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What Is A Dental Hygienist? (Job Description and Requirements)

What is a Dental Hygienist?  Have you ever wondered this? 

Or maybe you are just curious if this career is something you might want to pursue.

I have made a life long career of Dental Hygiene and I am here to explain the job description and requirements in detail.

Essential functions and responsibilities of the job will be provided.  I will explain the care given to the patients, typical job demands and typical working conditions.

I will go into detail about the job description of a Dental Hygienist and the requirements to become one.

Also, in this article I am going to explain all the prerequisites needed in order to obtain a position as a Dental Hygienist.

You can learn more about me and my Dental Hygiene career on the About the Author page.What Is A Dental Hygienist

Summary of Position

A Dental Hygienist will provide dental hygiene services including educational, therapeutic methods and preventative services for the control of oral disease.

The goal is to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

You can see the definition of a Dental Hygienist here from Wikipedia.

Oral health is defined as the absence of disease in the mouth. 

Such disease processes include:  cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. 

A dental hygienist strives to treat and prevent such ailments from occurring in their patients.

Some people are better suited for this position than others.

In addition to a degree and license (which I will discuss shortly), a Dental Hygienist will do well if they have a certain set of skills.

This is a healthcare position and those who work in this occupation need a desire to help others.

The ability to relate to people is important. A compassionate and caring individual will thrive in this field.

A few other skill sets are important. These include great attention to detail and manual dexterity to be able to complete a thorough cleaning and work inside patients’ mouths.

Essential Responsibilities

Patient care is a priority. This includes:

  • Setting up and preparing the treatment room according to OSHA standards.
  • Performing a prophylaxis (cleaning) on a child or adult. This includes removing deposits from above and below the gum line that may contribute to disease. These deposits are generally food debris, bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar).
  • Polishing to remove accretions and stain from all surfaces of the teeth and flossing all teeth.
  • Educated patients on ways they can improve their oral health and answering questions in regard to their oral health.
  • Teaching patients good home care techniques so that they may maintain oral health.
  • Helping patients to feel at ease during their appointment and addressing all concerns.
  • Teaching patients about diet and nutrition for optimal oral and overall health.
  • Taking diagnostic digital x rays prescribed by the Dentist including bitewings, periapical and panoramic x rays.
  • Taking intraoral camera and video images as a diagnostic tool for the Dentist.
  • Performing evaluations of intra and extra oral tissues and report findings to the Dentist.
  • Recording periodontal findings and evaluate patients’ gum health by measuring and recording pocket depths.
  • Performing fluoride treatments as prescribed by the Dentist and applying sealants on teeth to prevent decay.
  • Providing local anesthetic as necessary under the supervision of the Dentist.
  • Cleaning up after patient care and sterilizing instruments
  • Performing daily maintenance on tools and equipment.
  • Practicing the recommended safeguards for personal and patient safety.
  • Computer entries involving charges, scheduling, treatment planning, health histories and insurance information.
  • Record keeping and documentation of all patient information.

Performance RequirementsWhat Is A Dental Hygienist

Education

You will need to be a graduate of an accredited Dental Hygiene school.

This may be an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. A master’s degree in Dental Hygiene is also available but less common.

An associate degree will allow you to practice Dental Hygiene in a clinical setting.

You will need a bachelor’s or master’s if you desire to hold a position that involves teaching Dental Hygiene in a public or school health program.

License/Certificate

In addition to being a graduate of an accredited school, a current state license is required.

In order to obtain a state license, you will need to have passed state and national board exams.

A current state license is required. This license is good for a period of two years.

After each two years, a fee is paid to the state in order to renew it.

Fees vary by state but on average are around $100.

You will also need to obtain a certificate to administer local anesthesia.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Professional skills with patient contact is necessary.
  • A polite, friendly and personable demeanor is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of computer skills are required. You will be trained in the software for the particular office that you work in.
  • You must be organized and able to stay on schedule.
  • You will need the ability to operate x ray equipment, intra oral cameras, instruments, ultrasonic scalers, polishers, hand pieces and other equipment as needed.
  • A great attention to detail is necessary using tactile and visual senses.
  • You must be able to concentrate and focus.
  • You will need to be able to follow directions closely as given to you by the Dentist.
  • Being able to work well with others will make you a valued employee.
    What Is A Dental Hygienist

What a Dental Hygienist Is

A Dental Hygienist is a professional health care provider who helps people improve their oral health.

By helping people improve their oral health, a Dental Hygienist is also helping to improve their overall health.

Our mouths are connected to our bodies and the mouth is often referred to as a window to our bodies.

Oral disease can manifest itself in many ways contributing to many diseases of the human body.

By choosing to become a Dental Hygienist, you will be making the commitment to helping others. This is the most rewarding feature of this career and is what attracted me, personally to this line of work.

I encourage you to explore this very gratifying career choice. Please read more about oral hygiene and oral health solutions at oralprobioticheath.com.

Thank you for reading and please leave me a comment or question below and I will be happy to help you!

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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 Perio.org.

  • 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 www.oralprobiotichealth.com.

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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What Is The Best Electric Toothbrush | Oral B or Sonic (5 Best Choices)

What is the best electric toothbrushAre your gums bleeding? Do you have receding gums?

