Dental Implants (How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?)

Do you need to replace a missing tooth? Or do you have several teeth you’d like to replace?

Do you have a gap in your smile or a loss of chewing function?

Dental implants are the next best thing to having your own natural teeth.

But how much will dental implants cost?

Many people choose dental implants because they are a popular and effective way to replace one, two or several missing teeth.

But wait! Aren’t they expensive? Yes, they can be.

But, they can also be affordable too. How much will dental implants cost? I will explain all the details for you.

In this article, I will discuss all you need to know about dental implants, the procedure and what you can expect to pay for the procedure. 

I am a Dental Hygienist and would like to help you improve your smile.  See About the Author.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants

A dental implant is a small screw made from titanium that can be placed in your top or bottom jaw.

It serves as a replacement for the root portion of your normal natural tooth that is missing.

Once the titanium screw is placed in the jawbone, it fuses to the bone over time and becomes the anchor for a replacement tooth.

A permanent crown will be secured to the titanium post and become a fixed part of your smile.

The implant that is surgically inserted into the jawbone forms the base to which attachments of different purposes can be made.

The implant will work in the same way that your natural root would have if you still had your tooth.

Research according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons suggests that dental implants on average have a 95% success rate.

They can be used to replace a single missing tooth. They can also be used as a way to support bridges and dentures when several teeth are missing.

A bridge or denture supported with implants is more comfortable and stable and allows you to bite and chew naturally.

To replace an entire missing tooth there are three parts included which I will describe in more detail shortly.

These three parts include: the implant (post surgically inserted in bone), the abutment (connector piece between the implant and crown), and the crown (white part of tooth that is visible).

Dental Implant

Implants are very popular today for many reasons:

Check out the reasons noted in a recent article of

  • Intact teeth adjacent to a missing tooth do not need to be restored as they would for a fixed bridge
  • Great option for those unhappy with a removable partial denture
  • Can make dentures more comfortable to wear
  • Dental implants can help preserve your bone after teeth are extracted or lost
  • Offers a non-removable option to replace missing teeth
  • Dental implants fuse with the jawbone offering firm support
  • They can last a lifetime with good care

You can see the implant procedure in this related video:

So, How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?

It important to know that not all dental implants cost the same amount.

There are a few factors that will come into play when determining the price of your dental implant.

Where you are located can have an effect how much your dentist will charge.

In areas where suppliers charge more to the dentists, the dentist will pass that additional charge to you.

Your dentist’s level of expertise will factor in the cost of your implant as well. More experienced providers may charge more than some just starting out.

The materials used to make the implant will have an effect on the final cost as well.  

You’ll want to discuss the options of the materials used with your dentist to come up with the best option for you at an affordable price.

The procedures needed prior to the placement of the implant will affect the final cost of the implant as well.

In some cases, you will have to add in the cost of the extraction(s) first.

Also, there are times when certain procedures will need to be performed prior to an implant such as a sinus lift or a bone graft to provide additional support for your implant.

What Can I Expect To Pay?

How much will dental implants cost?

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for the cost of one implant.

This is only for the implant (or titanium screw in the jawbone). But wait! There are more costs involved you need to know about…

According to the AAOMS there are several factors to consider.

Once the implant is placed, it will also require an abutment and the placement of a permanent crown on top of it.

I will further explain each one of these procedures later.

An abutment could cost around $500 and a permanent crown can cost $1,000 to $2,000. So, if you add this all up, it can be in the range of $2,500 to $5,500 per tooth.

How much does a single dental implant cost?  

Let me break it down for the average amounts charged:

$2,000 – Implant

$500 – Custom abutment

$1,500 – Permanent crown

Total: $4,000

You can expect higher costs if extra work such as bone grafting is needed before placing the implant.

What about the cost of multiple teeth implants?

The cost for having multiple implants done will decrease with each additional implant needed.

The reason for this is due to the fact that fees for such things as consultation, 3D scans, x rays and follow up visits only need to be done once versus multiple times.

Also, anesthetic and surgery time is only needed once versus several instances of each implant.

If you are having 3-4 teeth replaced in a row, an implant bridge which only requires 2 implants versus 3 to 4 individual implants could be done.

This will save you the cost of 2 additional implants.

Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

The main reason is because it is a surgical procedure.

You will be treated by a specialist who has received special training in the procedure.

There are a few types of dentists who have received this type of training.

These include oral surgeons, prosthodontists or a dentist who has received training in implantology.

Explanation of Dental ImplantsYou will want to have your procedure done by someone who has had special training in the procedure to ensure you are in good hands.

The procedure itself involves several appointments. This is another reason the cost is so high.

It will include a consultation, inserting of the implant (titanium post), placement of the abutment and placement of the permanent crown.

Each of these steps are a separate appointment.

Let’s look at each one in more detail for replacement of a single tooth.

You may require multiple implants if you are having a bridge or denture placed.

The consultation will be the appointment where you meet with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate to have the procedure done.

You’ll have a special 3D tomography scan and other x rays done to check the condition of your teeth and bone.

The health of your gums will be checked to rule out conditions like gum disease.

Impressions will be taken of your mouth to get started if you are a good candidate.Dental implant

For the insertion of the implant you will be given local anesthetic to numb the area to be worked on.  

General anesthetic (being put to sleep) will not be required and you will be aware of what is going on the whole time.   

A hole will be drilled into your jawbone and the implant will be inserted.

You will need to leave this be and allow the gum tissue to heal around it and the bone to fill in around the implant.

This should not be rushed and can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

Proper healing is vitally important to the success of the implant long term.  

Afterwards, you will return for checkups during this time for evaluation of healing.

After proper healing has occurred, you will return to have an abutment placed.

This will be screwed into your implant and is basically the part that will connect the implant to your final permanent crown.

A small surgery to uncover and expose the implant will be needed.

This is to remove the tissue that has grown over the top of the implant so the abutment can be placed.

The final appointment is to have the permanent crown/bridge or denture placed.

This will look like a normal tooth or teeth depending on how many implants you are having done.

Will Insurance Cover It?Insurance coverage for dental implants

The answer to this question is not that easy.

Coverage will depend on what kind of insurance you have.

Dental insurance, medical insurance or both could apply to the procedure.

The amount covered by your insurance will also depend on several things.

These include the insurance provider, plan annual limits and your plan coverage details.

Some insurance companies will cover the cost of an implant while others will not.

Also, it is possible that your medical insurance may cover the cost of some aspects of the implant.

This would be the case especially if there are medical complications as a result of tooth loss.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of the abutment and the cost of the permanent crown.

All and all, it is a good idea to have a discussion with your dental provider and have a preauthorization sent in to your insurance company.

A preauthorization of a procedure is not committing you to having the procedure done.

It is basically asking the insurance company what portion they plan to cover and what amount you will be responsible for paying.

Dental Insurance For Dental ImplantsThankfully, more and more insurance companies are covering dental implant procedures than ever before.

Even though dental implants can be expensive, they are an investment and can bring gains and benefits to you long term.

When figuring out the cost of your dental implant, be sure to get a breakdown of each of the 3 separate procedures mentioned in order to get a fair comparison.

You will want to know the final price you will be paying for the entire process.

Be sure there are no hidden fees or charges that may be added once the procedure is complete.

Also, make sure you know any costs involved before the procedure can be done (such as cost for extractions).

You will want to be sure that the quote you receive for the process includes all of the following:

  • Initial consultation
  • 3D tomography (CT scans)
  • X rays
  • Impressions
  • All three parts of the implant (root, abutment, crown/denture/bridge)
  • Surgical procedure
  • All visits including follow up visits

Who is a good candidate?Candidate for dental implant


Not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implant.

There are several factors to consider when deciding if a dental implant is right for you.

You will want to be medically evaluated before implant surgery is done to make sure you do not have any medical conditions that would interfere with healing. 

Such conditions may include chronic illnesses like diabetes or leukemia.

If you use tobacco, you may have a slower than average healing time as well.

Having periodontal disease (gum disease) will also make you a poor candidate for a dental implant.

With periodontal disease you are more prone to infection (peri-implantitis) which could cause the implant to fail.

You Have Made the Investment, Now What?

Once you have completed the dental implant process, it is extremely important that you protect your investment.

You will want to take good care of your new implants in order for them to last.

This requires regular maintenance and may require more frequent cleanings than every 6 months.

You may need your teeth cleaned every 3-4 months instead if you struggle to keep things clean on your own.

This will remove bacterial plaque from above and below your gum line. You will want to care for them like you would your normal other teeth.

Plaque and bacteria can still build up around an implant as it would on your other teeth.

Inflammation and pocketing can still form around implants if not cared for properly and an infection of the implant could occur.

The infection of an implant is called peri-implantitis and is the leading cause of failure of a dental implant.

For this reason, it is very important for you to stay on top of your plaque control to prevent it from getting infected.

The best way to keep an implant clean is with the use of an oral irrigator (Waterpik) device.

Using an oral irrigator, you will achieve plaque control in and around the implant that brushing and flossing alone will never reach.

An oral irrigator can also remove twice as much bacteria and food debris than flossing can.

Use Electric Toothbrush for Dental ImplantsAnother way to care for your dental implant would be the use of an electric toothbrush versus a manual toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been proven to give you 30,000-50,000 brush strokes per minute versus only 500 brush strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush.

A very important feature of an electric toothbrush is the built-in two-minute timer.

Dental professionals agree that it is necessary to brush twice a day for a full two minutes to achieve optimal plaque control.

Controlling inflammation is key to the long term success of your implant.

Learn more about ways to control inflammation in your mouth to improve your overall health in a related article.

Use of oral probiotics, as noted in a study published in the Journal of Periodontal Research  shows promising evidence in the treatment and prevention of peri-implantitis (infection of implant).

You can learn more about oral probiotics here for the overall health of your mouth.

Oral probiotics can be helpful to your mouth just like traditional probiotics can be for your gut.

Oral probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in the reduction of cavities, gum disease, bad breath and now in preventing peri-implantitis.

Make The Investment In YourselfInvest in your healthy smile-dental implants

While dental implants can be expensive, they are an investment in yourself and in your smile.

If you talk to anyone who has gone through the procedure, you will find many people who are pleased with their results.

If you have one or more missing teeth you would like to have replaced, schedule a visit with your dental professional.

Together, you can decide if a dental implant is right for you.

