaque organisms to thrive on. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you brush the tongue. After brushing you should move on to your gums to remove any plaque that may be present. You should then massage your gums with the toothbrush, this helps to promote gum health by stimulating blood flow.
      *Finally, you should rinse. The purpose of rinsing is to remove all the debris left behind from flossing and brushing. It is recommended that you rinse two to three times to make sure you get everything. Water will work just fine for rinsing, though if you opt for mouthwash that is okay as well.

      When deciding on toothpaste, choose high quality over low cost generics. When deciding on a toothbrush, you should consider choosing one with soft bristles. The reason for this being that hard bristles can sometimes damage enamel. After you have finished with these steps; flossing, brushing and rinsing. You should feel your teeth as being smooth and very clean. After brushing the tongue you may even be able to taste foods better. With so many sugars and refined carbs in today’s food, it is near impossible to avoid plaque. The best way to combat plaque is to implement a thorough brushing technique that will work efficiently at removing it from the surface of teeth.

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      Dentistry is the part of medicine that pertains to developing, preventing and treating disease within the mouth. The need for dental care has been around for a long time. For as long as human beings have had cavities there has been a need for dentistry.
      Toothbrushes started with the ancient Chinese. They began using the necks of pigs cured in cold temperature to invent toothbrushes utilizing the thick boar hair as bristles. Some of the first persons to promote toothbrushes were French dentists in the early eighteenth and seventeenth centuries. At around 500 B.C., the Chinese and eastern Indians began experimenting with the first toothpastes. Although modern day toothpaste that we are commonly accustomed to wasn’t introduced until the 1800’s. There is evidence of false teeth going back as far as 700 BC, these false teeth were typically made from ivory and bone by the Etruscans. Evidence states that around 2700 B.C. ancient Chinese experimented with the practice of acupuncture to treat tooth pain.

      The year 1815 marks a time in which dentist Levi Parmly was the first to publicly encourage the flossing of teeth. Back then flossing was usually done with pieces of silk thread. Levi Parmly is credited as being the original inventor of dental floss. On another note, a dentist known simple as ‘Peabody’was the first to add soap as an ingredient for toothpaste around 1824. Over the many years of dentistry, many types of materials have been used to fill cavities. Some of these include stone chips, naturally occurring gums and even certain types of metals.

      The year 1848 was the year a man known as Arculanus suggested using gold-leaf fillings instead of these traditionally used fillers .

      Around the 1850’s a man named John Harris became the first to add chalk to toothpaste (we all hate you John Harris). Chalk is now known to be abrasive and to cause more harm to enamel than good.

      In 1857, Dr. Hiram N. Wadsworth was the first American to put a patent on the toothbrush. After 1885, multiple American corporations started to produce toothbrushes in mass quantities.

      In January of 1875 the first electric dental drill was patented by a man know as George Green.

      In 1882 unwaxed silk floss was produced for home usage by the Codman and Shurtleft company. Carl Koller was the first to use Cocaine as an anesthetic for dentistry sometime around 1884.

      In 1892 the collapsible toothpaste tube that we now commonly see on supermarket shelves was created by a Dr.Washington Sheffield.

      The Johnson and Johnson company, patented their first line of dental floss in 1898.

      Novocain replaced the previously used Cocaine in 1905 after a multitude of researchers concluded that it may prove more suitable to formulate a non-addictive numbing solution. This compound isolation is credited to Alfred Einkorn, a German Chemist.

      Most Americans didn’t internalize the routine of brushing teeth until army soldiers from World War II arrived home with the strict
      habit of brushing. These learned hygienes were then passed to family members who would then take this habit and pass it on to other family members.

      In was in the year of 1938 when the very first nylon bristle toothbrush was commercially launched by Dupont. This was however after the Prophylactic brush was created by the Florence Manufacturing company of Massachusetts. For this reason, Dupont is debatably the first to sell toothbrushes in a box.

      In 1939 the first electric toothbrush was manufactured and developed in Switzerland. A variation of this device known as the ‘Broxodent’, was the first American electric toothbrush marketed around the 1960’s by a company known as Squibb.

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      Having dental insurance can be very convenient especially if you are suffering from toothache. Just because you have a toothache, that does not mean you have to suffer. Many people who have been in your situation have found ways to get the help they need to feel better.
      Let’s look at some of the possible reasons behind a toothache. A toothache can first be caused by a sensitive tooth that is responding to hot, cold, sweet or bitter foods. Another possible cause is that a cavity has gotten bigger and needs a filling. A tooth with an exposed root will need either a root canal or surgical removal to ultimately fix the problem. Occasionally, a sinus infection can mimic a toothache due to nerve endings firing off around the teeth. This may falsely cause you to think there is something seriously wrong with your tooth.

      If you’ve had recent cold symptoms that have not fully cleared up, gently press below your cheekbones around your sinus cavities for sensitivity. If you feel pressure or pain, you may be experiencing a sinus infection. Sinus infections can be notorious for sending pressure down to the nerve endings around the teeth. Using a humidifier, a saline rinse, and/or over the counter pain reliever may clear things up. For a tooth that is aching due to sensitivity, one of the cheapest and easiest fixes is to purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush and to use a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Avoid biting down on sugary foods, especially with sensitive teeth. If hot or cold bothers you, remember to make the temperature of your food just right before consuming it.

      If you can actually see the problem, such as an abscessed tooth or a cavity that has gotten out of control, over the counter pain medication will not fix the underlying problem. For a toothache such as this, you can call your local Health Department for your county and ask them if they can give you a list of the local dental schools that may need patients to work on. They may also have other resources for you that you are totally unaware of. Most Health Departments also have an in-house Dentist who may have ideas for you that might help, or offer to see you for a minimal fee, regardless of the fact you have no insurance.

      Many local schools that have a Dental Program will often offer their services for very cheap or free since the work will be done by students with seasoned Dentists and professors overseeing their work. While this might sound scary at first, remember, these students have studied the same as a Dentist has and are now doing hands-on work. This can be a great alternative to get dental work done, especially if you have a toothache and no insurance. This may require phone calls, driving a longer distance than you normally would, and possibly getting up earlier than you typically would to be seen. It may also even involve waiting in a line with other people who also have a toothache. Regardless of those possibilities, it is often well worth it to relieve one’s self from the pains of toothache.

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      When a tooth is removed, a blood clot will form where it used to be. The clot is a defense mechanism of the body that is meant to help protect and heal the extraction site. Sometimes, this clot can dissolve or become dislodged. This will expose the bone and nerve to food, fluids, air, and anything else that enters the mouth. This condition is what is commonly referred to as dry socket.
      Dry Socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a painful condition that affects an estimated 2% to 5% of people that undergo tooth extraction. It is usually determined by an intense pain and the absence of a blood clot at the extraction site. Dry Socket can last up to five or six days and could lead to infection if not treated properly. For this reason it is vital to avoid toxins and maintain good dental hygiene to avoid dry socket.

