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New ADA Requirements for Teeth Whitening Products

The American National Standards Institute has approved a new standard for external tooth bleaching products. Developed by the American Dental Association, the new standard spells out the requirements for these products and establishes test methods for the industry to use. The new standards were developed by an ADA committee made up of dental professionals, researchers, manufacturers, and other experts. The American Standards Institute requires that new dental standards be developed by the ADA. Standards are necessary to ensure the profession and the public that the bleaching products they are using on their teeth are safe, said Clifton Carey, PhD, who is a member of the committee that produced the standard. According to Carey, the goal is to establish evidence-based standards that will ensure that ADA-approved teeth whitening products are safe and effective. In order to earn the ADA seal, manufacturers of teeth whitening products must submit safety data that meets the guidelines of the new standard. They must also submit evidence that their products work as promised.... read more

Periodontal Diseases and Dental Caries

Periodontal disease has become a major concern for those researching dental health. Researchers must examine evidence from studies, and they must glean possible ideas concerning improvement in the area of mouth health from this evidence as well. Dental caries, otherwise known as cavities, are studied quite often. Results of these studies can be found in the journal titled “Oral Health and Dental Management.” The authors of these studies must be commended for the excellent quality of their work concerning periodontitis. Lately, studies of salivary production have become more prevalent. In fact, researchers are broadening their studies of salivary diagnostics in order to monitor diseases of the mouth. It has been suggested that serum may not be as effective as saliva concerning diagnosis. Many articles concerning salivary studies are sure to be forthcoming in “Oral Health and Dental... read more

Whip Your Dental Diet into Shape

When it comes to your health and well-being, you are what you eat. We may eat with our eyes first, but according to the American Dental Association, your teeth and gums are much more than simply tools for eating. Excellent oral hygiene plays a key role in regards to your overall physical health. To maintain proper nutrition, you need to eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Diets high in refined sugar and carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. As a matter of fact, if your diet is missing vital nutrients, you may have a difficult time warding off infections. Below is a list of healthy foods to keep your body and teeth in top condition. Nutritional Guidelines Individual nutritional needs will vary depending on your age, gender and level of physical fitness, but in general, everyone’s diet should include the following: Adequate servings of fruits and vegetables. If you crave sugar, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a piece of fruit. Sugar found in fruit is very different than refined sugar found in cakes or cookies. At mealtime, aim to cover at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal and whole wheat bread should also be part of your daily intake. If you love dairy, then we have good news for you. Cheese and yogurt are excellent choices when it comes to proper nutrition. Cheese is rich in calcium and protein, while yogurt is high in probiotics, all of which help to strengthen your teeth and crowd out bad bacteria in... read more

How To Protect for Teeth and Gums From Damage

Chewing a gum that is sugar-free after you eat or drink is an important step to aid in protecting both your teeth and your gums. Look for gum that contains Xylitol. After you drink or eat anything, wait an hour to brush. Eating softens your enamel and brushing too soon can cause damage that cannot be reversed. Eat a diet that is high in vitamins and minerals. Fresh vegetables and fruit will help thwart gum disease. Eating a small cube of cheese after your meal will help reduce the acids in foods from damaging your teeth. Avoid snacks between your meals. If you have sugary drinks and foods, have them at meal times to reduce the time your teeth are exposed to the detrimental effects of... read more

Your Diet and Healthy Gums and Teeth

Water plays an integral role in physical and mental health, but did you know it is good for your oral health too? According to the American Dental Association, fluoride, now available in 75% of the American water supply, makes teeth more resistant to the acidic process that causes cavities. Other foods that support good dental health include: Milk and dairy products that are low in sugar but contain calcium and protein help build strong teeth. Foods rich in phosphorus, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs and milk, also contain protein and support the formation of strong enamel. Fruits and vegetables contain significant amounts of water and fiber, in addition to balancing sugar in the diet. Chewing fruits and veggies promotes the production of saliva and cleanses the mouth of harmful acids and residue. Nuts are high in protein and also promote healthy chewing action. Eating a balanced diet not only keeps you healthy. It prevents gum disease, reduces decay and strengthens... read more