If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a number of reasons why you should correct the problem:

  • Missing teeth can affect how you speak
  • Absence of teeth can affect your chewing function
  • Bone loss may occur around the missing tooth
  • A space between your teeth can be a cosmetic concern
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, the opposing and surrounding teeth can shift
  • The biting force on the remaining teeth will change when a tooth is missing

You can receive a quote or a more detailed report of what insurance will pay if you have dental insurance.

Implants are a great value, because with good home care they can provide a healthly, stable smile for a lifetime!

Learn more about other oral health solutions by visiting

If you leave any questions or comments below, I would be happy to help!

Medical Disclaimer:
The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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Waterpik Sonic Fusion- What It Is and Is Not

Waterpik Sonic Fusion

Waterpik Sonic Fusion is the combination of power from an advanced sonic toothbrush and the proven effectiveness of the Waterpik Water Flosser in one easy to use product.

Learn more about Waterpik Sonic Fusion– what it is and is not and whether this device is right for you.

Brushing and flossing are tedious and time consuming practices. 

Non-the-less, proper oral hygiene is extremely important for our oral health as well as our over all health.

As a Dental Hygienist, I often hear concerns from my patients. 

With so many oral health care products on the market to choose from, they wonder which ones are the best ones to use.

I would like to help you make the best choice of an electric toothbrush. 

Please read more about me in the About the Author page.

I will go into detail explaining the Waterpik Sonic Fusion. 

I want you to make an informed decision as to whether or not this product is the best for you.


With the push of a button, the Sonic Fusion gives you the capability of brushing and flossing simultaneously.

The control allows you to switch from sonic toothbrushing, to water flossing, to both at the same time. This is a convenient device for optimal oral health.

Sonic Fusion is clinically proven to reduce plaque and bacteria 2X more than traditional brushing and flossing.

Most people fail to clean their teeth effectively with floss consistently.  More than a third of all Americans fail to floss their teeth on a daily basis. 

Ideally, you should clean between your teeth every single day.floss

Currently, the average person spends little more than a minute when brushing with a regular manual toothbrush. 

The Academy of General Dentistry reports that the average person brushes for only 45 to 70 seconds per day.

This new innovative product easily combines cleaning between your teeth with brushing them at the same time.

What It Is?

  • The Sonic Fusion is an all-in-one device
  • Attached water reservoir for water flossing
  • Attachable Water Flossing brush head
  • Separate replaceable Water Flossing brush head
  • Included premium toothbrush case
  • Rechargeable with LED recharge indicator
  • 2-minute brushing timer including 30 sec pacer indicator
  • 3 modes: Brush, Floss or Brush and Floss
  • Water flosser reaches the hard to reach areas in between the teeth and below the gumline.
  • The sonic toothbrush thoroughly cleans all other surfaces with sonic wave technology. Sonic wave technology allows for better plaque removal.

High speed rotation of sonic toothbrushing creates a wave motion that extends 1/8 inch beyond the actual brush contact points.

This means more surface is covered and hard to reach areas between the teeth and below the gumline can be reached.

There is an added benefit of sonic technology.

The pressure on liquids along with the bubbles created around the speeding brush head adds fluid dynamics that further reach where a manual brush cannot.

Backed By Clinical Research

Bacteria, Waterpik sonic fusionThe Waterpik Water Flosser removes 99.9% of plaque biofilm after just a 3-second treatment.

Waterpik Sonic Fusion is also proven to be twice as effective as regular brushing and flossing for removing plaque and improving gum health.

In addition, the Waterpik Water Flosser has been found to be twice as effective as string floss for reducing gingival bleeding.

This product is backed by over 70 vigorous research studies proving it is significantly more effective than traditional brushing and flossing.

Most Americans will tell you that they value their oral health. 

According to the American Dental Health Policy Institute, 95% of Americans value their oral health as a critical part of their overall health and well-being.

According to the ADHA (American Dental Hygiene Association), 80% of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease.  The ADHA also reports that approximately 78% of all Americans will have at least one cavity by the time they reach age 17.

Yikes!  These are eye-opening statistics.  I see this first hand when dealing with patients on a daily basis. 

People struggle when it comes to achieving ideal plaque control.

For some, it is pure laziness and the lack of concern. 

For others, they are just not educated enough as to the importance of oral health. 

And still for others, they do not have the proper device to effectively clean their teeth.

I feel that having the proper tool can make all the difference in the world.manual toothbrush

Sonic Electric Toothbrush Vs Manual

Both traditional electric and sonic toothbrushes have rotating and oscillating features to help with plaque removal.

A traditional toothbrush will allow for 500 brush strokes per minute.

A brush that only rotates and oscillates tends to be less effective than a sonic toothbrush which will provide over 30,000 brush strokes per minute.

The extra fast motion in addition to the sonic wave movement created will allow for a much better cleaning experience than a manual brush can provide.

An electric toothbrush, whether it is regular or sonic will also provide better plaque removal if it has a two-minute timer included.

Clinical studies have proven over and over that when it comes to plaque removal, it is more important to consider the time spent brushing in comparison to the technique used.

When using the Waterpik Sonic Fusion, you have a built-in timer allowing for the recommended two-minute brushing time.

Basically a sonic toothbrush works just like an ordinary electric toothbrush in the sense that it moves at a high speed back and forth over your teeth.

The main difference is in the speed of the movement.

The speed of a sonic is 10 times faster than other electric toothbrushes. They typically vibrate ate about 260Hz which is 260 times per second.

This is equated to around 31,000 brush strokes per minute. This speed is ever-increasing with newer models and increased technology.

With a sonic toothbrush head, the entire head vibrates very quickly versus the stationary head of an ordinary electric toothbrush.

The manufacturers claim that this creates a more effective clean.

How Does Sonic Technology Work Exactly?

Sonic toothbrushes create waves of turbulence in the water and toothpaste in your mouth. An energy is created called cavitation.Sonic toothbrush, sonic wave

The sonic technology creates gentle vibrations and a dynamic fluid action.

This propels tiny micro bubbles between the teeth and hard to reach areas.

Ultrasound (higher frequency sound than humans can hear) is used to generate pressure waves and imploding bubbles that remove bacterial plaque and debris.

A rechargeable battery powers an electric circuit producing a high-frequency DC current.

A connecting wire drives a piezoelectric transducer converting electricity into vibration.

When the transducer expands and contracts at a very high speed, it produces cavitation which cleans the teeth.

What the Waterpik Sonic Fusion Is Not

There are a couple of things worth mentioning when purchasing this product.

You need to be fully aware of what you are purchasing and what to expect.

A common concern when using this product is that the water reservoir only holds enough water for one full minute of flossing.

This would mean that by using it for the full two-minute recommended time, only one minute of that time would actually be considered “brushing and flossing at the same time”.

The manufacturer suggests refilling the reservoir halfway through if you feel you need to have water flossing for the full two minutes.

However, the superior clean will be achieved with only one minute of actual water flossing. So, there is no need to stop and refill with water.

Another way most people like to use this product is by using the features separately.

In this sense, you would be using the water flossing feature first for one minute followed by a full two-minute of brushing.

You still get the convenience of using only one product to achieve both actions (brushing and flossing).

Something else to consider is how you will use this brush when traveling.

The brush detaches so it can easily be transported.

The battery life is good for a full week so you can take it away from its power source for a significant amount of time without worrying about loss of power.

However, by detaching the brush, it is also removed from the water reservoir. In this case, water flossing cannot be achieved, only brushing.

This is important to consider as you will need an alternative means for in between cleaning of your teeth when traveling.

Another option is to bring the entire unit with you when traveling in order to utilize the water flosser portion

Buyers also need to be aware that there are two models from which they can chose. There is the basic model and the professional model. When contacting the manufacturer, they recommend visiting the website to describe the differences.

The main difference you will find between the models is the amount of water it will hold.

The professional model will hold two more ounces of water and will take up slightly more room on the counter.

The professional model also includes an LED light to let you know when it is on and comes with two brush heads instead of one.

The cost is usually around $30.00 more for the professional model.

If you are planning on sharing this unit with another person, it is well worth it to get the professional model.

This way, you will be able to switch out the heads with a color coded brush which makes this product convenient to use for two people.

Also, it is important to be aware that there was a product recall of earlier versions of Waterpik Sonic Fusion. There had been reports of possible overheating of the unit.

The product engineers have since conducted a thorough investigation and implemented product changes necessary to ensure Waterpik Sonic Fusion meets their high standards for safety, effectiveness and quality.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns you can call their customer service number.

They can be reached Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mountain Time at 1-800-525-2774.

Other Questions You May Have

A common concern is what type of brush head replacement is needed and how often it needs to be replaced.

It is recommended to replace your brush head every three months.

The part head you will look for is SFRB-2EB and can also be ordered on Amazon along with the unit itself.

You can also reach customer service if you have any problems ordering replacement heads. However, this has never been an issue.

Some people have a concern with sensitive teeth.

This product is compatible with use of warm water in the reservoir.

The product itself does not include a warm water setting but can be customized to your individual comfort by adding the preferred temperature of water to the reservoir.

Another option to consider is to add a desensitizing product like fluoride mouth rinse to the reservoir.

Fluoride is a natural desensitizer and will give you the added benefit of cavity protection when used in conjunction with the Waterpik Sonic Fusion.

When adding an additional rinse to the reservoir, you will want to be certain not to use a product containing peroxide.

Peroxide may damage the product if used in the reservoir or if using a peroxide containing toothpaste on the brush.

Be aware that there are small, clear plastic covers that snap onto the included brush heads.

There is no other storage included for the brush heads aside from the included travel case.

It is a good idea to cover your brush heads with these plastic covers when not in use to prevent contamination.

oral health, waterpik sonic fusionConsider Using the Right Tool for Overall Health

Yet another reason to find and use the best product for plaque removal is the connection between poor plaque removal and health concerns.

Our mouths host billions of bacteria forming a harmonious relationship that can protect or harm our oral health. 

Latest research shows that these bacteria can also influence the health of our brains, heart and other vital organs.

The harmful bacteria released from oral inflammation can lead to dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease. 

These bacteria can spread to the body’s nerve channels and kill brain cells.

By practicing good oral hygiene, you can help prevent heart issues such as heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. 

Good plaque control prevents the inflammatory proteins and bacteria associated with gum disease from entering the blood stream.

Infections of the lungs such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are reduced. 

These conditions can be caused when bacteria from gum disease are inhaled into the respiratory tract.

There are also studies showing a connection between increased risk of diabetes, strokes, premature birth for pregnant women, pancreatic cancer, and kidney issues such as renal insufficiency.


Now you can make an informed decision when deciding whether or not to purchase this product. 

You can decide now that you know about the Waterpik Sonic Fusion- what it is and what it is not.