      Dry socket can be caused by a variety of reasons. Some of these include smoking, birth control, and excess trauma during extraction. First, it is important that you do not smoke after having a tooth extraction. After surgery, the gum tissue is in a sensitive state and just beginning to heal. For this reason, smoke from cigarettes or other herbs can quickly dry out and dislodge a blood blot. Secondly, studies have shown that women on birth control have a 31% incidence of dry socket. This incidence occurs during the first twenty-two days of the menstrual cycle. This is because many birth control pills have an effect that causes a decrease in the bloods ability to clot. Because of this, women on the pill should schedule tooth extractions between days 23 and 28 of their cycle to greatly reduce the chances of getting dry socket. Lastly, if there is excess trauma during extraction this can cause a blood clot to take longer to form. In this case, it is especially important to maintain good hygiene and avoid any contact with the clot to ensure a thorough healing.

      There are a few ways to avoid getting dry socket. Some of these include avoiding toxins, leaving the clot intact and avoiding air pressure in the mouth. First, you should avoid all toxins. Some common toxins are smoke, alcohol, snuff/dip and anything else that could dislodge or dissolve a clot. Second, it is best to leave the clot alone as much as possible. Do not brush around the clot or rinse your mouth for around 24 to 48 hours to ensure a thorough healing. Lastly, you should avoid air pressure within the mouth. This could include anything from drawing smoke from a cigarette to sipping liquids through a straw. The reason for this is to avoid anything that may dislodge the clot or causing it to take longer to heal.

      No matter what the cause, dry socket is a painful condition that can and should be avoided at all costs. If you’ve just had a tooth pulled, it is important that you take care of the blood clot by avoiding toxins and keeping your mouth clean. Use these tips and you will be sure to have a quick and painless healing after your next dental extraction.

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      Dentistry is an interesting field; it is both a science and an art. It deals with the esthetics, physiology and pathology of the oral cavity. In other words, it is the professional care and knowledge of the teeth, gums, tongue, and cheek. To become a Dentist, one should ideally have an eye for esthetics through symmetry, tooth shade, and harmony of the teeth and smile. One should ideally have knowledge on what is both normal and healthy as opposed to abnormalities and diseases. In short, the dental profession involves the proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention of oral disease. In order to become a dentist, one must undergo intensive training and studying. On average, in the U. S, it takes eight years to complete the courses required to become a dentist. After completing a dental bachelors degree, one can opt to take continual studies in either dental specializations or post-doctoral trainings.

      Getting Started on the road to becoming a Dentist – Bachelors Degree
      Before becoming eligible to become a Dentist, a student must first earn a bachelors degree in college. This usually takes two to four years, depending on what course the student takes. It is advised to take a health related course such as biology or a pre-dental program. Choosing a course of study is important because some dental schools require specific courses before admission.

      Dental Degree
      In order to get into dental school, a student must first pass the dental admissions test. This test can be taken before or after completing the bachelors degree. It can take up to four years to earn a dental degree. During the first two years the student is taught the basics of anatomy, histology, physiology and pathology; their dexterity is then honed in a controlled setting. The last two years are hands on clinical practice under close supervision of a licensed dentist.

      Licensure Examination
      Before a dental graduate can practice their profession, they will have to pass a dental licensure examination administered by their state. The exam is composed of two parts: written and practical. The applicant must pass both parts before obtaining their license.

      Post-Doctoral Specializations
      After completing a dental degree, the student is now a general dentist. They are capable of performing a variety of dental treatments such as crowns, bridges, dentures, restorations, and teeth cleaning. They could even take a specialization for any one of these particular fields. If a dentist decides to follow through with specialization, they will have to gain an in-depth and thorough knowledge on that particular field. A certificate of completion and recognition is thus given to dentists who have successfully completed their post-doctoral trainings.

      Most common post-doctoral specializations
      * Orthodontists – An orthodontist specializes in diagnosis and treatment of misaligned and crowded teeth. A dentist must study tooth movement and facial development for an additional three to five years before they can call themselves orthodontists.
      *Periodontists – A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of gum disease. This field of dentistry specializes in understanding the supporting structure around the tooth, gums and bone. In order to become a periodontist, one will have to study an additional three years following their dental degree.
      *Dental Surgeon – A dental surgeon performs complicated tooth extractions, placements of dental implants, and surgical operations of the oral maxillofacial area. This often includes surgical removal of benign and malignant tumors along the head and neck and surgical treatment of temporo-mandibular joint problems. In order to be a dental surgeon an additional four to seven years of study at a hospital is needed. During these years the perspective dental surgeon will receive hands on training in anesthesiology, emergency medicine and plastic surgery.
      * Endodontist – An endodontist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease involving the pulp and the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels. It is their duty to clean, shape and fill canals of their dental patients. To become an endodontist, a qualified dentist must study and train another two to three years specializing as an endodontist.
      *Prosthodontist
      *A prosthodontist restores extracted and missing teeth through alteration of dentures or artificial teeth. The dentures can be fixed, removable, complete or partial. Prosthodontists deal largely with esthetics and harmony of dentures with other oral structures. They are also required to study stability and retention of dentures to prevent dislodgment during function. To become a prosthodontist, a qualified dentist will have to study an additional two to three years in this specialization.
      * Pedodontist – A pedodontist is also known as a pediatric dentist. They perform preventive and comprehensive dental treatment on children, from infancy to teenage years. Teeth of the young patient are a lot different compared to adult teeth. The attitude of the child patient is also different. For these reasons a specialized dentist is needed when treating children.

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      Teens are known for eating sweet snacks, fast foods and meals on-the-run. These eating habits are the culprits of tooth decay and dental problems. Make sure your kids choose their foods wisely. When possible, foods like sugary snacks and sweet sticky foods should be eaten at meal times when other foods help neutralize their damaging effects. When your kids do snack, encourage them to eat foods that are good for their teeth like nuts, popcorn, cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, and sugarless gum or candy. Remind them to brush, or at least rinse, after every meal.

      Babies who are teething often display an insatiable urge to chew on things to soothe the irritation in their gums. You can give your baby teething rings, which are specially made to indulge this urge. Refrigerating the rings to make them quite cold will help soothe sore gums better.

      Select fluoride toothpaste and use a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush after every meal and before bed. If the child swallows the toothpaste this small amount should not hurt him. Sweet candy plays a part in tooth decay. The best way to keep smiling is using fluoride toothpastes. Help children develop a teeth brushing routine, limiting candy bars and hard candy intake during the day, and never after brushing their teeth at bedtime to avoid microorganisms working on their mouth by night.

      The best way to ensure that your child does not get cavities or gingivitis is to instill proper oral habits early. Here are three tips and tricks to make the task of teeth brushing a little more fun and a lot less taxing:
      * The second important thing to remember with a newborn baby is to NOT put them to bed with a bottle. It is MUCH easier never to start this bad habit than it is to stop it when the baby teeth start coming in. Letting a baby sleep with a bottle – or nurse continuously, if breast-feeding – can cause serious dental cavities, called Early Childhood Cavities. It is important to note that while many experts agree that breast-feeding is healthier for your baby, breast milk can cause Early Childhood Cavities just as whole milk or formula can. * Choosing the right kind of toothbrush is very crucial for the over all health of your teeth. A brush with M-shaped bristles is an ideal one. Always go in for soft bristles.
      * Your teeth are constituted of two major elements. They are calcium and phosphorus. These elements help in hardening your teeth and also in the formation of teeth in children. Therefore your diet should be planned in such a manner that you get quite a good amount of both these elements.

      Finding a home remedy for teeth whitening that works best may have you feeling like a glass slipper in search of the right foot. Not every home remedy for teeth whitening is going to be effective; some are more folklore than factual. A simple process or trial and elimination may be in order. Apple cider and white vinegar are also used in a few home remedy recipes for teeth whitening. Wood ash is known for being a natural bleaching additive, but too much usage can cause the enamel of your teeth to wear away. Like the vinegar, it has a rather bitter taste.

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      Dental care is important responsibility for pet owners, but too many owners are not familiar with the steps to maintaining the dental hygiene of their dog. Your dog’s mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, and even though their natural defense systems are very effective, certain issues can spiral out of control if not recognized and treated. Most diseases of the mouth start with the formation of gingivitis. This is a reddening or swelling of the gums that is often caused by a buildup of plaque and tarter on the teeth. While the initial stages of gingivitis are easy to treat, more advanced complications include tooth loss and jaw bone infections. Early warning signs of this condition include bad breath, gum bleeding, and even a change in eating patterns as a result of mouth pain.

      Preventing gingivitis and the onset of more severe conditions can be done by proactively monitoring your dog’s dental health. This starts with the type of food you feed them. It is important to include plenty of dry food in the diet. Dry food helps to eliminate plaque and tarter through the natural chewing process. Even if your dog typically eats canned food, you can integrate a dry option by mixing it with the canned products or by offering canned food at only one of their meals.

      Water is another essential part of doggie dental care since it provides the fluoride used to strengthen the teeth. Tap water is actually more beneficial than bottled water because it contains a much higher level of fluoride. The average sized dog should drink between two and four cups of water a day. You can add even more benefits to drinking water by adding an oral hygiene solution to the water. These products are available at pet supply stores and are very effective at preventing problems down the road.

      Beyond these simple diet tips, there are other things you can make available that will help your dog maintain a healthy mouth. There are actually toothpastes and brushes designed specifically for dogs. While it can take some time for your pet to become accustomed to the process, brushing your dog’s teeth for a minute or two each day will help their bodies naturally breakdown the buildup of plaque and tarter. You can also help keep your dog’s mouth clean by purchasing the right treats and toys. Stay away from products that are soft and sticky since they can remain in your dog’s mouth for extended periods of time. Also pay attention to ingredients like sugar that do more harm than good. Ideally, you would try a treat like carrots, which are both healthy and crunchy. There are also a number of treats made specifically to promote dental health. Just read the ingredients and make sure they do everything they advertise.

      If you do run into a dental concern with your dog, the best step is to talk with your veterinarian. They will examine your dog and recommend the best treatment plan. In some cases this will include a professional cleaning. This can involve putting your dog to sleep and working extensively on their mouth. While this can procedure can be stressful for both you and your pet, starting with a clean slate will make it easier to implement a long-term dental strategy.

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      Paying too much for coverage and not having enough coverage may be a familiar scenario for many of the residents in America. Not many health insurance companies offer policies with coverage that will give you dental, eye and alternative care. Americans are spending over $30 billion annually just for dental services and most of it is out of their own pocket. The prices for dental care can be very horrid, ranging between $850 to $1,000 for crowns, $150 for check-ups and cleaning and thousands of dollars for oral surgery. Most of the dental plans available are expensive – the reason being that the insurance companies know that the individuals who purchase dental coverage already have dental problems and will definitely be using the coverage. This is also known as adverse selection.

      Another option is available today with the HSA, or Health Savings Account. This is an account that you can use to accumulate tax-free dollars for medical bills that aren’t covered under your High Deductible Health Plan, or HDHP. It is required that you are enrolled in a HDHP to qualify for an HSA. These plans have high annual deductibles, but you receive low monthly premiums in exchange. Since the money in the HSA is tax-free, the account holder can funnel their dental expenses through the HSA for a tax write-off. If you decide to get a health plan with dental coverage, the deductible cannot be paid for with the HSA, but the expenses rendered from services can. Since you’ll be funding your account with pre-tax dollars, you can easily save $500 or more off the costs of your family’s yearly dental expenses by paying for the charges from your Health Savings Account.

      There are some other options for dental coverage available. With prepaid dental plans you will be charged low monthly fees, which are usually around $7/month for individuals and $16/month for families. The plans give you significant discounts on check-ups, fillings, extractions and other dental services provided by a network dentist. Some plans help with the expenses for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Since these plans aren’t insurance, it can be paid for with the HSA. When calculating what medical expenses will be reimbursed from your HSA, include dental fees and premiums from the prepaid dental plan.

      More About Health Savings Accounts
      Any health expenses that aren’t covered under your HDHP can be paid for with your HSA, such as deductibles, eyewear and dental care. As long as the bill you are trying to cover was needed for a health problem, it can be paid for. So if you decided to get a massage while at the spa – this wouldn’t be covered, but if your doctor recommended that you go to a masseuse after a painful accident; this would be covered. Having an HSA is the way health insurance should be – you get to choose what medical help you receive for your health conditions. This means if you decide to get alternative medicine instead of going to an allopathic physician (conventional doctors that use prescriptions drugs and other treatments for quick-fixes instead of delving to the root of the problem), you can do so and have the expenses paid with the HSA.

      What is Considered an HSA Qualified Expense?
      The definition of qualified medical expenses is only partially given in the IRS Publication 502 and through various federal court rulings. There are few restrictions – as long as the expenses are for medical treatments or prevention for a health problem. For instance, yoga wouldn’t be identified as a medical expense unless your doctor recommended it as a treatment for medical reasons, such as for physical therapy after an injury, then it is qualified as a medical expense. Many may question why the government would give a tax deduction for someone using some crazy vibration machine to cure their cancer. Again, the HSA is how health insurance should be. You should get to choose what treatments would best benefit your health condition. This gives account holders that power to manage their health as they see fit. Health Savings Accounts are encouraging individuals to take personal responsibility of their health care while loosening the monopoly traditional health care has had over the past couple of decades.

