Cheese and Dairy May Fight Cavities

Cheese and dairy have been a long-time pivotal player in our food pyramid. But Medical News Today reports that according to a new study in General Dentistry journal, cheese and dairy products may actually help fight off cavities. The study looked at a tooth’s pH levels in comparison to plaque and cavity development of 68 study samples ranging from ages 12-15.

Read more about the study and how cheese and dairy can help your teeth here.


Reduce Sports-Related Concussions with Custom-Made Mouthguards

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Sports organizations, everything from youth recreational programs to professional leagues, have all increased  their radar on the affects of mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) and how to prevent them. According to Medical News Today, athletes can reduce their risk of concussion injuries by wearing custom-made mouthguards. In a study published in General Dentistry, high school football players who wore mouthguards bought from a store, over-the-counter, were more than twice as likely to suffer concussions than those who wore a mouthguard that was custom-made by a dentist for their mouth.

Read more about the study and topic here: Athlete’s Risk of Concussion Reduced by Custom-Made Mouthguards.

Some Medications May Ruin Teeth

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Dentistry Today reports that recent information and studies show some medications could increase your risk for oral health issues such as cavities, dry mouth, oral thrush and tooth discoloration. Some of these medications include inhalers, some antibiotics such as tetracycline and antihistamines.

Read more at Dentistry Today’s article here.

How to Prevent Dry Sockets

angry mouth Whether it be a routine wisdom tooth extraction, needing to remove an unhealthy and decaying tooth or any of various reasons, tooth extraction is common in dentistry. And with any surgery, risks and side effects are something to keep in mind. The most common concerning tooth extraction is dry sockets.

Some are more likely to get dry sockets like women on birth control and smokers. And it is estimated that 2-5% of people experience dry sockets, even with practicing preventative steps. But here are some things you can do to not join that statistics.

The first 24 hours after surgery are the most crucial in preventing a blood clot and dry socket. Avoid things such as coughing, sneezing, spitting and sucking through a straw as they increase your odds. And although it’s important to keep the wound clean, try not to rinse within the first 24 hours of having a tooth extracted. But the day after, rinsing with warm salt water can help keep inflammation and pain down. Watch what you eat and avoid foods that are likely to get lodged in the open wound or that require sucking to consume.

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Do Braces Increase Risk of Tooth Decay?

girl smilingIf you’ve ever had a mouth full of metal, you know the feeling of having various foods stuck between wires and braces and the tedious task of threading and weaving floss through your teeth to get rid of any unwanted dwellers. But you’d also know that it all becomes worth it when the Orthodontist removes all that hardware and a perfectly straight smile stares back at you through the mirror.

But sometimes what’s staring back could be cavities and tooth decay as well. Sound dental hygiene becomes a bit harder and less convenient with braces, but if you skip the steps you’re only doing yourself and your smile a disfavor.

Here are some pointers for preventing periodontal disease and decay when sporting a little bling in your mouth:

  • When flossing: Lead a floss threader or all in one floss towards your gums in between your teeth and the wire between braces. Carefully work the floss between your teeth using a gentle sawing motion.
  • When brushing: Use either a rotary or regular soft toothbrush. Make sure to brush the top and bottom of each brace as brushing through the mouth. After a standard tooth brushing, brush with a proxabrush, a special brush designed for cleaning between braces. Work the brush from both top and bottom under the wire, between two braces. Rinse after to flush out any debris, plaque or tartar. Marielaina Perronne mentions that aWaterpik with Periogen and purple listerine is a good way to flush out while keeping your brackets shiny and elastics clean.
  • Schedule and maintain seeing your orthodontist regularly, usually every 3-4 months. Seeing them regularly not only helps keep your teeth and braces clean and working, but can catch any problem areas early.
  • Foods to avoid: Those that are difficult to bite into (beef jerky, apples, bagels, corn still on the cob). Sticky and chewy foods (gum, taffy, caramels). Hard foods and candies (nuts, carrots, ice, popcorn, hard pretzels). Also avoid chewing objects (fingernails, pencils, etc.) and opening anything with your mouth (bags, bottles, etc.).

You may be counting down the days until your mouth is metal-free, but try and have some fun with it. Play with the colors of your elastics, coordinate with holidays, etc. and before you know it your tongue will be running over a smooth set of super straight teeth! And a healthy one at that, if you implement these tips!

You can read more about maintaining good oral health while having braces here: