Health Benefits of Fruit

Cranberries Health Benefits of FruitWe’ve come a long way toward understanding that we need to eat leaner, favor white meat like fowl and pork, and to eat more fish.  Though few people will ever seek nutritional counseling to ensure they are eating properly, reading the labels and seeking out info about our favorite foods on the internet has helped out immensely to eating healthier.  In fact, years ago, people were a little lackadaisical about their teeth – if they lost a tooth here or there, they often just lived with the gap, unless it was right out front where the world could see that missing tooth.  People often got a gold tooth to replace their missing tooth, and that was considered a status symbol.  And as teeth were removed because they were broken or decayed, people obtained a bridge, then eventually dentures.  For some, dentures never fit properly and spent more time soaking in a cup, only to be used for church and social occasions.

Boy, how things have changed.  Through our dentist and hygienist we are way savvier about practicing good oral health, as that dental team encourages their patients to take care of their teeth to keep their natural teeth for as many years as possible.
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Are Hot Drinks Bad for Teeth?

Are Hot Drinks Bad for TeethFor most people, that wonderful warm trickle of coffee or tea down our throats gets us up and at ‘em and ready to take on the day.  But sometimes that first swallow of java, is not pure enjoyment, especially if you wince in pain when the warm liquid hits your teeth.  While your warm morning beverage may hit the spot for waking you up, it may be hitting the wrong spot if you have a sensitive teeth.
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Are Stained Teeth Unhealthy Teeth?

Are Stained Teeth Unhealthy TeethYou want white teeth and a dazzling smile, so should you forego those blueberries so that your pearly whites stay that way?  Or drop that jolt of java from your morning routine because it might stain your teeth?  And, if you unwind with a glass of cabernet sauvignon, surely your purplish lips and tongue must mean that your teeth are also being stained, right?  Do you need to give up all these treats?  If you are concerned about teeth staining and want to learn more about teeth whitening you should contact a dentist who does teeth whitening in Clearwater.  A top Clearwater cosmetic dentist will answer all of your teeth whitening questions and will suggest ways to keep you teeth healthy and white.
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Is Sugar Bad for Teeth?

Is Sugar Bad for TeethA popular misconception is that candy rots your teeth, but don’t blame candy for your cavities.  Beverages like soda pop or fruit juices also wreak havoc with teeth, causing tooth decay.  Below, are the causes for tooth decay, so you can be an informed consumer going forward and help preserve those pearly whites.
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What is Gum Recession?

What is Gum RecessionOne of the most common dental problems facing adults is gum recession.  Unbelievably, millions of Americans suffer with this malady.  Consider yourself lucky if you don’t have gum recession right now – so what steps can you take to prevent it in the future?  Below is information on gum recession as well as advice on how to keep gums healthy.
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Health Benefits of Garlic

Benefits of GarlicGarlic gets a bad rap, unless you are an Italian mama and use it liberally to give robust flavor to your special pasta sauce.  This funny-looking vegetable with its rotund shape, delicate parchment-like skin and appendages that resemble toes, has long been the brunt of cartoons (i.e. two people – one with a discernible breath of air being emitted, the other beating a hasty retreat.

Health Benefits Beyond Belief

Whether you get your daily dose of garlic in the food you eat, or via supplements, be advised that you are improving your health with every dose you ingest.

Garlic Supplements

The method of consuming garlic for health benefits is really a personal preference.  Of course, it is easier to just buy the supplements to ensure you are getting the recommended dosage for optimal health benefits.  The recommended dosages for garlic use are listed below.  Though they are considered “safe doses”, before embarking on any supplement use, check with your doctor to ensure it does not counteract with existing health conditions or prescription/over-the-counter medications you are currently using.  Ask your health practitioner for the recommended dosage, brand, and, if the supplement contains an odor or not.

Suggested Garlic Regimen

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Does Thumb Sucking Damage Teeth?

About Baby Teeth“Do all kids suck their thumb, or is my kid unusual?” asks a worried mom, but the pediatrician assures her it is normal for most babies and toddlers to suck their thumbs, in fact, they also like to suck on their fingers, hands, or items such as pacifiers, especially while they are teething.  Generally, most children stop sucking their thumb on their own at age 3 to 6 years.

For adults, who are taught at an early age to keep germy hands off the face, especially during cold and flu season, the idea of thumb-sucking and the spread of germs is pretty horrifying, especially if you are a germaphobe.

Why do Babies Suck Their Thumbs?

Babies have a natural urge to suck, and this urge usually decreases after the age of 6 months.  Many babies continue sucking their thumbs as a means to soothe themselves and continue the habit as toddlers, as a means to comfort themselves when they feel hungry, afraid, restless, quiet, sleepy, or are bored.

How Long Is It “Socially Acceptable” For a Child to Suck Their Thumb?

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Alternatives to Braces

Alternatives to BracesBraces can be the bane of one’s existence – not only for the teens who wear them, but the parents as well.  For kids, braces come during those awkward teenage years – a time fraught with angst over acne or other physical changes, and slapping on something that makes the teeth look the grille of a 1955 Rambler, sure doesn’t help matters much.  For parents, it is a pain as well … if their workplace sponsors a dental plan, orthodontia regimens may be included, partially or in total, but, if not – the price of braces can take a big bite out of the household budget, not to mention taking time off from work to transport kids to the orthodontist for regular appointments.