Or do you just want to do all you can to improve your overall health?

Chances are that you have been told by your dentist to start using an electric toothbrush.

With good reason too, because electric toothbrushes work way better than any manual toothbrush you can buy on the market.

I will explain what is the best electric toothbrush you can purchase today.

Oral B and Sonic toothbrushes will be discussed giving you the 5 best choices.

I am going to take the confusion out of all the different choices so that you can make an informed purchase based on your dentist’s recommendation.

Has your dentist or hygienist told you that you need to be brushing better or that you are not brushing well in a particular area (behind the lower front teeth)?

Or, have you been told that you are causing damage to your teeth or gums for brushing too hard? Then an electric toothbrush is right for you.

I Want To Help You!

As a Dental Hygienist, I can honestly say that by using an electric toothbrush, I have seen THE BIGGEST improvement in my patient’s home care by simply making the switch from a manual brush. 

See About the Author to learn more about me and why I would like to help you.

Much less bleeding, inflammation and a night and day difference in the amount of tartar formation.

Not to mention, less plaque along the gum line (cavity prone area) and less recession of the gum line (exposing sensitive roots).

But why spend the money on an electric toothbrush when you can do just as good of a job brushing your teeth with a cheaper manual brush?

The reason is…drum roll here…you are NOT doing just as good of a job using your manual brush!

I will explain how and why electric toothbrushes work better. Also, I want to help you decide which make and model is going to be the best fit for you based on your needs.

Why Use An Electric Versus A Manual Toothbrush?Electric versus manual toothbrush

You may be surprised at the features offered by electric toothbrushes these days.

With everything from built in timers, pressure sensors (to indicate when you apply too much pressure) and blue tooth technology (to alert you to where you need to spend more time) you will be brushing better in no time!

Electric toothbrushes will greatly improve your brushing technique.

They are a simple addition to your home care routine that can save you hundreds of dollars on your dental care. 

Learn more about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush versus a manual brush.  This recent study was done by the US National Library of Health.

This is not even considering all the benefits to your entire health in general, especially when you think of the health issues related to bacterial plaque. 

Learn about the correlation of gum disease and your overall health.

Electric toothbrushes will provide you with more brush strokes per minute than a manual toothbrush.

With your hand motion and a manual toothbrush you will be able to provide 500 brush strokes per minute.

Using an electric toothbrush, you will be achieving 40,000 to 60,000 brush strokes per minute- a far superior improvement over a manual brush.

Do the math, THAT IS 100 TIMES MORE BRUSH STROKES per minute!

Why is the speed of the brush so important?

The more brush strokes per minute means more cleaning capacity per minute.

Think about if you were washing your car in a timed car wash.

You would get a cleaner car if you went to a wash with faster moving brushes than one with super slow cleaning brushes.

Without having to visit the dentist for twice daily brushing, you can still get high-quality cleaning results by simply adding an electric toothbrush to your home care routine.

Most Important Difference

The main difference in manual vs electric brushes is the fact that you are getting more effective brush strokes per minute.

However, the other differences are not to be ignored.

By using an electric toothbrush, you will be brushing for the full two-minute time frame recommended by dentists for effective plaque removal.

Believe it or not, most people on average spend less than one minute each time they brush when they use a manual toothbrush.

That’s TWICE as long when using an electric!

What is the best electric toothbrushIt is important to brush for this length of time to make sure you are properly and thoroughly remove plaque from hard to reach places.

These places include areas along and underneath the gum line where most plaque likes to hide.

Most electric toothbrushes even go a step further by including a quad pacer.

This is noted as an extra vibration signal at 30 second intervals to notify you that it is time to move to the next quadrant (one quarter of your mouth).

This allows you to spend equal amounts of time in each section of the mouth.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chqjw61B1IM[/embedyt]

Another huge benefit to using an electric toothbrush is that they are kinder and gentler and do not allow for “over brushing” of your teeth.

Electric toothbrushes also make brushing easier.

All you need to do is hold the brush against the tooth surface and move it from one side of the mouth to the next.

There is nothing to think about- the brush does all the work for you.

They will benefit those that need extra to help remove plaque if they are a slacker or just plain lazy with their home care regimen.

Some people have physical handicaps like arthritis in their hands that make brushing difficult and could use the extra help.

But, and this is huge, they will also benefit those people who put too much force or damaging pressure on their teeth and gums when they brush.

Many of the electric toothbrushes come with a built in alert system to let you know you are being too aggressive.

Receding gum lineOver brushing can cause all sorts of problems ranging from sensitive teeth to receding gumlines that expose sensitive, cavity prone roots.

Recession of the gum line is most often caused by being too aggressive with your brushing.

The damage from recession cannot be reversed and can only be treated by seeing a gum specialist (Periodontist) to perform a procedure such as a tissue graft.

This is where they take tissue from another area of your mouth (usually the roof of your mouth) and reattach it over the sensitive exposed roots.

Sounds drastic, doesn’t it?

It is so much easier using an electric toothbrush in the first place to prevent recession.

Do You Want Rotating/Oscillating/Pulsating or Sonic?

There are two main brush types to choose from.

You can either use a rotating/oscillating type brush head or one that works by sonic vibrations. Both are very effective electric toothbrushes for different reasons.