I invite you to leave a comment or any questions you may have below and I would be happy to help you. 

Please visit Amazon to purchase the Waterpik Sonic Fusion if it is right for you!


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The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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Home Treatment For Gum Disease-Clinically Proven

home treatment for gum diseaseIf you have gum disease, you are not alone.

Some form of gum, or periodontal disease affects approximately 75 percent of adults over age 30.

A home treatment for gum disease can help you or someone you know who is likely affected by this disease.

One of the most common diseases affecting the human race is gum disease.

Home treatment for gum disease remains one of the most searched for treatments for improving health today.

As a Dental Hygienist, I would like to help you answer any questions you may have about gum disease. 

Please read more about me in the About the Author page.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 64 million Americans have the advanced stage gum disease called periodontitis.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support and surround your teeth.

Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.

Poor dental health can have a negative effect on your overall health and should be addressed sooner than later.

Often times, people cannot afford traditional dental treatments provided by the dental office.

Or, they may lack access to care or simply do not have the time to visit their dental office.

While certain stages of gum disease can only be treated by a professional, there are options for treating and reversing the beginning stages of gum disease with an at home treatment.

This article will discuss an in depth way for you to get a handle on this unfortunate condition before it progresses to an irreversible stage causing tooth loss.

About Gum Disease- An Overview

home treatment for gum disease

Your teeth are meant to last you a lifetime- and they will, with proper care.

Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. “Periodontal” is derived from two Greek words that mean “around the tooth”.

The Periodontal Fact Sheet will provide you with more details.

There are several types of gum or periodontal diseases.

Each one begins with a bacterial infection that attacks the gums, bone and ligaments that support the teeth in the jaw.

Gum disease is an inflammatory disease.  Please read this article from the American Academy of Periodontology for more explanation of gum disease.

It affects hard and soft structures supporting the teeth. In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, gums become red and swollen due to the inflammation.

This is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria.

If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to the more serious stage of gum disease called periodontitis.

In this stage, the gums pull away from the tooth and the supporting tissues are destroyed.

Gum disease can develop slowly or progress quite quickly. Ideally, you should have regular dental checkups to evaluate the health of your gums.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, your dental professional can also discuss the at home treatment options for treating gum disease with you that will be discussed in this article.

Dental professionals can due an assessment of your overall oral condition by use of a periodontal probe (tool used to measure loss of attachment and pockets) visual inspections and x rays.home treatment for gum disease

Until recently, reducing the amount of bacteria has been the main stay of gum treatment.

Scaling and root planing is a procedure performed by a dental professional aimed at reducing the amount of bacteria present in the mouth.

This is an in depth cleaning to smooth the roots of the teeth making it less likely for bacterial plaque to reattach.

The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the amount of bacteria to a manageable amount so that your body’s immune system does not go into overdrive.

When the immune system goes into overdrive, it is called the ‘host response’.

Science has found that the way our body reacts to the inflammation (host response) takes precedence in the study of how to treat and prevent gum disease.

Even more so then how to eliminate the bacteria.

That is why many studies have explored the use of systemic agents to counteract the inflammatory action of gum disease.

In addition to seeking regular professional care, you can learn how to prevent and treat gum disease at home by practicing good oral health habits and supplementing with curcumin.

Why Not Just Use Antibiotics?

antibiotics for gum disease

For years, antibiotics have been an important part of dentistry and medicine in general.

When routine treatments fail to provide the desired results in treating gum disease, dental professionals may turn to antibiotic use.

By combining a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) with systemic antibiotics, it is believed to provide better support for the immune system in the fight against pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria.

However, when considering use of antibiotics to treat gum disease, dental professionals must realize that they may be contributing to antibiotic resistance.

According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest threats to global health.

Their mechanism of action is thought to be the leading factor in antibiotic resistance.

They destroy harmful bacteria but at the same time, they destroy the bacteria that are protecting the body.

When this happens, the bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics will multiply quickly and thrive.

As they rapidly grow, they pass on their traits which leads to further resistance.

The wide use of antibiotics has increased antibiotic resistance to a critical level.

When antibiotics are used to treat gum disease, they reduce the “good” bacteria along with the “bad” bacteria.

The natural flora (bacterial environment) that lines the intestinal tract is reduced which also lowers the defense of the body to fight infection.

To lower the risk of resistance, antibiotics should be prescribed with great caution.

Dental professionals should prescribe antibiotics treatment as a last result.

With the growing concern of antibiotic resistance, adjunctive use of oral supplements to treat and prevent inflammation has become a priority in modern medicine.

Curcumin To The Rescuecurcumin for gum disease

There are various conventional drug therapies to help treat gum disease.

However, there are numerous side effects that come with using them.

This has led to interest in plant based or all natural ways of returning the gums to health without side effects.

One of the most studied medicinal plants in dentistry is curcumin.

Not all curcumin supplements are alike so keep reading to find out which form of curcumin is necessary for the at home treatment of gum disease.

Learn more about the correlation of systemic oral use of curcumin for periodontal (gum) disease.

Studies including clinical trials show that controlling inflammation is the principal strategy to prevent and manage periodontal disease.

The search for alternative products is ongoing but curcumin is showing promising results for overall oral health.

Only a certain form which will be discussed shortly is recommended. Curcumin is a polyphenol derived from Curcuma longa plant, more commonly known as turmeric.

Curcumin has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine.

This is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing system. Ayurvedic medicine was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.

The concept of this type of medicine is the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between mind, body and spirit.

What Is Curcumin and How Does It Work?

curcumin for gum disease

Curcumin is an extract of a common spice called turmeric which is a member of the antioxidant-rich ginger family.

Turmeric is a popular orange colored spice used in many Indian foods.

The compound curcumin is found in the rhizome of turmeric which is the stem of the plant found underground.

There is much confusion today over turmeric and curcumin and the benefits of each.

There is a very small amount of curcumin in turmeric.

Many cheap supplements of turmeric on the market may only contain as little as 5% curcumin.

This small amount may not even be usable by your body.

A certain form of curcumin uses the potent extract of turmeric that we will be discussing and is many times more powerful than turmeric.

Gum disease responds well to curcumin because of its known anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

It is by far the most powerful antioxidant known to science. In fact, it has 100s of times more antioxidant properties than blueberries.

Curcumin also has potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. These are all excellent features when looking to treat gum disease.

Let’s discuss a little more about the differences between turmeric and curcumin as this can be rather confusing.

What is turmeric? Turmeric is a spice made from the ground up roots of the turmeric plant.

The resulting powder is bright yellow and has a bitter, peppery flavor. This spice is used in cooking Indian dishes and curries.

What is curcumin? Within turmeric is where the curcumin compound is found.

Scientific examination of turmeric has shown that curcumin is the substance within turmeric where the numerous health benefits can be found.

Unfortunately, curcumin makes up only 2-5% of turmeric. If you consume turmeric you are only getting a tiny portion of curcumin.

Thankfully, curcumin can be extracted from turmeric making it much more beneficial.

Watch this video to learn more about the best form of curcumin to use in the home treatment for gum disease:

[embedyt][/embedyt]Humans are not good at absorbing curcumin.  So, read on .  You will learn more about the best source of curcumin for the home treatment of gum disease.

The benefits of curcumin for gum disease are very promising.

The form of curcumin you use makes a difference. Ordinary curcumin has limited bioavailability.

What this means is that it is poorly absorbed by the body.

One company, called EuroPharma Inc. has found an extraordinary form of curcumin that is highly absorbable by the body.

A team of research scientists developed this form called BCM-95 Curcumin.

CuraMed for home treatment of gum disease

This form of natural 100% curcumin is as much as 10 times higher than other forms of curcumin and stays in the bloodstream for 8-12 hours. 

This is far longer than any other form of curcumin tested (4-6 hours for other forms of curcumin).

The ’95’ in BCM-95 refers to the composition which is 86% curcuminoids and 7-9% essential oils.

This form also does not contain any non-turmeric compounds like Bioprene, piperine (black pepper), or lecithin which are used to enhance its absorption.

Piperine has been shown to aid the absorption of curcumin.

While this does help, it is not nearly as effective as the patented BCM-95 patented technology.

This technology provides enhanced absorption and sustained retention time at meaningful levels in the body without adding a foreign substance (black pepper).

In fact, this product contains no: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, dairy products, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, or artificial preservatives.

The composition of patented BCM-95 Curcumin contains ONLY turmeric based components and no synthetic or non-turmeric ingredients.

This composition delivers free curcumin into the bloodstream and allows it to be retained in the body for a much longer duration than ordinary curcumin.

The importance of using this specific form of Curcumin will be discussed shortly, but let’s get take a closer look at some background information….

First, Let’s Look at What Gum Disease Is

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, affects people of all ages and is very common.

Most people are not even aware that they have it. The first step to preventing tooth loss is finding the disease.

This is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissues and bone that support teeth.

When the gums are healthy, the tissue should fit like a cuff around each tooth.

When someone has gum disease, this tissue pulls away from the tooth creating spaces between the tooth and gum called pockets.

Bacteria accumulates in these pockets.

The bacteria give off toxins which causes the inflammation of the tissue.

It is your body’s own defense to try to get rid of this inflammation and in doing so, it dissolves the bone holding the tooth in place.

This is what eventually leads to tooth loss.

As the disease gets worse, the bone and tissue that support the tooth are destroyed. Treating gum disease in the early stages will help to prevent tooth loss.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the earliest stage which affects only the gum tissue.

At this stage, toxins in plaque irritate the gums.

The gums will become swollen, tender, red and likely to bleed easily.

Inflammation is now present.

Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease.

In this stage, inflammation continues and gums become detached from the teeth forming pockets that can fill with more plaque.

The toxins destroy the tissues that anchor the teeth in the bone.

Advanced periodontitis occurs as gum disease progresses.

This is where the teeth lose more attachment because the supporting bone is destroyed.

At this stage, the affected teeth may become so loose that they may fall out.

Stages of gum disease

Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you have any of these symptoms, you may have gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are separating
  • Pus or discharge between the teeth and gums
  • A change in the way your teeth come together when biting

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is initiated by plaque.

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth containing millions of bacteria.

The bacteria in plaque are the root cause of gum disease.

This plaque begins forming on your teeth as soon as 4-12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush twice daily and floss once a day.

The bacteria in plaque multiply rapidly. When plaque is not removed adequately, it can form into tartar.

Tartar is a hard mineralized accumulation of dental plaque that forms above and below the gumline.

The mineralization takes place due to the minerals in your saliva.