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      DISCOUNT DENTAL PLANS
      A dental discount plan may be an attractive and affordable alternative to dental insurance. Some people who already have dental insurance find that they save even more by adding a dental discount plan too. They are usually very affordable, do not have waiting periods, and often cover many procedures like cosmetic and orthodontics that traditional dental insurance will not cover!

      DENTAL INSURANCE
      Traditional dental insurance has some drawbacks. With expensive premiums, high deductibles, and low yearly maximums, it may be hard to see how a dental insurance plan saves much money at all. Many dental insurance plans will offer generous coverage on routine care like checkups, cleanings, and simple x-rays. However those services are usually fairly inexpensive anyway. When a family needs more coverage, they may find that their out of pocket costs surprise them. Complex fillings and crowns usually still require large copayments, and many dental insurance companies do not even cover orthodontics, cosmetic work, or dentures at all! Some of the problems with many Dental Insurance Plans include:
      * Limitations, deductibles and annual maximums
      * Waiting periods for major dental procedures
      * Tedious and time-consuming written claims process
      * Limitations/exclusions on pre-existing conditions
      * Certain dental specialties, such as cosmetic dentistry, are rarely covered.
      * Consumers pay expensive monthly premiums for defined coverage.
      * Typically inaccessible to individuals and families unless provided by their employer.

      Some of the characteristics of Discount Dental Plans include:
      * No annual limits, members enjoy discounts on most dental services all year long.
      * Most plans activate right away, within 1 to 3 business days, and have no waiting periods!
      * No tiresome paperwork hassles, plan membership card is presented for discounts on most dental services
      * No health restrictions and no age restrictions.
      * Select plans include discounts on dental specialties, including cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.
      * Consumers pay affordable membership fees for access to a network of providers offering discounts on most dental procedures
      * Available directly to individuals, families, businesses and groups.

      Many families who have dental insurance at work find that they have more flexibility, and save more money by adding a dental discount plan! This is because the discount dental plan may cover services that dental insurance does not cover. The dental discount plans use a huge network of US dentists, and so some families find it easier to find a nearby dental provider too. Dental plans make it easy to find dentists! They have simple online searches, by zip code or dentist name. You can find out if your current dentist accepts the plan or find a new dentist in your area. Many families who do not have dental insurance at work will put off routine dental care because they are concerned about the cost. However, this is never a good idea. If a person neglects regular checkups and cleanings, worse problems will develop in the future. Many discount dental plans even offer free, or very inexpensive, routine care like checkups, cleanings, and x-rays. Some dental plans also offer other medical discounts. They arrange special deals with vision care providers, pharmacies, vitamin stores, and other outlets for health needs. With dental plans costing a few dollars a month, most will do more than pay for themselves!

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      Dental tourism is a budding concept for a planned vacation along with dental implants surgery in India. Health problems and treatment are very costly in most of the European and American countries compared to our country. It provides excellent package to meet your treatment expenditure and at the same time guide you to spend the vacation. The difference in charge of a dentist from US to India is worth a thought. That is why the country has recently become a major tourist hub of dental care solutions. You can have your tooth fixed and make your holidays memorable at the same time or simply, enjoy the different places to travel and get the dental treatment done without getting a hole in your pocket. One can enjoy the holidays and receive services related to dentistry such as dental implants surgery in India at a very affordable price.

      What are dental implants?
      Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums. A natural tooth consists of a crown and the root. It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place. A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Titanium is used because it is the most compatible with our human body. The dental implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and functions as an anchor for the replacement tooth. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining natural teeth. They may be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many or all of their teeth.

      Procedure of dental implant surgery
      Under local anesthesia, the first step for many implant procedures is the exposure of the bone where the implant is to be made. This is followed by placement of the implant into the exposed jawbone. Implants that are placed in the bone are called endosteal implants and are made of titanium or a titanium alloy because this metal does not adversely interact with biological tissue. After placement of the implant a cover screw is put in and the wound is closed with stitches and allowed to heal. In general, placements in the lower jaw need to heal about three months, while placements in the upper jaw need to heal about six months. After healing, in a second surgical procedure, the implant is uncovered, the cover screw is removed and a healing abutment or a temporary crown is placed in the implant. Temporary crowns are generally used for esthetic reasons, when the implant is in a place that is visible. Both healing abutments and temporary crowns allow the tissue around the implant to be trained to grow around the final prosthetics tooth. After about two months the soft tissue will be healed to receive the final prosthetic tooth.

      The cost of dental treatment in a western country is approximately 7-10 times more than that in India. With these high costs people have started to combine their vacation with dental treatments into one, ending up by having a grand holiday almost free. There is a full service cosmetic and general dental clinic specializing in creating beautiful smiles. The in house facility of dental caps, crowns and beyond … Dental clinics in India give you the unmatched time advantage plus international quality control. For NRIs and foreigners they provide special care in the form of appointments at a short notice and the work is completed within the span of 3-5 days keeping in mind your tight schedule. Millions of people every year fly from USA and Europe for a grand holiday and dental implants surgery in India.

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      Did you know that dental problems are the ones that affect more people in the world than anything else. If you didn’t, then you better be on your toes and make sure you don’t lose your precious teeth. Ever heard about the best dental insurance in town? No, then heres the answer – AARP. The best of benefits and the greatest of advantages. Nobody knows dental insurance better than AARP because they have been in business for that many years and exactly know what’s best for the patients. The best part about AARP is you don’t even have to change your dentist! Not many policies allow you to keep them, do they? Nobody likes to change their dentist and there couldn’t be any other bigger benefit than that. We all know that saving money as well as receiving the best of benefits is our criteria and AARP just helps us do that. What more – AARP covers you for a full two years! In simple words your coverage will never change for these full two years. People have been searching for this and you have already found it. Welcome to AARP… Having your own dentist, getting the best benefits and good coverage are the vital points in any coverage. AARP has all of this for you. You and your family are so totally protected. The most needed benefits are the ones you will find with AARP. Other insurance companies load their policies with features you don’t use or don’t know but with AARP you get what you want and what you know. Easy to sigh up and easier to use! Don’t miss this not to miss offer. Just for you from AARP. After all we cant afford to ignore our good old set of teeth. For dental care is as important as health care.

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      When people want to find a solution to covering their dental care expenses, many of them normally think of dental insurance. After all, we have or can have insurance for almost anything else, such as medical insurance, car insurance, homeowners insurance, and many more. Therefore, people usually choose dental insurance and pay for a policy only to discover later on that this was not their best option, for several reasons. First of all, your dental insurance is very likely not to cover any of the conditions you had prior to buying the policy. In other words, if an older dental problem is bothering you now, you’ll have to pay to get it fixed, although you have dental insurance. The waiting period before you can treat a pre-existing condition is somewhere around twelve months, but who can wait that long if the problem persists or gets worse? Not even after the waiting period is over can you be sure that your condition will no longer be considered pre-existing and will be covered by your insurance. Moreover, the cost of dental insurance is rather high, the cheapest insurance possible being somewhere around $150, while some of the most expensive are around $600. You can imagine that the services covered vary according to the price of the dental insurance, so you shouldn’t expect too much coverage from a rather cheap insurance. Furthermore, cosmetic dentistry is not included in dental insurance; this is something you will have to pay for yourself.

      Fortunately, all those who want to have access to affordable dental care can do so by joining dental plans. These are the far better option now, in light of what the dental insurance covers and how much it costs. The discount dental plans are not expensive to join, starting as low as $80 a year. If you want your whole family to join the discount dental plan, the price is even more convenient, beginning with about $130 a year. But how do dental plans work? Well, you can join such a plan by paying a yearly fee and finding a dentist in your area who participates in a dental discount plan. It can be any dentist or dental specialist in the plan network, the choice is entirely up to you. Once you have joined a dental plan, there is no waiting period before you can have a dentist see you, there is no such thing as pre-existing condition (everything is treated) and there is no coverage limit.

      What do dentals plans cover exactly? Pretty much everything, from preventative care and restorative care to periodontal, orthodontic and endodontic procedures, from oral surgery and infections to cosmetic dentistry. In other words, you can join a dental plan and visit a dentist the very next day for dental problems such as check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, root canals, caps, gum surgery, root planing, braces, retainers, bridges, dentures, veneers and teeth whitening. All in all, if you are in need of immediate and decent dental care, at an affordable price, I suggest you weigh your options carefully and consider joining a dental plan, which comes with a lot more benefits and advantages.

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      People often do not pay as much attention to their dental health as they do to other illnesses, often with serious consequences. To keep dental diseases at bay and to meet the rising costs of dental treatment it is important that you choose a good dental plan. Having a dental plan should encourage you to take more preventive care of your teeth to avoid the more serious dental problems. With medical insurance services, the cost of a particular medical treatment or health check is reimbursed directly by the insurance company to the medical service provider. With dental insurance plans, the company is responsible for reimbursing the dentist. Dental plans can however vary in type and feature. Dentists participating in discount dental plans take lower fees than those covered by regular dental plans, with discounts varying between 20% and 60%. All dental plans charge a membership fee, with the amount varying from one plan to the other. Dental plans are offered to either individuals or to the whole family, with family dental plans usually offering bigger discounts than individual dental plans. You should compare the rates charged under the different plans before selecting the most appropriate one for you.

      It is important also to know the type of dental services covered by your dental plan. Routine dental check ups and dental treatments such as oral examination, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, teeth filling and teeth extraction are generally covered by most dental plans. However, dental plans do not always cover major dental care treatments such as oral surgery, dental implants, restorative care, braces, root canal treatments etc. In case of such costly dental procedures you unfortunately have to foot the bill yourself. Often there are a number of alternative treatments available for certain dental problems. Under such circumstances dental plans allow reimbursement for the cost of the basic dental treatment, and further costs in excess of the basic treatment cost has to be covered by the patient.

      Dental health plans may or may not allow you to choose your own dentist, but it is common practice for patients to generally receive dental care from dentists mentioned in the plan. Before choosing a plan make sure that the participating dentists practice in your area. Choose a plan that is accepted nationwide and not restricted to your state. Check whether you are allowed to visit the dentist unscheduled, or at scheduled hours only. You also need to decide whether you want an annual plan or a monthly plan. Annual dental plans are more cost beneficial than monthly plans. So get regular check ups with your dentist to reap the maximum benefits out of your dental plan.

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      It doesn’t matter how affluent you are anymore, health care costs are rising and coverage benefits are dropping. Quite a few Western countries with organized health care systems are still leaving too many citizens without adequate coverage. Having priority procedures taken care of, like emergency room visits, broken bones, or necessary surgeries often uses up benefits completely. There might be no funds left to cover routine dental care, cosmetic enhancements, or elective surgeries and procedures. Increasing numbers of people are paying full price for treatments in other countries because the insurance in their own country doesn’t cover the treatments that they need and want, and its cheaper to go abroad than pay full price at home. And, the waiting lists for non-emergency procedures is growing longer than the average life span.

      One type of treatment that is very conducive to a medical tourism model is dental tourism. Many people may be hesitant to seek medical care or involved surgeries outside of their own country, but, in general, the risks involved with dental treatments tend to be far smaller. When you are researching the options for dental tourism, one thing will become rather clear. Hungary, in particular Budapest, has grown to be one of the top destinations for dental tourism. Several factors have affected this ranking, including the availability of highly-qualified professional dentists (often with Western training), English-speaking providers, low cost and convenience of travel, very affordable accommodations, and the breathtaking beauty of the area. Remember when you are planning your dental tourism experience that you need to consider all of the angles involved. Just because one place offers a very cheap deal doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Choose quality along with affordability. This is your health and quality of life at stake, and it’s well worth it to research your options carefully!

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      America is in the midst of a healthcare crisis. Close to 48 million Americans do not have any health insurance and many are underinsured. Even more Americans lack good dental care. Statistics show that as many as 7 out of 10 Americans do not have an affordable dental plan. This is a serious situation because dental and gum disease can affect your general health. There is evidence that the bacteria from diseased gums and teeth may cause inflammation in the body which can eventually lead to heart and coronary artery disease. Preventive dental care can avoid these serious complications. In addition, a pleasant and healthy smile can help you feel confident and secure when you meet people, and can even help you perform better at a job interview. While most families realize the importance of good dental care, the cost of dental treatment has become prohibitively expensive in the past few years as has the cost of dental insurance. If you work for a large company, you may be able to obtain a traditional dental insurance policy. This will help with some expenses; however, most dental insurance plans have limits on how much an individual can spend on dental treatment per year. Typical annual dental plan yearly maximums are as low as $1,000 per patient. Treatment to save just one tooth with a root canal and a porcelain crown to protect the devitalized tooth will easily top this limit. What if a family member needs more extensive work than this?

      Another problem that patients have with dental insurance is that there will usually be a waiting period of up to one year for pre-existing dental conditions to be covered. If you have a serious dental problem, waiting a year before treatment can be initiated will only lead to a worsening of the condition meaning more costly treatment will be required in the future. Most dental insurance policies also have a missing tooth clause. This means that if a bridge or partial denture is needed for a tooth that was missing prior to treatment; the patient is not covered and must pay out of pocket. Most traditional dental insurance plans offer very limited or no coverage for orthodontic treatment (braces) even though good tooth alignment can prevent more serious dental problems later on. In addition, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants are rarely covered.

      Another problem with dental insurance is the long claim forms that must be submitted. This is a hassle for both the patient and dental office alike. Clearly for many families, a dental discount plan offers an affordable alternative to costly dental insurance. These dental discount plans are readily available to individuals, the self employed, as well as businesses. For patients with ongoing conditions or who need extensive restorative work, a dental discount plan is clearly the better choice because they will save much more with the discount program. Savings with a good dental discount plan typically range from 25% for specialist treatment (periodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, etc. ) to 80% for exams. Most major dental procedures such as fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, dentures, and orthodontic treatment offer savings from 50% to 60% and even more when done by a general dentist literally cutting a family’s dental bill by more than half. In addition, patients will enjoy instant savings, no limits on visits or services, no age limits, no waiting period, and no paperwork. As an added benefit, many discount dental plans also offer value added services such as a prescription card, and savings on chiropractic and vision care.

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      Without any dental insurance or dental plans most Americans would not get their routine check up. The cost of dental care can be so expensive. Now Its easy to save money on quality dental care for you and your family with a discount dental plan. Enjoy discounts on checkups, cleanings, braces, root canals and more with select plans.

      Why it is very important to keep up on your routine dental visits. Tooth decay is one of the most common of all disorders, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect any person. It is the most important cause of tooth loss in younger people. Plaque begins to accumulate on teeth within 20 minutes after eating (the time when most bacterial activity occurs). If this plaque is not removed thoroughly and routinely, tooth decay will not only begin, but flourish. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth (cavities). Cavities are usually painless until they grow very large inside the tooth and destroy the nerve and blood vessels in the tooth. If left untreated, a tooth abscess can develop. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the internal structures of the tooth (pulp) and ultimately causes the loss of the tooth. Most cavities are discovered in the early stages during routine checkups. The surface of the tooth may be soft when probed with a sharp instrument. Pain may not be present until the advanced stages of tooth decay. Dental x-rays may show some cavities before they are visible to the eye.

      Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means around the tooth. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed. Now the benefits of these dental plans: Save 10% to 60% on most dental procedures. Choose from over 30 discount dental plans. No health restrictions, paperwork hassles or annual limits. Most plans activate within 3 business days, so you can save on your dental care right away!

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      Using a good quality toothbrush and toothpaste can help keep your smile bright! When we talk about dental care many people think about that trip to the dentists every 6 months. You DO go to the dentist regularly don’t you? OK, many of us don’t because of the time involved or expense. The second best way to protect your teeth is to follow a regular dental care regimen at home. This would include not only brushing your teeth with a quality toothbrush but also using some type of dentifrice or toothpaste and regular use of dental floss. Flossing is probably the least used but most effective way to clean areas of your teeth that cannot be reached with brushing alone. Toothpaste is a paste used, almost always in conjunction with a tooth brush, to clean teeth. Good oral hygiene demands consistent brushing on a daily basis preferably after each meal.

      The first reference to toothpaste was found believe it or not in Egyptian writings. Toothpaste back then was probably a mixture of spices like salt and peppermint and probably some herbs. Although not exactly our idea of good tasting, it was most likely very effective for keeping down the decaying food particles and was considered good basic dental care of the day. In the late 1800s, toothpaste and dental care become a growth industry for many smaller companies. Oral hygiene of the day was a mixture of chalk and various salts designed more as an abrasive to scrape off plaque than make your mouth clean. We now know that these types of toothpastes or powders actually damaged teeth because of the abrasive nature of the ingredients. The abrasiveness scraped and damaged the enamel coating that protected teeth and left them more vulnerable to decay and plaque build up. By 1900, baking soda made its way into commercial toothpaste products along with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide solution. This was probably the very beginnings of teeth whitening products for the mass market. Although actual tooth cleaning pastes were first marketed in the 19th century, it was not very popular until the mid 1900s.

      The Colgate Company manufactured toothpaste in the first collapsible tube, similar to the tubes we use today. These were actually the first products that had the basic compounds to brighten and whiten teeth. Hydrogen peroxide, although in higher concentrations is being used today to remove staining and whiten teeth. Although tooth powders, a precursor product to toothpaste didn’t show up on the market until this time, it wasn’t until the mid 1950-1960 that modern toothpaste that we recognize became the teeth cleaner of choice. Fluoride started to be added to toothpastes in the 1950 and 1960s. Fluoride is still controversial due to the claimed dangers of anything chemical. Although fluoride is not good for people in large quantities, it’s a fact that as fluoride has been added to the nations water supply, the number of cavities in children has dropped dramatically. Of course, theres little doubt that fluoride has been instrumental in lowering the number of dental cavities.

      Like many shampoos, healthier ingredients (such as baking soda, pseudo-mouthwash etc.) are often combined into base mixes of varying qualities and marketed as being beneficial. Toothpaste is most commonly sold in flexible tubes, although one may also purchase it in hard plastic containers with pumps. Packages designed to stand straight up, so as to allow more of the toothpaste to be used, are a relatively recent innovation. You only need a little toothpaste to get the job done however. Remember that the toothpaste manufacturers have an interest in getting you to overuse their product, making more purchases likely. A pea-sized amount is more than enough to do a good job brushing your teeth. Toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors, with those marketed to kids! Tasting like orange, cinnamon and bubblegum. Taste has nothing to do with the quality of the product however but may get some people and children to brush longer. So for a good brushing, use a quality toothpaste and soft bristle brush. Your teeth and gums will thank you!

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      Did you need to visit the dentist recently, but didn’t because the costs were too high? This is not uncommon, especially if you are self employed or if your employer doesn’t offer dental coverage as a benefit. Individual dental insurance plans have become extremely expensive and they don’t offer near enough coverage, especially when you initially buy the policy. For example, pre-existing conditions are not covered by new dental insurance policies until you’ve gone through a one year waiting period from the day that you buy the policy. During this time you must maintain your premium payments on time and in full. Unfortunately, the policy still will only cover a small portion of any costs claimed for your pre-existing condition after the year is over. You may get a small amount of assistance, such as 10% – 25%, but you’ll still end up paying the majority of the costs yourself until after you’ve owned the policy for a few years.

      If you are self employed or simply need an affordable individual or family dental plan, your best bet is to join what is called a discount dental plan. These discount plans don’t work like insurance, therefore you can be seen right away for any existing problems that you may have and pay a substantially reduced rate. All you need to do is locate a participating provider close to where you live, pay the low annual fee to join the plan, make an appointment with your new dentist (or your old one. They may already be a participating provider.), get your dental care taken care of and pay them in full at the time of your visit. You will save anywhere from ten to sixty percent on your dental care by participating in the plan! So if you’re self employed or simply need a good dental plan for yourself or your family, take a good look at discount dental plans as an affordable option.

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      Maintaining good dental health can at times prove to be expensive. Therefore it is important that you go for a good dental insurance that covers the costs of your dental treatment be it a routine check up or an emergency. Purchasing dental insurance from a good dental insurance company relieves you of the hassles and worries of the otherwise expensive cost of keeping your oral cavity healthy. With dental insurance you can choose a specific dental plan that is right for you. However, before choosing a dental plan from any dental insurance company you must pay attention to the following points:

      * You should ask the dental insurance company for its actual office address and not just its P. O. Box address. This step should give you peace of mind in knowing that you are purchasing dental insurance from a real dental insurance company. Ask for its office phone number so that you can contact the office any time to learn more about its dental plans.
      * Ask the dental insurance company if it covers specific procedures performed by your dentist. If you are searching for a dental plan that covers teeth fillings and teeth cleanings, that dental plan should not cost you much. On the other hand, if you would like to have x-rays and fluoride paid by your dental plan, then this type of dental plan most likely should cost a bit more.
      * Ask the dental insurance company about your personal dentists role in its dental plan. If your dentist is not on its list, then it is rather useless selecting such type of dental plan. Since your dentist is the one most familiar with your dental health, it is better to ask your dentist which dental insurance companies dental plans he participates in.
      * You can do a thorough research on dental insurance companies online. Dental health is a new and fast growing industry and is getting very competitive. You can find a wide selection of dental plans ranging from $15.00 per month to $100 per month.

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      Cosmetic Dental Procedures

      Our cosmetic dental procedures are summarized below. In many cases, a cosmetic dentist will implement a combination of the following procedures to give you that perfect smile, improve your dental health, and develop a better overall health.

      * Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is generally performed on patients who want a better smile. Teeth whitening may be performed to reduce discoloration and possible staining, or to provide the patient with whiter teeth and a better smile.
      * Veneers – Veneers are an extremely thin covering that people use to optimize their appearance. These can easily correct stained, chipped, or poorly positioned teeth. Veneers are a conservative approach to esthetic problems. Their results are remarkable!
      * Dental Implants – Implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth. From one tooth, to a whole set, implants have been shown to remarkably improve peoples lives.
      * Dental Bonding – Bonding is a tooth-colored filling placed in the front and back teeth. Composites are the remedy for restoring decayed teeth, cosmetic improvements and changing the color or reshaping them. Bonding may lighten stains that you have on your teeth, close minor gaps and correct crooked teeth. Bonding can cover natural flaws by applying a thin coat of plastic material on the front surface. Then we can apply a bonding material to sculpt color and shape your teeth. A high-intensity light hardens the composite, and the surface is polished.
      * Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is basically a false tooth or teeth which is fused between two or more porcelain crowns to fill empty spaces left by a missing tooth or teeth. This procedure is an alternative to implants or removable dentures. Fixed bridges are bonded and are not removable. Bridges may reduce risk of gum disease, assist in correcting some bite issues and improve speech. Bridges require a patient s full commitment to a strict regimented oral hygiene and may last up to ten years or more.
      * Dentures – Dentures are replacements for missing teeth essentially made from an acrylic resin. Dentists sometimes incorporate porcelain or metal for added structural support. The two main types of dentures are called complete dentures and partial dentures and are finely designed and custom fit to your needs. If you care for your dentures they will look natural and provide a good smile. Dentures can strengthen muscles that control your facial expressions and can eliminate some of your pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth. Best of all, they can help you to be able to chew again!
      * Composite Restorations (fillings) – are used to restore tooth structure lost by decay or damage. This tooth colored filling can also help to “shape” teeth to improve cosmetics. Tooth fillings were colored to look like a natural tooth and known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings. They are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite Resin Fillings are durable, strong, and provide a natural looking smile. * * Inlays/Onlays – These restorations are made of ceramic or gold and are used as a much longer lasting alternative to composite fillings.
      * Crowns – can be made of ceramic, porcelain or gold. They also protect the teeth if they have had a root canal or if they had a bog filling.
      * Root Canals – We have all heard the comparisons of painful procedures when it comes to the root canal. At our Dental Practice, we make it as comfortable as possible. These tiny canals within your tooth become infected, and this leads to a diseased pulp inside your tooth. We can remove any infection in the root canal through this procedure. The canals are filled and the tooth receives a filling or a crown. Crowns are more commonly used in most cases because they give the tooth some extra strength.

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      About Dry Mouth

      When we don’t produce enough saliva, the mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. This decreased production of saliva is known as dry mouth or xerostomia. Dry mouth affects about 10% of all people and is more prevalent in women than men. Disorders of saliva production affect elderly people effectively affecting around one in five elderly people. As people get older, they tend to take more medicines; half of all Americans aged 60-plus take three or more prescription medicines on a regular basis. This is the primary reason why older people are more likely to suffer from chronic Dry Mouth.

      Saliva is an essential part of a healthy mouth and is often taken for granted. The lubricating properties of saliva provide comfort and help protect the oral tissues against ulcers, sores, and other effects of friction. Saliva neutralizes acids and provides antibodies against bacterial threat. Saliva helps digest food and helps teeth in mineralization. Saliva is also a very essential contributor to a person’s ability to taste, as it acts as a solvent for the taste stimuli. There are many causes of dry mouth. Dry mouth most commonly occurs as a side effect of medications that cause decrease saliva production, including blood pressure medications, antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, and many others. Other causes of dry mouth are radiation treatments to treat cancerous tumors, salivary gland diseases, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mouth breathing, sleep apnea, autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupuserythematosus.

      Eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, are other risk factors for developing xerostomia. Salivary production is often decreased when a major salivary duct becomes blocked, such as from a stone or infection. Dehydration is one of the main factors contributing to dry mouth. Conditions that lead to dehydration, such as fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss and burns can cause dry mouth. Lifestyle choices which includes smoking or chewing tobacco can affect saliva production and aggravate dry mouth.
      Continuously breathing with your mouth open can also contribute to the problem. Patients suffering from dry mouth or xerostomia experience the common symptoms of sticky dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips, dry feeling in the throat, burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue, dry red raw tongue, problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing, swallowing, hoarseness, dry nasal passages, and sore throat.

      To determine if you have dry mouth, your doctor or dentist likely will examine your mouth and review your medical history and all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications. Sometimes you may need blood tests, imaging scans of your salivary
      glands or tests that measure how much saliva you produce to identify the cause of your dry mouth. If your doctor suspects your dry mouth is caused by Sjogren’s syndrome, a small sample of cells (biopsy) taken from salivary glands in your lip may be sent for testing.

      Practical measures that will help resolve dry mouth, whatever the causes are:
      * Take frequent sips or sprays of cold water.
      * Always have a glass of water next to you when you go to bed.
      * Suck ice cubes.
      * Sugar-free chewing gum is often helpful.
      * Eating pineapple chunks or partly frozen melon is often soothing and helpful.
      * Some people find that it helps to suck boiled sweets. (But, sugary or acidic sweets are not typically good for teeth. ).
      * Consider reducing or cutting out caffeine and alcohol which have a diuretic effect. (This means that they can make you pass out more
      urine, which can be dehydrating. ) Caffeine occurs in tea, coffee, cola and other drinks. It is also part of some medicines.
      * You can apply petroleum jelly to your lips to prevent drying and cracking.
      * Sometimes if its not adequate, then your doctor can prescribe spray, gel or lozenge for production of artificial saliva or saliva
      stimulants like pilocarpine.