Be Proactive

You are probably not the first parent to wonder about alternatives to moving teeth into proper alignment.
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Natural Remedies for a Toothache

Natural Remedies for a ToothacheIt’s the middle day of a holiday weekend and your tooth is throbbing.  It could be a loose filling, a cracked or abscessed tooth, or even a sinus infection.  If there is an infection present, the toothache may be accompanied by a fever and/or a foul taste in the mouth.

The answering service at the dentist office reports he is out of town, unreachable, but has a substitute dentist available and offers the contact information.  You could go to the drugstore and buy a “toothache kit” pain reliever.  Or maybe an ice bag.  You already feel miserable, and, pretty soon you know you are going to whine enough that everyone else is going to feel as miserable as you.  As you mull over the options, you could also go online and seek out “natural remedies for a toothache”, or simply read this blog post, because once you do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t have these items on hand as a “fixer upper” for that throbbing pain before this.

While a consultation with a top dentist in NJ is the ideal, it is not always an option.  Although we recommend that you at least try to contact a top NJ dentist for advice prior to trying an at home remedy.

Natural Solutions For a Toothache

Salt water – A teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of boiling water makes a pain-killing mouthwash which will clean away irritating debris and help reduce swelling.  Simply swish some saltwater around in your mouth for about thirty seconds before spitting it out.  The salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and draws out some of the fluid that causes swelling. Repeat this treatment as often as needed.

3% Hydrogen peroxide – A medicine cabinet staple for cuts and scrapes, hydrogen peroxide will zap the bacteria present in your oral dilemma and help to relieve some of the discomfort, if any .  Simply swish a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution around in your mouth to prevent the infection from becoming worse until your dentist can see you and determine the cause of the problem.  Remember not to swallow the hydrogen peroxide, merely swish it around in your mouth a few times, and spit out the rest, followed by rinsing several times with plain water.

Ice – Ice is nice and also a surefire solution to relieve a throbbing tooth.  Simply place a small ice cube in a plastic bag, wrap a thin cloth around the bag, and apply it to the aching tooth for about 15 minutes to numb the nerves.  An alternative is to place that ice pack onto your cheek to numb the pain of the throbbing tooth.  Work some magic on that painful tooth, by using a folklore remedy. i.e. massage your hand with an ice cube.  When the nerves in your fingers send “cold” signals to your brain, they may override the pain signals coming from your tooth.  Simply wrap up an ice cube in a thin cloth, then massage it in the fleshy area between your thumb and forefinger.

Chewing gum – If you have broken a tooth, or, you have lost a filling, a temporary “fix” for the pain is to cover the exposed area with softened chewing gum.  Simply hold the gum in place until you can see a professional, and will help the pain immensely.  To avoid further discomfort, avoid chewing anything with that tooth until you can have it repaired.

Some Other Suggestions

Peppermint tea – It’s got a minty flavor and packs some numbing power.  Simply place 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes.  After the tea cools, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out or swallow it.

Black tea – The astringent tannins in strong black tea may help diminish pain by reducing swelling.  This is another folk remedy, which suggests placing a warm, wet tea bag against the affected tooth for temporary relief.

Clove oil – Cloves are a traditional remedy for numbing nerves.  The primary chemical compound of this spice is eugenol, which is considered to be a natural anesthetic.   But, there is a caveat involved when using clove oil for pain … simply pouring the oil on the aching area will increase the pain, and it can actually worsen the pain if you get it on sensitive gum tissue or on your tongue.  The best way to use clove oil for a throbbing tooth, is to put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place it against the tooth itself until the pain recedes. In a pinch, use a bit of powdered clove or place a whole clove on the tooth.  Chew the whole clove a little to release its oil and by keeping it in place for at least 30 minutes, or until the pain subsides.

Whatever method you choose to quell your toothache pain, remember that it is only a stopgap measure and you should see a professional as quickly as possible.

How Do Teeth Age?

How Do Teeth Age A Child’s SmileTeeth are not quite as unique as snowflakes, however, they do vary in size, shape and location in the jaw.  These differences in the teeth are what give our face shape and form and how we chew, speak or smile.  Did you know that we are born with 20 baby teeth (a/k/a “primary teeth”) that will begin to “erupt” or break through at about 6 months, and, by age 12, all 32 of our permanent teeth have usually erupted?

A Child’s Smile

There are many gap-toothed photos of you in your parents’ family albums.  Face it, all of a sudden your “cuteness quotient” goes down substantially when you begin losing those baby teeth.  The first teeth to go are the lower center teeth (a/k/a the lower center incisors) at approximately 6 to 7 years old.  Next are the top center pair.   It’s scary looking when you resemble a Halloween pumpkin, but, at least the Tooth Fairy helps make this time bearable.  Happily, a baby tooth typically doesn’t loosen until the permanent tooth below pushes it up to take its place.

When Do Teeth Start to Age?

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