The tartar acts as an area for more and more bacteria to collect and give off more toxins.

Don’t forget to visit your dental office for regular checkups and to have cleanings that will remove the tartar build up.

As the disease progresses, the inflamed tissue pulls away from the teeth forming spaces called pockets.

These pockets provide spaces for more bacteria to hide.

This can be a vicious cycle and if the pockets are not treated, the disease can get worse.

In the later stages of the disease, too much bone and supporting structure will be lost. This stage of gum disease is irreversible.

Other Factors Can Contribute to Gum Disease

These other factors may include:

  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes, HIV infection, AIDS or blood cell disorders
  • Teeth that are not straight
  • Bad fillings that are loose, worn or cracked can trap plaque
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or use of birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Medications such as anti-epilepsy drugs, calcium channel blockers, cancer therapy drugs or steroids

Treating Gum Disease at Home

treating gum disease at home

If you have gum disease, it is a good idea to have frequent dental visits.

The dental team can help by cleaning your teeth and removing the plaque and tartar build-up that forms in hard to reach areas around the teeth and under the gumline.

The gums can be treated at home in conjunction with your dental visits.

With good home care and plaque removal, the inflammation and pocketing can be managed and gum disease can be reversed.

The best tips for healthy gums include:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily (using an electric toothbrush will provide the best plaque removal)
  • Clean between your teeth with floss or an oral irrigator every day
  • Make healthy food choices which limit sugar
  • Avoid soda consumption or other sugary or acidic drinks
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Once daily supplementation of oral Curcumin with BCM-95 (most bioavailable product) to prevent and treat inflammation
  • Use of oral probiotics to promote a favorable oral microbiome

Why Is Controlling Inflammation So Important?

Inflammation in gum disease is the body’s natural reaction to a pathogen (bacterial) overload. The gum swelling, redness and bleeding is the initial response to the toxins given off by these bacteria.

We now have a new level of understanding of how destruction occurs due to the presence of inflammation caused by bacteria.

Today, it is well accepted that gum disease is controlled by controlling inflammation as well as bacterial control.

Numerous research publications focus on the prevention and elimination of inflammation to restore or maintain gum health.

One of the easiest ways to win the battle against bacterial overload is with adequate plaque removal.

Recent research has proven the effectiveness of oral irrigation on plaque disruption and removal.

Through the years, research demonstrates the benefits of using an oral water-jet irrigation device in combination with toothbrushing.

There are various products available from WaterPik to accomplish this.

WaterPik has also developed a product to make water flossing available with a toothbrush that has a built-in oral irrigator.

This device is called the WaterPik Sonic Fusion and it allows for brushing and flossing at the same time.

The new hybrid WaterPik Sonic-Fusion combines a solid design of sonic toothbrushing and water flossing into a single brush head.

The design removes more than twice as much bacterial plaque than standard manual brushing and flossing techniques.

This product is easy to use. A fluid irrigant flows directly from the water reservoir into the brush handle via and irrigation hose.

It is easy to access all areas of the mouth with the 360 degree swivel handle.

The WaterPik Sonic-Fusion features a balanced handle that can quickly detach converting it to an on-the-go portable device.

It has replaceable brush heads and a built-in two-minute timer.

The basic concept behind the WaterPik Sonic-Fusion and other WaterPik designs is the use of shear force created by water under pressure.

The combination of these two things will thoroughly clean and debride the mouth of debris and bacterial plaque.

Thorough and regular debridement of bacteria is beneficial to helping the body’s immune system fight inflammation.

Gum Disease and Curcumin Use for Inflammation

gum disease and curcumin use for gum disease

The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on oral and periodontal (gum) diseases is discussed further here.

This is an article from the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR).

Herbal medicines have been around for thousands of years.

Statistics show that about 80% of the population relies on their use for their home health care needs.

Home care treatment of gum disease is a growing concern for the general population.

There are now therapeutic options for addressing the unpleasant condition of gum disease that can be practiced outside of the dental office.

Curcumin is the clear choice for addressing gum disease due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Further information discussing this topic can be found at: The Potential Role of Curcumin in Periodontal Therapy: A Review of the Literature.

The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin has long been recognized for treatment of a wide range of other inflammatory diseases.

These include: arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colitis, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

It has also been successfully used to manage various autoimmune diseases.

Since gum disease is a disease of inflammation, curcumin has also successfully been employed as an at home treatment for it.

With regard to the bacteria in the mouth, curcumin exhibits a high level of antibacterial activity.

The main bacteria in the mouth that contribute to gum disease are P. intermedia and P. gingivalis. Curcumin prevents the growth of both of these bacteria.

Gum disease is a chronic infection initiated by these and other bacteria.

If left untreated, we know that it leads to the destruction of the connective tissue supporting the teeth.

inflammation of gum disease

Our body’s own immune and inflammatory response to these bacteria is what is responsible for this destruction.

By treating the inflammation or preventing it, gum disease can be controlled or treated. Systemic (oral administration) or curcumin to the rescue!

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases affecting the human race.

The disease begins with bacteria and progresses with how our bodies react (host inflammatory factors) to the bacteria.

Reducing the amount of bacteria or plaque in our mouths has been the main stay of gum disease therapy until recently.

This therapy involves deep professional dental cleanings (scaling and root planing) and oral hygiene techniques that aim to reduce bacterial plaque.

Up until now we did not know how important the host response to the disease actually is.

What this means is that science has discovered that it is actually how are body responds to the presence of the bacteria that takes precedence in how gum disease progresses.

Many studies have shown that the use of systemic (orally ingested) agents to counteract the inflammatory response can effectively manage the host response (how our bodies react to the inflammation).

When the inflammation is controlled, the disease no longer occurs.

curcumin for gum disease

Curcumin, specifically the bioavailable form called CuraMed BCM-95 can suppress the activity of Toll like receptors.

Toll like receptors (TLRs) are a class of proteins that act as mediators of innate immunity and inflammation.

TLRs are present in our blood stream and act as our first line of defense against invaders.

However, the destruction seen with gum disease is attributed to the over activation of TLRs by bacterial plaque.

Along with the suppression of TLRs, a bioavailable form of curcumin will also protect against free radical damage.

Prospective studies which include clinical trials show that controlling inflammation remains a principal strategy in the treatment and managing of gum disease.

Supplement With CuraMed

CuraMed is a dietary supplement from Terry Naturally that contains superior absorption curcumin.

It was launched in the U.S. market by EuroPharma Inc. It takes curcumin-a nutrient that is notoriously difficult for your body to absorb-and makes it ready for your body to use.

It comes in a softgel featuring BCM-95 curcumin.  This is a clinically studied formula delivering the highest bioavailability (most usable by your body) as well as a high ORAC value on the ORAC scale.

ORAC scale stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity which rates the antioxidant power of foods.

Each softgel delivers 750 mg of curcumin.

Only BCM-95 Curcumin rates over 1.5 million per 100 grams. In comparison, the antioxidant ORAC rating for blueberries have only a 6,000 rating per 100 grams.

CuraMed provides 500 mg of full spectrum curcuminoids per 750 mg capsule.

One CuraMed softgel provides curcumin benefits equivalent to up to 500 capsules of turmeric.

Benefits of CuraMed include: CuraMed for gum disease

  • Studied, safe and effective
  • This clinically studied curcumin has been used in 50 groundbreaking published studies
  • It is the only patented curcumin with turmeric essential oil containing turmerones
  • Superior support for a healthy inflammation response
  • Supports liver, brain, heart, and immune health
  • Protects cells from oxidative stress and free radicals
  • High antioxidant ORAC value ( >1,500,000)
  • From non-GMO turmeric grown without chemicals
  • Free from harmful solvents

This highly effective, standardized and concentrated curcumin fights the inflammation associated with gum disease.

It effective for all inflammatory states including: all types of arthritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, tendinitis and bursitis as well as protecting cellular health.

Not surprisingly, BCM-95 Curcumin is a detoxifier, liver protector and immune enhancer.

If you suffer from any of these other inflammatory issues, you may be pleasantly surprised at the relief you will find as an added bonus while treating your gum disease with CuraMed.

The combination of its anti-inflammatory action and its high antioxidant activity creates the most powerful solution to support body’s entire metabolic functioning.

CuraMed comes in two dosages: a 750 mg softgel (standardized to 500 mg of pure curcuminoids) and a lower dose of 375 mg softgel (standardized to 250 mg of pure curcuminoids).

The lower dose is recommended for maintenance dosages for adults or for children.

The recommended dosage is one to two softgels per day of either formulation.

There have been no known serious side effects reported at this dosage. There are also no known serious side effects or interactions with prescription medications.

With these and all supplements, be sure to check with your health care provider before combining them with prescription medications.

More About CuraMed and BCM-95

BCM-95 is the extraordinary form of highly absorbable curcumin found in CuraMed.

It is the product from curcumin that is extracted from the turmeric roots grown and hand-harvested in the chemical and pesticide-free fields of India.

Extracting the curcumin from the rhizomes of turmeric is not an easy process. It takes place in a facility in Kochi, India that is state-of-the-art.

Here the extraction, drying and pulverizing is done to produce high-quality curcumin that is standardized to 95% curcuminoids.

After this process, it is then converted into BCM-95 which is a proprietary blend of curcuminoids and the essential oil of turmeric.

Here again, it is worth noting that there are no foreign added ingredients such as piperine (black pepper) included in this formulation.

Why would you want to use a product that has to formulate a foreign ingredient into the product just to allow the body to absorb it?

CuraMed with BCM-95 uses no dangerous solvents like products sold by other companies. These companies sell products that contain dangerous and potentially neurotoxic solvents.

There are many curcumin and turmeric products on the market, but if your body cannot absorb them they are essentially useless.

CuraMed is produced with a patented and unique process that delivers a curcumin that is up to 1,000% more absorbable (bioavailable) in your body than curcumin standardized to 95%

This means you would have to take up to 500 capsules of plain turmeric or 10 capsules of plain curcumin just to equal one capsule of CuraMed with BCM-95’s impact on blood serum curcumin levels.

Home Treatment of Gum Disease Just Got Easier!

happy to treat gum disease at home with curcumin

You now know the different stages of gum disease and the importance of early treatment.

You have learned the correlation of first and foremost preventing inflammation.

The different ways of preventing and treating inflammation have been discussed.

By using CuraMed with BCM-95 as an at home treatment for gum disease, you will be well on your way to a healthier mouth and an overall healthier you.

A product that is bioavailable for your body to absorb and use is key to its effectiveness. Go to Amazon to find the best price available for CuraMed.