Let’s look at the mechanics of how each one works. 

A comparative clinical study of rotating/oscillating/pulsating brushes versus sonic brushes can be viewed from PubMed.

A rotating/oscillating/pulsating toothbrush does just that. It surrounds each tooth as it spins in circles.

The brush head pulsates to loosen plaque and then oscillates and rotates to sweep the plaque away.

Oral B electric toothbrushes have a dentist inspired, small, round head which removes more plaque in hard to reach areas.

A sonic toothbrush works in an entirely different way.

In addition to the regular scrubbing motion of a regular toothbrush it also creates a secondary cleansing motion to disrupt plaque.

This motion is created beyond where the tips of the bristles can reach and is called fluid dynamics.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4_MGFd2Sug[/embedyt]

Fluid dynamics refers to the process where the intense speed and vibration of the brush head’s oscillating bristles agitate the fluids surrounding the teeth so that plaque is disrupted.

After that, the regular motion of the brush head takes the plaque away.

With sonic toothbrushes, the fluid dynamics also creates tiny micro bubbles from the motion of the bristles in an air/fluid environment.

Plaque can be disrupted by the energy created when these tiny micro bubbles burst. This happens when they are forcefully propelled against the tooth.

In reading this, it might make sense that a sonic type toothbrush would have added benefits when it comes to plaque removal.

However, it has to be stated that there needs to be more research to prove the long-term benefit of using a sonic toothbrush over other types of electric toothbrushes. 

A recent 6-month clinical evaluation was performed comparing the different types of electric toothbrushes and can be viewed from the National Health Institute.

Non-the-less, a sonic toothbrush will more effectively clean your teeth than a manual toothbrush.

The biggest part of sonic brush’s cleaning mechanism is due to the conventional scrubbing action of the bristles on the teeth.

What is the best electric toothbrushEach of these methods is very effective at cleaning your teeth.

When choosing between rotating/oscillating/pulsating or sonic toothbrushes, it is a matter of personal preference.

Some people like the quietness of the sonic vibration while others may be sensitive to the vibration so the rotating/oscillating/pulsating style brush is preferred.

Look For ADA Seal of Acceptance

ADA stands for American Dental Association.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance was founded back in 1931 to give consumers a way of finding oral health care products that are safe and effective.

When a toothbrush has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, you know that the toothbrush has been proven to be safe and effective at remove plaque and also for helping to prevent and reduce inflammation of the gums.

In order for a product to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it has to meet the ADA standards and pass a number of ADA laboratory tests.

When a product displays this seal, you can be rest assured that the guess work has been done for you and you are getting a quality product that works!

Always look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on an electric toothbrush. The Oral B and Sonicare toothbrushes all have this seal.

So What’s The Best Electric Toothbrush?

Let’s look at the top 5 choices:

Best of the Best- Oral B Genius Pro 8000

Oral B Genius Pro 8000Features and details

  • Position detection helps you brush the way your dentist recommends which tracks the time you’ve spent brushing each area of the mouth
  • Smartphone Oral B app uses innovative technology and your device’s camera to ensure you do not miss a zone
  • Pressure sensor technology to prevent over brushing which automatically reduces brush speed and a visual alert when too much pressure is applied to protect teeth and gums
  • 6 different cleaning modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Tongue Cleaning and Pro Clean Mode
  • Real time visual coaching
  • Amazon Dash Replenishment option to automatically reorder replacement heads when it’s time if you choose
  • Travel case that allows charging of your smartphone and toothbrush at the same time
  • Built in timer

Cons

  • Slightly noisy
  • Can take a few days to get used to
  • Pricier than other Oral B models

Best for Complete Oral Care- Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean SmartFeatures and details

  • Smartphone app combines smart sensors to provide real-time feedback perfecting your technique
  • Location sensor tracks where you have brushed and where you have missed
  • Brush head reordering service automatically orders new brush heads for you when needed
  • Glass holder that instantly starts charging your brushes when you simply place your toothbrush in it
  • 5 modes including: Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health and TongueCare+
  • 3 intensities: High, Medium and Low
  • Pressure sensor to alert you when you apply too much pressure- light ring on handle lights up
  • 4 different brush head types that automatically pair with the appropriate brushing mode
  • Built in timer

Cons

  • No stand or holder for smartphone
  • No brush head storage
  • More expensive than other Sonicare models

The Best Sonic Clean for the Price- Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100Features and details

  • Built in pressure sensor
  • Surface stain removal to whiten teeth
  • 3 intensities, high, medium and low
  • 3 modes including: Clean, White and Gum Care
  • Safe and gentle for sensitive teeth
  • Includes travel case
  • BrushSync tracks how long you have been using your brush head for and when it’s time to replace
  • 2 weeks of regular use from a single charge
  • Built in timer

Cons

  • Brush heads can be expensive depending on where you buy them
  • May have more features than you need

High Performer With Low Price- Oral B Pro 1000

Oral B Pro 1000Features and details

  • Rechargeable with one mode- Daily Clean
  • Clinically proven superior cleaning action rotates, oscillates and pulsates simultaneously
  • Pressure sensor will stop brushing action if too much pressure is applied
  • Features the CrossAction toothbrush head with crisscross bristles to reach between teeth
  • Compatible with a variety of Oral B brush heads for every oral care need
  • Amazon’s #1 best-seller
  • Built in timer
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Does not come with extra features such as smartphone technology
  • No position detection to alert you to areas you’ve missed
  • No choices of modes or intensities