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      Best And Worst Foods For Dental Health

      It may be easy to think that a regular regime of brushing twice a day is adequate for maintaining ideal oral hygiene, but it is important to note that the different kinds of food and beverages that we consume have different impacts on the mineralized portion of our teeth. Some food substances may contain nutrients and minerals that allow teeth to regain lost strength and gums to remain healthy, while other food substances can cause deterioration of the oral cavity in numerous ways including staining, cavity formation, accumulation of bacteria and conditions associated with the gums. It is said that prevention is better than cure, and rightly so. The right diet and maintenance routines can work wonders for the oral cavity. The top five best foods the teeth have been enlisted as follows:

      * Milk and Dairy Products: Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cottage cheese are rich in calcium. Calcium helps in providing
      strength and structural integrity to the teeth. Calcium not only strengthen the enamel of the teeth, but also all the bones of the
      body.
      * Natural Greens: Eating fresh fruit and vegetables can work miracles for the teeth; not only do these leafy, fresh foods offer a
      scrubbing action on the teeth that remove lodged debris from between the teeth, but also helps in active generation of saliva which
      keeps the oral cavity thoroughly cleansed.
      * Sugar-free Gum: Leading dentists recommend sugar-free gums to their patients. This is because these gums stimulate the generation of
      saliva and can be used for long durations of time without posing any threat to the teeth.
      * Nuts: Nuts contains some essential nutrients and minerals such as calcium and vitamin D; walnuts, almonds and peanuts can help
      strengthen the teeth and gums both.
      * Water: While it may seem surprising to many, water has been enlisted among the top best foods and beverages for ideal oral health.
      Among the most prominent advantages of consuming water throughout the day include the fact that water generally contains fluoride, a
      mineral which is also added to toothpastes and mouthwashes to keep the teeth safe from bacteria, plaque and cavity formation. Another
      prominent advantage is that water helps in washing out food substances which may have lodged between teeth after meals.

      The top five food substances that have been deemed the worse for oral health include:

      * Acidic fizzy/sports drinks: Based on the researches conducted in various parts of the world, the consumption of fizzy/sports drinks
      has increased rapidly within the last decade. It is critical to note that these drinks contain high levels of sugar and acids such as
      carbonic acid and phosphoric acid. Not only do these drinks lower the pH of the oral cavity allowing bacteria to accumulate, but can
      also lead to rapid deterioration of the teeth by weakening their structure.
      * Candy: Chewy or hard, candy is perhaps the worst enemy of the teeth. Chewy candy adheres to the surfaces of the teeth and is difficult
      to remove, while hard candy may lodge between the grooves of the teeth and requires a considerable amount of time before it dissolves.
      In both cases, this candy gives ample time for opportunistic bacteria to accumulate and cause destruction of the teeth.
      * Staining beverages: The top three most popular, most widely consumed beverages which are also known culprits for teeth staining are
      wine, tea and coffee. People who regularly consume either or all of these beverages are most likely to complain of discoloration and
      generalized staining which is near impossible to remove with normal brushing techniques.
      * Citrus containing food: While citric acid may be great for the skin and blood, it is quite harmful for the oral cavity if consumed
      regularly without proper cleaning. Lemon and orange juices for instance, can lower the pH of the oral cavity. Pickles (which contain
      vinegar) are also equally harmful for the teeth.
      * Starch and carbohydrates: Food such as salted crackers, potato crisps and breads turn mushy once they have been mixed with saliva;
      this makes it easy for these substances to adhere between teeth and attract bacteria.

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      Recent reports document that employment in the dental industry is speculated to rise by twenty one percent. Over the years, dentists have become an essential role for millions of people worldwide that include teenagers, adults and the elderly. With so many people, requiring assistance pertaining to oral health, dental jobs are consistently in demand. Dentists are qualified dental surgeons that hold doctoral or professional degrees and often offer treatment services through their own practices. Dentists specialize in treating common and irregular diseases that affect the overall oral health of the teeth and gums. Dentists play a valuable and essential role for society that comes in for regular checkups and patients that seek further treatment pertaining to oral health. In addition, dentists assist patients by providing effective and useful communication to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums.

      The Benefits of Being a Dentist
      One of the most essential benefits of being a dentist is that you can help many people. There are many people seeking a qualified trusted dentist to assist with oral health issues and provide useful advice on teeth and gums. Secondly, dentists are well paid, with a rewarding income that may include bonuses. With dental jobs on the rise, there are millions of people in need of quality oral care, so the prospects will be countless. Dentists can be their own boss! If you’re just starting out you can gradually work your way up and open your own practice.

      How to Become a Dentist?
      * High School Diploma – The first thing you will need to do is get your high school diploma and participate in as many science, biology, math and chemistry classes as you can.
      * Bachelor’s Degree – Many dental institutions request that candidates have a bachelors degree, however there are dentists that work for other people that hold an associates degree.
      * Master’s Degree – A dentist can own their own practice with a bachelor’s degree, however, the more degrees and specialties the more of an advantage, it is for you this will help to increase your salary.
      * Business Courses – If you plan to open your own practice, you may wish to participate in business courses to become knowledgeable on running your own practice.
      * Dental Admission Test – Before students can apply to a dental school a (DAT) Dental Admission Test is required. Some schools may have a score that students have to meet before being accepted, so be sure to get a passing grade. Check with the dental school or institution to get all the requirements needed for admissions.
      * Additional Good Standing Documents – Most dental schools require DAT scores, GPA, letters of recommendations and an interview with an admissions specialist. Upon successfully being accepted, into the school, it will take 4 years to receive a (DMD) Doctor of Dental Medicine or (DDS) Doctor of Dental Surgery. The American Dental Association may officially recognize the programs as meeting the essential requirements. However, some states request candidates to get their degree from approved programs in order to obtain a state license. So be sure to research your state’s requirements as well. Some states requirements differ, however all states require that candidates pass the National Board of Dentist Examinations. Candidates will also have to take a practical examination by the state’s licensing board. The examination will consists of CPR certification, first aid certification and an interview with a background check.

      There are nine specialties for candidates to choose from, if you consider to specialize, it will take 2-4 more years of studying. In addition, you may have to participate in a 2-year residency program to earn a specialty state license. Recent reports document the average salary for a dentist to be $146,925 annually. However, there are multiple factors to consider for wage increase, if a dentist holds multiple specialties, many years of experience and owns their own practice, then the dentist will be awarded with an increase in salary.

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