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Fun Facts about Toothpaste

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

You brush every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Most people don’t think much about their toothpaste, except whether they like gel or paste. These interesting tidbits about toothpaste might surprise you.

Read on to learn more about toothpaste, and share these cool facts with your friends!

  • Before modern toothpaste existed, people tried all kinds of dry, rough substances to clean their teeth, such as crushed eggshell, pumice, and the burnt hooves of animals.
  • In the past, brushing your teeth wasn’t important so many people had black, rotten teeth, including Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Toothpaste is often flavored from plants like spearmint and peppermint.
  • Dicalcium phosphate dehydrate is the abrasive in toothpaste that helps remove leftover food and plaque from teeth. It makes up about 1/5th of the toothpaste tube.
  • Colgate began selling the first commercial brand of toothpaste in 1873. Crest made its U.S. debut in 1955.
  • A document from the 4th century A.D. provided a recipe of ingredients needed for the perfect smile: one drachma (one hundredth of an ounce) of rock salt, two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower, and 20 grains of pepper, all crushed and mixed together.
  • Found in shampoo and soap, surfactants are the ingredients that allow the paste to foam and they help spread the toothpaste over your teeth.
  • Other than texture and flavor, gels and pastes work the same so it’s a matter of personal preference.
  • The most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Don’t use fluoride toothpaste on children under two because they can ingest too much and cause staining on their teeth.

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Ways You Can Damage Your Smile

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, your smile is no match for abuse, neglect, or mistreatment. Without the right care, you can seriously damage your teeth and gums. If you want to see just how vulnerable your smile is, the following list will provide a surefire way to wreak havoc on your mouth.

Brushing infrequently and not flossing
For the best results, you need to brush at least twice a day and floss regularly. Flossing stimulates gums and removes debris from between teeth. Make these steps part of your oral care routine.

Forgoing regular dental exams
Having a dental checkup every six months will help maintain optimal oral health, but most people skip this recommendation. Even if you can’t see any problems, schedule your appointment so that your dentist can assess your current status.

Treating your teeth like tools
Ripping open snack bags, popping off bottle caps, or chomping on ice can lead to cracking and breakage. To avoid needing restorative dental work, take time to find the scissors or locate a bottle opener.

Whitening too frequently
If you fail to read instructions or whiten teeth too often, you may irritate gums or make teeth feel sensitive. Before beginning a bleaching process, check with your dentist to ensure that your smile can handle the treatment.

Getting an oral piercing
While you might think a lip ring or tongue piercing is a great accessory, you can cause serious harm to your mouth. Teeth can become chipped or fractured. You also risk excessive bleeding and infection during the piercing process.

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Taking Care of your Teeth During the Summer

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

School is out for summer and vacation mode is in full swing! However, that doesn’t mean you can take a break from good oral care. Keeping your teeth and gums clean may not be top on your list of things to do this summer, but it’s important to maintain proper dental habits. Don’t forget to follow these tips for keeping your mouth healthy during the summer.

Brush carefully
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and try to do so after eating. You may be snacking more often during the summer, which means your teeth are more subject to harmful acids that can contribute to decay. Plaque will build up unless you brush it away using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Floss daily
Yes, even during the summer you need to floss every day to get rid of plaque and food between your teeth. Your toothbrush can’t reach every area, so that’s why flossing is vital. Make sure you pack dental floss for any overnight trips too.

Wear your appliances
If you wear braces or any other types of appliances, make sure you continue to clean them properly and to wear them as directed by your dentist or orthodontist. The length of time for your treatment may be extended if you skip a whole summer of wearing your appliances or are inconsistent with them.

Eat nutritious foods
Don’t take a vacation from eating healthy foods. Avoid items high in starch and sugar, which promote acids in your mouth. Try to make nutritious choices in what you eat and drink, and remember to brush after eating.

See your dentist
There’s usually plenty of opportunity during summer break to schedule a checkup with your dentist. Go in for a professional cleaning and thorough checkup, so that your mouth will stay healthy and you can help avoid extensive treatment.

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What is a Dental Emergency?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Sometimes an injury or tooth pain can occur suddenly, and immediate dental care may be required. It’s not always obvious when a problem needs emergency care, but some dental emergencies do need to be treated quickly to avoid infections or permanent damage.

Here’s a guide to situations that are usually considered dental emergencies.

  • Cracked or broken tooth – contact your dentist immediately. Rinse your mouth with water and hold a cold compress to the affected area until you can get to your dentist’s office.
  • Excessive bleeding with lip or tongue bite – clean the area and use a cold compress. Go to the emergency room if the bleeding is severe or won’t stop.
  • Jaw injury – if you think you may have broken your jaw, apply a cold pack and immediately to your dentist’s office or the emergency room.
  • Knocked out tooth –rinse the root of the lost tooth if it’s dirty. Do not scrub or removed any tissue left on the tooth. Try reinserting the tooth into its socket, but if that isn’t successful, see your dentist right away. Placing the lost tooth in milk may help preserve the tooth until you can get professional help.
  • Loose tooth – see your dentist immediately if one of your teeth is loosened. Take over-the-counter pain reliever if needed, and apply a cold compress.
  • Lost crown or filling – place the crown or filling in a safe place and contact your dentist. To decrease sensitivity, you may apply clove oil and dental cement available at your drugstore, but only if you’ve gotten approval from your dentist.
  • Severe or sudden toothache – rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth. Contact your dentist if your toothache persists.
  • Swelling – painful swelling in your mouth may indicate an abscess, which is an infected area of pus that can become serious. See your dentist as soon as possible, and try rinsing your mouth with saltwater in the meantime.

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