The Best Sonic Brush With Water Flossing- Waterpik SonicFusion

Waterpik SonicFusionFeatures and details

  • Combines the proven effectiveness of the Waterpik Water Flosser with the power of an advanced sonic toothbrush
  • The head of the brush contains a built-in water flosser tip
  • Time saving as brushing and flossing can be achieved at the same time
  • There are settings up to 10 to customize comfort and intensity of the clean desired
  • Built in timer
  • Comes with 2 patented water flossing heads
  • Includes travel case
  • Features 3 modes: brush, floss, and brush + floss
  • Water flossing removes twice as much bacterial plaque than traditional floss

Cons

  • When traveling you can take brush away from water reservoir and it will hold a charge for a full week or you can bring entire unit with you to utilize water flossing option
  • Basic model will hold 2 fewer ounces of water than professional model but professional model will take up slightly more space on the counter

Learn more about the Waterpik SonicFusion toothbrush by reading the product review or you can watch the video below.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr8uVNbFtMk[/embedyt]Now You Know What Is the Best Electric Toothbrush

I have outlined what is the best electric toothbrush and given you the 5 best choices of Oral B and sonic brushes.

By choosing an electric toothbrush, you will have made the choice to improve your oral health.

By improving your oral health, you are also improving your overall health. 

Read more about other oral health solutions you can implement into your home care.   

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.

Ongoing research studies are showing the relationship between bacterial plaque and many systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease.

These are just to name a few!

If you can afford it, you will be very satisfied with a higher end model.

You get what you pay for with more overall features.

However, if affordability is an issue, you will still be getting a very good electric brush with the less expensive versions mentioned.

Please feel free to leave any questions or concerns below and I will be happy to help.

I encourage you to please take the first step to better oral health by investing in an electric toothbrush. You are not only investing in your smile but a better overall you!

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The Best Teeth Whitening Products- Dental Hygienist’s Top 3

Dental Hygienist's Teeth Whitening ProductsWhen considering the best teeth whitening products on the market, it is easy to get confused.

There are so many options to choose from, how do you know which ones work?

As a Dental Hygienist, I would like to share with you the top 3 choices of the best teeth whitening products available today.

I will get straight to the point as to which products work, how they work and what to expect for results. 

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

What Makes the Best Teeth Whitening Product?

According to the ADA (American Dental Association) there are only two active ingredients that will actually change the shade of your enamel.

These two ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.

Only whiteners with these active ingredients will work.

You should consider saving your time and money if thinking of using any other type of whitener.white teeth,

Products with high percentages of peroxide can cause tissue damage and should only be used with a dentist’s supervision.

The percentages you want to safely use at home are 35% carbamide peroxide or 15% hydrogen peroxide.

At any rate, it is always a good idea to check with your dentist before using any whitening product to make sure you are getting what is best your teeth and gums.

You can safely and effectively whiten your teeth at home if you choose the right product.  Learn more about how teeth whitening works from Wikipedia.

Make sure the product has the ADA seal of acceptance.

This is the American Dental Association’s verification that the product is safe to use and measures up to its marketing claims.

This seal removes doubt from all the whitening product claims and is a valuable sign of product quality.

And above all, what makes the best whitening product is the fact that it works! Keep reading and I will disclose the top 3 best whitening products.

Opalescence Go 15%

This is Ultradent’s newest whitening product. The Opalescence Go 15% kit comes with form fitting trays that adapt to your teeth completely.

The trays span from molar to molar and provide complete coverage of all your teeth.

The kit comes with 20 trays, 10 for your top teeth and 10 for your bottom teeth.

The trays are prefilled and can be worn right out of the package with no mess.

These can be worn simultaneously or you can choose if you only want to whiten your top or bottom teeth.

This product molds completely to your teeth instantly and in my opinion, amazingly comfortable.

I also like that it is pleasant tasting- almost like a mild minty fresh taste. Opalescence Go 15% contain 15% hydrogen peroxide and only need to be worn for 15-20 minutes a day.

Yes, you read that right, only 15-20 minutes a day! They can be worn for 5-10 days depending on the results you would like to receive.

The superior adaptability of the trays ensure that the active ingredient stays in contact with your teeth during the whitening procedure.

Your results will last at least 6 months and most people experience results after only 2-3 treatments.

This product has a few added benefits that other whitening systems do not.

From a Dental Hygienist’s view, these features make this product stand out above the others.

These benefits are added potassium nitrate and fluoride.

Potassium nitrate helps reduce sensitivity and is the added ingredient in common sensitivity toothpastes like Sensodyne.

This ingredient blocks the tubules from the outside of the tooth leading to the nerve to block sensitivity to hot and cold.

Fluoride will strengthen the enamel, provide sensitivity protection and reduce cavities.

So together, these two added ingredients will help to improve the overall health of the teeth.  Learn more about caring for your teeth and gums here.