Feel free to share your personal experiences of CuraMed. Please leave any questions or comments below.

Limitations, Safety and Adverse Effects

The most common adverse effects of curcumin are mild diarrhea or nausea.

Curcumin should not be taken by pregnant women. It may increase the risk of bleeding due to its anti platelet properties.

It is not recommended for patients on anticoagulant drugs or those who have preexisting bleeding disorders.

Curcumin should not be consumed two weeks prior to elective surgery.


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Oral Probiotics For Bad Breath- Treat Bad Breath For Good!


One of the most common concerns for patients when they visit the dental office is treating their bad breath. 

I would like to inform you of a solution for bad breath that you can do on your own, at home and on your own time.

As a Dental Hygienist, I hear this concern expressed more frequently than any other.  Nobody wants to have bad breath.

Imagine if there were a way to eliminate bad breath for good (not just temporarily).  Probiotics are healthy bacteria. 

Until recently, they have mostly been known only for their positive impact on digestive health.

Research is now showing how they can also keep our mouths healthy too. 

Treating bad breath is one of the many positive outcomes of using oral probiotics.

Bad breath stinks!  Watch this video for an explanation of how oral probiotics work.                                                                             

Thankfully, using oral probiotics for bad breath can help. 

They address the issue of bad breath among many other oral health conditions.   

This scientific discovery is just what we have been looking for. 

This article will discuss the best oral probiotics to treat bad breath for good.

Oral probiotics are different from regular probiotics and they are essential for keeping the oral microbiome in balance. 

These probiotics are a promising area of research as scientists are discovering their benefits. 

They have found that they are an all natural and effective way to fight bad breath, plaque, gum disease and several other undesirable oral health conditions.

Studies show how the friendly microorganisms of probiotics have health benefits far beyond the gut and are likely to improve overall dental health.

Have We Finally Discovered a Solution to Bad Breath?

Certain conditions like poor oral hygiene, medications, dry mouth and plaque accumulation make it a hospitable place for bacteria to thrive.

The bacteria give off a by product as they break down called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs).

The primary source of bad breath is from the volatile sulfur gases produced by bacterial overgrowth.

There needs to be a proper amount of good and bad bacteria.

When bacteria are reduced with such products as antimicrobial rinses, the amount of bacteria can become deranged.

Using oral probiotics for bad breath works differently than using antimicrobial products.

They work by repopulating the good bacteria and limiting the growth of the bad bacteria.

When the mouth is exposed to these probiotics, such as the probiotics in Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics, it becomes colonized with bacteria unable to produce VSCs.

This is just what we want to happen!

Not only do these probiotics crowd out the bad bacteria but also introduce proven strains of beneficial bacteria.

They reduce the acidic pH levels and produce natural anti-bacterial agents.

When this happens, less volatile sulfur compounds are formed which improves bad breath.

No VSCs equals no bad breath for good!

What Makes Oral Probiotics Different from Other Probiotics?

Most people are familiar with probiotics for the gut.

They are trying to do the right thing by taking these supplements because they know they are beneficial for proper digestion.

The most common forms are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

These gut probiotics usually come in a capsule form so they can resist the acidic pH and gastric juices of the digestive system.

Traditional probiotics contain bacterial strains that are native to the gut.

On the other hand, oral probiotics contain beneficial strains specific to the oral microbiome.

Hyperbiotics have created a product called Pro Dental that has revolutionized how the dental profession treats bad breath, cavities and unhealthy gums.  Please read the review for Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics.

They are available in the form of a chewable mint tablet that can be chewed or sucked on.  This provides longer exposure where the beneficial bacteria can colonize in the mouth.


The main area in our mouth for bacteria to form is on the surface of the tongue and in and around the gum tissue.

The beneficial bacteria for our mouths is Streptococcus salivarius.

Oral probiotics contain two strains of these bacteria called K12 and M18 and have been shown to significantly address an unhealthy mouth.

In fact, Streptococcus salivarius is often found to be deficient in people who suffer from bad breath.

M18 produces an enzyme that helps to loosen and dissolve the formation of plaque biofilm.

In addition, the K12 strain produces a natural protein that prevents the growth of bad breath causing bacteria.  

Get one product with both of these strains in Hyperbiotics from Pro Dental.

Treat Bad Breath For Good!

When oral probiotics (good bacteria) are consumed on a regular basis, they basically compete with the harmful (bad bacteria) in the mouth.

When the oral microbiome is repopulated by using oral probiotics, the proper amounts of both good and bad bacteria exist.

The byproducts of the bad bacteria, or VSCs (volatile sulfur compounds) are decreased.

The presence of Streptococcus salivarius K12 also acts to kill bacteria causing bad breath.

Probiotic lozenges promote the strain K12 and compete with the bacteria which lives mostly in and around your gums and on the surface of the tongue.

These areas are the favorite areas for the bacteria that produce VSCs to live.

Streptocococcus salivarius K12 reduces bad breath by out competing the source of these smelly gases.

What Exactly is the Microbiome, Anyway?

The mouth is host to millions and millions of microbes (bacteria) that make up your oral microbiome.

It is considered to be the gateway to the rest of the body because it is the beginning of the digestive system.oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

If there isn’t enough of the good bacteria, the bad bacteria can pass to the rest of the body causing many other health problems.

The most studied of these concerns to date include cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

Oral Probiotics May Be the Answer for Dental Health

Several studies have been completed showing how they can help fight bad breath.

One study included 23 people who either took a placebo (fake supplement) or a Streptococcus salivarius probiotic supplement.

Each of the participants used an antimicrobial mouthrinse prior to the study.

The study showed that major reductions in the amount of bacteria causing bad breath were found in 85 percent of the people using oral probiotics.

Most mouthrinses and products work to reduce bacteria in the mouth.oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

Unfortunately, they target all bacteria, including the beneficial ones. Not all bacteria are bad for you.

We actually need and depend on the millions and millions of them to maintain health.

By relying on antimicrobial products, we are in essence destroying too many of the good along with the bad.

In comparison, think about how antibiotics destroy bacteria in our gut. They destroy the bad but also destroy our necessary good ones.

Using oral probiotics for bad breath is shown to work in the same way to preserve and repopulate our good bacteria in our mouths just as probiotics do this for our gut.

More of a Good Thing

For people who want to reduce the amount of their cavities, Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics may offer a valuable adjunct to their home care.

Studies show significantly reduced amounts of plaque accumulation for people who use them.

Also, they produce anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial for those who have gum disease.

There are many other areas of promising benefits other than reducing bad breath and cavities.

Among these are the reduction of tonsil stones, less ear infections, less tooth sensitivity, reduced yeast overgrowth and less dry mouth.

Oral probiotics are a welcome adjunct to good oral hygiene.  They can easily be added into the daily routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

Our Mouths are Connected to Our Bodies!

We need to understand the health benefits of a balanced microbiome in our mouths.

The body is a system of very complex interactions that take place on a consistent basis designed to keep us healthy.

Eliminating bad breath is only one of the many benefits of oral probiotics.  Please check out the review for Hyperbiotics Oral Probiotics.

Our mouth is not isolated from the rest of our body and by first and foremost keeping our mouths healthy we shall seek health in our entire bodies.

Thank you for reading.  Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below and I will gladly respond to them. 

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The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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Hyperbiotics Pro Dental Review- Eliminate Bad Breath

Simply change the bacteria in your mouth!

Probiotics are healthy  bacteria. 

Until recently, they have only been known for their impact on digestive health. 

Research is now starting to show that they can also help to keep your mouth healthy.

Here is a breakdown of the most important factors you need to know when choosing this highly rated and effective oral probiotic.               

Product:  Hyperbiotics Pro Dental Oral Probiotics

Cheapest Place to Buy:  Check here for best price available-

Size of Container:  45 tablets

Ingredients:  Streptococcus salivarius M18, Streptococcus salivarius K12, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus paracasei

Specifics:  Vegetarian, Non GMO, Free of gluten and yeast.  No artificial colors, artificial flavors, iron, soy, sugar, nuts or preservatives

Guarantee:  100% money back guarantee for any reason if not completely satisfied

My Rating:  9.75 out of 10  (Minty taste but would be nice to have other flavors)

Watch this video to learn how Hyperbiotics oral probiotics work.

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental, Product Overview

Most people do not realize that probiotic strains make up our oral microbiome and are contained in our mouths. 

These strains are different than the ones that populate the gut microbiome.

If the balance of the good bacteria in the oral cavity is compromised, dental health problems will arise.

One of the most common problems is bad breath.

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental contains a strain called K12 that when colonized in the mouth, will actually freshen breath.

It does this by crowding out the odor causing bacteria.

But How Does this Product Actually Work?

This product contains 3 billion CFUS per chewable tablet. 

It contains the strains Streptococcus salivarius K12, Streptococcus M18, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus paracasei. 

These strains work to address the root cause of oral concerns. 

They work to support the health of our teeth, gums, nose, ears, throat and sinuses.  Learn more here about oral microbiology and oral probiotics from Wikipedia.

The amount of CFUs is far below what is needed for probiotics for the gut. 

These strains easily colonize in the mouth with the preferred delivery method of chewing each tablet. 

They do not have to survive the harsh environment of the stomach acid.

Best Way to Use Them, It’s Up to You!

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics are best used after brushing or rinsing with an antibacterial mouthrinse or toothpaste. 

This is because these products kill both the good and the bad bacteria in the mouth.

Pro Dental will repopulate the oral cavity with beneficial bacteria.Hyperbiotics-Pro-Dental-Review-Eliminate-Bad-Breath

We Know They Work but What Else?

No refrigeration is needed due to a patented manufacturing process. 

This increases the stability of the product and prolongs shelf life.   They are made in the USA under strict quality control and FDA guidelines.

Our mouth is the gatekeeper in charge of defending microbes that enter our bodies.  This product will help us to live more healthful days!

Research on the microbiome is still a relatively new concept and it is changing the practice of medicine as we know it.

Try It to Believe it For Yourself!

I encourage you to try Hyperbiotics ProDental oral probiotics for yourself. 

You will be amazed at the results which are usually noticeable in a short period of time. 

Research shows oral health improvement within 24 hours and full benefit reached within 7 days.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment of your own after trying the product for yourself. 

More information about oral probiotics may be found here. 

You will love the results and the results are guaranteed with a no questions asked money back guarantee if not completely satisfied!

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The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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Best Remedies For Bad Breath- Not What You Think

Although proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important, there are other options for you to treat bad breath.

