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Posts for: February, 2016

You're a busy person with a full-time job, a family, and a home that doesn't clean itself. So every once in a while, you fall into bed exhausted after coming home from work, making dinner, prepping lunches, doing dishes, and getting everything ready for the next morning. By the time your eyes are closed so tight you never want to open them again, you remember you haven't burshed your teeth.

Is that fuzzy stuff growing on my teeth going to give me gum disease? Are all my teeth going to fall out?

Worst Case Scenario: Yep, gum disease! The first sign is gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Skipping your second brush time means the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and random snacks you had throughout the day stick around on and between your teeth.  Any sticky sugar is like a gift to the bacteria in your teeth.  And you're just letting that bacteria feast on your teeth all night.  If you're going to brush only once, do it at night—it gives you a better shot at avoiding cavities and gum problems.
Keep in mind that if you do end up with gum disease it's possible that you'll eventually lose your teeth and have to consider (very expensive) implants.

Most Likely Scenario:  As long as you stick to a once-a-day schedule, there's only a slim chance you'd end up with full-blown gum disease.  The buildup of plaque that causes gum disease takes at least 24 hours to develop, so if you're brushing once a day, you'll disrupt the bacteria before it gets a chance to really screw up your gums.

But...... Cavities are pretty much a definite—especially if you're only brushing in the morning. If you get a cavity, you can get it filled, sure, but fillings don't last forever. They'll eventually need to be refilled, and each time they do we will have to drill more of the tooth away. At some point, you'll have to get a crown/cap on the tooth, which adds up to pretty expensive stuff that could generally be prevented.

Also, only brushing once a day can make your breath will smell really bad. Even if you try to cover it up with gum and mints, not brushing your teeth lets bacteria multiply inside your mouth, eventually leading to a buildup of fuzzy, foul-smelling plaque. And if you only brush at night means you'll likely end up traumatizing your coworkers with your morning breath. 



Researchers looking at the possible relationship between gum bleeding and respiratory health found there is a consistent but unexplained link.  

The investigators suggest that oral bacteria may play a role in respiratory health.  

So many reasons to keep that mouth healthy!  

        Scientists are developing a test for cancer that takes 10 minutes and uses “just a drop of saliva.” David Wong, a professor of oncology at California State University, says the test is accurate and can be carried out by a dentist, pharmacist, or even taken at home.
        Professor Wong’s tests have shown that just a single drop of saliva contains enough data to give a definitive diagnosis as soon as a tumour develops.  The new test is set to enter full clinical trials later this year, with FDA approval anticipated within two years. “The advantages of our technology is that it is non-invasive,” Professor Wong said. “If you have a credible early screening risk assessment technology that people can use on their own or at dentists’ office or pharmacists – that’s the key, early detection.”

      Early results show the test as having “near-perfect” accuracy with lung cancer patients, and “eventually it could be used to diagnose a range of different cancers", said Wong, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC.

Winter dryness can affect everything from your teeth to your throat and even contribute to the onset of the flu virus.  Using a humidifier may help combat winter’s negative impact by adding moisture to your living environment.  Humidifiers help support saliva production, a process that preserves the health of the oral cavity, gums and throat, while staying hydrated also helps prevent mouth-related soreness. In addition, adding moisture to your environment also keeps bacteria build-up at bay and fights dry mouth, a condition that makes you mouth feel constantly parched. provides additional information on saliva and dry mouth.

A chip in your teeth, no matter how small, is super vulnerable to tooth decay. When the tooth chips, the dentin — a softer bone-like tissue that covers root — becomes exposed. Unlike enamel, which is our tooth’s natural defense against decay, dentin will rapidly decay when bacteria gets inside the chipped part of the tooth. Even if the chip is tiny, please do not ignore it. Get it fixed right away or else it will become 10 times worse before you know it.