Opalescence Go products are sold through dentists and considered Professional products; therefore are not approved by the American Dental Association because of the strength of peroxide being used.

So, you are not going to see the ADA seal of Acceptance on this product but you can feel rest assured because it is recommended and supplied through dental offices nationwide.

Dentist-supervised methods include at-home and in-office options. 

Whitening products supplied by dentists for use at home or applied by dentists in the office are considered “professional products” and are not eligible for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips

You can safely remove 10 years of stains and whiten your teeth 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste with these Whitestrips.

These are thin, flexible strips that are coated with a tooth whitening gel. The active ingredient is 10% hydrogen peroxide.

These strips mold to the shape of your teeth and are used once a day for 30 minutes.

The strips have a no slip grip on your teeth and I have been able to drink a glass of water without these strips moving out of place.

Due to “Advanced Seal Technology” they will stay where you put them until you take them off.

Most Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips come with 28 strips.

This is 14 treatments if you do both your top teeth and bottom teeth at the same time.

However, feel free to only do your top teeth or only your bottom teeth if that’s all that show when you smile. It is your choice.

Feel free to only do as many strips as you feel you need to.

If you reach your desired whiteness, you can save the rest of the box for a future date. The results will last 6 months.

You may have a wedding or reunion coming up and you can easily wear a few strips just to brighten up your smile for a special occasion.

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips are the first and only whitening strips accepted by the American Dental Association.

So, you can feel confident that purchasing this over the counter product will give you safe and effective results.

These Whitestrips contain the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredient as dentists use, so this is another reason you can feel good about their safety and effectiveness.

Be sure to effectively brush and floss or remove plaque from between your teeth by other means before applying any whitening treatment. 

This will allow you to achieve maximum results.  Clean teeth will allow better absorption of the active ingredients in the best teeth whitening products.

Opalescence PF 35% Teeth Whitening Gel Syringes/Trays

This product is a complete at home whitening treatment system.

It comes with customizable (thermoforming) at home whitening trays or can be purchased in a refill kit if you want to use trays you already may have.

The trays that come with it are heated up in boiling water which you will then bite into to make a form fitting tray that will hold the gel in place on your teeth.

With the easy syringe delivery, Opalescence PF 35% is easily customizable for each person’s individual needs.

Say you have crowns on some teeth, well you do not need to apply the gel to these areas because crowns and veneers will not bleach.

This can be a money saving feature that allows you to place the gel only where you need it which will make the product last longer.

This product is often recommended by dentists to remove discoloration of teeth due to systemic, traumatic, congenital or pharmacologic (caused by medication) causes. It can simply be used for darkening of teeth due to aging.

Opalescence PF 35% Teeth Whitening Gel contains carbamide peroxide, 20% water to prevent dehydration, potassium nitrate for sensitivity and fluoride for cavity prevention.

Each syringe contains 1.2ml of whitening gel and can be purchased in amounts of 4 or 8 syringes at a time.

To use this product you would fill the tray with a bead of gel halfway up the front of the facial side of each tray in the areas you wish to bleach.

This should use about 1/3 of a syringe. Place in your mouth and wear for 30 minutes. Rinse afterwards to remove any remaining gel.

You will see impressive results within a week but can be safely worn once a day for 30 minutes for several weeks.

However, you will want to discontinue once your desired results are achieved. Results will last for at least 6 months.

I have personally seen no regression years later of enamel shade for my patients who use this.

This formulation also comes in 20% carbamide peroxide if you wish but most people prefer the 35% gel for faster results.

You can keep the product refrigerated to prolong its shelf life but it should last 18 months.

The reason dental professionals prefer this product is due to its viscosity.

It is a very thick, sticky gel (unlike the other thin watery gels of other products).

This is important because it is thicker than saliva and therefore won’t be easily diluted in your mouth.

Use A Safe Product That Works!

best teeth whitening productsI invite you to try any one of the best whitening products- Dental Hygienist’s top 3.

You will not be disappointed with any of these choices.

When it comes to choosing which one is best for you, it is a matter of preference in how you would like to achieve your whitening results.

If you want a convenient, on the go, all in one product that is fast, then you will want to choose Opalescence GO 15%.

This product will also give you potassium nitrate for sensitivity relief and fluoride for cavity prevention.

If you would rather wear a thin strip that is form fitting to your teeth and super comfortable, then choose the Crest 3D White Lux Glamorous Whitestrips.

This product has the ADA seal of acceptance.

Or, if you want to wear a custom fitted tray and apply the gel only where you want or need it, then please choose Opalescence PF 35% gel syringe/tray system.

This product also provides cavity prevention and sensitivity relief.

All 3 of these Dental Hygienist top 3 choices for best whitening products are recommended and used in dental offices. However, these products are now available over the counter for convenient at home use.

Please feel free to leave a question or comment below and I will be more than happy to reply. Thanks for reading and enjoy your white teeth!

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Gum Disease and Treatment- You Have It-Now What?

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Have you been told you have gum disease?

Maybe your dentist hasn’t told you but you think you might.

Or maybe, you are like so many people who do not see their dentist regularly which means you probably do. 

You need to know about gum disease and treatment- and if you have it, now what?

Gum disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth.

It is also known as periodontal disease. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime- and they can with proper care.

