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    Electric Toothbrushes Remove Plaque Better Than Manual Brushes

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    One of the most basic things you can do to prevent plaque from forming is commit to a good oral health care routine. Using an Electric Toothbrush along with a Crest® Pro-Health™ toothpaste and antibacterial rinse — along with regular dental visits — is one of the most effective ways to keep your routine on point and plaque at bay.

    Isn’t a Manual Toothbrush Good Enough?
    A manual toothbrush can be an effective tool, but it can be difficult for manual toothbrushes to adequately clean between teeth, around back teeth, or in other hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. The result? Plaque gradually accumulates over time, and often leads to tartar, decay, or other dental issues.
    What Makes Electric Toothbrushes Better?
    •    Dentist-Inspired Round Brush Head: Inspired by dental tools, the round brush head adapts to each individual tooth, to clean deep between teeth.
    •    Superior Technology: Electric Toothbrushes pulsate to loosen plaque and then oscillate and rotate to sweep the plaque away. In fact, Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes deliver up to 48,800 movements per minute, while a regular manual toothbrush can only deliver 300 to 600 movements per minute. The clinically proven superior technology of an electric toothbrush removes 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.
    •    Two-Minute Timer:Electric Toothbrushes include a built-in timer that guides you through a two-minute brushing routine to help make sure you clean all the areas of your mouth.
    •    Cleaning Modes: Electric Toothbrushes offer a varying number of cleaning modes so you can personalize your clean and achieve your brushing goals. You can also choose from a range of brush modes until you find the option that’s most comfortable for you.

    Learn a few more reasons that switching to an electric toothbrush can improve your overall oral health, coming in the next article.
     

    Good for Your Mouth Foods

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Eat. Brush. Floss. Repeat! You know the keys to dental health involve a toothbrush, dental floss, and avoiding certain foods (think sticky, sugary treats).

    But were you aware that certain foods are actually good for your teeth and gums? Turns out, simply eating lunch could be a part of your daily dental routine.

    For instance, foods rich in calcium help ensure not only strong bones, but also healthy teeth. Other beneficial snacks include those containing polyphenols and probiotics, which can help encourage a healthy environment in your mouth.

    So, go ahead — take a bite into these tooth-friendly foods (plus, check out which ones to avoid).

    Make Your Dentist Proud: Healthy Foods for Healthy Teeth

    Milk. “Milk is one of the main sources of sugars in the diet,” says Ellie Phillips, DDS, a founding member of the nonprofit American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and author of Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.

    But that’s not an excuse to skimp on the white stuff: Drinking milk can actually promote healthy teeth and bones. “The sugar in milk is lactose, which is the least damaging to teeth,” explains Dr. Phillips, and the calcium found in the beverage helps kids develop strong baby and adult teeth.

    In addition, Phillips says, studies have shown that when cavity-causing foods are eaten along with milk (cookies, anyone?), the milk can actually help protect teeth from damage. If you don’t drink milk, ask your dentist about toothpastes that can remineralize your teeth.

    However, as good for your teeth as milk is during the day, it can be a hazard to them at night. Always be sure to brush before sleeping, and think twice before putting a child to bed with a bottle of milk (or juice or other sweetened drink). These beverages can linger on the teeth, causing extensive damage.

    Green tea. Certain teas may promote dental health because they contain polyphenols, which have the potential to clean plaque from the teeth. In fact, researchers in Japan found that people who drank one or more cups of green tea a day had decreased odds of losing their teeth. However, Phillips warns that even though teas may be good for your teeth, they can be acidic, which can be harmful — so sip carefully.

    Cheese. “Cheese has similar properties to milk and makes the mouth nonacidic and raises calcium levels around teeth, which is very protective,” explains Phillips. “Studies with Dutch Edam cheese showed that children ages 7 to 9 who ate a 5-gram cube after breakfast each day for two years had significantly fewer cavities than other children.”

    For your dental health, look for cheeses with a bacterial element, such as blue cheese, Brie, or Camembert, to take advantage of cheese’s probiotic benefits. A note for grown-ups: The acidic nature of wine and beer can hurt your teeth, so pare some good-for-your-teeth cheese with that alcoholic beverage.

    Crunchy fruits and vegetables. Good saliva flow is important in creating an alkaline environment in the mouth, thereby protecting teeth from exposure to acid. Crunchy vegetables help create that flow of saliva; also, some fruits and vegetables contain polyphenols, which also stimulate saliva. Keep in mind that some fruits are acidic and that they all contain sugars, so although they're still a good choice, follow up with good dental hygiene after eating.

    Yogurt. Some dental problems are caused by harmful germs in the mouth. That’s why it’s important to decrease the bad bacteria and repopulate the mouth with healthy, protective bacteria. To help encourage a healthy mouth environment, consider organic whole-milk yogurt with probiotics and proteins.

    Raisins. “Although most people think of raisins as sticky, studies show that our perception of them is inaccurate,” says Phillips. “Raisins are high in fiber and contain the same healthy polyphenols as grapes. They also appear to contain a phytochemical called oleanolic acid that is antibacterial against certain plaque bacteria.” Important to note, however, is that raisins are acidic, so they’re best eaten as part of a meal followed by protective cheese or milk.

    Shiitake mushrooms. Researchers have found that these mushrooms have the potential to encourage good dental health by remineralizing teeth and discouraging acid that can be harmful.

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    Dental Implants Result in Better Quality of Life for Osteoporotic Women

    Last updated 2 years ago

        As postmenopausal women with osteoporosis age, they are at greater risk of losing their teeth. But what treatment for tooth loss provides women with the highest degree of satisfaction in their work and social lives? A new study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers suggests dental implants may be the best route to take, according to Dr. Leena Palomo, associate professor of periodontics and corresponding author of “Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women.” Their findings were reported in the Journal of International Dentistry.

        The research is part of a series of studies analyzing dental outcomes for women with osteoporosis. In one of the first studies to examine quality of life after treatment to replace missing teeth in osteoporotic women, the researchers surveyed 237 women about their satisfaction with replacement teeth and how it improved their lives at work and in social situations. The 23-question survey rated satisfaction with their work, health, emotional, and sexual aspects of their lives. Participants were from the Case/Cleveland Clinic Postmenopausal Wellness Collaboration, which is part of a database of health information about 900 women with osteoporosis. Osteoporotic women with one or more adjacent teeth missing (excluding wisdom teeth or third molars) were chosen for the study. The women had restoration work done that included implants (64), fixed partial denture (60), a removable denture (47), or had no restoration work done (66). Women with dental implants reported a higher overall satisfaction with their lives, said Christine DeBaz, a third-year Case Western Reserve dental student. Ms. DeBaz was lead researcher on the project and personally interviewed each participant. Fixed dentures scored next highest in satisfaction, followed by removable denture and, finally, women with no restoration work. 

        Women with dental implants also reported the highest satisfaction in emotional and sexual areas, while those without restorations scored the lowest  in those 2 areas. As health professions move to a patient-centered form of delivering dental service, understanding the patient’s outcomes for satisfaction of the treatment’s aesthetics is as important as chewing function, she said.

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