Testing Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

toothpaste and toothbrushesEvery morning you wake up and brush your teeth. You use toothpaste and a toothbrush. Have you ever wondered the process that went into getting you that toothpaste and toothbrush?

There are a large selection of dental hygiene products. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths. Bristles that are rounded, pointed, hard and soft.

There are various forms of toothpaste formulas that have been tested on artificial tooth enamels. In an article from the Dental Tribune, they explain the process of testing toothbrushes and toothpastes. Check it out here: http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/specialities/dental_hygiene/29162_testing_toothpastes_toothbrushes.html

Dental Erosion

dental erosionDental erosion is when the tooth enamel is worn away by exposure to acid.  Erosion of tooth enamel can result in pain as it leaves the tooth exposed and sensitive. Our tooth enamel becomes softer anytime we eat or drink anything acidic, but this is normally canceled out by our saliva.  Saliva restores the natural balance in the mouth as long as there is enough time to repair between acidic attacks.

A recent study has found that soft drinks are the most significant factor in the severity of dental erosion. Anything with an acidity level lower than 5.5 can damage the teeth. Diet and regular soda, other carbonated drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices are all harmful to the teeth if they are consumed too often. Sodas and fruit juices also contain a lot of sugar so they can lead to tooth decay as well as dental erosion.

Dental erosion doesn’t always need to be treated.  If you visit the dentist regularly to get cleanings and exams, your dental team can usually prevent the problem from getting worse. It is important to keep up a good oral hygiene routine, but also be more cautious about the foods and drinks we consume.

Soda And Fruit Juice Are Biggest Culprits In Dental Erosion|Medical News Today

Strengthen Tooth Enamel Naturally

tooth enamelDid you know that your tooth enamel is 96% mineral content and is the strongest substance in the human body? But tooth enamel can be easily destroyed by poor diet, poor hygiene, lack of nutrients and from acid. As has been mentioned many times in this blog, acidic foods and drinks are the worst for tooth enamel.  Some foods that have a lot of acid and are known to promote enamel loss are soda, candy, processed foods, coffee, alcohol and tobacco, artificial sweeteners, breads and cereals and even some commercial toothpastes.

The good news is, there are ways to actually strengthen tooth enamel naturally.  These steps are known to promote enamel growth and are an important part of your diet and lifestyle.

  • Keep teeth clean using tooth soaps or homemade toothpaste.
  • Encourage saliva production and keep the mouth moist. Oil pulling is a good method for this.
  • Ensure you have adequate levels of Vitamin D in your diet. Salmon and other fatty fish and egg yolks are good sources.  You can also use supplements.
  • Ensure that you have adequate levels of Vitamin K2 in your diet. High vitamin butter oil, egg yolks, and hard cheeses are good sources.
  • Homemade bone broth – True bone broths are full of calcium and minerals that are absorbed into the body for bone growth and encourage re-mineralization of enamel.
  • Sea salt – True sea salt contains many trace minerals that are vital to bone and enamel growth.
  • Fermented foods – These contain high levels of probiotics. Sauerkraut, kombucha, pickled vegetables.
  • Strawberries – These are high in vitamin C and antioxidants but also have a natural exfoliating effect.

It’s not an overnight process.  It takes time and consistency. But it is well worth it and can benefit your health in many ways.

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Phosphoric Acid In Soda Can Harm Your Teeth Nearly To The Same Extent As Battery Acid

What Is Phosphoric Acid?

Phosphoric acid is a colorless, odorless, solid or a thick, clear liquid. Phosphoric acid is added to soft drinks intentionally not only to give them a sharper taste, but also to slow down the growth of molds and bacteria that would otherwise multiply speedily in the sugary solution. That is to say, it helps to lengthen the shelf life of cola companies’ products. This explains why huge amounts of sugar have to be used to mask phosphoric acidall the acidity associated with it. The acid is corrosive in nature.

A report issued in one of the editions of General Dentistry revealed that phosphoric acid in sodas is detrimental to the teeth. According to the report, the acid erodes tooth enamel even if the exposure is slight. Although a number of consumers may believe sugar to be the sole culprit of soda’s negative effects on dental health, enamel erosion still happens whether or not the soda is sweetened with sugar or other artificial sweeteners.

According to Kenton Ross, a dental expert and spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry, drinking any type of soft drink jeopardizes the health of your teeth. He revealed that many of his patients were surprised to hear that several of the soft drinks they drink contain between 9 and 12 teaspoons of sugar. Besides, they have an acidity that is close to the level of battery acid.

This kind of natural flavor can be found in lemon or ginger. However, phosphoric acid is low cost and generally available. It is used in making fertilizers, detergents as well as industrial cleaners. The so called food grade thermal phosphoric acid is reportedly known to contain arsenic at times.

Corrosive Nature

If phosphoric acid is used as an industrial chemical for rust removal, what can it do to humans? When breathed in, phosphoric acid can somewhat affect you.  Because the acid is a corrosive chemical, it can irritate and burn the eyes on contact. Also, the nose, throat and lungs can be irritated when breathing phosphoric acid. This will lead to coughing and wheezing (Source: http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1516.pdf). Despite the fact that it does actually occur naturally in a number of foods such as milk, nuts, meat, egg yolks, poultry, and fish, the percentages are insignificant (0.1% to 0.5%).

Mike Adams, author of a book titled The Five Soft Drink Monsters that teaches consumers how to overcome their addiction to sugary sodas, explained that in shipyards, phosphoric acid is used in ridding transport ships and aircraft carriers of rust. This means that the consumption of highly acidic substances is detrimental to your teeth. Apart from that, it is generally bad for bone health. It is likely to promote deterioration of the jawbone, femur and pelvis. Basically, consuming phosphoric acid dissolves away your skeletal system.

Next time before having a glass of soda or any fizzy drink, ponder over the facts that you read through now and then decide for yourself.

10 Foods And Drinks That Make Dentists Cringe

foods and drinks that make dentists cringeVisiting the dentist is not anybody’s favorite thing to do.  Especially if you are someone that doesn’t watch what you eat.  You have probably heard from your dentist that sugary drinks and candy aren’t healthy for your teeth. But did you know that there are many other foods and drinks that make the dentist cringe as well?  Dr. Peter Alldritt, chair of the Australian Dental Association, shares 10 common food and drink items that many aren’t even aware can cause havoc in our mouths.

Diet soft drinks are tempting to those who are trying to stay away from sugar and extra calories.  But diet soft drinks still have high acid levels that can erode tooth enamel.

Chomping on ice is something that many of us do, but ice is too hard to bite.  It can easily chip enamel or crack teeth.

Read all 10 foods and drinks that make dentists cringe here: 10 foods and drinks that make dentists wary – Health & Wellbeing.