Serious Issue of Early Childhood Caries

Chronic tooth decay, also referred to as Early Childhood Caries (ECC), is the number one disease among young children and infants. ECC can leads to severe decay and untimely tooth loss, and is linked to other complex health issues. It typically starts when the child’s primary teeth appear in an environment of poor dietary habits, such as frequent consumption of sugary drinks and food. It can affect speech, the ability to communicate, and it may spread to surrounding teeth and soft tissues within the oral cavity. In addition, decay in primary teeth may be transferred to the permanent dentition if not treated in a timely manner. ECC affects children five times more frequently than asthma and several times more than obesity. This ongoing issue often requires prolonged and costly restorative treatment to restore the patient’s oral health. Find out more about ECC by contacting us at... read more

Money Raised For Building Restoration in Nepal

The second Nepal earthquake caused even more damage to structures that had been weakened in the April disaster. The Dental Clinic building is home to our dental clinic, a medical clinic, and seven classrooms. It is our host school in this nation and one of three buildings at the Sri Mangal Dvip school that needs significant repairing and retrofitting to prepare for future disasters. For now, school children are learning outdoors, as the buildings are not inhabitable. We are happy to share that we have increased our normal donation level. As a SmileTree Branch Office, we not only support regular oral health treatment and education but also created a Challenge Grant of $20,000 to help with the two clinics. It took less than two days to raise this money, and it is heartwarming to see our fellow Americans’ generosity. If you would like to donate, visit SmileTree.org... read more

Tooth Loss May Cause Cognitive and Physical Decline Later In Life

The loss of teeth in adults has recently been shown to be an indicator of physical and cognitive decline in many aging citizens. This finding is according to a study performed by the University College London and was featured in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study followed 3,166 aging citizens in England who greater than 60 years of age. Those studied who suffered from complete tooth loss were more likely to have a diminution in walking ability and memory than those studied who still had some teeth. The study has shown that these individuals who have experienced complete tooth loss have an approximately 10 percent greater decline in both walking ability and memory as compared to the individuals who still have teeth. Factors such as physical health of the individuals being studied and socioeconomic status were weighed in the study, and did not significantly affect findings. The study also showed that there is a stronger link between physical ability and memory 10 years after tooth loss in individuals between the ages of 60 and 74, than in individuals older than 75. Dr. Georgios Tsakos, the leading author who performed the tooth loss study, states the study suggests that physicians may be better able to identify individuals who are more susceptible to physical ability and mental health decline by paying closer attention to their oral... read more

We’re Not Brushing Like We Should

Do you take care of your teeth? Do you realize just how important it is for you to treat them right and always care for them? All too often, our teeth get pushed to the wayside when we are busy – which is evident with new survey evidence that has come out. Studies say that more than thirty percent of America’s population don’t even brush their teeth twice each day. Now, twice a day simply means brushing when you get up and then again before bed, not too difficult, but there are many who don’t even brush that often. It has been found that over twenty percent of Americans have – in the past year – gone two or more days without brushing. This is disturbing. It is said that younger adults and African-Americans spend more time brushing than the general population. Flossing is another important consideration, and it could use improvement, as well. Six out of ten adults in America do not have the habit of flossing every day, and two out of ten don’t floss at all. This is disappointing, considering the fact that flossing has been linked to good oral health,... read more

Oral Health Division in America

Oral Health America (OHA) has a long and respected tradition of promoting and advocating oral health throughout the country. Their mission is best summarized in the words of their CEO, Beth Truett, “All Americans, regardless of income level, age or where they live, deserve to have a healthy mouth. We have a societal responsibility to educate the public and our legislators about why oral health is important for overall health, and to ensure that all Americans, particularly those most vulnerable to disease, are able to obtain the care they need…By creating this year’s Fall for Smiles campaign, we can make a difference in how oral health is perceived and treated in the United States.” The OHA’s directive is particularly important in light of a July survey that brought to light some shocking disparities regarding oral healthcare in America. The online survey, which was conducted through a Harris Poll and questioned some 2,088 U.S. adults, found that those Americans with an annual household income of under $50,000 were more likely to delay or miss dental visits. Many of these Americans live in Urban environments,  are young, or part of the student population. A shocking 74 percent of those surveyed stated that they choose to forgo dental visits for financial reasons. While it is encouraging that some 92% of those surveyed professed to daily brushing, lower income Americans, students, and those with a lower formal education level skipped other habits central to oral health such as flossing (43% compared to 58% overall), healthy eating (56% compared to 62% overall). Shockingly, 25% of this group also admitted to tobacco use. In light... read more