The best remedies for bad breath include things you may have never even considered. Fresh breath is a sign of a healthy mouth.

Having a healthy mouth is a good indication of your overall health. By using these remedies for bad breath, you can make a big difference in your oral and overall health.

Probiotics For Bad Breath

There are plenty of traditional ways to help treat your bad breath but the best remedies for bad breath include non-traditional ways. 

One of these ways is to use an oral probiotic.

You can keep your mouth as clean as possible with good oral hygiene and plaque removal methods but you may still need to do more. 

The best of these efforts include twice daily brushing and daily flossing or use of an oral irrigator.

But even with the best efforts of plaque control, bad breath can still persist and an oral probiotic is necessary. 

The reason for this is not what you think. Every one of us has a unique system of bacteria in our mouths. This is called our microbiome.

Contrary to what you might think, it is not the goal to kill all the germs in our mouth.

Some bacteria are important for promoting good health in our mouth and in the rest of our body.

Just like our intestinal microbiome determines our well-being and health, a healthy oral microbiome is also crucial as it is the opening to the intestinal tract.

The balance of good and bad bacteria in the mouth determine whether the oral microbiome is healthy or not. 

Learn more about oral probiotics and how they work here.

It is important to maintain the proper environment and balance of bacteria in the mouth.

This includes good oral hygiene but also eliminating antibacterial mouthwash.

These can kill not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria needed to maintain health.

Other things besides using antibacterial mouthwashes can throw off the healthy balance of bacteria too.

These things include smoking, eating the wrong foods, poor oral hygiene, stress or taking antibiotics.

[embedyt][/embedyt]Taking an oral probiotic is one of the best remedies for bad breath.

Oral probiotics contain two strains of bacteria to cure bad breath. These are Streptococcus salivarius strains K12 and M18. 

A review of the most effective oral probiotic can be read here. 

The overall idea behind using probiotics for bad breath is to encourage the amount of good bacteria and leave less room for the bad.

What Bacteria Causes Bad Breath?

There are certain types of bacteria called gram-negative anaerobes that thrive in a low oxygen environment.

These bacteria can be found under the gums.

Other gas-producing bacteria are found on the tongue.

The gas these bacteria produce is called volatile sulfur compounds.

The best way to eliminate bad breath is to focus on colonizing the mouth with the good bacteria found in oral probiotics instead of trying to get rid of the bad bacteria.

Trying to get rid of the bad bacteria is important with oral hygiene practices but nearly impossible as these bacteria are constantly recolonizing.

With the help of an oral probiotic containing Streptococcus salivarius strains K12 and M18, these good bacteria can be introduced in the mouth by use of a lozenge.

85% of participants in the study showed a significantly marked reduction in the bacteria producing volatile sulfur compounds.

Oral Probiotics Help Other Issues Too

The oral microbiome (bacteria in our mouth) perform many functions to keep our teeth and gums healthy.

When too much of the bad bacteria are present, other oral health problems arise.

Oral probiotics are not only effective at treating bad breath, but can be helpful in the treatment of gum disease, preventing cavities, sinus infections, tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

Numerous diseases have been associated with the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

Whether you maintain an ideal ratio of good-to-bad bacteria in your mouth directly correlates to your oral and dental health as well as the health of your whole body.

By taking an oral probiotic, you will not only be helping to treat your bad breath, but will be helping to maintain this balance.

Treatment of Dry Mouth is Remedy for Bad Breath

People who suffer from dry mouth often times suffer from bad breath.

Our saliva is our self-cleansing mechanism. It helps to neutralize acids and flush bacteria and leftover food particles from our mouth.

Without saliva to perform these functions, the bacteria break down and produce the volatile sulfur compounds creating an unpleasant odor.

Lots of things can cause dry mouth. Medications including antihistamines, antidepressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, diuretics and those for blood pressure have dry mouth as an unpleasant side effect of their use.

Radiation treatments, sleep apnea, autoimmune disorders among other health issues may also cause dry mouth.

Other factors can simply include dehydration, stress, hormonal changes or anxiety.

Drinking lots of water, eliminating caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum and using Xylimelts are all great remedies for bad breath caused by dry mouth.

The Tongue Matters Too!

Proper cleaning of the tongue is absolutely imperative to remedy bad breath.

The top surface of the tongue, otherwise known as the dorsum, is the perfect hiding place for billions of bad breath causing bacteria.

These bacteria also create volatile sulfur compounds which give off a nasty smell.

Use a good tongue cleaner every single day to dramatically reduce the amount of bacteria causing these compounds.

The additional use of a tongue cleaner in combination with your other hygiene practices will greatly improve any bad breath issues.

Cleaning the tongue involves using a tool that will gently scrub and loosen plaque and debris.

By using gentle pressure with the tongue cleaner you can scrape the surface from the back to the tip until all debris is gone.

Learn more about what a healthy tongue looks like by reading What Does a Healthy Tongue Look Like-3 Signs to Look For.


Now you know the best remedies for bad breath- not what you think.

Oral probiotics are a very promising area of research which I believe will change the way we treat our oral health forever.

Scientists have discovered the connection between the health of our mouth and the health of our body.

Treating bad breath with oral probiotics, dry mouth treatment and tongue cleaning are non-traditional approaches you will be glad you started.

I invite you to share your experience below.

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Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding- Your Best Option

Mouth-Guards-For-Teeth-Grinding-Your-Best-OptionTeeth grinding is a common problem that not only affects the mouth but your entire body.

The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding affects 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association.

When teeth grinding occurs frequently, it can cause harm to your teeth, dental health and overall health.

The damage caused to your teeth is irreversible and measures to prevent it should be taken seriously.  Learn more about bruxism from Wikipedia.

The most common way to prevent damage from teeth grinding is by wearing a mouth guard. There are many types of mouth guards to choose from.

This article will discuss your best option of mouth guards for teeth grinding and how you can save money on the most effective quality product.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a condition in which you clench, gnash or grind your teeth together. Most people who have bruxism will unconsciously clench or grind their teeth during sleep.

Some people will unconsciously do this while awake throughout the day. Stress is considered a major contributing factor in teeth grinding.

Other emotional triggers can be tension, anger, fear or anxiety. It can also simply be caused by periods of deep concentration.

It is a common misconception that teeth grinding is a problem that only affects the mouth. The symptoms of the condition has an impact on your entire body.

Most people who suffer from this condition will spend time and money on other treatments and medications because they are not aware that their teeth grinding is causing the problem.

Clenching and grinding your teeth is capable of causing headaches, jaw aches, facial muscle pain, neck pain, spasms and insomnia.

Doctors are not completely sure what causes bruxism but feel it may be caused by a combination of genetic, physical and psychological factors.

You may not be able to remove the cause of your teeth clenching and grinding but you can take measures to protect your teeth and alleviate the symptoms caused by it.

Tooth Damage is Irreversible

The main signs of teeth grinding are teeth that are fractured, chipped or worn. Excessive grinding can cause teeth to become loose or mobile.

Once the enamel has chipped or worn away, there is no way to get that enamel back. When it’s gone, It’s gone!

These teeth will require restorations such as fillings or crowns. Extensive restorations like bridges or implants will be required to replace loose or mobile teeth that have to be extracted.

Other signs of bruxism include waking up with jaw pain or headaches. Sleep is usually interrupted during grinding leading to poor quality of sleep.

While there may be no cure for teeth grinding, many people will find that wearing a mouthguard will give them needed relief and prevent irreversible tooth damage.

Custom Fit Mouth Guards are the Best OptionMouth-Guards-For-Teeth-Grinding-Your-Best-Option

A mouth guard is a device you wear over the biting surface of your teeth.

They can be made for your top or bottom teeth but most people prefer ones worn on the top teeth as these are the most comfortable to wear.

These appliances keep your top and bottom teeth from touching. This in turn will relieve the stress and tension on your jaw normally caused by clenching and grinding.

You will be providing a protective barrier of your teeth from the massive forces of the jaw. In your body, the strongest muscle based on its weight is the masseter muscle.

This is one of the muscles of the jaw. With all the muscles of the jaw working together, a force is created as great as 55 pounds on your front teeth and 200 pounds on your molars.

This is definitely a significant force, especially when you take into consideration that these forces occur on a regular basis.

There are several types of mouth guards. Purchasing an over the counter mouth guard for teeth grinding can be very challenging due to the overwhelming amount of choices.

Non-custom or universal fitting mouth guards are the least expensive and can be purchased anywhere between $10 to $25.

These mouth guards are not recommended as they do not stay in place and are more of a one-size fits all model.

Often, these devices are made of plastic that wears through easily.

Another option is a boil and bite type of mouth guard. These devices allow a tighter fitting appliance to be molded to your bite.

These mouth guards will cost $20 to $30 but are still not a good choice due to the thin and easily worn through material they are made from.

Boil and bite mouth guards allow you to boil the product to heat it up and require you to bite into them while they are still warm.

This will “register” your bite. These appliances are often uncomfortable to wear long term and ill-fitting.

Your dentist will recommend that you have a custom formed hard acrylic mouth guard fitted for you.

This is by far the best option of all. It will give you a comfortable and very durable product that will provide maximum protection for your teeth.

Custom mouth guards can be made by your dentist by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to a dental lab for a precise fit.

These mouth guards can cost anywhere from $400 to $600 and are not covered by most dental insurance.

You can now purchase a custom mouth guard directly from a dental lab versus going through your dentist.

A custom mouth guard is made from an impression of your teeth providing the most accurate and comfortable fit.

These products stay in place and are made from hard acrylic that will withstand wear from even the most aggressive grinder.Mouth-Guards-For-Teeth-Grinding-Your-Best-Option

Custom Mouth Guards Are Now Affordable

Amazon has taken the high cost of a custom mouth guard out of the equation.

A custom mouth guard can be made from the same type of dental lab your dentist uses.

J & S Dental Lab Dental Mouth Guards have provided a convenient and affordable option.

Purchasers simply order a home impression kit to be taken in the privacy of their own home. A putty type material is provided in the kit.

The impression is mailed back using the prepaid return envelope provided.

Based on the impression, the company’s dental lab (same type of lab all dentists use) will provide you with a customized mouth guard in the mail shortly thereafter.

These mouth guards are the same high quality products provided in dental offices but only cost a fraction of the price.

J & S Dental Lab Dental Mouth Guards are made from BPA free laminate and hard acrylic and a prescription is not required.

This product is backed by 100% money back guarantee.

This guarantee allows the purchaser to return the item if not completely satisfied for a full refund with free shipping. 

