Graphene: The Future Dental Decay Terminator!

grapheneDental problems are one of the most common ailments that affects 90 percent of the population worldwide. The severity of dental problems may vary from things like bad breath, dental decay or gum problems. When it comes to dental decay, the main reason for it is attack of bacteria in the mouth. The evidence of plaque and tartar on teeth surfaces irritate the gums and cause gum problems like gingivitis. Prolonged and untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. When this happens, many dentists recommend their patients take a course of antibiotics to get rid of the problem with decay-causing bacteria. The bad news is that repeated and relentless use of antibiotics has led to the development of resistance in these bacteria.

Because of this predicament, scientists have discovered a new, unique material called graphene oxide. They have found that this compound can fight against certain bacterial strains and protect the teeth from decay. Their findings have been published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Graphene oxide is the term used to describe carbon nanosheets that are filled with oxygen groups. The scientists found that graphene oxide can curb the growth of some specific strains of bacteria. The best part is that the harm caused to our body’s cells in the process of bacterial destruction is minimal. Now the job was to determine whether graphene oxide is effective against decay causing bacteria or not. For this purpose they tested three different bacterial species which are associated with dental decay or gum problems. Graphene oxide acted on the cell walls or cell membranes of these bacteria and slowed down their growth rate. The lowering of the growth rate diminishes the rate of disease progress. This effect of graphene oxide was considered as a great achievement for the researchers as they found this landmark of treatment of dental diseases.

But, this study does need the support of more factual information. Several other tests and examination will be conducted to get the desired results. We can keep our fingers crossed that the day is not far off when we will be able to invent or discover a true terminator of dental and gum diseases!

Are You Skipping Nighttime Brushing?

nighttime brushingWe all know how it feels when it’s late and you’re so tired, you just want to go to bed without brushing your teeth. It can’t do that much harm to skip nighttime brushing right? Wrong! Dentists have told us to brush morning and night for good reason.  Here are reasons why nighttime brushing is the most important time to brush.

Your mouth is drier at night – During the day your mouth produces a lot of saliva to help cleanse your teeth.  It keeps your mouth moist for talking and chewing all while rinsing away bacteria that are left behind from the foods you eat.  It also neutralizes harmful acids in your mouth.  At night your saliva secretion decreases dramatically so your mouth is more susceptible.

Plaque on your teeth can mature overnight – Plaque begins to buildup as soon as 20 minutes after you eat or drink. If you don’t brush before bed, the plaque is able to mature undisturbed for the entire night while you sleep.  This will lead to more acid and eventually cavities.

Bad breath – Morning breath happens even when you do brush before bed, so imagine the odors that will be there if you don’t brush at night.

Nighttime is the period of recovery for your teeth from the wear and tear of the day.  If you leave food and bacteria on your teeth, you are not giving them that chance to recover while you sleep.  So even though it is tempting at times, do not skip nighttime brushing!

Why You Should Never Skip Nighttime Brushing|Grateful Dental

Brush Your Teeth Before Bed

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Brush your teeth before bed for proper hygiene.

It’s late. You just got home and you are very tired. Do you sometimes forget to brush your teeth and just head straight to bed?  Unfortunately, this is a not a good thing. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day.  Brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to get rid of the bacteria that forms plaque.  Plaque causes cavities and gum disease.

Dentists say that even though there is not a precise timeline of when plaque becomes risky, you can start the process of a cavity by not brushing even one time.  Especially if your occasional forgetfulness is more frequent than you’d like to admit.

Remember, each time you brush you should brush for two minutes and cover all the surfaces of the teeth. Also, floss once a day and see your dentist regularly.  Gum, mints and mouthwash are not replacements for brushing, even though they might make your mouth feel and smell fresher.

Why Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth Is Pretty Darn Gross | Huffington Post