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Good for Teeth

Advice from Oatlands Dental

We know that there are sugary and sticky food that are bad for our dental health, but there are a few food that appear to be beneficial to our oral health.

 

Cashews

This is a recent discovery. Cashew nuts and oil from the same plant will kill off some form of bacteria, including gram positive bacteria, the type most commonly involved in tooth decay and abscesses. Apparently even quite dilute amounts of anarcadic acids found in cashews are still quite effective against bacteria problems, meaning a small serving of cashews eaten on a daily basis will noticeably reduce tooth decay.

Cashews are high in calories, and they cannot be eaten straight from the tree. Even raw cashews are at least steamed. Individuals with nut allergies must obviously avoid cashews.

 

XYLITOL

This is a sugar alcohol sweetener. Originally it was only thought of as a substitute for standard sugar, with less sugar meaning less decay. But it turns out that Xylitol actually has anti decay benefits on its own. It actually reduces dental problems.

Xylitol is derived from natural sources, though it does go through a certain amount of processing. It is found, in small amounts, in berries, oats, mushrooms, fruits and vegetables. Commercially available Xylitol is mostly derived from corn and corn husks.

Xylitol chewing gum is popular. It has a twofold benefit, with both the Xylitol and the saliva stimulation reducing decay.

 

Cocoa

Chocolate contains sugar, which is causing problems. But the cocoa is actually good for teeth. Find cocoa without sugar to help fight tooth decay. Remember, it is a stimulant.

 

Dairy

Dairy is under scrutiny as of late. There are questions about whether we need to have grain or grass fed milk. And there may be more lactose intolerance problems than previously thought. But the calcium in milk is good for teeth and bones. Cheese looks to be the best option here.

 

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Wisdom teeth are notorious for not emerging properly and getting infected. Healthy eating can at least reduce the risk infection problems. And if the teeth do need extraction it is easier if the mouth is healthy.

 

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Reducing decay with healthy eating will not directly help the alignment of teeth, but keeping the teeth in optimal health will help the orthodontic treatment that does straighten teeth.

Teeth

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Teeth, or at least their outer enamel, are the hardest part of the human body. Teeth are also one of the longest lasting part of the body, providing we look after them. Our permanent teeth should last the rest of our lives.

 

The basic structure of a tooth falls into four parts, though this apparent simplicity is misleading as the complexities of tooth growth, structure, and regeneration are still under study. The tooth enamel is the outer part of the tooth. It is mostly hard mineral with some water and organic material. Because this enamel is semi-translucent the colour of the material beneath, either the natural dentin or artificial filling, affects the colour of the tooth.

 

Dentin is the material beneath the enamel. It is a porous, yellow material consisting mostly of 70% inorganic material. Being softer than enamel it is more prone to decay that the outer surface of the tooth. The dentin material has many tiny tunnels, about 1 or 2 micro-meters, running form the pulp to the enamel. Each of these tunnels is separate from each other. Recent studies have speculated on liquids flowing through these tunnels, from the pulp to the outer enamel, which may affect both general tooth health and resistance to decay.

 

The pulp (or nerve) is in the middle of the tooth, surrounded by another layer called the Cementum. The cementum is similar to the dentin, but has more organic material, something which allows the tooth to attach itself to periodontal ligaments for stability. The pulp inside the cementum supplies the tooth with moisture and nutrients, and also provides the physical feeling for the tooth. Temperature, external pressure and damage to the tooth (such as decay) are felt through this pulp.

DENTAL FOCUS – BAD HABITS FOR TEETH.

 

Most health trends come and go. A few stay because they are valid. Others turn out to be ineffective or even counterproductive. More often the perceived health benefit comes at the cost of a greater side-effect. Teeth can be compromised by something that was thought to be better for our health.

 

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar:

This purportedly is great for weight loss, detox and general health, but is viciously bad for tooth enamel. The health benefits are still anecdotal, so we should be cautious. We should also rinse our mouths with water after drinking anything acidic.

 

Brushing after Eating:

Enamel is soft after eating of drinking anything acidic. Wait 30 minutes. Over diligence is bad on this occasion.

 

Avoiding the Sun:

We need vitamin D from Sunlight, but need to avoid too much UV light exposure. This one is about moderation and timing. Get some sunlight in the early morning, preferably on your arms and legs. Wear sunscreen and glasses during the midday hours. Early morning Sun should help you sleep at night, and the vitamin D is essential for your teeth.

 

Juicing:

Making our own juice form fresh ingredients is a popular trend; and it is healthy to get the fibre and nutrients in our juice. But fruit tends to be acidic. Try adding more vegetable and less acidic lemon and fruit juice. Rinse with water after drinking juice

 

Avoiding X-rays:

Dental X-rays find hidden problems in the mouth. People avoid them because of a fear of cancer, no realizing that the radiation from an X-ray is extremely low. We are exposed to 3.1 mSv of radiation per year under any circumstance. A dental is only 0.005mVs by comparison, which is less than an average day. We are exposed to more radiation when travelling in an aeroplane or when sunbathing. X-ray radiation is almost insignificant.

 

 

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DENTIST ON VICTORIA – MORE DENTAL PROBLEMS

Tooth Erosion

Enamel erosion is where acid in the saliva causes loss of the tooth’s surface. This gives rise to tooth sensitivity and cracking. This tooth enamel erosion is more common that most believe, but can be prevented with the usual good dental habit of brushing, flossing and use of fluoride. If the erosion is caught in its early stages the enamel can sometime be re-mineralized. There has also been some success with enamel being regrown over a protein scaffold on the teeth. But in both these instances any acid in the saliva must be eliminated, which was the very thing that caused the problem in the first place.

In the past many individuals enthusiastically brushed their teeth straight after eating acidic foods (soda, candy …etc.). This was actually counterproductive as the tooth enamel was weakened by the food acid, and the toothbrush wore this surface enamel away.  We now believe it is better to gargle water and then brush an hour later when the tooth enamel has re-mineralized.

Tooth erosion is a different problem to tooth abrasion.

Tooth Abrasion

Tooth abrasion is the wearing away of the tooth via physical abrasion, usually a foreign object in the mouth. This can sometime be jewellery, or tooth grinding,  but even overzealous brushing or toothbrushes with hard bristles cause serious damages.

It is not uncommon for abrasion and enamel erosion to occur together; acid soften the enamel surface and abrasion rapidly wears it away. Both diet and cleaning techniques must be modified to prevent this.

Sinus Dental Problems.

The body is a system with many interacting parts. It is possible for symptom in one area to be caused by another part of the body. Bad dental hygiene will affect heart and brain health, amongst other things. Sinus infections can cause painful sensations in the teeth, particularity in the upper mouth. If several teeth feel sore it may be a sinus condition.

Talk to your dentist about any dental pain. Some issues can be easily fixed, others need to be treated before they become more serious.

Dental Implants, Sydney

Dental implants use an artificial post, usual made of titanium, which is inserted into the patient’s jawbone. Titanium is used for this post as it fuses with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. A realistic looking outer tooth is attached to this titanium post, giving an end result that is almost indistinguishable from a biological tooth.

One great advantage with dental implants is that they do not affect surrounding teeth. Older styles tooth replacements required surrounding teeth to be used to support the replacement, meaning they had to be extensively modified. Implants are completely self-supporting, requiring only sufficient bone to be properly anchored.

While individual teeth can, and often are, replaced by implants it is also possible to replace several teeth at once. In these cases many teeth can be attached after inserting only two titanium posts into the jaw.

Though an implant’s surface is immune to decay it is still very important to maintain regular cleaning habits; infected gums around the implant or adjacent teeth can result in tooth loss.

Dental implants require three visits to the dentist. One for assessing the situation and taking X-rays; a second, Longer visit for inserting the titanium rod; and a third visit several weeks later when the bone has bonded adequately to the rod, for the artificial tooth to be attached. This last visit is usually both brief and painless.

Occasionally, when there is insufficient bone for a post to bond properly, a titanium frame is attached to the patient’s jaw underneath the gum. This reinforces the already present bone, and is not noticeable once the area has healed.

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With any questions about dental implants,Sydney based Dental Focus can address any queries.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a more costly procedure that dentures, but the results speak for themselves. They are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth, require only normal cleaning, and the titanium rods prevent any misalignment issues that can occur with dentures.

The natural looking teeth of implants are permanently held in place with titanium rods inserted into the patient’s jaw. Titanium is used here as an effect called Osseo integration means that the insert fuses to the surrounding bone.

Initially a patient is examined and X-rayed or CT scanned to ascertain whether the mouth has sufficient jawbone to hold a dental implant.

If there is sufficient bone the titanium rod is inserted into the jaw upon the next visit. This is the most time consuming and awkward part of the procedure.

After a few weeks, when the titanium rod bonds to the jaw, an artificial tooth can be permanently attached to the top. This is a relatively quick process.

If a patient does not have sufficient bone in their jaw a titanium frame is used, connecting the tooth to a reinforced jawbone. This procedure, called Sub periosteal implanting, is more expensive and only used in more extreme cases.

Though the artificial teeth of implants cannot decay usual regular brushing is still required lest gum disease causes complications and further tooth loss.

For Individuals who are interested in dental Implants in Chatswood, Dentists ‘Advance Dental Care’ are well equipped and experienced in fitting implants.

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Tooth Brush Bacteria

Studies have shown that hollow headed toothbrushes, such as the ones used on electric toothbrushes, actually retain a considerable amount of bacteria. Solid headed brushes retained less bacteria.

The study does show how much bacteria was retained, but not how the bacteria on a brush affects health. The bacteria is linked to health concerns, but whether the brush is responsible for transferring the bacteria is another matter. Given the link now know to exist between gum hygiene and cardiovascular health a hygienic toothbrush would seem important.

Some electric toothbrushes have solid head attachments; a visual inspection can find this type. But while they retained less bacteria than hollow models the bacteria still existed.

Those worried about the accumulation of bacteria can use UV light to disinfect their brushes; an option that some electric toothbrushes already include. Else they can soak toothbrush heads in mouthwash and let them dry thoroughly.

Toothbrushes should be changed regularly, especially after an illness.

Source:
http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/dental-health-2/2014/09/is-your-toothbrush-a-happy-home-for-bacteria/
http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10683-bacteria-collects-in-hollow-head-toothbrushes


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