The company will do anything it needs to in order for you to be completely satisfied with your mouth guard.


I encourage you to invest in the best mouth guard for teeth grinding.

While mouth guards for teeth grinding can be purchased over the counter, it is best to get a custom fit. 

This will allow for a more durable and comfortable appliance that will be most effective in alleviating the symptoms of bruxism.

The J & S Dental Lab Dental Mouth Guard is a quality alternative to prescription dental mouth guards and will provide you with professional quality that is custom-made.

They have a five star customer service to provide perfect fit and comfort guaranteed.

This product could potentially save you up to 75% off the cost of the same high quality product you would receive from your dentist.

Go to J & S Dental Labs Dental Mouth Guards on Amazon to order your custom-made mouth guard for teeth grinding directly from the lab and manufacturer.

I encourage your feedback and look forward to you sharing your positive experiences! Please leave your comments below.


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Waterpik Sonic-Fusion- An Innovative Product Review

WaterPik has changed the idea of how something can be done.

The something I am talking about is the simple act of brushing and flossing.

This review will discuss the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion.

It is a sonic toothbrush combined with a water flosser in one easy to use tool.

This product is the world’s first flossing toothbrush and it is changing the face of oral hygiene forever.

What is the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion?

Sonic-Fusion combines the proven effectiveness of the Waterpik Water Flosser with the power of an advanced sonic toothbrush. 

Learn about the effectiveness of sonic waves for teeth cleansing here from Wikipedia.

The head of the toothbrush contains a built-in water flosser tip.

This allows a pulsating water spray to be used in combination with the sonic vibration of the toothbrush.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion is a device that provides both brushing and water flossing at the same time.

There are settings up to 10 to allow the water pressure to be customized for comfort and the intensity of the clean desired.

The device comes with a timer to allow for a full 2 minutes of brushing.

This timer has a built in pacer to notify when each 30 seconds has passed. A reservoir holds the water and can be used with mouthwash if desired.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion comes with two patented water flossing brush heads.  A deluxe travel case is also included.

How Effective Is It?Waterpik-Sonic-Fusion-An-Innovative-Product-Review

Waterpik explains that the sonic toothbrush cleans the tooth surfaces while the water flosser jet focuses on the spaces between the teeth and below the gumline.

The product features three modes of action: brush, floss and brush + floss.

Research shows it removes 99.9% of plaque from treated areas.

It is up to 50% more effective than regular floss for improving gum health and up to twice as effective as traditional brushing and flossing.Waterpik-Sonic-Fusion-An-Innovative-Product-Review

Who Should Use the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion?

This product is ideal for the person who wants to save time and who also wants to improve their oral health.

Most people do not like to floss and statistically speaking, only a small percentage of the population actually flosses on a regular basis.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion is also ideal for anyone with crowns, bridges or implants.

The pulsating water spray along with the sonic toothbrush effectively reaches these notoriously hard to reach areas.

You will be protecting the investment you have made in your dental work by using this unique product.

Orthodontic patients will truly benefit from this innovative technology as plaque and bacteria cannot hide from the combination of the sonic wave plus pulsating water flossing spray.

People who suffer from decay (cavities) or periodontal disease (gum disease) will find this product greatly improves oral health by reducing and eliminating bacteria from the in between areas of the teeth and under the gumline.

These areas harbor the majority of the bacteria in the mouth and are easily accessed by the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion.

Save Time…BrushWaterpik-Sonic-Fusion-An-Innovative-Product-Review and Floss Simultaneously!

Now you can use a one step oral care regimen for your oral health.

No longer do you have to commit to the separate and additional step of flossing. It can now be done within the same 2 minutes that it takes to use your toothbrush.

Finally, an innovative product that will change our oral hygiene routines forever!

This product also comes with a limited 3-year warranty and is endorsed with the ADA seal of acceptance.

The results are astounding! 

As a dental hygienist, I can tell you that this is the one product that has had the most dramatic and extreme positive outcomes in my patient’s oral health.

I invite you to try this highly recommended product for yourself. 

Click here to go to Amazon and get yours. 

Please feel free to leave any questions or comments concerning your own personal experience with Waterpik Sonic-Fusion.


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Children’s Dental Health- Helpful Tips For Parents

Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-ParentsDental health is a huge part of overall health.

Taking care of your children’s dental health will give them a healthy start in life.

A child can suffer serious health problems if their dental disease is not taken care of.

Parents can take an active role in caring for their child’s teeth.

This includes cleaning their teeth at home, providing a balanced diet and scheduling regular dental visits.

Children learn healthy habits from their parents.

This article will describe helpful tips for parents to improve and maintain their child’s dental health from birth to adulthood.

Before the First Tooth EruptsChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Children’s dental health should begin early on.

It is a good idea to start cleaning your child’s mouth when they are a baby, before the first tooth has even erupted.

This allows the child to get used to having their mouth cleaned.

Use a clean wet gauze or washcloth to gently wipe the gum area after each feeding. This will remove any plaque or food particles that may be present.

Never allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water.

If a bottle contains formula, milk or juice it will allow sugar to come in contact with their mouth all night long.

Even though there are no teeth present yet to come in contact with, it will set them up for the habit of relying on these damaging liquids at nighttime to fall asleep.

Offering a bottle containing sugary liquids as a pacifier is also not recommended. This will allow frequent acid attacks and increase tooth decay once their teeth begin to grow in.

Babies have a higher risk of tooth decay if their newly erupted teeth are allowed to come in contact with sugary liquids for extended periods of time.

Bacteria in the mouth will mix with the sugar in these drinks to produce acids.

These acids are very detrimental to a baby’s teeth and can cause a condition called “Baby bottle tooth decay”.

Your Child’s First ToothChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Your child’s baby teeth will hold the space in the jaw for the permanent teeth to develop.

The baby teeth also help the child to speak normally and will help their chewing function and appearance. 

Learn more about the importance of baby or primary teeth here from Wikipedia.

A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in their jawbone at birth and will erupt within the first 3 years of their life.

Generally, the first tooth will arrive around 6 months. Some babies will erupt their first tooth as early as 4 months. 

On the other hand, it is not uncommon for the first tooth to grow in closer to a year.

As a child grows, their jaw also grows.

This allows room for the full set of 20 primary teeth to erupt over time. The first permanent teeth will start to erupt around age 6.

As the permanent teeth develop under the roots of the primary teeth, the roots begin to resorb allowing for the shedding of the primary teeth.

By age 12-13 years, your child will have the majority of their permanent teeth fully erupted.

Primary Teeth

  • Central incisor erupt 6-12 months and shed 6-7 yrs
  • Lateral incisor erupt 9-16 months and shed 7-8 yrs
  • Canine erupt 16-23 months and shed 9-12 yrs
  • First molar erupt 13-19 months and shed 9-11 yrs
  • Second molar erupt 23-33 months and shed 10-12 yrs

Permanent Teeth

  • Central incisor erupt 6-8 yrs
  • Lateral incisor erupt 7-9 yrs
  • Canine erupt 9-12 yrs
  • First premolar erupt 10-12 yrs
  • Second premolar erupt 10-12 yrs
  • First molar erupt 6-7 yrs
  • Second molar erupt 11-13 yrs
  • Third molar (wisdom tooth) erupt 17-21 yrs

Cleaning Your Child’s TeethChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

When your child’s first teeth start to erupt, it important to start brushing them.

You can use a child-sized toothbrush and water.

It is easier to accomplish this if you are sitting on a bed or couch with your child lying down and their head on a pillow that is on your lap.

Once your child is age 2, the ADA recommends using a small pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste on their brush.

Fluoride toothpaste is not suggested earlier than age 2 due to the risk of swallowing it.

Before age 2, children do not know how to spit out the toothpaste and too much ingested fluoride may cause a condition of permanent brown spots on the permanent teeth called fluorosis.

Continue to help your child brush their teeth until age 6.

A good rule of thumb is to allow your child to brush for the first minute by themselves.

After one minute you can help them brush, making sure to reach the back teeth and the grooves in the molars where food and decay causing bacteria like to hide.

Check your child’s toothbrush often for bristles that are frayed or worn.

Damaged bristles will not effectively remove plaque and food debris.

You can start to use dental floss when the adjacent teeth begin to touch.

Children do not have the dexterity to floss using string floss on their own until age 8, so it is important to help them.

You can floss for them or allow them to use a flossing tool with a handle that allows access to the back teeth.

Using an oral irrigator instead of floss is much more effective at removing plaque for children and adults. 

Using an oral irrigator will remove twice as much bacterial plaque than traditional string floss. 

Learn more about oral irrigators versus flossing.

It is recommended to brush twice daily, morning and night and floss once per day.

Nighttime is the very most important time to brush your child’s teeth.

At night, the mouth is moist, warm and dark and is the perfect breeding ground for decay causing bacteria.

Using an electric toothbrush will allow your child to have 30,000 brush strokes per minute compared to only 500 brush strokes per minute when using a manual toothbrush. 

Products combining an electric toothbrush with an oral irrigator will provide superior plaque removal. 

These products are by far the most effective plaque removal tools known to date and will greatly improve your child’s oral health.

No spill cups or sippy cups should be discouraged as soon as the child is able to use an open cup.

This will prevent sugary milk or juices from coming in contact with your child’s enamel for extended periods of time.

What’s the Proper Technique?

Here are some more helpful tips for parents when caring for their children’s dental health.

When brushing, you will want to place a soft bristled toothbrush against the gumline at a 45 degree angle towards the gum.

If your child is under two, remember not to use fluoridated toothpaste.

A pea sized amount of toothpaste is all that is needed. Gently move the brush back and forth in short tooth-wide strokes.

Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower.

Repeat this method for the insides of all the teeth.

Finally, be sure to brush the chewing surfaces of the back teeth as this is where most plaque and bacteria will be hiding.

Don’t forget to brush the top surface of the tongue as this is another place bacteria like to hide. Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Using a tool called a tongue cleaner will effectively remove bacteria from the surface of your child’s tongue. 

This will greatly improve any issues with bad breath as these bacteria give off a smelly by product called volatile sulfur compounds. 

Learn more about treating bad breath here.

When flossing, use about a foot and a half of floss.

This seems like a lot but using this amount will make it easier to maneuver and properly hang on to the floss.

Wind each end of the floss around the middle fingers to allow a good grip.

Use a gentle back and forth see-saw motion to guide the floss between the teeth until resistance is felt by the gums.

Using a curving C-shape, gently wrap the floss around both sides of the teeth and use a scraping motion to clean food or plaque from in between the teeth.

Repeat these steps in between each of the teeth. Remember also to floss the backs of the furthest back teeth on top and bottom.

Your Child’s First Dental VisitChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

When your child’s first tooth develops, it is time to schedule their first dental visit.

Ideally, the first visit should be around their first birthday.

You should treat this visit as you would treat your baby’s well child visit with their pediatrician.

During your child’s first visit, the dentist will accomplish several things.

A complete oral exam will be done to check development and growth, access oral health and check for cavities or other problems.

Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and tips provided to maintain or improve oral hygiene.

The dentist will discuss teething, finger or thumb sucking habits and pacifier use.

It will be determined whether your child is receiving enough fluoride to prevent cavities and whether your child is at risk for developing cavities.

Having the first dental check up at an early age will establish your child’s “dental home”.

This is a place you can take your child for continued care year after year to maintain your children’s dental health.

An early visit helps the dentist get to know your child and their specific needs so they can provide the best care for them.

It is best to meet the dentist when your child is having no problems-don’t wait until they are having an issue.

This will ensure the most pleasant visit and a good experience for your child.

What About Sucking Habits?Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Sucking is a natural reflex.

Babies and young children many suck on pacifiers, fingers or thumbs to help them feel happy, safe and provide a sense of security.

Many infants rely on sucking habits to induce sleep, as sucking is relaxing.

Sometimes a child’s sucking habits may interfere with proper alignment of the teeth or proper growth of the mouth.

The habit’s duration, intensity and frequency will determine if dental problems will result.

Usually by age 2 to 4, a child will stop these habits on their own.

If your child continues these sucking habits beyond age 4, it is a good idea to discuss this with your child’s dentist to see if there are any growth or developmental concerns.

You can help wean your child of these habits.

Praise your child for not sucking instead of scolding them.

Positive reinforcement is the most encouraging way to wean them of their habit.

A child will often suck on their fingers, thumb or pacifier when seeking comfort.

Try to focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety and comfort your child.

Children who are sucking for comfort will feel less of a need when they receive reassurance from their parents.

Placing a bandage or sock over your child’s finger or thumb will help to remind and encourage them to stop these behaviors. This practice is best done at night.

Diet is Important Too!Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Children’s dental health includes a well balanced diet.

A good diet is essential for your child’s growth and development and their healthy teeth will depend on it.

What and how often we eat directly affect our teeth.

Our teeth are constantly forming bacterial plaque.

When the sugar your child consumes mixes with the plaque, it produces cavity causing acids.

When your child is allowed to snack often, this encourages more opportunity for acid attacks which puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay.

Other factors that may influence decay are the amounts and type of bacteria in the mouth.

Help your child to develop good eating habits.

Limiting between meal snacks that are sugary and sticky like cookies, fruit snacks or candy is best. These snacks encourage decay.

Instead, offer snacks that are good for your children’s dental health.

These snacks include raw vegetables, fruits, cheese and nuts.

Nuts and cheese contain enzymes that discourage plaque from forming cavities.

Fruit and vegetables are self cleansing foods as the chewing of these foods reduce bacterial plaque.

The mouth makes more saliva at mealtime to help rinse away food particles so it is best to save sugary snacks to be included with meals.

What about fluoride?Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Research has shown that fluoride prevents cavities and helps repair and remineralize early stages of tooth decay.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in all water sources. Some water sources such as city water have added fluoride.

For children, fluoride strengthens the enamel and makes it more resistant to decay.

It will help to reverse the cavity process for teeth with beginning decay areas.

There are two ways your child can obtain fluoride: systemic or topical.

Fluoride obtained systemically are all forms of fluoride that are ingested.

This would include water fluoridation or supplements.

Topical fluoride is obtained when applied to the outer surface of the enamel.

Examples of topical fluoride would be in the form of toothpastes, mouth rinse or the varnish applied topically at the dental office.

Community water fluoridation is an extremely effective way to achieve both topical and systemic fluoride.

Sometimes parents give their children bottled water instead of tap water. Some bottled waters contain fluoride but most do not.

Take this fact into consideration by supplying additional forms of fluoride if you are only giving your child bottled water.

It is a good idea to check with your child’s dentist before giving them supplemental fluoride.

Some children may or may not require additional fluoride if they are at low risk for developing tooth decay.

Happiness is a Healthy Smile…Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Parents need to participate in caring for their child’s teeth.

It is important that parents teach their children how to take care of their teeth and practice healthy habits that will continue into adulthood.Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Now you know how to help your child practice good oral hygiene habits.

Your children’s dental health will depend on these tips for parents.

You can start them off right with a balanced, healthy diet and teach them the importance of regular dental care.

You can set a good example for your children by also brushing twice daily, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly.

By following the tips in this article, you can help your child have a healthy smile for life!

I invite you to take an active role in your children’s dental health.  Please leave any questions or comments below and I will be happy to help.


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The information provided on this website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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Why Is Soda Bad For Your Teeth-Latest Update


Do you have any idea what soda is doing to your teeth?

Simply stated, soda is destroying your teeth.  Yes, that’s right, I said destroying them!

Soda consumption has become a daily habit for more and more people.

It is no longer considered a treat for a special occasion and is now part of a daily routine for many.

In fact, drinking soda daily has become the norm especially for children and young adults.

This article will cover the latest update of why soda is bad for your teeth and what you need to know to protect them.

What Does Soda Do to Your Teeth?Why-Is-Soda-Bad-For-Your-Teeth-Latest-Update

The sugar in soda mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to create acid.

These acids attack your teeth. People who have poor oral hygiene are at a much higher risk of damage since they have more bacteria to begin with.

The two main ways soda damages your teeth is by erosion and cavities.  Learn more about acid erosion of teeth here from Wikipedia.

Even sugar free soda contains acid of its own and should be avoided as much as regular soda.

While diet soda may not have sugar, it has a very high content of citric and phosphoric acid. If these drinks are consumed often, they will have a very damaging effect your enamel.

Soda is bad for your teeth because the acid weakens the enamel and makes it more prone to decay.

Every sip of soda lowers the pH in the mouth which prolongs the acid attack and erodes the enamel.

Each acid attack can lasts around 20 minutes.

With ongoing acid attacks, the enamel becomes weaker and weaker.

With the weakened enamel, the bacteria in the mouth are more likely to cause cavities.

Over time, the enamel is permanently damaged from the erosion.

Once this enamel is gone, it’s gone. There is no way of getting it back!

How Can You Reduce the Acid Challenge?Why-Is-Soda-Bad-For-Your-Teeth-Latest-Update

By being aware of how soda is bad for your teeth, you can take steps to lessen the damage it can cause.

Never sip on soda all day.

Everytime you take a sip of soda, the 20-minute acid attack starts all over again.

The best way to enjoy your soda is to drink it all at once versus sipping on it.

Swishing with water after drinking soda will reduce the sugar content and dilute the acids.

You should try to switch out soda for water as it has no sugar or acid and will not harm your teeth.

Using a straw when drinking soda will keep the sugar and acid away from your teeth.

Avoid drinking soda before bed. If soda is consumed before bed it will coat the teeth and tissues and allow the acid to cause damage all night long.

The absolute worst thing you can do is to consume soda throughout the night.

Believe it or not, some people actually have soda on their nightstands.

At night, the bacteria in the mouth multiply rapidly.

The sugar in soda mixes with the bacteria in the mouth to create acids of their own in addition to the acid already in the soda.

It is best to wait at least 3o minutes after consuming soda to brush.

If you brush before this time, you are more likely to cause further damage to your enamel.

This is caused by brushing away the softened enamel created by the acid consumption.  

Learn more here about use of oral irrigation devices to gently remove bacterial plaque and dilute an acid attack.

More Damaging Than Ever! Updated Information

Today’s teenagers drink more soda than ever before. They consume three times as much soda than 20 years ago.

If you are like most of the American population, about half of you will have consumed a soda, sports or energy drink today.

The size of a soda bottle is getting bigger and bigger. Today’s bottle is 20 ounces compared to the standard 12 ounce bottle of years ago.

These larger sizes mean more and more sugar in each serving. It is not uncommon for a 20 ounce bottle to contain anywhere from 10 to 15 teaspoons of sugar! This table shows the comparison of water and battery acid to the sugar and pH acid content of a 12 ounce can of soda.

  • (Drink/acid/sugar content)
  • Water/ 7.00 neutral/ 0.0 tsp
  • Sprite/ 3.42/ 9.0 tsp
  • Diet Coke/ 3.41/ 0.0 tsp
  • Mt. Dew/ 3.22/ 11.0 tsp
  • Diet Pepsi/ 3.05/ 0.0 tsp
  • Dr. Pepper/ 2.92/ 9.5 tsp
  • Squirt/ 2.85/ 9.5 tsp
  • Coke/ 2.53/ 9.3 tsp
  • Pepsi/ 2.49/ 9.8 tsp
  • Battery Acid-/1.00/ 0.0 tspWhy-Is-Soda-Bad-For-Your-Teeth-Latest-Update

What Does This Damage Look Like?

As the enamel thins and erodes, the underlying tooth surface starts to show through.

This underlying tooth structure is called dentin and it is a yellow brownish color.

Teeth appear darker when the translucent enamel allows the darker dentin to shine through more easily.

The chewing surface can become worn, pitted and uneven.

The teeth appear to pull away from the margins of existing fillings as the acid erosion continues.

Cavities cause unsightly damage as the holes created by the decay rot away tooth structure.

Please Rethink Your Drink!

Why not choose a beverage low in sugar and acid?

Now that you know why soda is bad for your teeth, you can avoid all the negative effects of soda by switching out your drink.

Choose milk or water if at all possible. Even chocolate milk has much less sugar and no acid.

Be careful when consuming sports drinks.

Many sports drinks such as Gatorade can have an acid pH content as high as 2.95 per 12 ounce serving.

This is much higher than most sodas. Gatorade also has an average of 3-4 tsp of sugar per serving.

Energy drinks such as Monster have an average pH of 2.7. This is even closer to the dreaded pH of 1 in battery acid.

Remember that the enamel erosion caused by these drinks is irreversible so choose wisely and rethink your drink!

The American Dental Association recommends limiting between meal sipping and snacking on sugary beverages and foods.

The ADA further recommends practicing good dental health hygiene. 

This includes  brushing twice a day for two minutes with an ADA accepted fluoridated toothpaste, flossing or cleaning between teeth daily, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist regularly.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment below and I will gladly answer any questions or comments you may have.


Medical Disclaimer:
The information provided on this website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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