Learning about gum disease and treatment will increase your chances of overcoming this unfortunate condition.

More than half of all people over age 18 have at least the early stage of gum disease.

After age 35, 75% of all adults are affected by some form of this disease. This means that you or someone you know is most likely affected by this disease.

In this article, I will explain the causes of gum disease, stages and the connection between gum disease and other health issues. 

I am a Dental Hygienist and  would like to help you improve the health of your teeth and gums.

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

Also, you will learn how gum disease is found, risk factors, symptoms of this condition and what to do if you have it.

Gum disease

What Causes Gum Disease?

There are numerous types of bacteria that live in your mouth.

While this is normal, it is possible for certain types of bacteria to outgrow the others. When this happens, the gum disease process begins.

It all starts with plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

These bacteria create toxins which cause inflammation of the gums and break down the attachment of gum tissues to the teeth.

When plaque is not effectively removed from the tooth surface, it can harden into something called tartar.

Tartar on your teeth make it harder for you to keep your teeth clean on your own. The tartar also acts as an area for bacteria to hang out and cause further problems.

The toxins given off by bacteria cause the gums to become red, puffy and swollen.

When this happens, the gums can start to pull away from the teeth creating spaces called pockets.

These pockets collect more bacteria and then gum disease gets worse.

What’s The Big Deal?

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.

Ongoing research is showing that many systemic diseases are related to the health of our mouths.

Diseases that affect the entire body may be first noticed because of oral problems or gum disease.

According to a growing body of evidence, gum disease could play a role in many seemingly unrelated health problems.

Not taking good care of our teeth and gums can lead to more than gum disease. Research has linked gum disease to many other diseases and health conditions.

These include but are not limited to: diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, cancer, premature births, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Experts say that inflammation is probably the common denominator. Gum disease, marked by inflammation may increase inflammation throughout the entire body.

We now know that inflammation is an underlying problem in many of these other health conditions.

Although gum disease may contribute to these health problems, it’s important to know that just because two conditions occur at the same time, doesn’t necessarily mean that one condition caused the other. That is why researchers are studying what happens when gum disease is treated in people who have these health problems.

Types of Gum Disease

There are many forms of gum disease.

The most common forms are gingivitis and adult periodontitis.

The earliest stage is gingivitis which affects only the gum tissue and not the supporting bone structure.

This form of gum disease is reversible.

In gingivitis, the gums become tender, red, swollen and bleed easily. This happens when the toxins in plaque irritate the gums.

You may notice when you brush or floss that there is a pinkish color to the toothpaste you spit out into the sink.

This is a sign that you have bleeding gums and is most often the first sign of gum disease you will notice.

Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage, the gums, bone and supporting ligaments become damaged.

Plaque spreads to your tooth roots under the gum line creating spaces between the tooth and gum called pockets.

In periodontitis, the pockets harbor more and more bacteria.

An infection occurs which can damage the bone and fibers that hold teeth in place. At this stage, teeth may become noticeably loose.

In the advanced stage of periodontitis, the fibers and bone holding the teeth in place are destroyed to the point where the teeth may fall out or need to be extracted.

This stage will cause your teeth to shift, loosen and affect the way your teeth come together when you bite.

How Do You Know if You Have Gum Disease?

It is important to have regular dental checkups and exams because it is not always easy to know if you have gum disease.

Visit your dentist if you notice any of these signs:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red, puffy, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus that appears between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath that is constant and will not go away
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Other Factors Causing Gum Disease

Plaque is the main culprit causing gum disease. However, there are other factors you need to be aware of that may contribute to this condition:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco- these habits include chemical and physical irritants to the gums
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes, blood cell disorders or HIV infections and AIDS can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making gum disease worse
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control or changes in hormone levels
  • Certain medications such as calcium channel blockers, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs or steroids
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Crooked teeth, bad fillings or restorations can harbor bacteria causing the condition to progress
  • Habits such as clenching or grinding teeth may increase the rate of supporting bone loss

While these things may contribute to periodontal diseases, they do not cause them.

If one or more of these circumstances apply to you, you can still have good oral health by practicing good plaque control and following your dentist’s advice.

Preventing Gum DiseasePreventing gum disease

Brushing thoroughly twice a day will help to remove the accumulation of bacterial plaque.

Studies show that it only takes an average of twelve hours for bacterial plaque to start mineralizing from the minerals in your saliva.

If you are removing the bacteria every twelve hours (or twice daily) you will be ahead of the tartar formation process.

The tartar on your teeth and below the gum line does not actually cause the gum disease but it acts as an area for the bacterial plaque to harbor.

The bacteria  give off inflammation causing toxins that irritate the gums.  You can learn more about home treatment for gum disease in this article.

Floss every day or use some other means of removing plaque and food debris from between your teeth.

A Waterpik (oral irrigator) can remove twice the amount of bacterial plaque from between teeth than flossing can.

Use a soft bristled toothbrush and remember to replace your brush every 3 months to keep the bristles in good shape.

You can improve your cleaning capability by using an electric toothbrush versus a manual brush.

Using an electric toothbrush will give you up to 50,000 brush strokes per minute compared to only 500 brush strokes per minute with the average manual toothbrush.

Combining an oral irrigator with an electric toothbrush will give you the best plaque removing device possible for your home care.

Waterpik has designed a device called the Waterpik Sonic Fusion that allows from brushing and flossing your teeth at the same time.

Use a tongue cleaner or tongue scraper. Over time, debris, bacteria and dead cells can build up on the surface of the tongue.

Bacteria give off a material called volatile sulfur compounds as a by product.

This can cause bad breath. By properly using a tongue cleaner on a daily basis, you can greatly improve your oral hygiene.

What Else Can Help Prevent Gum Disease?Healthy food to prevent gum disease

Eat a balanced diet. Research indicates that proper nutrition makes mouth tissues more resistant to infection.

Supplementing with an oral probiotic will promote the proper microbiome (balance of good and bad bacteria) in the mouth promoting oral health.

Probiotics are mostly known for benefiting digestive health but now research shows they can keep your mouth healthy too.

Oral probiotics can prevent plaque, fight bad breath, manage symptoms of gum disease and decrease the inflammation caused by gum disease.

Curcumin for gum disease

Supplementing with high quality (absorbable form) of curcumin will prevent and treat inflammation.

We now know that inflammation is a key component in the breakdown and destruction of our gum tissues.

Our inflammatory response to the toxins in bacterial plaque needs to be controlled in order for gum disease to be controlled.

When choosing a form of curcumin, it is important to use only a product that your body can use.

There are many forms of turmeric with curcumin on the market but you will essentially be wasting your money unless you purchase a product that your body can absorb.

Terry Naturally has developed a product called CuraMed with superior absorption of curcumin.

When compared gram per gram, CuraMed’s curcumin delivers up to 500 times more curcumin to the bloodstream than turmeric.

This company uses a patented curcumin called BCM-95 that is extracted from turmeric roots.

This is a natural 100% curcumin product that remains in the bloodstream for 8-12 hours, far longer than any other form of curcumin.

Do not forget to schedule regular dental visits. It is essential to have regular professional dental cleanings to prevent periodontal diseases.

Your hygienist or dentist can show you proper home care techniques for adequate plaque removal.

It is understandable that most people do not like to go to the dentist.

However, without regular checkups, it is hard to know if you may have gum disease. If it is caught early, it is more likely to be treated and managed.

So please schedule regular visits with your dentist and hygienist.

Maintenance visits are so much easier than only visiting when you have a toothache or other problem.

By this time, it is often too late and extreme measures like extractions may be needed.

Along with good home care to eliminate plaque, being aware of the state of your gum health is one of the best ways to decrease your chances of gum disease.

Gum Disease and Treatment- If You Have It, Now What?Regular dental visits prevent gum disease

The method of treating periodontal diseases depends on the type of disease you have and how far it has progressed.

The first plan of action is to have a thorough professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

By removing the hardened tartar, it is less likely for the bacterial plaque to hide in the pockets of your gums and give off toxins.

To aid in the healing process, a more thorough or deep cleaning may be needed.

This process may require local anesthetic or numbing of the tissues for added comfort.

This process is called scaling and root planing.

By doing this procedure, the roots are smoothed so bacterial plaque is less likely to attach allowing the gum tissue to heal.

Certain antimicrobial mouth rinses may be prescribed as well as antibiotics.

However, research is ongoing whether these treatment options are beneficial to the healing process.

Often times, these are used as an adjunct to other oral hygiene practices.

Periodontal or gum surgery may be required when the spaces or pockets between your teeth and gums progress.

They may get so deep that you can no longer manage them with good home care and regular cleanings.

Newer technology allows for lasers to perform periodontal surgery.

This is a less invasive procedure with better outcomes and faster healing times.

Surgery is usually recommended for the advanced stages of gum disease to remove these pockets. 

If the pockets are allowed to remain, this invites infection and bone destruction.

With surgery, the pockets and diseased tissue are removed and then sutured back into a new position that will be easier for you to keep clean.

In ConclusionTreating gum disease

Knowing what gum disease is and what causes it is the first step in helping to prevent it. 

With good habits and home care, the beginning stages can be reversed.

If it progresses, you do have options for treating it. 

In any treatment plan, emphasis needs to be placed on good oral hygiene to keep gum disease from progressing or recurring.

Remember, you don’t need to take care of all of your teeth, only the ones you wish to keep!

Please leave a reply or a comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  

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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.

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] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UPmj7lc5gE[/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!

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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.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

All information contained on this website, including information related to medical matters, health issues, treatments, and products, serves only for informational purposes.

It is not intended to replace the advice of your own doctor or specialist.

The information on this website is not intended to diagnose health problems or prescribe medications.

Before you start taking supplements which are recommended at http://oralprobiotichealth.com, you should discuss this with your doctor or specialist.

This applies specifically if you are already taking medication or are under medical treatment.

Despite the purity of a supplement, there can be occurring side effects.  Every person is unique.

Like many people, certain foods not well tolerated by intolerance or allergy so can also be a dietary supplement be tolerated poorly by some.

Therefore,  http://oralprobiotichealth.com explicitly states that the use of nutritional supplements is at your own risk.

Before using products purchased via this site, you first need to read the information on the packaging.

Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.

 

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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.

Conclusion

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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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

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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.

