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

Hardening Toothpaste That Works While You Sleep

toothpaste 2A new ingredient is now being added to certain toothpastes.  This ingredient puts back lost minerals from tooth enamel and helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity.  All while you sleep. This hardening toothpaste is available online from special dental distributors, but may be available in stores soon.

The new ingredient, known as BioMinF will provide relief to millions of people who are prone to tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay is the most common disease worldwide and also the number one reason why children are admitted to the hospital.

Toothpastes that contain BioMinF slowly release calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions over a time frame of 8 to 12 hours. Using this type of toothpaste makes teeth more resistant to acidic foods and drinks.

BioMinF is available from dental practices and distributors now or via www.biomin.co.uk at £4.99 for 75ml tube.

Breakthrough Toothpaste Ingredient Hardens Your Teeth While You Sleep|ScienceDaily

Toothpaste For Your Heart Health

heart healthIf someone told you that toothpaste is not only good for keeping your teeth clean and shiny but also for your heart health, what would you be thinking? The truth is that the healthier your mouth is, the healthier your entire body is.

Good oral hygiene is a key component of cardiovascular health. The bacteria found in and around your mouth are also found in the heart and other organs. This is why when dentists see periodontal disease, they consider it as a cardiac risk factor. The serious infections that cause periodontal disease, if left untreated, can result in tooth and bone loss.

Studies of people with heart disease that also had their mouths examined showed that many had significant gum disease as well. Since good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent periodontal disease, it is a good practice for preventing cardiovascular disease as well.

So yes, toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth. It is for your heart as well. And don’t forget the importance of flossing in addition to brushing twice a day!

Why Toothpaste Can Benefit Your Heart Health: The Heart-Mouth Connection|Dr. Sinatra

Do I Have A Toothpaste Allergy?

toothpaste allergyBrushing twice daily with toothpaste is considered a mandatory oral hygiene measure. This helps in keeping the gums and teeth healthy and strong. But what if you happen to have a toothpaste allergy? This is a rare phenomenon but it does happen with some unfortunate people. Many people are not even aware that they are suffering from tooth allergies as they are not aware of the symptoms.

It is critical to keep yourself informed of the symptoms one can have in case of toothpaste allergies. This will help you to stay alert should any symptoms arise and you inform the dentist as soon as possible. Basically, the body may be allergic to any one component of toothpaste.

The common symptoms experienced are-

  1. Rashes all over the mouth– This is considered to be one of the most usual symptoms observed in cases of toothpaste allergy. There can be some itchiness in the area of the rash. The rash shows a tendency to spread either to chin or cheeks or involves the nose as well.
  2. Canker sores/aphthous ulcers– These are tiny ulcers found within the mouth that can be painful.
  3. Inflammatory symptoms– Some people may show inflamed gums, respiratory irritation, severe itchiness and red watery eyes.
  4. Anaphylaxis– In some individuals the allergy may be severe enough to induce anaphylaxis which is an extreme case of allergy that demands immediate medical attention.
  5. Cheilitis– This is the condition in which there is cracks at the corners of the mouth. These cracks develop due to dryness.

It has been noted that the ingredients that add flavor to toothpaste may be the culprit of toothpaste allergies. Flavors added to toothpaste are usually peppermint or spearmint oils. There are a few other components like propylene glycol that can induce allergic reactions. Natural toothpaste brands claim to cause less chance of allergic reactions. There is more research required in this field.

There are some cases where fluoride present within toothpastes can react with oral tissue. In these cases, one should try to avoid fluoride toothpastes and use those that are fluoride-free. Fluorides is added to reduce the incidence of decay as the teeth become strong and resist cavity formation.

If you find any of these allergic symptoms you should inform your dentist and get treatment as soon as possible. As a first aid, wash your mouth and face thoroughly to remove any remaining part of toothpaste in your mouth. Another safety tip can be- Use small amounts to lessen the intensity of allergic reaction.

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