 

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What Does a Healthy Tongue Look Like- 3 Signs to Look For

The tongue is an indication of lots of things you probably have never realized.

Our tongue is a muscular organ of the mouth that has more important uses than people think.

Most importantly, our tongue is needed for our speech, chewing our food and for taste. You can tell a lot about the health of your body by checking out your tongue.

What does a healthy tongue look like? There are three signs you need to look out for. Simply look in the mirror, stick out your tongue and check it out for yourself!What-Does-A-Healthy-Tongue-Look-Like-3-Signs-To-Look-For

The Color of Your Tongue Matters

 

The best time to check out your tongue is right away in the morning when you first wake up.

This way, the results will not be altered by eating, drinking, brushing or talking.

Ideally, what a healthy tongue looks like is a light pink color with only a very light white coating present.

A bright red tongue could be an indication of vitamin B12 deficiency, heart disorders or blood diseases.

Other deficiencies that may be noted with bright red tongue include folic acid and iron.  Learn more about tongue diseases here from Wikipedia.

A blue tongue may indicate a condition where not enough oxygen supplies the tissues called cyanosis.

This may indicate issues with blood vessels, kidney disease or respiratory insufficiency.

If this condition is present, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately.

Having a yellow tongue may indicate jaundice.

This color is uncommon but may be associated with problems of the liver.

A purple tongue can be a sign that the heart is not pumping blood properly and may be a sign of heart complications.

A common deviation of tongue color is white.

A white tongue is most commonly caused by dehydration which may simply be corrected by drinking more water.

When the color of the tongue is gray it may indicate an intestinal or long term digestive issue.

What a Coating Means

The normal healthy covering of the tongue consists of tiny little pink bumps called papillae.

These small bumps are on the tops and sides of the tongue. They are light pink and give your tongue its rough texture.

A healthy tongue can become coated making it hard to notice these normal pink bumps.What-Does-A-Healthy-Tongue-Look-Like-3-Signs-To-Look-For

A thick, white coating is usually an indication of an overgrowth of bacteria.

It could be an indication of thrush which is a fungal infection.

This is usually noticed after an illness or medications disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth.

This condition is also known as oral candidiasis.

Diabetes is sometimes linked to a white coating. It is theorized that with uncontrolled diabetes, there is a high level of sugar in the saliva that fuels the overgrowth of the undesirable bacteria.

A brownish/black coating appearing like “hair” on the tongue indicates a condition where proteins turn the normal small bumps into longer strands that appear hairlike.

This condition is called black hairy tongue. It is usually brought on by smoking, drinking coffee or tea and poor dental hygiene.

Removing the cause, like smoking, and improving hygiene by use of tongue brushing or tongue scraping may be all that is needed to improve this condition.What-Does-A-Healthy-Tongue-Look-Like-3-Signs-To-Look-For

Black coating on your tongue may be caused by using an antacid with an ingredient called bismuth. Certain people experience this when the antacid mixes with the saliva and goes away once you discontinue the medication.

What Does the Texture Mean?

When normal tiny pink bumps are not present, the tongue may appear smooth and glossy.

For some people, this may also indicate vitamin deficiencies including those of all B vitamins, iron or folic acid.

Some medications, infections and celiac disease may be the cause of this shiny appearance of the tongue.What-Does-A-Healthy-Tongue-Look-Like-3-Signs-To-Look-For

A condition called geographic tongue is quite common and is noted by smooth patches mixed in with bumpy patches.

These patches come and go which is why it is called “geographic” and most times are no cause for concern.

Sometimes these patches can become sensitive when eating hot or spicy foods.

Cleaning Your Tongue is as Important as Brushing Your Teeth

The tongue is a very good indicator of overall health.

While suspected systemic conditions should always be evaluated by your physician, it is also important to always practice good oral hygiene and keep the tongue clean.

This includes removing excess plaque bacteria and food debris from the surface of the tongue.

This can simply be done by using a tongue cleaner which is a tool that can easily be added to your home oral hygiene care.

An effective tongue cleaner will gently and thoroughly remove the unwanted material that may be hiding within the bumps of the tongue.

This material includes bacteria and debris and is a known source of bad breath. In fact bad breath will be significantly improved by adding this one routine to your home care.

The best tongue cleaner will have a combination of a soft, microfiber bristle and a harder “scraper” to remove the loosened debris from using the bristles.  

Orabrush Tongue Cleaner from Orabrush has the perfect combination. 

A tongue cleaner is used to brush and scrape the top surface of the tongue simultaneously for a short period of time (less than 30 seconds is adequate).

By pressing down on the cleaner and moving the cleaner from the back of the mouth toward the tip of the tongue you will remove undesirable bacteria and debris.

Up to 90% of bad breath symptoms can originate from an unclean tongue.

Check Out Your Tongue Today!

If you notice anything unusual, please take the necessary precaution and schedule a visit with your physician to be evaluated. By simply sticking out your tongue you can get a glimpse of your overall health.

Be aware of what a healthy tongue looks like and take note of the 3 signs of an unhealthy tongue. These include unusual color, coating or texture.

I invite you to invest in a quality tongue cleaner to add to your home care and experience improved oral hygiene yourself!

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have and please feel free to share your comments involving your own experiences.

 

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